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Sunday, December 18, 2005

CBC Headline News! Bloggers Write About Election!

Did you know that the young people have these things called "blogs," ("blog" is short for "weblog" which is sort of like a diary you write on your computer but everyone can read it), and that on these "blogs," they write about current affairs, in a hip, happenin', young person sort of way? Did you know that? I was just channel-surfing (as we older folk do), and I happened upon CBC Newsworld, where the anchor was interviewing a "tech-savvy" young person -- who was wearing glasses that look like they came from Yuri's House of Soviet Eyewear -- about "blogs" and the election campaign. This young person was explaining that "blogs" can influence an election and stir debate, and also that these "blogs" can challenge mainstream media and its insufferable arrogance! Because of course, "bloggers" (people who write blogs) are never arrogant. Also, it was explained that, in order to attract the young people, political parties now have official "blogs" and that sometimes, their "bloggers" are just real reporters in disguise! Also, there are left-wing and right-wing blogs and, according to this CBC report, the left-wing blogs are more likely to challenge their own beliefs, whereas the right-wingers just sort of spew the party line and can't really be trusted.
Anyway, apparently we should all keep our eyes peeled for these "blogs" and pay attention to what they have to say, because they are the future.
The CBC: Always in the vanguard.

Cross-posted at Wonkitties.

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Great my tax dollars at work!

It is my fondest hope that CBC will cease to exist!

Posted by: PGP | 2005-12-18 4:36:05 PM

Burn the CBC to the ground on the first day of the Harper Admin. No mercy, no negotiations, no regrets about destroying the CBC. These people supported 9/11, make documentaries that compare Candaa's veterans to the Nazis, and live in complete isolation from society. It is the equivalent of the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and of the Winter Palace in Moscow in 1917, or the end of Apartheid in 1994. Do it all on the first day to minimize the controversy.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-12-18 4:46:11 PM

I agree. The CBC, especially the television arm, has no business covering politics in this country anymore. Our country's institutions have already been damaged by those credulous Liberal love-children who think that the CBC is credible on national politics.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-12-18 5:19:25 PM


I'm with you. I'm surprised CBC would mention blogs. The sooner we hip 58 year olds learn about blogs (what are these smogs?), the sooner the CBC will, like all brain dead leftist organisms - pass into history.

Even when they report on something like blogs the CBC has to give it their usual left wing spin.

"Left wing blogs are more questioning of their assumptions" - yeah, right, any minute now I'm about to read on the Daily Kos ( Daily Kos , isn't that a cute name - "Markos, is there anything else I can do for you before you go on your trip to Hawaii) that McChimpBushHitler was right about Iraq after all.

CBC- beyond parody. They think its still 1989.

Posted by: Terry Gain | 2005-12-18 6:01:38 PM

Of course there are always the well-reasoned discussions at http://www.rabble.ca/babble/ that the CBC somehow missed.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-12-18 6:22:22 PM

Enright has been named. Question always wanted to ask in re Enright: did he have an impacted epiglottis? Or did he require an adenoidectomy? He drove the CBC out of this taxpayer.

In addition,his snorts between vowels/sibilants were annoying. He also could not pronounce United States correctly. He slurred/elided the words to "usnates".

Miss old Rawhide, though. Is Max still on the go?

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-12-18 6:30:26 PM

I too miss Max and Alan McPhee. If they were leftists they didn't remind you every friggin minute that they were nothing else. And I doubt that they would have been cheering for the Islamofacscists in the "so-called War on Terror" which was the last straw for me (wake -up Mansbridge, be a man, think and stop reading the garbage they write for you).

Posted by: Terry Gain | 2005-12-18 7:05:03 PM

There’s nothing wrong with bias and acting in ones own interest as long as it’s disclosed. Therefore as a news broker, the CBC should theoretically have to behave on disclosure like a Bay St brokerage house. So they should have a runner on the bottom of the TV screen during Mansbridge’s National News that discloses something like this:

The CBC is a Crown Corporation subsidized by the Gubmnt by about $1 billion annually. This sum would be even higher but we air programs such as Hockey Night in Canada which if shown by profitable private broadcasters would pay taxes, we don’t pay taxes. Only a CPC Gubmnt would examine the true tax adjusted cost of the CBC to Canadian taxpayers. This tax-adjusted subsidy would be several billions. Therefore the CBC always supports Liberals who won’t shut us down because we are part of their socialist propaganda machine.
All our news is biased and distorted in such as way as to keep the CPC out of power and the Liberals in. It is this strong bias that enables us to have a constant sneer when broadcasting anything conservative, or anything American because we don’t want Canadians to see the benefits of free enterprise.

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-12-18 7:39:29 PM

Er, doesn't the CBC realize that by being partisan in their story about blogs, its bound to result in negative publicity and postings and comments and cross-posts? Did they really not get the point of the blog, that it can let people discuss mainstream media in a forum not controlled by the editors of said media?

Are CBC reporters and news editors retarded, naive, or just extremely masochistic?

Posted by: Feynman and Coulter's Love Child | 2005-12-18 7:58:22 PM

I'm just happy that my 60-year school buddies and I are all still considered "young people" by the CBC. Gawd, I sure don't want to be middle aged.

Posted by: Two Cents | 2005-12-18 8:06:11 PM

Actually Fynyman & Coulter's Love Child is very appropriate. How could reporters/editors be so off the mark? Educated all of the them. Worldly in their ways. Even used to the big cities that a country bumpkin like me isn't.

Only thing that I can come up with is that they are doing it on purpose. Reporting things that make their team seem good.

On other items I've been saying, wait for the media (MSM) to play their hands in early Jan 06. I think that is when we will start to hear about Harper's hidden abortion, anti-immigrant and pro-US agenda.

While I don't look forward to it, I can't help but feel like I'm watching that Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day". Every day (election) seems just like the last. Nothing changes and even the motivation is the same. To all of you, I state my unabashed hope that I am wrong. But I can't help but feel that I've seen this movie before.

Ed the Hun

Posted by: EdtheHun | 2005-12-18 8:18:47 PM

This is the remake. This time around they can't go to the "Harper is scary" mode so blatantly. Watch for a lot of anti-American propaganda via their public relations network, followed in the final weeks of the campaign by an attempt to link Harper to those American values. You can see this one coming a mile away.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-12-18 8:52:32 PM

Their problem is that it's becoming increasingly clear that things are going well in Iraq. This could be a twofer.

Posted by: Terry Gain | 2005-12-18 9:04:00 PM

The CBC's lack of coverage or investigation on the UN Oil-for-food scandal or Maurice Strong are relatively small, but glaring, examples of their bias.

I realized last week that I find CBC Sunday more amusing than This Hour has 22 minutes.

It's not just the CBC though -my local Saturday paper had a Canadian Press five paragraph article on how Harper, trying to seem like an average "middle-class" guy didn't even know how much a litre of milk cost when being questioned on a Vancouver radio station. This in addition a lack of direct Harper quotes. Polls and Liberal spin are what to focus is on.

Posted by: Charlotte | 2005-12-18 9:04:17 PM

Of course the biggest issue is that to try and address this issue headon means challenging the messenger him/herself. And just like when the kids try to challenge their Dad, far too often the battle isn't worth the punishment that follows. It takes a really BIG person to contemplate one's objectivity when challenged and not just respond to seek retribution.

However, if nothing gets said, then things just carry on. Harper (and his team) have tried to deal with this issue and has found it very difficult since any approach he takes (i.e. not talking with the MSM do to their attacks on his appearance versus his party's policies) results in being beat about the head.

Not being bilingual, I knew folks who were and they ABSOLUTELY ASSURED me that Chretien couldn't speak French any better than he spoke English. Yet did you ever hear his failings reported? Were his capabilities questioned that not able to form coherent sentences in either language (a right is a right because it is a right, right?) Nope, the Conservative-hating, MSN covered up for his continuous missteps and made him seem like quite the brilliant man.

If I get some time over the holiday, I'm going to try and find the statistic, but I know that there have been numerous crossovers of media types (editors/reporters) over to the Liberal team and in some cases into Government jobs. I may have to be corrected (since I could be wrong and will apologize if I am), but wasn't the privacy commissioner (Radwanski) who got canned for taking his staff out to lunch all of the time(as well as dragging his assistant around the world to meetings that he barely attended) an editor for the Toronto Star before getting picked up by Government?

I may be wrong, but I can't help but think that he was one-in-the same. And we all know what the Toronto Star believes in...

Ed the Hun

Posted by: EdtheHun | 2005-12-18 9:22:09 PM

Just to be sure that I wasn't leaving any doubts in the minds of the people reading this, I found a biography of the infamous George Radwanski. And as I thought, an ex-Toronto Star editor and had a stint with the Montreal Gazette. Apparently also involved in some type of review of Canada Post (Andre Ouellette, who now has to be refired). The linkages between the Liberal party and journalists run both wide and deep.

Ed the Hun

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Posted by: EdtheHun | 2005-12-18 9:30:21 PM

Imagine if you will, a terrorist bomb knocking over the CN tower and having it fall directly on the CBC building in downtown Toronto.

Kinda puts you in mind of the old joke about your mother-in-law going over a cliff in your new car.

Don't really want this to happen, but wouldn't that generate some real mixed emotions.

Have a laugh at http://dukemcgoo.blogspot.com

And Duke is older than the average CBC spinner. I can't call them reporters, because they don't report .. they distort.

Posted by: Duke | 2005-12-18 9:42:29 PM

I'm 55 so I can remember when the mealy mouthed CBC first took to the airwaves. My dad swore at it back in the 1950's and 60's whenever it happened to be on the radio and later, the idiot box. Fortunatly for our happy home we lived next to the Montana border in the beautiful Cypress Hills, so we could listin to the stations all over the U.S.A. I grew up saying "we" meaning the Unuited States and me then thinking oh and Canada too. I still think that way, what Unuited States does concerns me , what Canada does usually irritates me. I was trying to think of a Canadian PM that I ever took seriously last week and I decieded that it was Mignion (spelled correctly I hope), I liked Stanfield and I liked Stockwell Day and I like and admire and respect Steven Harper - but they have not been PM - yet.) I hope I get the honor in my lifetime of liking and respecting the Canadian P.M. As for CBC, CTV and CPAC - I want them gone from the scene - might as well mop up the whole mess - the left wing people are all connected and they DO have a secret agenda - that agenda is to make all of the taxpayers cow tow to them in fear.

Posted by: jema54j | 2005-12-18 10:03:12 PM

"...the left-wing blogs are more likely to challenge their own beliefs, whereas the right-wingers just sort of spew the party line..."

Sounds good to me. The left wingnuts SHOULD be challenging their own beliefs, because they are quite clearly WRONG about everything.

Posted by: Raging Ranter | 2005-12-18 10:21:16 PM

TV folk live in a TV world, so naturally they don't respect new, and especially challenging, forms of media. The CBC is even worse because, not having to work for their money, they lack the motivation to change that other media outlets do.

Essentially, it doesn't make sense to hate the CBC for not grasping blogs, but it does make sense to pity or scorn them. It makes sense to hate them for being LPC shills, of course.

Posted by: Tozetre | 2005-12-19 1:11:36 AM

Their web site is not getting traffic to justify it's expense. They realize the alternate media is killing them and it seems like they want to pick the brains of Canada's best bloggers to write free copy for their site.

I notice that Kate McMillan from Small Dead Animals blogs for them. I'll bet their web hits went up 100% with bringing her on.

Posted by: WLMackenzie redux | 2005-12-19 7:16:16 AM

And having missed the morning news, I just checked both CBC's and CTV's websites for what is going.

I have to give some credit to the CBC (believe it or not) that they actually posted a picture of the Martin's wagon ride in Sask on Sunday.

I can't find any reference or picture to it on CTV's site.

Yup good to know that Canada's MSM is right on top of things.

GoldHawk on CPAC stated that apparently there is a video of the incident where Martin is driving the horse-drawn wagon, (apparently with a bunch of folks on the back (including Goodale)), the rubber comes right off of the rim and Martin just keeps on driving.

Looks to me like a Stanfield moment. And if not, at the VERY LEAST an incident which should be covered (if for no other reason than because it is funny). Bet you will never see the video on TV. And I bet after tomorrow the picture will never grace any paper or MSM website either. (Can't embarrass him too much you know).

Boy, Harper gets dressed up in an admittedly unfortunate cowboy outfit and it is splashed across the papers (TV) for weeks.

At least I can't say that they aren't consistent.

Ed the Hun

Posted by: EdtheHun | 2005-12-19 9:21:01 AM

The noon news on CTV showed the clip of Martin driving the busted sleigh.

Posted by: jmrSudbury | 2005-12-19 11:48:11 AM

Being the kind of guy that I am. Well done CTV!

If I were in the Conservative war room, sounds like a PERFECT piece to use in a campaign ad.

The possibilities...

Ed the Hun

Posted by: EdtheHun | 2005-12-19 12:23:03 PM

Has anyone ever taken anything seriously spouted by CBC Television's so-called ''chief parliamentary correspondent'' Keith Boag?

Is it just me or does every one of his comments seem so meaningless and so un-insightful? We are paying this guy's salary, he has supposedly risen to the top, I guess to get the title chief you start down the ladder somewhere. If he's the chief, I'd hate to have to listen to the regular reporters.

Posted by: David | 2005-12-19 3:48:13 PM

Keith Boag does nothing but report on polls and interprets them for even dumber reporters, like Carole MacNeil.

Posted by: Angela | 2005-12-19 4:52:20 PM

It did take me a while to get used to using the computer for news gathering, never mind blogs, but thank goodness for this one. As a Canadian living abroad, the only paper I can stomach is the Western Standard, and the 'Shotgun' is my lifeline. Peter Mansbridge lost me when he told me his job was to sort out whats really important! In Cayman our local channel mysteriously shows a lot of NTV (Nfld) and the occassional CBC hockey game.( After all there are 7000 Canadians here!) The writers on 'The Shotgun' have a lot of good links with actual documents and real information. A welcome change from 'news' anchors mindless chatter and fact-free productions. Also, it seems to be the only place I can find some of my favourite columnists! Thanks guys and gals for keeping the light on!

Posted by: lwestin | 2005-12-19 9:25:04 PM

David: When oag finishes his bit, watch how he waits to see if what he said is okay with Peter Mansbridge. Because no one knows more about the ebb and flow of Canadian politics than Peter Mansbridge.

It would be nice to have Boag replaced by Christina Lawand. Her facial expressions as she tossed Gomery findings back to Peter's desk were absolutely priceless, because she knew she didn't have to add a thing, or make any face, because she had just done some actual reporting.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-12-20 10:40:08 PM

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