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Poppy Harlow Has Patience of a Saint

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Yesterday CNN’s Poppy Harlow had an interesting encounter with Roy Moore’s – spokeswoman Jane Porter. I use the word encounter instead of interview because Porter refused to actually be interviewed, preferring instead to ignore Harlow’s questions and say what she wanted. This is not a new tactic, but it has become overused to the point of being infantile.

… journalists are going to have to start informing interviewees that if they continue to evade and ignore the questions asked the interview will be terminated

Sooner or later, and I hope it is sooner, journalists are going to have to start informing interviewees that if they continue to evade and ignore the questions asked the interview will be terminated. It is a journalist’s job to ask tough questions. If the person being interviewed does not like a question they can tell the asker that they will not answer it, but to have them ignore the question and drone on about a different topic should not be tolerated.

Responses to questions that begin with:

What I think you should be asking
The real issue here
What’s more important

Should be cut-off immediately as they are clear indicators that the interviewee is not going to answer the posed question, but is going to go off on a different tangent entirely.

In yesterday’s encounter Harlow, who evidently has the patience of a saint, spent most of the time asking Porter if she was going to answer a specific question, but she never got a simple yes or no.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Be prepared Poppy Harlow, the Royal Canadian Legion may lay claim to your name

Look out Poppy Harlow, the Royal Canadian Legion may lay legal claim to your name!

Poppy Harlow/CNN

Poppy Harlow/CNN

Just when you thought the asininity over Remembrance Day poppies was limited to large retail outlets such as Target attempting to block their sale in stores, along comes the Royal Canadian Legion itself bitching at the website Reddit for displaying a poppy on its subreddit r/canada/.

In something akin to Santa Claus laying claim to all things reindeer, the Legion wasted no time pointing out that the poppy is a trademarked entity, and they own the rights. But far from being a commercial logo, the poppy is a means of remembering those who gave their lives in war. Poppies have appeared on stamps and coins, on buildings and lapels. Can legal action against Poppy Harlow of CNN be expected?

The legion got it wrong when it tried to ban turbans and kippahs from its premises some time ago stating they were the same as hats, which are traditionally seen as a show of disrespect when worn in a Legion hall. A turban is as much a “hat” as a kilt is a skirt; which is to say not at all. They have it wrong again when they try to interfere with the respectful display of poppies.

… it is only logical that a section of the site, or SubReddit, that focuses on Canada would display a poppy as we approach November 11th

In 2004 the Legion threatened a woman who had created a hat she called the Poppy Hat because of its color. Said Peter Underhill, a Legion spokesperson ‘The “Poppy” is a trademark registered to the Royal Canadian Legion. Please remove reference to Poppy on the Poppy Hat. Thank you for your consideration’.

I’m not big fan of Reddit,  a site that gives those who want to play the role of Internet police an opportunity to “moderate” what is appropriate for posting, these folks, much like ‘Admins’ on Facebook group pages, must need to feel a sense of power. But be that as it may, it is only logical that a section of the site, or SubReddit, that focuses on Canada would display a poppy as we approach November 11th.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that. a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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