Gotcha? Or keep your trap shut?

There is no such thing as ‘gotcha’ journalism.

There are only tough questions that people get caught answering in a ridiculous manner.

The Republicans have accused Katie Couric of ‘gotcha’ journalism against Sarah Palin.

Horseshit.

The woman is so beyond vapid that even a vacuum can’t exist between those ears.

More importantly, Conservative MP Lee Richardson was caught during the recent campaign, saying immigrants were to blame for the rise in crime in Calgary.

OK … not entirely false … you check the police roster for criminal activity and you don’t exactly see a lot of MacDonalds, Smiths, and Woods caught up in the fray.

And certainly a lot of newcomers to Canada haven’t disagreed with Richardson.

But he sure got caught with his pants down, making it sound like all immigrants are the downfall of Calgary.

Panic! Fear-monger!

So there I stood, listening to Richardson at a recent event leading up to tonight’s election.

And then he started bleating against the media.

“It’s their fault! I was taken out of context! It’s gotcha journalism!”

His words fell on confused ears. Without question, he failed to appreciate his audience … all newcomers to Canada, who seek one thing: the opportunity to participate in the Calgary labour force.

These were people who escaped political oppression in their native countries and who read government-controlled media sources.

And thus, I seethed with anger.

Not only because of Richardson’s blatant lack of respect for his audience, but also for his inability to accept responsibility for the words that fell out of his mouth.

He’s only indicative of the burgeoning epidemic that has spread throughout North America — in its politicans, its pro athletes, and its stars and starlets.

‘Was that what I said? No, it wasn’t! It’s not my fault!’

Instead, I’d have far more respect for the politician that said, ‘Yes, said it. And I was wrong.’

Hell, even Fonzie said it once.

Give me the Sean Averys of the world. The ones who will say what they need to say, look dead in the camera two days later, and say, ‘Yeah, I said it. What?’

Admit you were wrong or stand by your words.

Give me someone to believe in.

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