Canadian Press prints heavily biased “truth test” on O’Toole’s healthcare views

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A so-called “truth test” by the Canadian Press on Erin O’Toole’s views around healthcare only included perspectives from sources who staunchly favour the status quo. The August 24th article was published in several outlets including in the Toronto Star and the Times Colonist. “The issue comes down to the question of whether private, for-profit health services can be offered without undermining Canada’s universal public health-care system,” the article reads. The story was prompted by a manipulated video shared by Chrystia Freeland which attempted to paint O’Toole as opposed to universal healthcare. The 30-second video spliced together several sentences from a two-minute-long comment O’Toole made which actually stressed the importance of defending the universal system. Instead of offering an objective analysis that includes perspectives from both sides of the issue, the Canadian Press’ purported fact check only included comment from “advocates for a universal public system.” The only two experts quoted by the article were the chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Dr. Melanie Bechard, and the national director of policy advocacy for the Canadian Health Coalition, Steven Staples.

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