Thursday, May 12, 2005

When all the doldrums begin, what keeps each of them in his spin?

How to write with a leading thesis statement, based on what were likely near-identical personal experiences: negative, and positive. There's a lesson here, silly as the subject matter may be: There are two sides to every story, and always angling for one particular spin, good or bad, is immensely harmful to the greater perception of a medium's credibility. I'm thinking here specifically of the CBC, in today's latest occurrence of Liberal cheerleading. I guess that's my previous question answered, huh? OTTAWA - Conservative and Bloc Québécois MPs joined forces to shut down Parliament for a second day Thursday. But despite the shutdown, Prime Minister Paul Martin refused to budge on the scheduled May 19 vote on the budget, at which time the opposition could topple the government. You could be forgiven, if totally ignorant of the ongoing situation up until now, for thinking the opposition petty or acting without consideration of consequences, as opposed to a reasonable PM - which, of course, is exactly the angle they'd prefer to sell. Battling biases are fine in a rich journalistic marketplace that runs the gamut from tabloids to cheerfully obsessive hobbyist websites, but do I even need to go through the standard boilerplate at this point how inappropriate such spin is coming from a state broadcaster, especially one with monopoly access to some remote parts of the country? A generally liberal editorial slant is one thing, but a Liberal one is far less forgivable...even if, by now, entirely expected. (Via NealeNews and Joel Fleming.)

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