Dan Murphy has been tweaking sensitive noses for 25 years, but when he tweaked Enbridge’s, he discovered an implacable face behind the nose. The political cartoonist for Vancouver, B.C.’s Province newspaper was incensed when his parody of the oil company’s pipeline promotion was pulled from the paper’s Web site.
The video, which can still be seen on YouTube, is a clever spoof. The Enbridge video makes the pipeline appear to be the best thing that could happen to the future of Alberta, jobs, the environment, and the family. Murphy adds a narrative from a fictitious marketing designer, who appears puzzled when black, oily splotches keep marring the production.
Enbridge contacted the publisher, Postmedia News, and the video was removed. Neither side disputes that sequence of events. Beyond that, the versions differ. Vancouver Province editor Wayne Moriarty insists the only issue is copyright violation.
Murphy tells another version. When he spoke with CBC, he said his editor told him:
If it doesn’t come down, Enbridge says they’re pulling a million dollars worth of advertising from Postmedia, and if it doesn’t come down, I, Wayne Moriarty, I’m going to lose my job.
As for Enbridge, CBC News writes:
Enbridge has released a statement saying it did not threaten to pull its ads and that it did not ask for the video to be removed.
Political pundit Rafe Mair also weighed in on his Common Sense Canadian blog. He has long accused The Vancouver Sun and The Province of going easy on the Liberal government’s poor environmental record and said:
Does it not tell you that the only logical conclusion one can come to is that Postmedia papers, in Vancouver at any rate, do indeed censor and that in all probability their columnists self-censor?
Whatever the facts of the case, pulling the video from the Postmedia News site has brought it a lot of attention. Watch the hilarious spoof, and weigh in with your own opinions.
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Photo from Dan Murphy's satiric video