ON THE STUMP
CKRW refused flight
due to policy
Whitehorse radio station CKRW-FM has heard concerns from listeners over its stance on free flights offered to the media by the Yukon Party during the election campaign.
In the first week of the campaign, CKRW, CHON-FM and the Whitehorse Star were offered free seats on a plane flying Premier Dennis Fentie to Dawson City and Mayo.
The Star and CHON accepted; CKRW refused.
CKRW refused the offer based on a policy not to accept free trips from parties during an election, said station sources.
The CBC has a similar policy and is not covering the junkets.
Last week, Fentie and media outlets not ethically opposed to the free flights travelled to Old Crow.
The News was invited by Yukon Party campaign manager Craig Tuton, but declined. (TQ)
Schmoozin’ NDP style
Not to be outdone by the Yukon Party’s grandiose offer to fly reporters around the Yukon with Fentie, the NDP started offering junkets of their own.
Riverdale South candidate Peter Lesniak is offering to take reporters on automobile tours of his riding.
He’ll even pay for the gas.
“I put this invitation out to all media,” Lesniak said Wednesday.
“I’ll take you to see where the poor people are.
“You won’t have to pay a dime.”
We declined that offer, too. (GM)