Former Radio Queen turned Executive Director of the Council of Independent Community Pharmacy Owners is rightfully upset with false and "slanderous" comments that were made about her on VOCM Open Line yesterday morning.
I have to tell you, I don't always see eye to eye with Sue, but I respect her tireless dedication to public policy in the province. She is an agent of change that would give the Duracell bunny a run for longevity. She is so well known that like "Danny" & "Joey" all you need do is utter her first name and people know who your are talking about.
Bob who is a regular caller on Open Line Shows took Sue to task yesterday, and in doing so crossed a line that the producers and owners of VOCM need to reflect on. 'Bob" made some potentially slanderous comments about Sue receiving "rewards" for past political work for former Premier Roger Grimes. The claims were not only unfounded they were wrong.
Listeners who heard the exchange may not hear an apology or hear sue refute the allegation that she had been given "a pharmacy, probably for her loyalty, I think." The station has a great responsibility. In this province the talk shows are the source of many people's political news. If callers are permitted, as this guy was, to make disparaging comments and out right lies about other people, a line is crossed.
Offering the person offended an opportunity to refute out right lies is simply not good enough. Bob should be told he needs to call and set the record straight. They should also reconsider the delay system which is obviously not working or the operator did not see any harm in allowing Sue to be slandered. VOCM should have the decency to broadcast announcements over the next few days apologizing to Sue.
Like I said, they have an enormous reach in this province. With that comes a responsibility to provide balance and not allow their transmissions to be hi-jacked by individuals intent on slandering others.