Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Naylor too

Dave Naylor's widely-slammed Tweet about the death of Jack Layton has reached the Globe and Mail, Edmonton Journal and Global News online, but not a word from the Calgary Sun as of tonight.

Another blog says Jose Rodriguez, editor in chief, has commented on Naylor's Tweet, but no sign of it on the Calgary Sun website.

Canadians across the country have reacted to the now-deleted Tweet. Time for the Calgary Sun to comment on any ramifications for the city editor.


  1. Naylor should've pulled a Weiner and claimed his Twitter account was hacked.

    RE: "... no sign of it on the Calgary Sun website ... Time for the Calgary Sun to comment on any ramifications for the city editor."

    If you keep quiet then it never happened, right? That's the beauty of the Internet. Nothing but intangible words in the wind. Perfect for rewriting history.

  2. I can't defend Naylor's comment, but what bothers me is the fact the world considers journalists as always on the job. Anything you do is tied to your work.
    Most other people with such heavy shackles are incredibly well compensated, such as politicians, high-ranking public servants, professional athletes or top-level celebrities (and in some cases, the bad publicity for those folks is ultimately good publicity).
    Unfair pressure on our profession. Naylor's a human being. He tweeted on his own page. It was a tasteless remark. He made a mistake. Give the guy some slack.
    And I will end by saying if he'd said something similar about Harper, we know he'd have been turfed immediately...

  3. When you introduce yourself to fellow Tweeters as Calgary Sun city editor, you are on the job. If not for that intro, Naylor's idiotic Tweet would have been a non-story. Most Twitter readers wouldn't have known he was city editor of a major daily Canadian newspaper if he didn't wave the Sun flag in their faces. Give the guy some slack? Not here. That, apparently, is something Calgary Sun management is doing.

  4. My twitter handle doesn't mention my employer. It means I have a smaller audience, because my job puts me in the media, but it also lessens the chance of any confusion about who I'm speaking for when i tweet.

    I'm betting PKP has yet to issue any social media guidelines for employees. Might be seeing those soon. Anybody still in the empire know?

  5. I'm sure a social media rule book will be coming down the pipe any day now. Won't that be a treat. Another 'guide' for us that will be revised so often we will all be left dizzy once again, if we aren't already

  6. Journalists may not be as well compensated as other professions that are expected to be "always on," but we wield influence that's well beyond our pay grade.

    If someone like a Liberal party insider tweeted this, or had been caught on mic muttering it to someone privately, it likely would have made papers across Canada and spurred wider calls for a resignation than Naylor's tweet did.

    There's nothing unusual about comments like the offending tweet. I've heard jokes in newsrooms that were far more tasteless and much funnier... the shocker is that he somehow lacked the common sense (or was so clueless about Twitter) to think this one-liner was somehow fit for public consumption.