My Ontario Press Council complaint was upheld!

An early decision has been made on my Ontario Press Council complaint.

I had been told that the final decision would not be made until September, but the OPC notified me of their ruling by email on July 5th, text below. It is not yet included in the current listing of June decisions in the “Recent Decisions” section of their website, and I will be watching for it to appear.  I will also be watching to see it appear on the Aurora Banner website also, as will be ordered by the OPC as a matter of standard procedure.

I am absolutely astonished!  The wording of the decision is heavily protective of what I view as “politically correct” principles, but the wording of the first sentence, “A complaint over the omission of the race of a man charged with threatening and making racial slurs against a mixed-race couple was upheld following a hearing by the Ontario Press Council” is clear and unambiguous.

If you visit the Ontario Press Council website (link below) and look at their “Recent Decisions” section, you will see that ‘victories’ by complainants are relatively few.

I really hope that this decision will cause those self-hating White people who love to put themselves down, and who try to drag their racial compatriots down with them, to pay attention.  This is a very welcome precedent, and your days of undermining and betraying your own people with impunity may be coming to an end.

The race of the man convicted was public knowledge ten months before the column I complained about was published, and there was no possible excuse for gleefully allowing White people to continue taking the blame for actions carried out by a Black man who was trying to conceal his identity by posing as a White Supremacist.

I strongly suspect that The Aurora Banner, and possibly its owners up the line, were unwilling to allow a politically-correct, anti-White story to be ruined by the facts, but I merely alluded to that possibility in my complaint due to the impossibility of proving it.

The Aurora Banner will be required to publish the decision, and could be kicked out of the Ontario Press Council if they don’t.  As the Banner is ultimately owned by the OPC’s primary sponsor, the Star Media Group, they will likely comply.  And, the Aurora Banner is just one of a number of small local papers owned by the York Region branch of Metroland, which through its Durham Region component owns my local paper, Oshawa This Week.

The Ontario Press Council will have to publish the decision on their website.  They haven’t done so yet, as mentioned above, although several other June rulings are listed, but the decision was relayed to me quite late on a Friday afternoon.  If they are anything resembling efficient, it should be posted sometime Monday.

There should be a press release by the OPC about their June decisions, and elements of the MSM may pick it up, but it is most unlikely that they will risk attracting any attention to me because I am not politically correct, and anyone Googling my name will likely find my website, thus exposing themselves to the hideous evils of racism and anti-Semitism…(!)

Then again, there could be a definite news value to the fact that a complainant such as myself has succeeded in obtaining a favourable ruling; the OPC was set up over 40 years ago, to head off government intervention due to press abuses which resulted in a Royal Commission of Inquiry in 1968.

As a matter of interest, check out the OPC website.  You will be astonished at how little actual responsibility they are willing to accept on behalf of their ‘members’, see the “File a Complaint” section.

Keep in mind that if a similar incident occurs again, nothing will happen unless someone like me – or you – makes another complaint and wins it.  Keep your eyes open, and stand up for yourself and your race.  There will be equivalents to the OPC throughout Canada, and elsewhere.

I don’t think that I won because I had a good case, so much as that the Banner was so  embarrassingly in the wrong that even the politically-correct OPC could not ignore that fact.

Because of my twenty years of grievance-handling for CUPE Local 79, including attendance at numerous labour arbitration hearings, I have acquired the skills necessary to go into a hearing like that and present my case effectively, without being thrown off balance by the opposition.

The prominent Black personality Alvin Curling was quite likely put there to throw me off balance, but he and I ended up understanding each other quite well, I thought.  His presence put me on particular notice to be at my best, and I don’t know what Curling and the others expected me to be like, but the group dynamics which subsequently developed were ideal for the matter at hand.

I was very pleased with how it all worked out regardless of the result.

Here is the wording of the ruling, it is a copy-and-paste from an attachment sent to me by the Ontario Press Council in the email referred to above.  Note the ultra-politically-correct wording…

Jeff Goodall vs. York Region Media

Issued by the Ontario Press Council June,‭ ‬2013

A complaint over the omission of the race of a man charged with threatening and making racial slurs against a mixed-race couple was upheld following a hearing by the Ontario Press Council. The story,‭ ‬published in the Aurora Banner Dec.‭ ‬30,‭ ‬2012‭ ‬by York Region Media Group,‭ ‬was part of an end-of-year wrap-up of news events which did not include the fact that the individual found guilty of the crimes was himself black.‭  ‬The individual charged by police was revealed to be a former partner of the woman targeted,‭ ‬and the court determined it was jealousy,‭ ‬not race,‭ ‬which prompted the racially-charged slurs against the couple.‭

The complainant argued that earlier stories reporting on the incidents created the impression that people living in the Newmarket-area were intolerant and opposed to mixed-race relationships.‭  ‬

The complainant further argued that the end of year story should have noted the race of the individual making the slurs as this would have cleared up the negative view created by the earlier reports.‭

York Region Media Group’s position was that its policy is not to include racial descriptions where that is not the main issue.‭  ‬In their view,‭ ‬the main issue was that the threats and racial slurs were motivated by jealousy and personal feelings,‭ ‬a fact fully reported in the story.‭  ‬Its response to the complainant’s concerns about the negative impression left about the community’s racial tolerance was that the report commented on the positive initiatives undertaken by the community and police department in promoting and supporting racial diversity,‭ ‬and rallying around the targeted couple.

During the course of Council’s hearing of the complaint it emerged that staff at the Aurora Banner might not have been aware of the racial background of the individual charged,‭ ‬notwithstanding that the information had been disclosed in court and had been in the public domain for many months,‭ ‬including in a story published by a Toronto newspaper,‭ ‬before the end-of year story was published.

The reporter who wrote the wrap-up story should have been made aware of the fact that the race of the man who committed the offences was a relevant piece of information,‭ g‬iven the tone of past stories published on this case

After fully considering the submissions by the complainant and the respondent,‭ ‬Council concluded that,‭ ‬while it supports newspapers in their careful consideration of whether to refer to the race of individuals in their stories,‭ ‬in this instance the race of the individual was relevant and the Aurora Banner should have included it in their end-of-year wrap up.

While agreeing the complaint was valid,‭ ‬Council reaffirmed its position that the race of a person should not be used unless it is clearly an important element and one which will help readers better understand the context of a story.‭    (‭End…)

‭Jeff Goodall.

‭Visit the Ontario Press Council website here.

For some reason it seems impossible to link this post to the article I originally complained about, but the “York cops continue to battle hate crimes” link at the foot of this previous article still works.

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