Comment 29578

By highwater (registered) | Posted March 13, 2009 at 18:46:31

Every single media outlet has it's bias and it's important for the readers/listeners/watchers to do the appropriate research before formulating opinions.

With all due respect, I think that's a bit of a cop out, Frank. Ted isn't talking about the editorial and opinion content, he's talking the straight reporting. People who call themselves reporters should do their damnedest to be as unbiased as possible, for the sake of the image of their profession, if for no other reason. If we take the cynical view that media outlets are inherently biased, and it's caveat emptor for the hapless few remaining consumers of traditional media, then there's no incentive for journalists to provide their readers with a better product. I for one am not going to go gently into that dark night. I'm a reluctant Spec subscriber, and I will continue to demand better from them.

At a panel discussion on local media at the AGH last year, the Spec representative imperiously answered "we don't do process!" when asked why the Spec doesn't cover council meetings, yet we recently had Nicole MacIntyre liveblogging the council meeting on the Pan Am games decision and she got over 5600 hits, so it is possible for them to improve, but it won't happen if we roll over.

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