Catherine Porter “Misremembered” Encounter With Ezra Levant Says Star

“…On the question of accuracy, Porter’s column has a clear factual error, which she now acknowledges. She reported that before Levant walked away, her daughter whispered, “You’re being mean to my mom.” In fact, as we see and hear on camera, Lyla said, “You’re talking to my mommy, you know that, right?”
Porter, who wrote the column the day after the protest, did not take any notes during her encounter with Levant – an issue for me. She wrote from memory and misremembered what her daughter had said at that particular time.

While Porter told me Lyla did say the words she reported at some point after the encounter, that’s not what the camera shows. In journalism, the words within quotation marks must be the exact words stated so this misquote is a journalistic lapse caused, I believe by not doing the proper due diligence of taking careful notes on assignment for the Star. Certainly journalists need notes to support what they publish, especially when it puts someone in a bad light.”

John Lennon and Catherine Porter

This is when I taught John my song “Imagine”… I really liked Yoko.

  • David Murrell

    Excellent work by Ezra Levant here. He is persistent, in challenging the dominant establishment media when they do wrong. I also like that Ezra is brave and inquisitive enough to go our, camera in hand, to investigate people at left-wing demonstrations. More intrepid work like this should be done.

  • Blacksmith

    Ah exposing media bias, I am sure she just ‘misremembered’ Is she going for Hillary’s VP slot?

    • Justin will hire her.

    • Clausewitz

      Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

  • SDMatt

    I don’t see the problem.

    Dumb socialist journalist goes to protest, drags kid along as a prop, encounters evil right winger and writes a largely fictional account of the thing.

    Those are the Toronto Star’s Atkinson Principles in action! Holy Joe Atkinson would be proud.

  • simus1

    “Misremembered” a day later seems to suggest she also “misremembered” that video recording is a given these days.

    Embarrassed Red Star C&S will no doubt be “Rob Fording” Ezra at every opportunity going forward as payback.

    • She isn’t fired, must take a lot to get canned from the Star.

      • WalterBannon

        The Star encourages its staff to make up imaginary news

  • WhiteRabbit3

    Andrew Breitbart said that if you want to expose the true nature of the left, all you have to do was turn on a video camera, aim it at them, and hit record.

    • That’s what I have done with Islamists and to a lesser extent Leftists over the years, there is no need for commentary, just let them speak.

      • lolwut?

        I used to stop and pose for selfies with libtards following me with cameras after I used to interject into their lying interviews with the media when they were defending hispanic drug dealers being targeted here in Vancouver in the 90’s.

        That of course was before smartphones and camcorders were still pricey, they’d follow me down the street with film cameras acting like it was intimating me. I’m like hell , you want pics…. come here and I’d rap an arm around their should.,..

        Pissed them off to no end.

        • They have tried that with me. One Idiot was filming me while simultaneously declaring I was a paid agent of Harper, Netanyahu and the Mossad.

          Typically I look into their cameras and thank them for the email tips and promise I won’t reveal their identity – that throws them;)

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    But isn’t the real story here that evidence doesn’t matter much any more? Only FEEEELINGS!!! matter and then only those of certain people = the progressive elite and those identified victims who are profitable to them. – Denyse O’Leary, Ottawa

  • Clear Thinker

    I saw the video, all topics were covered, ezra was a peach.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Her column would have been true, if the facts were different. Isn’t that good enough?

    • It would have been true if no video camera were there.

  • Elephant in the Thread

    Good Work Ezra! This should wake some people up to the fact that the Star will resort to lies and fact manipulation to push their PC at all costs agenda on to the public.

    • WalterBannon

      unfortunately no it will not

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    “Foremost, given the Star’s standards regarding journalistic impartiality, I grow uncomfortable at seeing video footage of a Star journalist marching in a protest carrying a sign”
    Tough slog getting through that dancing on the head of a pin justification of a defense of Porter but it was worth it for that one sentence.

  • kkruger71

    Although there was a lot of spin in this article, dancing around and trying to explain away/justify the problems with the original column, I will say this was far better than I would have expected to read in the Star. I do still believe that the only reason they went so close to admitting the “failures” (read: lies) is that Ezra had everything on video and has built himself a large enough following to force their hand. Someone with a lesser public profile would not have had such a thing written and I’m sure they would have let the original column stand without public correction.
    As one of the commenters on here pointed out however, I agree that going forward Ezra can expect a Rob Ford level of animosity from the Star and they will do everything they can going forward to embarrass and shame him whenever they get the chance.

    • andycanuck

      It looks like she broke three Toronto Red Star ethics rules:
      avoid actively taking part in protests (and other similar political
      opinion expression like signing petitions); they’re not supposed to pick
      fights with journalists from other organizations; and they have an
      obligation not to be compromised by open political displays or taking
      part in personal axe-grinding on issues. A “John Groves” quotes the
      passages in his Twitter feed that Kate at SDA has linked.

  • dance…dancetotheradio