And so the saga of the good ship Cala Puelba ends. The nation’s major news outlets – CBC, CTV, Global News – have left in limbo their coverage of the search for stowaways. Even the local Halifax paper, the Chronicle Herald, doesn’t seem to know what to do with this story. Only the Globe & Mail has removed this from their line-up.
Most embarrassing is CBC’s evening headline: Halifax readies for possible stowaways. This, after their own radio service is reporting a search of the ship yielded no refugees.
Tomorrow we can expect chagrined investigations into a rumour blown out of proportion.
To the Canadian press I say, “Well done, everyone. You’ve done a lot for the integrity of journalism today.”
My earlier post, Possibility of refugees panics Halifax harbour journalists, gives background to this sorry excuse for a story. With that behind us, nominations for the Schrödinger Award are now open.
In a hastily called news conference in Halifax, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said that despite intelligence, no stowaways or contraband were found on the ship that was escorted into the harbour Tuesday afternoon.
More details at the Chronicle Herald.