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I hate to seem negative, but peaceful demonstrations ain't news. They happen all the time--hence, it is not new. A riot is news because it is just happening. It is visual for television and descriptive for print and radio. It is also very close to us in Toronto and the media centre of Toronto. Had I been a news editor, I would have placed the riots as the main story, then reactions from the leaders or their representatives next. The peaceful demonstration might get a ten second sound bite.
If "peaceful" demos get a quick sound bite (or maybe nothing at all) and "riots" should be "the main story", then you are saying the only reason the story is being covered is the "riots".Thus, it becomes mere entertainment, a visual spectacle devoid of any actual reporting.And this is exactly what is happening -- and the real concerns of a vast majority of people are easily and summarily ignored.A news report should be accurate. Whether it is "visual" or not should not matter. If a riot is 5% of the march, give it 5% of the coverage.
25,000 peaceful demonstrators??? Damn straight that's news but where the mass media focus is these days (infotainment) it doesn't measure up!What you have just described SD. This is not so much a negative perspective as it is a realistic. Though with a touch of commercial viability tossed in. Ideally*, any real news/information services should not give a damn about what is comercial but then the sad truth is that public is ravenous for it (facts and balanced reporting be damned).*ideal/real is the biggest hitch here. I am not so naive as to not see the inherent difficulties for the present business models that all of this is premissed upon.
Last time I tuned into Peter Mansbridge, he was falling all over himself to say that the vast majority of the protesters were peaceful. He also said that CBC has been flooded with irate emails and tweets asking why they were focusing on the few violent incidents. He seemed somewhat abashed, for what it's worth.
I hate to seem negative, but peaceful demonstrations ain't news. They happen all the time--hence, it is not new.This play on multiple meanings of the word "new" is irrelevant. News is what happens. The purpose of the news is supposed to be to report on what happens.25,000 people marched peacefully through the streets of Toronto protesting the policies of the G20, which was meeting in that city for the first time. That does not happen every day. Therefore it is news.Not reporting on peaceful demonstrations is not new - not novel - but it is wrong.If you were a news editor and you did not see this as a story, then you would also be wrong.
A news report should be accurate. Whether it is "visual" or not should not matter. If a riot is 5% of the march, give it 5% of the coverage.Exactly. And if you excuse the media of doing its job, then you enable it.
@John F, that is good to hear. I saw Mansbridge last night and he was trying to get Lawrence Cannon (that shit) to get off the topic of riots and respond to protesters concerns. Cannon could only spout drivel about deficit reduction, but Mansbridge was trying. I don't see him as the central problem, although I know others disagree.
By the way, nowhere on this blog will you see that I am surprised by this. I wasn't born yesterday. But the day when we stop noticing this and caring about it, is the day we give up, and I ain't ever giving up.
There's a good collection of videos from the last two days at BlogTO.
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