Sunday, February 01, 2009

And That's The Way It Was

The World Economic Forum grappling with the consequences of American protectionism, a dead Canadian soldier returning home, an eroding ceasefire in Gaza, Obama's stimulus plan hits a snag, all possible lead stories. What's not a LEAD story, concerns CBC's national broadcast tonight, which decided that Canadians desperately needed to know that a 23 year old American Olympian took some bong hits at a party. God's speed Michael Phelps, as you enter this troubling phase in your life. Rehab, who knows where we go from here? And thank-you CBC news editors for giving this story the focus it deserves, hopefully Peter follows up tomorrow with an "In Depth" feature.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now, now - there are also other important news issues going on. Madonna and her affairs, Jessica Simpson's weight problems, and gosh, Obama told a joke and Sarah Palin's social events.

WesternGrit said...

Ahhh... the "journalism".

I don't get it. At what point to people say, "I went to school for 4 years for what?" Why go to journalism school? Why not just be an idiot talking head that never went to journalism school (like Rush Limbaugh)? If you're on the news, people will ASSUME you're a journalist, right?

I guess money is more important to today's "journalists" than anything else. But then, you have to ask, why settle for so little? If you really want to roll in the dough just start turning tricks on Younge St... You'll probably make more in a day than you ever did as a "reporter"...

unambig said...

I suppose as a role model, he's seen as important in the development of children, etc etc. But pot really is so passé as a fear tactic. It's just pot.

And yeah, pretty sad lead story.

Dame said...

Not only that but Jessica Simpson Gained some weight ....
and that was my 3 minutes in watching TV today...
The World is Crumbling

who the $^%&*(&^%$ cares ...

burlivespipe said...

It was vapid, but give them credit too with the story that they did on the tabacco industry and the govt's settlement of the smuggling business. No other news room spent the same time looking at that mysterious quagmire, and why the CONs settled for such low (possibly even lower unless they help the tobacco agents meet their quotas) return on the tax penalty. Of course, there wasn't any opportunity to pose the question: who in gov't sits over much of the Ontario tobacco growing industry? (diane finley and her creepy husband could answer that one)...

Steve V said...

Fair enough, it was just the top story designation that was a head scratcher.

knb said...

I saw that story Burl. Really interesting and I'd surely not realised all that background. I wonder if anything will come of it?

Steve...I laughed out loud when I saw this story. It's still in the news today. Unbelievable.

Steve V said...

knb

Let's hope he can turn his life around now.