Wednesday, October 13, 2004

This is easy to believe, when distant places call to me

CNN is airing a short piece on terrorists with Canadian citizenship. That's an old topic, though still a valid one; however, my complaint here is with their production techniques. The talking head in question is standing in front of the Toronto Harbourfront for an establishing shot, seconds before cutting to a shot of what appears to be the flagpole on the entrance to the Wilfrid Laurier Building - i.e., a five minute walk away from where I'm sitting right now, here in Ottawa. At the conclusion, there's a shot panning from the East Block down to the river, filmed from the Plaza Bridge - again, right here, at the foot of Elgin St. at Wellington - before cutting back to the Toronto skyline. Please, CNN. I want you, and any other media outlet who cares to, to find lax Canadian border security and immigration laws enough of a threat to cause American resentment and outrage. I would love for that to happen. But shoddy editing doesn't make you look particularly credible on the subject. Contrary to popular belief, Toronto is not where that sort of policy is made.

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