[Videolib] re: bias in U.S. media: fifth estate: Sticks and stones

Stephen Davies (SDavies@mtroyal.ca)
Thu, 24 Feb 2005 13:13:20 -0700

This is partially on topic, because it is ultimately about Media

I was wondering if an American could provide a critique of this
program (offlist, please; there's no need for everyone to show their
colours in the discussion list).
CBC's the fifth estate recently ran an episode called "Sticks and
stones" (2005-jan-26). It's available online for anyone who has 43 minutes
to watch it.
The United States is in the midst of a very un-civil war. It's a war
of words that's pitting conservative against liberal, that's already
divided the country into red and blue. The new gladiators are commentators
like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter and their forum is the television
studios of networks like Fox. It's loud, it's raucous, but does it have
anything to do with the truth?
A small portion of viewers accused the CBC of being just as biased as
the U.S. media it was critiquing. It's obvious that the show can rub some
people the wrong way. I'd be more interested in hearing from people who
can watch it dispassionately and who can decide if it makes its points
properly or not.

Stephen Davies
Mount Royal College, Calgary
AGAIN, please reply off-list.


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