Tuesday, August 16, 2005

SAD TIMES FOR THE MEDIA

It's been a miserable time for members of the news media these days. Look at what's happened over the past couple of weeks.

First, Peter Jennings dies. Then the CBC falls victim to a labour war, missing out on the big GG-is-a-separatist story. My favorite story was from the Globe, reporting on Adrienne Arsenault in the Gaza Strip who, instead of covering the big story there, held up a sign saying "Locked Out by CBC Management".

And now tonight, some new, terrible worm is wreaking havoc at CNN and disrupting a lot of its programs and network schedule. Tune into CNN and they'll tell you all about it and how to protect yourself. But shows aren't starting on time over there, it's been a mess. And I hear there's several other places affected too, not just CNN; ABC News and a few other places have to deal with this stuff. The supposed genius who started this virus ought to be thrown in jail.

What can I say, it is a mess in the news media these days. Life is sad for everyone.

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