Enbridge spoof pulled from Province
Cartoonist says Enbridge spoof pulled under pressure
By CBC News
A veteran B.C. political cartoonist says his newspaper has backed down in a fight with one of Canada’s largest energy companies over a spoof of an advertisement.
Dan Murphy, of the Vancouver Province, created an animated parody targeting Enbridge Inc. and the potential environmental impact of its proposed multi-billion-dollar Northern Gateway pipeline proposal that would cross B.C. and Alberta.
Murphy says his publisher, Postmedia News, pulled the online animation off its website after Enbridge threatened to cut advertising with the newspaper chain, a claim Enbridge denies
The original Enbridge video was designed to promote its controversial pipeline project.
Murphy’s animation mocks Enbridge, splashing oily goo on the screen while questioning the oil giant’s environmental record.
Murphy told CBC News that he was told Enbridge was outraged that its ad was mocked and put heavy pressure on Postmedia News.
The parody was taken down and Murphy says he was given a blunt message by Vancouver Province editor Wayne Moriarity.
“‘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,’” Murphy said Moriarity told him….
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