A tweet posted by the Twitter account for Ontario Premier Doug Ford Monday evening touted the province’s calls for stronger border measures.

The tweet, featuring what appears to be a composite image containing the logo for CTV News, a photo of Ford alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott and a headline from a CBC article by reporter Mark Gollom, was removed Tuesday morning.

The photo of Ford and Elliott included in the tweet is not one of the images published in the CBC article. Meanwhile, while the quote attributed to Ford does appear in the article, the story focuses on the low number of COVID-19 cases attributed to travel at the time.

Twitter users were quick to point out the tweet’s error. “Just to be clear: Ford is now posting doctored media!” one commenter said. “This screenshot is not real! It is photoshopped to look like a CTV article. It’s a CBC headline from an unflattering article on Ford with the CTV logo and a random quote/pic,” they continued.

Another commenter asked: “Every repeat of the story links back to CBC. Why did your media people manipulate it to advertise CTV?”

“It was fixed as soon as the error was brought to our attention,” said Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for the premier. Yelich did not address questions raised by the Star about why the image was altered.

A nearly identical tweet with a corrected logo was posted shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Star has reached out to the CBC for comment on the tweet.

After the logo error was corrected, users were quick to reply with screenshots of the original tweet.

The CBC article cited by Ford was published in December of last year and examined the rate of COVID-19 entering the country via travel. At that time, travel accounted for less than 0.31 per cent of cases, the article found.

A representative for CTV News declined to comment for this story.



Jenna Moon is a breaking news reporter for the Star and is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @_jennamoon

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