This past week has seen some of the most salacious, despicable, and unethical stories one can remember, and it has almost nothing to do with the details surrounding Patrick Brown’s alleged behaviour.
One of his anonymous accusers has been unmasked, and for good reason.
A CTV News reporter who helped break the story, Rachel Aiello, either failed to mention to her superiors, or was abetted by them, that she has a friendship with Chelsea Nash, one of women who levelled serious accusations against Brown. Nash and Aiello both worked at The Hill Times, and have known each other for years.
‘Problematic’ doesn’t even begin to describe this revelation, as one of the tenants of being a solid reporter is objectivity, and objectivity is immediately lost when a reporter has a connection or friendship with the subject of their story. While this doesn’t mean Nash’s account is inaccurate, it stains the Aiello’s reporting, her professionalism, and her expected neutrality. Patrick Brown’s potential of becoming the second most powerful politician in the country was completely dismantled as a result of this reporting, and that cannot be overlooked.
And it gets worse.