"It's not news, its views," a wise teacher once said to me. I didn't know then just how wise. I had heard this sentiment before of course. My dad even told me about environmentalists in Portugal who where caught lining up store bought fish on the beach because it would make a good photo. I accepted that media was biased but I never really understood what it meant. Yup, grain of salt check, I thought.
Then there I was, in India. It was May of 1998. Atom bombs were dropping and ambassadors were being recalled. It was routinely 48 - 50 degrees Celsius and my travelers checks were increasing in value every day. I had no idea when or if the saber rattling by India and Pakistan would turn ugly.
One day I was riding a rickshaw down the main strip of embassies in New Delhi when I passed the Pakistani Embassy. Its an interesting structure with onion domes and high walls and a kind of bravado to its architecture that seemed to say "yeah we aren't India, what are you going to do about it." This time though a sleepy little village of four or five tents had sprung up at the gates of the embassy. I could see some people lazily hanging around in hot sun. It didn't seem like a very deal at all.
When I got home CNN was blaring about the unruly protesters at the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi. Huh? I thought. What protest? I continued watching and they showed 4 or 5 enraged chanting protesters. They were all crammed together as if there was a crowd and filmed from a high angle. I realized that the cameraman must have been inside the walls of the embassy at that angle.
You know what CNN looks like when its covering a juicy story about nukes and blood enemies. It was totally out of proportion. "Crisis in New Delhi! Now that you've seen the footage from the Pakistani embassy we'll take you live to our expert panel...."
I saw it with my own eyes. Sensationalizing stories to make infotainment. Its a regular occurrence. Perhaps you've seen this happen yourself? Those news/views establishments that rail against FOX news do so to cover their own tracks. They are all FOX News. The CBC is FOX News but for leftards. Its not just CBC News either, the entire network is agenda driven programming with a progressive tilt. The CBC pisses me off most because it my money they are wasting on lies. A private company has the right to do and say what they like but as an involuntary shareholder of the CBC I'd like to at least see some returns. Its bailout after bailout. Year after year, like its a right. -And for what? The agenda of one particular group of people who are out of touch with reality and the people in it.