- Bourque Newswatch
Bourque claims to have been the first media source to report a number of major stories, including
Jean Charest's departure from federal politics to lead the Quebec Liberal Party, the retirement of Gilbert Parentas Speaker of the House of Commons and the 2000 election call. However, the "Ryerson Review of Journalism" found that Bourque's exclusive scoops have also been wrong on many occasions. For example, in 2000he inaccurately reported that Canadian AllianceMP Keith Martinwould cross the floor to the Progressive Conservatives after Stockwell Daywon the Alliance leadership, that Elsie Wayneand Mac Harbwould be appointed to the Senate, and that Mike Harriswould retire as Premier of Ontariothat year. [cite news | last = Heller | first = Joshua | title = The Wrong Man | journal = Ryerson Review of Journalism | date = Summer 2001 | publisher = School of Journalism, Ryerson University | url = http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2001/summer/351/ | accessdate = 2007-01-15]
Finally, "RRJ" found it difficult to verify Bourque's claimed web traffic; in a random sample of 6,500 Canadian internet users in September 2000, not a single one had visited Bourque Newswatch. "RRJ" also found that almost no major Canadian journalist used Bourque Newswatch as a "source", although some admitted to using the site as an aggregator to quickly review the day's mainstream media headlines.
The Bourque Newswatch has been criticized for allegedly allowing advertisers to purchase headlines and to "tourque" them in order to highlight a positive news story about itself or a negative story about an opponent.
* [http://www.bourque.org/ Bourque Newswatch]
* [http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2001/summer/351/ "The Wrong Man"] , 2001 "
Ryerson Review of Journalism" article critical of the site's reliability
* [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070618.wnascarr0618/BNStory/National/home Recent article regarding Conservative party sponsorship of Bourque]
* [http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/ National Newswatch] Bourque alternative
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