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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bill Tieleman Redux!

I meant to get this reply to your comment up sooner, but was delayed thanks to problems with our fancy, snazzy, new semi-privatized 'lectricity stuff for a day or so. I really do appreciate your taking the time to comment on my blog, but wish you demonstrated an understanding of what I was trying to say. Maybe I just can't express myself well enough.

I was very favorably impressed with your coverage of the November 14th judgment hearings. The part I liked the best was it was so much about what the Judge said and not what you think. It's not that I don't care what you think Bill, it's more like I resent the fact that unless I live in range of the courthouse my sources of information seem to be limited to nothing or what you and Vaughn or somebody thinks about whatever actually occurred. Opinion pieces are fine, I love 'em in fact, but do appreciate some actual reportage with a minimum of spin as well - sort of like Knowlton Nash maybe.

The only thing I might take issue with in that article is your view of winners and losers and not just whether you are choosing the correct parties. Although at this point the access to the "room" is a victory for the defense, more than that it is a victory for the people of BC and Justice. The people of British Columbia are the true victims in this "crime" and the only horse I'm backing in this race is Justice herself.

So once more with feeling, I will attempt to clarify my response to the original comment and the resulting comment from you. I certainly don't think for a minute that your job is easy or a "cakewalk" by any stretch of the imagination and hope to read much more of your coverage of this vital but maddenly confusing legal equivalent to WW I trench warfare.

You started by saying:

Sorry to burst your bubble, kootcoot. but you are shooting at the wrong guy.

Thanks Bill, for bursting my bubble and all, and here I didn't even know I was drooling. I wasn't really shooting at you either, though I do feel that the the press (of which rumor has it you are a part) has been extremely remiss in the coverage of this case with the possible exception of the few days immediately following the virtually unprecedented raids themselves. I would expect a crime possibly involving the improper transfer of a One Billion dollar "public" asset to earn at least the same amount of attention from you and your colleagues as say... a $3,500 deck in East Van. Oh yeah, how could I forget the guys that looked like extras from the Sopranos doing something as suspicious as actually walking out of a card room in North Burnaby. If you think about it, you might understand why that image sticks in my brain so long after they walked out that door, not once, not twice, but every friggin' day for how long?

And it's not condescending to point out the facts, even if it upsets your paranoia or conspiracy theories.

Actually I wasn't discussing any facts, I was referring to the condescending attitude that emanated from your comment on Mary's blog. If you read a little slower, or even, gasp!, the whole post, maybe that would be clear. Forgive me for not expressing myself more clearly in this regard. If we were on old Unix work stations communicating in 'talk' I could even type slower, but that won't make any difference here. But then I remind myself that your column in 24 Hours is called, after all, NewsOpinionAttitudes.

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The only thing you said, and what I took issue with was that " ...but you have to be more accurate on the Courts." Aside from being an incredibly awkward and semi-literate way to say what I think you were trying to say (especially for a "professional" writer), to the casual reader, this statement, coming from you after all, celebrated media/political pundit, casts a cloud of doubt on everything written on Mary's blog. With one casually tossed off, almost Bu$h quality, phrase (no facts mind you) you make it likely that other readers will say "tin-foil hat people over here, let's go see if any white women are missing anywhere!"

Whoops, I almost was inaccurate. You did state one fact, that an article had been published over a week before the court date in a paper in a city at least 4 hours away from the courthouse (for people who can't commute by air) and even father away for about half of the population of the province. Then you were so kind as to paste aforementioned article into your comment. I'll admit there may have been some facts in that article, but where and when they were made available just proves my point about how scarce information is about this issue. Perhaps an article from the Sun from Sunday the 28th or Monday the 29th or even ideally Friday the 26th would have been more effective at "bursting my bubble."

re: conspiracy theories - How's about this one - the whole thing was the result of a bunch of hyperactive mounties with too much time on their hands and thus it's much ado about nothin'. No Bill, I don't think the "Soup Nazi," the AG and Chief Justice and media barons all get together at midnight in a secret compartment off the Deas tunnel to work out their nefarious schemes. People with common interests know who they are and what to do. It might not be a bunch of hand greasing themselves behind a curtain and pulling a fast one on the yokels. It could just be third rate journalism. Part of journalism is deciding what is important and why, and then there's public relations, a whole 'nother sea-lice infested kettle of fish.

First off, a wide range of media were in the courtroom October 30 - The Globe and Mail, CKNW, 24 hours, the Vancouver Sun, the Province, Global TV and others.

Great - so what was that four people? The G&M, CKNW, you and one person wearing three hats? The other question I have is - what were they doing there? I hadn't noticed that the Province even remembered this was going on and left this file for the occasional mocking piece by Keith on Global or Vaughn in the Sun. I'll admit Bill, you're the best of a bad lot, not counting the reporters from TO (you know - the center of the universe far away), maybe you could follow them and see where they get their information. Of course maybe its just a matter of what they decide to know...share with their readers.

How on earth did they get there?

Assuming that the answer isn't by cab or skytrain and the question is how did they know when and where to go - that's what reporters are supposed to do, find out stuff. Jimmy Olsen knew that! I imagine they even get paid for going to the trouble, unlike say... myself or Mary!

They are following the trial despite it's confusions and length.
I knew and they all knew about the disclosure application.

You obviously have better sources than me. All I have is yourself and your colleagues and oh yeah, the Court Online Information Services that LIES and/or chooses to withhold information for no apparent reason - assuming of course that there are no unseen players, un-indicted participants or conspiracies!

I don't disagree for a moment that there should be more coverage, better coverage, more informed coverage.

See Bill, we can agree, wasn't that easy!

But if you want to advance this story and be taken seriously, the facts have to be accurate - it's the same criticism you lay at others' doors.

As I pointed out, I wasn't disputing any facts or presenting any facts and neither were you.

I don't need to pout, I'm not threatening anything - I'll keep reporting the story regardless.

I was responding to the tone in a facetious manner - I'm bad for that, get used to it or ignore me.

I understand you don't read the Victoria Times-Colonist - neither do I. But I found the article because I track the story.

I don't know if or where else it was reported but it's also possible the media didn't find a disclosure application with no details an interesting story, as opposed to a vast media conspiracy to silence the trial.

Well Bill, I beg to differ with anyone that thinks anything about this case is on no interest to the public. I can think of people who might benefit from a dearth of truth ever being available on the other hand. By the way, I would like to remind you about a small deck in East Van.

Lastly, as to my opinion, it is solely my own.

Glad to hear it.....

And in my opinion, shooting at the media with blanks isn't getting us very far.

I think the media is too often shooting blanks at us, or projectiles filled with cotton-candy.

Sorry - you'll probably find that condescending again.

Well I guess I kinda did.........

P.S I read your B-word piece in 24hrs and I'm in agreement with you on the Belinda issue and the lack of class, vocabulary etc. of Norman Spector, Peter MacKay and King Ralph. I must say I was surprised you didn't mention Ralphie's "boner" in your column. I was especially amazed when I found out it wasn't an off the cuff remark, but that he was reading from a prepared and vetted speech. No wonder Stephie Wonder has to muzzle most of his members most of the time.


Anonymous JM said...

I find myself agreeing with you Kootcoot.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 10:34:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Teilmans fault you don't live near a courthouse. Check with Gordon Campbell, he closed lots of them. The media reports are easily readable on the net, the subject has been on Voice of BC and the latest comments were in the Globe and Mail today. Teilman isn't the enemy. Bill and others may nhave a slightly better understanding of the court porcess than some of us. Those fellow have contacts we could never hope to develop. He writes what he sees, and for those of us who don't want to spend the day in a courthouse watching the legal discussions, well the columnists are the only show in town. The court case hasn't even started yet. Sure the delays are long. The judges and lawyers have to fit their times for pretrial and the actual court case. Yes there was a lot of money involved. But lets' put it in perspective. Locally a woman was charged with the murder of her husband at least a year ago. The case won't be till late next year. Which should have priority. One young woman was charged with murder, has had three or four trials so far. Last time around she was found guilty of the murder, and now the appeal process has started. Justice isn't instant like in the US TV shows. We all want to see the case begin. You won't see the case on TV as you already know, doesn't happen in this country. When it starts more interest will be shown and when the decision is made, just go read the case on the Internet, like the rest of us. BC Mary has been collecting stuff for some time, check the papers and pass stuff along to her. I certianly do just that. dl

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 3:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger kootcoot said...

He writes what he sees

Yeah, if only that were the way it was!

well the columnists are the only show in town.
Do you realize that "reporter" and "columnist" are two different words with two different meanings?

Bill and others may nhave a slightly better understanding of the court porcess than some of us.

And then again they may nnot!

by the way dl, I'm not the enemy or a dummy either. I'm not complaining about the time issues (delay), I more worried about the "obstruction of justice" issues and the secrecy issues and the lack of disclosure to the defense and to the PUBLIC, and the tendency to try to make this just go away - unlike say the bogus case about a deck in East Van.

Anyway, stay tuned, I read your often cogent comments over at Mary's.

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 4:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger kootcoot said...

By the way dl, I think if you actually read and understood my post (why do I have to say that phrase so often? maybe I should make up a macro) you would realize that I told Bill where I lived wasn't his fault. However the last time I checked I was still a citizen of British Columbia.

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 5:04:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now the issue of Bornmann is off the table for awhile( Bill Teileman. 24 hours article) the next thing is, how come the trial date was changed becomes the latest point of interest. Might well be that now the defence has got permission to go read some stuff the RCMP had stashed away,it could cause the delay. The judge is about to announce what's happening, shortly. Maybe the dates will be announced. With the cut backs in courthouses and maybe a few murders clogging up the system a delay is likely. But all will have their day in court. what's a few more days either way.The case isn't going away. and my Gosh with the tons of information, just reading it would keep any lawyer or judge busy. If it's rushed a mistrail would become more possible, a appeal Court option would loom. I leave it to the judge.She has the experience not us. dl

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 12:50:00 PM PST  

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