Dear editor: It was shocking to read the coverage in Thursday’s paper of the reaction of the Corner Brook Port Corporation to Oceanex Inc.’s decision to cease its operation in Corner Brook.
We issued a media release to The Western Star on Wednesday afternoon in response to inaccurate public statements regarding the lease arrangement and business relationship between Oceanex and the Corporation.
In that media release we stated: “There are no provisions in the current lease, the previous agreement or the agreement under negotiation which would allow Oceanex to prevent other business or other vessels from coming into the port or availing of the services of the crane.” We also stated: “the Port of Corner Brook is open for all business and able to accept vessels from any operator or carrier at any time.”
Despite these clear and concise statements in our media release the news article in Thursday’s paper did not mention either of them. We fail to understand how a reporter from your newspaper could ignore these key messages.
We have even greater difficulty understanding how the editorial in that same paper could contain the blatantly false statement that the Corporation is unable to seek out other shippers to fill the void left by Oceanex.
The quality of the journalism shown by The Western Star in reporting on this issue is quite frankly embarrassing. Your newspaper has an obligation to be fair, balanced and accurate in its reporting.
The public expects and deserves that. The Western Star failed miserably in this instance by disregarding the undisputed facts in favour of blatantly false statements.
I hope that this is not typical of your everyday reporting because if it is, the public needs to know that The Western Star cannot be trusted to report the truth.
George Murphy, Chairman, Corner Brook Port Corporation