Via her majesty.
When I went to Australia February of 2003, I sensed a feeling of pity towards the US, as I watched the news. Even CNN was different there, and their views, nay, their voice was more of a informative discourse rather than an injected fact, claimed softly and not sounding like an opinion like a lot of the US media. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but I certainly felt it in watching the news, TV, and talking to various people while there.
This article, to me, was a tad bit of a vindication in that another country’s opinion about the news media here certainly made me feel a lot better in my doubts. I don’t follow politics, and prime time TV isn’t something I watch except once in a blue moon when I catch it at a friends or families house. The American media, however, is so prevalent and aggressive, even someone with a passive attitude is still “informed” whether I want to be or not. Therefore, I can still understand the fundamentals, like who Kerry is, who Bush is, and what events just happened (some convention or another…).
It’s always been nice to see JD invalidate and/or point to blatant bad journalism every so often, with others echoing the sentiments. My grandfather wrote the newspaper for Eisenhower, which I believe the CIA now writes that for the president. My grandmother was a journalist. So, I guess that’s why I enjoy the Daily Show with Jon Stewart so much in that he pokes fun at the current American news, the very thing that I think continually tarnishes a lot of things. It’s the only news I attempt to watch, and keep watching.
Anyway, was really neat to get a Canadian perspective. It felt good to know I’m not the only one who feels this way.