Newsmaker of the Year Poll Receives Serious Criticism

The selection of an annual poll conducted by The Canadian Press announced Luka Rocco Magnotta as the Canada’s 2012 Newsmaker of the Year, which has now spurred extraordinary criticism through the social media and news web sites on Sunday. Rocco Magnotta is an alleged killer, currently residing in a Montreal detention centre awaiting his case to go through legal process, has been the key suspect of a global manhunt because of his involvement in the death of a Chinese engineering student in Canada. The dead body of the deceased was split in four halves and mailed at four different locations in Ottawa and British Columbia. Rocco Magnotta was arrested last June at a Berlin internet café and now this story of Mr. Magnotta is being coined as the selection of an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae was one of the first personalities to criticize this incident, he tweeted that the “Canadian Press reaches a new low with its naming Magnotta as ‘newsmaker of the year.’ Truly disgusting.” In the following tweets, Mr. Rae went alleged that The Canadian Press has resorted to “cheap sensationalism” and that “lots of people had more impact and made more news.”

Among others to criticize were Toronto Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, who said the choice was “awful,” and Conservative MP Jay Aspin, who claimed that the news agency shall withdraw the selection. Mr. Aspin tweeted that “I appeal to decency & better judgement of the Canadian Press and ask them to rescind their choice of Luka Magnotta as Newsmaker of the year.”

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