Friday, April 20, 2007

CBC rises above private sector "orgy of useless crap"

It's truly revealing how various mainstream media outlets behaved this week after NBC News in New York announced it had received in the mail a package from the crazed gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, who murdered 32 people on Monday at Virginia Tech.

The backlash against the mostly private broadcasters who aired this nutbar's insanity is only just beginning.

Congrats to the CBC for exercising wise judgment and responsibility where their private sector counterparts failed utterly.

Some stories today in private sector newspapers continue to defend their actions.

Antonia Zerbasias' article is worth a read. She seems to be of two minds on the subject, first describing how this kind of coverage of a killer's empty and meaningless rant likely promotes copycat killings. Then she chastises the media outlets who exercised restraint and responsibility for practising, "nanny journalism and even censorship..."

The Globe's headline for their story is somewhat strange ("CBC defends choice not to air Cho video") when in fact the article is about the private broadcasters defending their choices.

The article does have a great quote from CBC's editor-in-chief Tony Burman on his private sector counterparts: "it was appalling that various networks indulged in this orgy of useless crap."

I couldn't agree with him more.

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