February 13, 2017
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#171 Don’t Fling Mud At The Scud Stud
In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and - at the time - Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud. Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest newspaper chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.
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In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and – at the time – Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud.

Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest newspaper chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.

Eight years later, an Alberta court ruled in Kent’s favour.

What issues drove Kent to undertake such an extensive – and likely expensive – lawsuit? And what does the ruling mean for journalists in Canada?

Read the full text of the Court of Queen’s Bench’s decision here.

 

(In the intro to this week’s episode CANADALAND erroneously said that Arthur Kent ran in the 2008 Federal election. He, in fact, ran as a Conservative nominee in the 2008 Alberta provincial election.)

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