At the risk of another round of threats and pitchforks, I can’t resist another little jab at the media over this NB Power thing.
I caught – just about 20 minutes of the Rogers call in show today of course about NB Power. As before, the bulk of the people calling in wanted to rant and rave. I guess that’s the reality of a call in show but at the very least shouldn’t the host correct people when they literally spout off complete nonsense? I am not talking about debating the finer points of the MOU – people were calling in with whoppers and the host never even tried to correct them.
I only heard 20 minutes – so it is possible I got a bad sample but at the very least the journalists and hosts should be knowledgeable about the basic facts of the deal (again the agreed upon facts) and correct people that throw out wild theories.
Even Fox News’ hosts will correct their guests when they are wrong on the facts of an issue. It seems pretty basic to me.
This is one of the biggest public policy decisions in a generation and it’s a bit sad that we couldn’t elevate the public debate to the merits or not of the deal. I have to admit I have cut way back on my media consumption of this issue because I don’t see any value to public policy debate from angry people venting. I know that people want to vent and love platform to do so (I have used this platform on occasion) but is it the role of the media to channel anger?
Maybe some school of journalism will take a look at how the media – all forms including blogs like this – handled this debate.