Flooding eases but threat remains in soggy B.C.Who cares? Furthermore, you could justify this tripe in the entertainment section, but to put the Hilton embarrassment in the news section, is just disgraceful. I understand there is an audience for tabloid stories, but surely we can expect the CBC to hold some higher level of journalist integrity. The fact that the CBC apparently can't, speaks volumes about the state of the media and where we are headed as a society.
6 people dead, toddler injured in Wisconsin shootings
Riots mark Bush's Vatican visit
Toronto shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded
NATO soldier killed in southern Afghanistan
Hilton 'growing' from jail experience
More Taliban suspects allege abuse
Palestinian gunmen storm Israeli border
With all the issues the world faces, all the relevant stories that explode daily, we waste precious space and audience on, what amounts to, a spoiled airhead tramp that parties. It is beyond maddening, and completely irresponsible for Canadian broadcasters to facilitate the dumbing down of Canada. I understand the elephant next door, and people will be quick to point out that "we aren't that bad", but the trends are clear, the erosion remarkable.
You could argue public demand, and the media is merely responding, driven by ratings. That view effectively absolves media from any responsibility, any independent standards, both substantively and ethically. Media as passive player, acting as conduit, supplying what we demand, seems all too convenient. The problem, for people who aren't interested in this nonsense, you can't escape it. The other day, no matter which news source I choose, paper or television, the story was there. In other word, unless I lock myself in a cave, the reluctant viewer is exposed, whether they want it or not. Did Neilson pickup my viewership, and conclude I cared?
I see the struggle against triviality, and superficial media, as largely a losing battle. Having said that, I expect my public broadcaster to operate under a different set of rules, and uphold some semblance of "hard" journalism. The CBC should operate as a beacon, even if it toils in the sea of nothingness. Do you know, right now, some CBC reporter is in Calgary, on the phone, trying to determine if Prince Harry actually slipped the tongue to a waitress at a racy bar? I desperately need to know, the world waits for the crucial confirmation. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.