Monday, February 1, 2010

Where do you get your News?

Inquiring minds would like to know, where do you consume your news?  While I assume a lot of Canadians don't even watch the news unless there is a major event; I also assume that if you are visiting politically themed websites during a slow news cycle, you care about what's going on all the time.  Do you still read newspapers?  Are the internets rendering print journalism obsolete?  As you may know I am planning to write a book about the CBC, and I would like to get a clearer picture of where you go for news. 

Personally I spend a lot of time watching CBC Newsworld, but it's not something I enjoy.  It is almost as though I willingly subject myself to cruel and unusual punishment in order to monitor our billion dollar baby.  But I have a higher pain tolerance than most people.  I remember once when I was 4 years old playing at a park a block away from my home.  My sister was babysitting and I had snuck out of the house, so I was alone and unsupervised.  I jumped off some monkey bars and broke my ankle.  Fearing I'd get in trouble if caught sneaking out, I walked home.  When I got home, I pretended to be okay, as if nothing had happened.

Thank you Jen for the fantastic suggestion!  To anyone who would like to send me tips or suggestions for my CBC book, send an e-mail to or leave a comment below.


  1. I primarily get my news online through a National Post subscription. That eliminates a lot of paper going to the recyclers. For an American slant on events I watch Fox in the evening and CNN during the day. I watch the CBC News on Thursday nights when the At Issue panel is on, otherwise never. In the early morning I watch CBC Newsworld, CTV, and some CNN. At times I watch CTV Powerplay, but I generally turn it off when they start interviewing the Liberals and NDP. These clowns have nothing constructive to say about anything.I have no problem paying for the NP although I read mainly the headline stories and the comments section. I would like to see all newspapers charge for their online publications. I would miss the commentary and opinions if they were to cease operations for lack of money. Besides, if they were get bought out by Torstar, there would only be the socialist viewpoint in the printed press.
    To give you my morning priorities: first I check my e-mail, second I read the NP, and thirdly on comes the tube while I am reading the comments in Blogging Tories.

  2. It is almost as though I willingly subject myself to cruel and unusual punishment in order to monitor our billion dollar baby.

    That's like the line sung by Statler & Waldorf, the hecklers from The Muppet Show. They sang, "It's a kind of torture to have to watch the show".

  3. Thank you Iceman, personally, I get great enjoyment watching Glenn Beck, he is very good and does his homework properly and with passion.
    He knows that the american people are not getting the full news or background check into the OBAMA'S regime and administration therefore he does the job to the fullest. What he has revealed so far shocks you and I am sure americans are more informed about OBAMA through FOX, Glenn and others like him.
    Unfortunately Canadians do not have such a person like Glenn on national television to do that kind of extensive job.
    Within one year, americans are seeing OBAMA for who he really is whereas thirty years have come and gone and still canadians have no clue about the LPOC, their corruption and so on.
    The reason why the canadian media like cbc ctv g/m etc can get away with their bias reporting is because there is no other media like Glenn Beck (FOX) to expose them to the public.
    Until such a media does ever exist; we continue to live in the dark manipulative world of cbc ctv etc.

  4. Hey there,

    I have a subscription to the National Post, and I get local "news" from the Vancouver Sun & Province, as well as the freebie local papers. Every day I log in at Blogging Tories to see if anything catches my eye, and I listen to the 24hour news radio station in Vancouver, AM 1130. On very rare occasions I watch CTV Newsworld for ten-fifteen minutes if I'm waiting for something else to come on.

    Like so many, I find media bias everywhere in Canadian TV news, but there are two things that bother me even more, and, consequently, have driven me away: the ego of reporters, and the repetition of news stories. If I were running the CBC, I'd force all stories to be reported anonymously --basically I don't think reporters should be seen on television. That would drive a lot of the huge egos out of the business, and be a good step to more thoughtful "news."

    Finally, have you ever noticed how often you read a silly little news story about a dog or something trivial, and then hear it on the radio, then see it on the news, then see follow-ups of all the coverage the story is getting in each medium the following drives me nuts. Especially when real news is happening --how much air time/column inches do think were devoted to the Facebook group about proroguing parliament? Is that really news?



  5. I forgot to mention that these no nonsense guys who tell it as it is even though they are not the main news reporter but are journalist in their own right and are radio show hosts: David Rutherford, Charles Adler, Lowell Green, Roy Green and few others like them are truly the only ones we have to inform you.
    David's discussion with Iris Evans on the topic of 'senate reform' will never be heard on CBC CTV.
    The tape is still there for anyone who wants to listen.

  6. I get my news for pbs which in my opinion is the gold standard for news. I've watched for years, and for the most part I have a hard time picking-up which way most of the journalists lean on the left/right spectrum. They treat the news like a science and seem to take pride in their professionalism and objectivity. The CBC shows by contrast are poor jokes. They're not even news, they're celebrity watch shows like Access Hollywood, the reporters are lazy and reporting what party A says of party B and vise-versa at the CBC passes as news.

    I'm guessing that the one or two serious reporters that work at the CBC (a lady international reporter for one) must want to wear paper-bags over their heads when they walk into the CBC news offices.