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Forestell v. The World


 

The CBC’s Harry Forestell interviews Jack Layton, John McCallum and Jason Kenney with increasing frustration. Nearly gets mad as hell, unwilling to take it any further.


 

Forestell v. The World

  1. Are journos getting feistier or is it my imagination?

    • Harry and David Akin certainly got their points of view across the past couple of days, but still — those were long interviews, and especially Layton and Kenny did nothing but deliver their talking points. And I'm freaking sick of our journos giving them that expensive TV time to say nothing ever.

      So keep feistying up, reporters. Your job is to dig way deeper than those foolish key messages are ever intended — and it's just so insulting to hear them repeated ad nauseum. Why give them the platform? If they won't talk turkey, close the interview early, give someone else the time, and explain to the pol why their time is cut short. I have a feeling they will smarten up in due course because they LOVE TV time.

      I guess our politicians are condescending because they think we are just idiots.

    • I don't think you're imagining things. Suhana Meharchand was getting pretty irritated with Dmitri Soudas this afternoon.

  2. Forestall was trying to nail jello to the wall which made all three interviews a waste of time. I simply don't understand why journalists feel compelled to spend so much time reporting what our politicians have to say when they seldom have anything to say.

      • Hence when the way was lost there was virtue ; when virtue was lost there was benevolence ; when benevolence was lost there was rectitude ; when rectitude was lost there were the rites.
        The rites are the wearing thin of loyalty and good faith
        And the beginning of disorder

  3. I don't know anyone watches television news to begin with. I always end up less informed for the experience.

  4. To be fair, Layton and McCallum answered the questions. They didn't answer in one word (they are politicians) but they both answered. And to be fair to them, I'm not sure you could answer the question with a yes or no–take Layton, for example. If he had said yes, he'd be satisfied with a discussion on one of the intitiatives and would support the government, well, what kind of negotiating strategy is that? Harper would just pull the NDP into the same spin the wheels EI reform committee that the Liberals were in.

    Again for the Conservatives–how can you, after all the 10 percenters about how the infrastructure money is getting out there, now tell us you haven't signed the agreements with the provinces? How stupid do you think we are? Either you lied to us with the 10 percenters, or your fearmongering now. I hope to God it is fearmongering, because otherwise what the HELL have you been doing for the last nine months?

    • I spoke with a provincial Quebec liberal minister's political assistant today…the money is NOT out the door…

      • It was never going to be out the door…

    • With you 100% Jenn. Well said.

    • A little off-topic, but your post here reminded me, Jenn: while looking for something of value that I had put in the recycling by accident, I found the ten-percenter that promised fewer hassles for Canadians travelling abroad (thanks to all that spending, most of which has sent out the door, etc, etc), received the week following Suaad Haji Mohamud's return. __It was from the Member of Parliament from the riding of Calgary Southwest, Stephen Harper.

  5. Agree with Jenn: interviewing parties to a negotiation is not going to yield bottom-lines, and it's really dumb to expect good negotiators to reveal bottom-lines on television anyway. However, I thought the interviews were very instructive for what they did reveal about the negotiations that are almost certainly launched now.

    I'm glad you posted the videos, because I got called away in the middle of McCallum's and didn't get a chance to really listen to him. But I thought Forestell really earned his paycheque on the Kenney one today. Will re-watch them all now.

  6. I wish Harry Forestell would take over Don Newman's show rather than Fluffy.

    • I agree with you on that. I still don't understand that decision.

  7. Good interviews. Hard-hitting and direct, no punches pulled and no softballs.
    My hat is off to Forestell, and my opinion of CBC just went up a grade-point … which puts it at F+ I guess.

    Kenney really needed to get down to details of what the Cons are doing to cooperate, and just wouldn't go. McCallum, between wild accusations, made it abundantly clear that the Libs are trying to bring down the government rather than voting on the bills themselves.

    Seems clear that all except Layton want an election. This is one of those moments in which both players think they have a winning hand, neither is going to fold, so the it's going to be all-in, show cards, and deal out the river to see who takes the pot.

  8. Good interviews. Hard-hitting and direct, no punches pulled and no softballs.
    My hat is off to Forestell, and my opinion of CBC just went up a grade-point … which puts it at F I guess.

    Kenney really needed to get down to details of what the Cons are doing to cooperate, and just wouldn't go. McCallum, between wild accusations, made it abundantly clear that the Libs are trying to bring down the government rather than voting on the bills themselves.

    Seems clear that all except Layton want an election. This is one of those moments in which both chip-leaders think they have a winning hand and neither is going to fold, so it's all-in, show cards, and deal out the river to see who takes the pot.

  9. Good interviews. Hard-hitting and direct, no punches pulled and no softballs.
    My hat is off to Forestell, and my opinion of CBC just went up a grade-point … which puts it at F+ I guess.

    Kenney really needed to get down to details of what the Cons are doing to cooperate, and just wouldn't go. McCallum, between wild accusations, made it abundantly clear that the Libs are trying to bring down the government rather than voting on the bills themselves.

    Seems clear that all except Layton want an election. This is one of those moments in which both chip-leaders think they have a winning hand, neither is going to fold, so the it's going to be all-in, show cards, and deal out the river to see who takes the pot.

  10. Good interviews. Hard-hitting and direct, no punches pulled and no softballs.
    My hat is off to Forestell, and my opinion of CBC just went up a grade-point … which puts it at F+ I guess.

    Kenney really needed to get down to details of what the Cons are doing to cooperate, and just wouldn't go. McCallum, between wild accusations, made it abundantly clear that the Libs are trying to bring down the government rather than voting on the bills themselves.

    Seems clear that all except Layton want an election. This is one of those moments in which both chip-leaders think they have a winning hand and neither is going to fold, so it's all-in, show cards, and deal out the river to see who takes the pot.

  11. Good interviews. Hard-hitting and direct, no punches pulled and no softballs.
    My hat is off to Forestell, and my opinion of CBC just went up a grade-point … which puts it at F-plus I guess.

    Kenney really needed to get down to details of what the Cons are doing to cooperate, and just wouldn't go. McCallum, between wild accusations, made it abundantly clear that the Libs are trying to bring down the government rather than voting on the bills themselves.

    Seems clear that all except Layton want an election. This is one of those moments in which both chip-leaders think they have a winning hand and neither is going to fold, so it's all-in, show cards, and deal out the river to see who takes the pot.

    • I agree, Forestall did a great job, even though his frustration was showing. I'd like to see more of that from the CBC if we actually get an election.

  12. If the only messaging the Conservatives have is 'support us or the infrastructure spending stops' they are done. Because they aren't getting the funding out in any appreciable way.

    Harry has this figured out as will most Canadians by the time the election gets rolling.

  13. I think Don Newman, although retired, will be on for special events and elections.

    • So he promised before he retired.

      I'm very much looking forward to that.

  14. I had no idea Steyn sounded like a cross between Bertie Wooster and Paul Hogan.

    • …and a punctured goose, slowly deflating.

  15. What we need in Ottawa are real investigative journalists, not people who learn to conduct party panel interviews not matter how feisty and entertaining.
    For example, what was really behind the government's actions against the woman who was stranded in Kenya?
    We'll never know because a white wash report will come out, the PMO spinners will have it in advance and will be ready to go with talking points for panel shows and the Ottawa Press. This happens over and over on issue after issue.
    Why do the Americans have this level of journalism and we don't?

  16. harry, your friend linda michaud elizabeths friend at avis at the airport how are you

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