Readers respond to #maninbluesuit
A firefighter stands behind the Prime Minister and Premier Christy Clark during a staged photo op in West Kelowna last week. The story has made national headlines for refusing to name the Prime Minister.
(ADAM PROSKIW / iNFOnews.ca)
July 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM
KELOWNA – An InfoNews story about a recent visit by Prime Minister to the Shelter Cove wildfire last Friday has ignited a debate about political photo ops and our decision to not name the Prime Minister during a brief visit last Thursday.
The story, “Man in blue suit thanks firefighters,” was shared nation-wide and drew reaction from media outlets across the country. @adamproskiw was trending on Twitter and #maninbluesuit was also popular.
Numerous local and national radio shows featured the original story and it was also cited in the Huffington Post Canada and the Vancouver Observer for leaving out the Prime Ministers name and including a photo that highlights the firefighter in the background with the PM and Premier Christy Clark blurred in the foreground.
The story has gotten more than 11,000 Facebook likes and hundreds of comments ranging from the congratulatory and thankful to outwardly hostile and accusatory.
On Twitter, the story has been tweeted and retweeted hundreds of times and comments from readers now number in the hundreds with the hashtag #maninbluesuit.
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