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American TVcritics judge the Canadian coverage of the Ottawa

by Rob_Boyter / October 28, 2014 1:32 PM PDT


Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame


"The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting.

"Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the shootings in Ottawa unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable witnesses, and a thick fog of confusion. All of that was familiar. What was less familiar was how Mansbridge and his team managed that confusion, conveying a concise and fact-based version of fast-moving events to viewers across Canada and the world.

"This live bit of level-headed reporting by Mansbridge, from around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, should be given to journalism students around the country. It basically contains everything you need to know about why CBC did its audience proud:

" MANSBRIDGE: And so, the situation is, as we say, tense and unclear. And it's on days like this—we keep reminding you of this and it's important—it's on days like this, where a story takes a number of different pathways, a number of changes occur, and often rumors start in a situation like this. We try to keep them out of our coverage, but when they come, sometimes from official sources, like members of Parliament, you tend to give them some credence. But you carefully weigh it with what we're also witnessing. It's clear that the situation is not over. It is clear the police are in an intense standby situation and continue to be on the lookout, and until somebody blows the all-clear on this we will continue to stay on top of it and watch as the events unfold."

Remember how good Peter Jennings was? Well, he was a former CBC reporter and anchorman.

Predictably, the CBC is hated by noisy minority Right-Wing Nuts here in Canada. I have no idea why, perhaps it's just the attitudes they imbibe by osmosis from across the border. There is the same slavish fawning adulation for the Corporate Sector and Super-Rich Class here as there is in the US among that benighted crew.

Never the less, as I observed at the time, the coverage was low key and sensible compared to things like the Boston Bombers and Ferguson, Mo.

The Corporal's funeral has been covered well. I'm glad people here actually appreciate their military.


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And interesting sidelight on Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers
by Rob_Boyter / October 28, 2014 1:37 PM PDT
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One of my family is married to an American
by JP Bill / October 28, 2014 2:14 PM PDT

A couple of years ago he asked me about the Canadian TV News and the differences from American TV News. His tv is on FOX News all day...I didn't know where to begin to tell him the differences. The network news channels are fairly reasonable.

My opinion is that FOX News and MSNBC News aren't "news" channels...they are opinion channels, they try and shoot down stories and express opinions. They very seldom, if ever, just report "facts" without trying to get a dig in.

Of course shooting down misstatements is a good thing.

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