Sunday, August 28, 2005

Don't let me stop your great self-destruction

I do believe this may be, hands down, the most appalling thing ever said by a CBC personality, on the job or off - and that's no mean feat: Take the surreal podcast that emerged from the Vancouver pickets earlier this week. It rings with the sound of producers who know what they're doing, and familiar voices we've gone without. Listening, it's like getting the CBC back for a moment. And then you notice that those voices have all become partisan and tinged with anger. It feels like going through the looking glass. If you've ever wanted to hear the chronically gentle Bill Richardson get mad, here's your chance. Ian Hanomansing speaks thoughtfully about having his slot co-opted by BBC newscasts, but national reporter Curt Petrovich's closing rant against management (which cut off all employee cellphones) is nothing short of disheartening. "Why isn't someone trying to take back the controls from a bunch of box cutter-wielding ideologues who are ready to smash this organization into the pillars of public trust that took decades to build?" Petrovich asks. "On that note, at least the other guys let the passengers use their cellphones." Who knew? Management of a state broadcaster refusing to immediately capitulate to union demands = terrorism! Not only that, but management having the gall to shut down work-issued cellphones while employees are on strike is, of course, exactly equal to Islamist madmen murdering three thousand people. It's a shame beacons of wisdom like Petrovich are walking a picket line, instead of sharing such insights on the public dime, no? (Via The Shotgun.)

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