Friday, October 24, 2014

School of Journalism

I used to listen to the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) at work when their Radio 2 service offered a classical music stream with news on the hour, and when I lived in an area where I could get the CBC on TV I’d watch their evening newscast “The National” hosted by veteran broadcaster Peter Mansbridge.  He’s been doing the program for as long as I can remember and he’s always been a calm and professional journalist.

That talent came to the forefront on Wednesday when the shootings occurred on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  Mr. Mansbridge anchored the live coverage on CBC TV and, in contrast to the hair-on-fire broadcasts we get from the cable channels here in the U.S. with correspondents breathlessly telling their anchors that they have no news but there are rumors about the color of the suspect’s cat, he did his job the way it should be done.

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.

Over at CNN, Wolf Blitzer has breaking news about a bag of snack chips.

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    • That’s the problem: filling air time. The 24/7 new cycle has made victims of us all. Panic can ensue. We all need to turn it off and get a grip. Maybe Wolf can get a job as a wolf on the Cartoon Channel.

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