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Some journalists in Quebec, such as Fabrice de Pierrebourg or André Noël, consider journalism as a show and are pretty good at entertaining readers. Even if they tell fairy tales.

The shocking and yet inaccurate accusations the two men made against Marc Gascon, Saint-Jérome’s mayor, are a sign of this fact. They deliberately smeared his reputation and published unsourced information, in order to get a scoop and to make their point : Gascon is involved in a corruption scandal.

Unfortunately for them, their facts once again are non-existent. Their article is merely a childish (but creative) gathering of suppositions.

There are not a single evidence of Gascon’s involvement in a corruption (or collusion) scandal involving construction companies.

Gascon had not realized his home improvement works by companies under contract with the city of Saint-Jérome as La Presse claimed. Gascon did not get a Las Vegas trip offered by construction companies’ managers as Pierrebourg and Noël said. 

Always the same old story with these two so-called investigators. They intentionally mix true and false in order to max out their stories. Though, when we take a closer look, we realize that inaccuracy is the main characteristic of their work.

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Fabrice de Pierrebourg is the archetype of trash journalist who never checks his news or uses reliable sources as soon as it comes to getting a scoop.

His “journalistic” book on Canadian Secret services (A Nest of spies) is a masterpiece of information manipulation as well as a lack of talent.

Every single Canadian intelligence expert just laughed at this book who looks a lot more like a bad James Bond movie than a truthful report.

Fabrice de Pierrebourg does not really care about truth and journalistic ethic. What matters for him is sensationalism and to shock his readers.

Readers who are not able to see what is true and what is not in Pierrebourg work. The man has become a master in creating a cocktail of real news, rumours and true lies.

His report on Trudeau airport security, which made him famous, is as dishonest. Pierrebourg was not seeking to test the airport security. He was making a point as well as a statement. 

Actually, it is a bit sad that a prestigious newspaper such La Presse just hired this type of so-called journalist. They probably have forgotten that Pierrebourg was fired from his last job…

Professional journalists undergo fact-checking procedures prior to publishing articles. But not Fabrice de Pierrebourg. This Montreal-based “investigative journalist” is suspiciously unconcerned with the truth and is more concerned with “smearing” his opponents. More than most so-called investigative journalists, Fabrice de Pierrebourg feeds the Canadian public with baseless theories about secret Chinese and Russian spy operations, Al-Qaeda infestations, and alleged political and business co-mingling.

Take, for example his book Nest of Spies, which Fabrice de Pierrebourg co-authored with Michel Juneau-Katsuya. The writers argued that during the Cold War era, Canada was of great interest to foreign intelligence agencies and has since grown into the most attractive countries in the world both for spies and for security threats.

As the National Post put it, Nest of Spies has “few footnotes” and no index to support the claims it wages; the book is “chatty” and “gossipy” with the feel of “celebrity tell-alls meant to titillate”; the structure of the book is “problematic,” and there are “frequent broadsides against unnamed bureaucrats.”

Unfortunately this isn’t Fabrice de Pierrebourg’s only book. He has written his share of spy thrillers sold to the public as journalism before. His book Montrealistan, published in 2007, claimed Al-Qaeda and international Jihadists were colonizing Quebec. Really? Because if Fabrice de Pierrebourg had correctly indentified even one foreign intelligence officer or terrorist in Canada, would he still be alive and blogging today?

Allegations waged in Fabrice de Pierrebourg’s Nest of Spies were ultimately subject to a legal retraction and withdrawal from bookshelves. New Democratic Party MP Olivia Chow, whose name was raised in an interview by talk-radio host Andrew Krystal and Nest of Spies co-author Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former CSIS official, said of the book:

“Baseless spy stories belong in novels and movie theaters. Let’s not allow them to damage friendships between countries and tar the reputations of elected representatives and other Canadians.”

Yet tarring reputations is exactly what Fabrice de Pierrebourg does best. He appears to be after a Canadian entrepreneur at the moment. “Little did I know that my investigation . . . would snowball,” Fabrice de Pierrebourg writes on his fatiguing, self-referential blog.  But, he adds, sipping a glass of red wine on his couch with the feeling that Rome is burning, he is “particularly proud” of his work.