2007-12-18

The sorry state of investigative journalism in Canada

Where, you may wonder, am I going with this? The Mulroney story? The infamous lottery case where bloggers scooped the day? 75% of the posts on DustMyBroom or SmallDeadAnimals? Everything Steve Janke has ever written?

Well, no. I'm referring to a new complaint against the Harper government by...the media. Here it is:

Never mind the huge snow storm that socked in Ottawa and most of central Canada over the weekend, that was not going to stop the prime minister from making a holiday announcement at a place of his choosing. Come Monday morning, he was already on the road.

This early press conference would take place in an old Salvation Army warehouse in the west end of Ottawa, in an industrial mall that most reporters had never been anywhere near, let alone with a PM.

Taxis couldn't find it, reporters were stuck in snow in those same taxis and satellite trucks were found kilometres away looking for the country's prime minister. Where in the world is ...?
And this may not explain why investigative journalism in Canada is nowhere near that of Britain or the U.S., but it certainly highlights it. Reporters unable to track down... a street address? Are news journalists so rusty in their skills that they can't report to a press conference in a place they've never been anywhere "near"? That's pathetic.

Speaking of which, Bay Street is the infamous nickname for Canadian Business. Fleet Street is the nickname for the British press. Does the Canadian media really have nothing to be called? We can't even call them the fifth estate, since that lame CBC knockoff of W-5 already took the name. Can somebody come up with a quick nickname to refer to the MSM in Canada? (See? The Americans already seized "MSM" on us!)

Update, December 22nd 2007 9:32am: Welcome Small Dead Animal readers. The 0.05% of the blogging public who didn't find this post on Kate's site might want to swing over to enjoy additional comments on there. (Brief aside, I notice the complete lack of opposing liberal/Liberal comments both here and at SDA. Is this a permanent thing? I haven't checked her site as often as I used to, but I seemed to recall at least a 75/25 right/left mix that seems to have dried up. Are they all fighting for the Ron Paul cause or something?

21 comments:

Mark, Ottawa said...

"Blind Alley"?

Mark
Ottawa

Mark, Ottawa said...

"Dead End"?

Mark
Ottawa

Mark, Ottawa said...

It's even better in Afrikaans:

"Straat loop dood"

Mark
Ottawa

Mark, Ottawa said...

Best:

"Grub Street"

Mark
Ottawa

Canuck1955 said...

Liberal Lackeys

Anonymous said...

In answer to your last question...no, they are just lazy and used to 'the news' being made up right before their eyes. That was one of the worst crybaby comments by a so called journalist that I have ever seen!
I do kinda like the declaration of 'undisputed winner of game of chase'.
hmmm... perhaps PMSH is really enjoying this game of making the so called reporters look more foolish!
bluetech

WestViking said...

How about the "Press Corpse"?

capt_bob said...

Name for the MSM--"The ILK"

A Dog Named Kyoto said...

Not So Easy Street.

jbgusa said...

A bit dimwitted? They're supplying us with "information"?

I think not.

Anonymous said...

Karl Marx Platz.

Anonymous said...

What the MSM says: CBC has learned...

What the MSM means: our intern googled...

Tim said...

'Fleece Street'

Anonymous said...

Bleat Street?

Stan

Anonymous said...

Haven't these people learned how to use Google Maps by now?  Or mebbe they should get their assignment editors to spring for a GPS system — I hear they're going cheap this Christmas...


Garth Wood

Hardboiled said...

"Lightweight Lane"

Patrick B said...

I suggest we call the Canadian MSM "The Bourbons", of whom it was said "They learned nothing and forgot nothing".

cascadian said...

Its not easy getting anywhere when you have to keep turning left all the time.

Love the term PRESS CORPSE, absolutely nails the dire condition of canaduh's reporters and news reporters.

Anonymous said...

What would one expect, it is the CBC after all? They can't find their own asses for holes in the ground. Ever wonder why CBC offices reek?

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention inm y above post, it weren't on De Grassi Street!

ldd said...

Cul de Sac?
Essentially the same as your's Mark, but couldn't resist.

Love the others above too, hee hee, fleece street ... so appropriate.

Bigots Lane?