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Offline SirJohn

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Canada's network news shows suck ass
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:06:48 am »
So as I munched m morning cereal today I flicked on the TV and had a look at what was going on in the world. This being the weekend the US networks are even more political than usual, so I turned on the CTV and CBC 24 hr channels.

The best I can say about them is that if they were set in New Hampshire or Idaho they'd be decent second rate newscasts. And I don't actually know that they aren't set in New Hampshire or Idaho. There was virtually no Canadian news on either channel. Both channels featured US students protesting against guns, stories on Facebook and Trump's new military transgender ban, protests against a police shooting in California, and that the French cop who was shot by a terrorist in an attack the other day died.

CTV at least did, ten minutes into the broadcast, carry a 20 second story about Elizabeth May being arrested before going back to US news. The CBC didn't even do that. They were all US news until the 15 minute mark when hey broke for commercial with a teaser of the next upcoming story - about the NRA. We're paying for this shit!? Why does the CBC even exist? On any given show 80% of the news is American anyway. Even the human interest stories are almost always American.

By the way, in addition to May being arrested at a pipeline protest, the Tories held a marathon filibuster session of the House of Commons to protest not being able to interview that public servant who told the news media India was responsible for conspiring against Trudeau. And apparently a Canadian woman won the womens world figure skating championship for the first time in 45 years. I'm sure there were other Canadian stories that might be of interest to Canadians, too.

CTV is bad enough but we're paying taxes for CBC because it 'draws Canadians together' and informs us about each other. Only not so much.
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Offline JMT

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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 09:13:26 am »
I don't know man, other than big news stories or slow news days, CBC almost always plays Canadian content and stories. 
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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 09:49:33 am »
I don't know man, other than big news stories or slow news days, CBC almost always plays Canadian content and stories.

Maybe on its main news channels at six or ten (although those have a very high US news content too). On these 24hr networks I see mostly American news. Why? Because the Americans offer the video and reporting up at very, very low prices. I mean, it's not like many non-Americans want it. The Canadian networks have cut back on their own reporting in favour of the US video.

And I would put it to you that the arrest of a party leader, and a multi-hour long filibuster by the opposition in the House of Commons is news that ought to be shown ahead of American gun demonstrations. Or at least shown!
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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 10:00:28 am »
c'mon Argus, earlier this morning the people's network played up Canadian content by speaking to how the Cambridge Analytica 'whistleblower' had designs in selling his 'Facebook data mining' techniques to the Libs - the Libs, the Libs! There was also something about Conservative Scheer rallying their war-room to get to the bottom of this Liberal intrusion into the privacy of Canadians!  ;D

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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 02:24:46 pm »
Good post, SJ.  I get the feeling when I watch network news that I am witnessing the opinions of has-beens who are secretly terrified that their irrelevance is showing.

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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 02:56:46 pm »
Good post, SJ.  I get the feeling when I watch network news that I am witnessing the opinions of has-beens who are secretly terrified that their irrelevance is showing.

I don't know about has-beens, but if you look around Canada today you'll see that hundreds of Canadians are protesting against... US gun laws! WTF? What has that got to do with us? Nothing. But the Canadian networks are full of American type political news, and these people seem to think this is our business, that it's something we ought to care about because... because... help me out here?

The impression the media gives is we're part of a community which we're not really a part of.
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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2018, 03:11:32 pm »
Elizabeth May wants this to be big news...   itís not really.  Itís news like Trudeau attending the pride parade is news.   *yawn*

I have no idea who Iíll vote for next election....   it looks like I might be down to voting for a party that fisnishes behind the NDP, Libs, Green and Conservatives....  lol

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Re: Canada's network news shows suck ass
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »
I don't know about has-beens, but if you look around Canada today you'll see that hundreds of Canadians are protesting against... US gun laws! WTF? What has that got to do with us? Nothing. But the Canadian networks are full of American type political news, and these people seem to think this is our business, that it's something we ought to care about because... because... help me out here?

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