Saturday, June 30, 2007

breath of fresh air

In a post here a week or so I ago, I expressed my disgust with Dick Cheney and his lawlessness. In response to that post, sweet Willym commented and suggested that I check out the news program Fifth Estate which runs on Canadian National TV.

There are a number of 40 minute videos available on the website and I have taken the time to watch most of them. They are, without exception, excellent, thought provoking, investigative works. It is interesting and humbling to get an outsider's view of this country, and it is refreshing to observe a real journalist in action. These are fine programs and I am grateful to my friend for suggesting them.

That's not to say they won't piss you off. Watching Ann Coulter insist that Canada joined us in Vietnam and observing Bill O'Reilly screeching "shut up!" repeatedly to anyone who disagrees with him is sickening. But I haven't found much television news in this country which provides criticism of either of those two asshats or any of their compadres, nor have I seen much which delves deeply into the events leading up to the war in Iraq. Good stuff when you have some extra time.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous andyourhorse said...

Great stuff. I watched Lies. Do we even have reporters like that in the US?

July 01, 2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Willym said...

On the Sticks and Stones page they have a link to an Ann Coulter interview where she refers to Bob McKeown as "a Ted Baxter" - and this is the interview where she insisted Canada fought with the US in Vietnam!

The Canadaian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) - we actually had one radio show host who regularly called it the Canada Broadcorping Castration on air - has been a training school for many journalists who went on to major US networks - Peter Jennings is perhaps the best known example.

When I am overseas I miss the CBC - particularly the radio service - but thanks to the Internet I'll now be able to keep up.

July 01, 2007 10:36 AM  

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