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Anthony Wilson-Smith

Columnist for Maclean's magazine, co-author (with Edward Greenspon) of Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power (Doubleday, 1996)


Unlike doctors or lawyers, both of whom have to pass rigorous tests, and can be barred from practising if they violate rules regarding their conduct journalism has no such barriers or universal codes of conduct.

The silly notion underlying [the Liberals'] institutionalized fibbing and historical revisionism is that politics is a blood sport, in which any admission of error, or credit to the opposition, demonstrates mortal weakness. In fact no one expects others - especially not polititicans - to be perfect. And a whole-hearted apology goes a long way towards quelling controversy.

Feb. 26, 2001 - from "The politics of fibbing", Maclean's magazine