4,000+ visitors in the past 3 days. Thank you Toronto Star, The Canadian Press, Colin Perkel
What’s that old saying about there being no bad publicity?
Now I truly understand why (according to a friendly TorStar reporter) the Toronto Star has had an editor’s ‘kill’ on my story for the past three years – to the point of removing my reader comments from their website even when my comments had nothing to do with my legal case or personal situation.
The Toronto Star made ‘Donald Best’ and ‘DonaldBest.CA’ disappear from their website.
Could it be libel chill that caused the newspaper to censor my story, name and website? Could it have something to do with the fact that two of the senior lawyers I sued regularly act for the Toronto Star and other mainstream news media, even representing them all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada on occasion?
Big Media won’t allow their journalists to cover my story
In the last few years I’ve been interviewed by many Canadian journalists from such outlets as the Toronto Star, National Post, Sun Media, Globe and Mail and CTV.
It usually starts in the same manner. The reporter stumbles across my website, listens to the voice recordings, downloads the transcripts and other evidence and then contacts me almost breathless for an interview. Their instinct tells them there are several good stories here, and their healthy professional skepticism is soon satisfied by the quality of my evidence.
(It’s tough to dispute forensically-certified voice recordings of me telling lawyers that I did NOT receive a certain court order – and then read the same lawyers’ sworn testimony and transcripts falsely telling the judge that during the same telephone call I ‘confessed’ that I HAD received the court order. What the lawyers did is called ‘perjury’ and ‘obstruct justice’.)
Each time I politely answer the journalist’s questions, provide them with the backup evidence they request, and each time nothing appears in the news media. A very few journalists contacted me afterwards and in a forthright manner explained in frustration and perhaps some shame what I already knew was happening.
The mainstream news media has censored my story since 2013, yet four days ago on June 21, 2016, only hours after the Appeal Court of Ontario released a decision that was critical of my lawyer Paul Slansky, the Toronto Star, National Post and Toronto Sun all ran the same one-sided, incomplete and inaccurate story about my lawyer and my case.
Did the powers that be decide that the award-winning Canadian Press reporter Colin Perkel should write a story and it would be published nationwide? Or, did Mr. Perkel somehow trip across an Appeal Court release within a few hours, decide to cover the story himself and then convince his editors to publish?
Mr. Perkel never contacted me. His story contains inaccuracies, no background and certainly no reference to DonaldBest.CA where Canadians can listen to voice recordings, examine the evidence and decide what happened for themselves.
But as a result of Mr. Perkel’s article, in the last three days over four thousand Canadians used Google and other searches to seek out my side of the story. They came to my website, listened to the recordings, downloaded court transcripts and spent considerable time reading my articles. 19.8% of the visitors stayed for over an hour. An additional 10.1% stayed for 20 minutes. I am advised by an internet expert that these are incredible statistics for visitor retention times.
I received the most wonderful and uplifting notes of support and encouragement from all over Canada. Dozens of my readers went further and told of their own situations involving unethical lawyers using every trick in the book to block access to justice or to win by any means. (I’ll be writing back to each of you although it may take a few days to complete the list.)
As I’ve said before, there are tens of thousands of us. We are telling our stories, educating, organizing and advocating for major reforms to the justice system and the legal profession.
So far Colin Perkel has told only one side, and at that only a very narrow slice of a story that should concern every Canadian who values our justice system and the rule of law.
Mr. Perkel is one of Canada’s senior journalists. He has written and broadcast thousands of stories in the last 30 years. You’ve undoubtedly read his work. He did three tours in Afghanistan and you have to respect a journalist who would put his life on the line to bring the news to his fellow Canadians.
It is likely that by now Mr. Perkel has visited my website, listened to the recordings and read much of the evidence. He knows he’s only told a sliver of the stories that are here, and it would be unlike a journalist of his stature to not dig further.
If Mr. Perkel contacts me, I’ll be pleased to speak on the record. Whether the mainstream news media would publish his story – even written by Mr. Perkel – is another matter.