Agree or Disagree: The News Coverage over the incident in Moncton was sensationalized.


 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p0lQUTEecog

 

If the title of this video from CTV News bothered you, you are not the only one.

Many of you were.

This was not the title of a blockbuster movie with a Hollywood star coming to save the day and kiss the love interest at the end. This was a real live incident involving the loss of loved ones whose spouses will never feel their embrace again.

Yet, if you watched CTV News, this was the title they went with.

Now, it is not just CTV News that should feel some brunt here.  The news coverage on this also included the following.

Videos of the actual shooting of one RCMP officer. These were shared and re shared on Social Media.

The use of the hashtag #monctonshooting

Rumours and conjecture of the actual suspect Justin Bourque.

When I say news coverage, I’m going to include the Social Media presence on this. After all, many of you followed the coverage on Social Media. So, there is responsibility there too.

For the most part, and I know some of you won’t like to give them credit, but CBC news handled this the best. They attempted to stick to the facts, and tell the story.

However, it doesn’t dismiss the feeling many have. That the incident in Moncton was sensationalized.

Would you agree or disagree with that?

Agree or Disagree: This is a waste of Calgarians taxpayers money


Agree or Disagree: This is a waste of Calgarians taxpayers money

The internet in Calgary was angry today about this picture.

It started this morning when someone posted this article on my Facebook Wall.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/10/07/city-of-calgary-spends-470000-on-giant-blue-hole-on-far-flung-stretch-of-road-in-the-name-of-public-art

The implication being that Mayor Naheed Nenshi endorsed that 470,000 be spent on this Big blue ring called Traveling Light.

The natural reaction to reading the first story is anger. The headline seemed to invoke this for some people. This post specifically does it. And, let’s face it, Sun News has posted headlines that invokes emotion.

However, I have developed a philosophy when looking at articles written by the Sun. Read the story, look at other sources surrounding the story, then find out what really is going on.

So, let’s all walk through this. We have this story.

I then find this story from CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/calgary/story/1.1930104

Now, let’s take a deep breath. Everybody ready? Good!

The story led to many people to criticize Nenshi for this. But, let’s look back and ask a question.

Is there any quotes from Nenshi? Let’s all look together…. No!!!

Low and behold, enter Global News. They interview Nenshi. This is what Nenshi said.

“I don’t like it, I think it’s awful,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “I understand it’s a work of engineering to balance it on it’s edge, [but] I think it’s terrible.”

Here’s the Global Story http://globalnews.ca/news/890505/pricey-sculpture-nicknamed-the-big-o-raises-ire-of-taxpayers/

So, it seems we really don’t know how this “Traveling Light” traveled there.

Now, while there is many of you angry at this, however not all of you were. There was some that supported this and like this. While many have questioned whether this was a good use of taxpayers money, some appreciated the effort and the art.

What do you think? Both of this piece and as well as how this story was handled.

Agree or Disagree: David Suzuki has made a positive impact on environmental issues


David Suzuki is a well respected by many as spokesman for environmental issues.

I said by many. Not all. This video from Ezra Levant is challenging a recent visit of Suzuki to John Abbott College. Levant questions some of Suzuki’s request to John Abbott College. According to Levant, Suzuki for things like female companions and charged a little over $40,000.00.

Levant questions why John Abbott College would meet his requests. Well, I can’t speak for them, but I can imagine it is because they value and respect Suzuki’s contribution to environmental causes. He has hosted the Nature of Things since 1979.

However Levant, and Sun News for that matter, are not the first people who have questioned Suzuki’s motive’s. There have been a few concerns of the way Suzuki has lived. This is one of a few blogs, I have found on Suzuki’s behaviour. http://www.booksincanada.com/article_view.asp?id=2620

If you have watched the Nature of Things, or have heard Suzuki, has he made a positive impact? Or is there valid criticism?