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Media Probe: Comment on Mass Media Policies and Practices

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MEDIA PROBE COMMENT ON MASS MEDIA P O L I C I E S AND PRACTICES HOY ACCUSES STAR OF S l A M I N G NEWS, I S FIRED AND ALMOST SUED, THE STAR TRIES TO BAR M E PRESS FRPl THE TRIAL, M E N DROPS CHARGES, SAYS HOY I S C w REPORTER WHO RESIGNED, PAYS COSTS BUT DOESN'T TELL ITS READERS ALL ABOUT I T , C r i t i c a l news s t o r i e s i n t he press about t he press a r e as r a r e as n i n e t y degree hea t i n November which was t he month i n 1974 t h a t we pub1 i shed a s t o r y about t he Toronto S t a r f i r i n g r e p o r t e r C l a i r e Hoy and t h rea ten ing l e g a l a c t i o n aga ins t him. Being so r a r e , s t o r i e s about t he development o f t he Hoy a f f a i r were n o t con- spicuous by t h e i r presence i n t h e S ta r . We learned a t "Media 75" t h a t Hoy was work ing f o r t he On ta r i o government and l a t e r f o r the Toronto Sun as a co lumn is t . Then a long came some c l i p p i n g s t h i s p a s t summer, dated i n October 1977, and on December 18, 1977, i n t he form o f Hoy's column c a l l e d " C l a i r e Hoy a t Queen's Park," and news s t o r i e s i n t he Globe and Ma i l and t h e Sun. Obviously, we h a d n ' t been read ing Everyman's f r i e n d l y , sexy, f r o t h y , f a r - r i g h t Tab lo i d a t t h a t t ime and missed t h e Sun column. The column and t he news i tems a r e r e p r i n t e d herewi th ho lus bo lus and p r e t t y we1 1 t e l l i t as i s o r as i t was p l u s g r a t u i t o u s remarks by Hoy about t h e Sun. L e t us now u n d e r l i n e Hoy's v i c t o r y and the S t a r ' s a b j e c t c a p i t u l a t i o n , be ing the S t a r ' s f a i l e d a t tempt t o ba r t he press f rom any c o u r t hear ings on t he Hoy case, t he S t a r ' s f a i l u r e t o i n f o r m i t s readers t h a t t he S t a r had c o n t r i t e l y dropped a l l charges a

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