Brown, Bell Media dig in for fierce fight over credibility

It is without a doubt a fight to the finish as Patrick Brown, former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and Bell Media, owner of the CTV Network, hunker down in a fierce battle for credibility.  Wednesday, CTV News Toronto broadcast a story in which it asked Brown “if he thinks the two women accusing him of sexual misconduct are lying.” It said he hadn’t answered. Brown has said the CTV story is crumbling after the broadcaster admitted that one of the women was not a minor, as it first reported, when he allegedly molested her in some fashion ten years ago. He invited the women to go to the Barrie Police and see if they can get him charged. It is nasty. And it seems to speak of a special peril awaiting conglomerates like Bell Canada when they own news media. Bell sells everything from home alarms to cell phones. It has retail stores, Internet service, phones, radio stations and a sacred bit of property called the CTV National News. For those who choose to think of Brown as a victim, the atmosphere is tense. They are a long way from the soft and fuzzy world of Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign, a promotion which raises awareness of mental health. So is Bell. New information raises questions about allegations against Patrick Brown

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