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Calgarians of two minds about new LRT line

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CanWest News Service

Typical shoddy reporting and knee jerk sub editor making up a misleading strap line.

The story should be positive – but you must not be positive about transit if you work for CanWest. So in this story, because they have found one little old lady who will have to move – and will, of course, be compensated – from this they generalize to the entire population of the metropolis. And, of course, the lazy swine at the Sun who can no longer fill a West Coast News section with West Coast News just cut and paste something from the corporate feed trough.

And the preceding paragraph was equally unfair – deliberately. I am going to claim it needs to be in the name of “balance”.

To be newsworthy a story must have conflict. Even if the conflict has to be invented, or grossly exaggerated. The lack of West Coast content in the case of the Sun is because, like most media outlets here, they have reduced the size of their news room to keep the corporate profits high.


Written by Stephen Rees

November 23, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Posted in transit

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  1. CBC:
    She’s known for years that her home is in the way of LRT construction, but she worries about finding an affordable place to live.

    “All of a sudden, at my age, I have to move,” she said. “I don’t like that idea at all.”


    November 23, 2007 at 12:35 pm

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