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The barely solvent elephant in the room (II)


 

Dan Gardner cheers.

If the cash-strapped media decides to save a few bucks by putting fewer bums on plane cushions, there will be more bums in newsroom seats. Those bums will have to do something that can be done from a newsroom. They might, for example, examine the parties’ policy proposals. Or investigate the accuracy of leaders’ statements. Or do any one of a hundred things that are more informative than anything that comes out of the travelling circus that is the leaders’ tour.

In sum, election coverage will improve. And we’ll save cash doing it.


 

The barely solvent elephant in the room (II)

  1. Maybe the parties and the media could all save money by conspiring to make it look as though they are on an expensive cross-Canada tour, pretending they are in Gander and Wawa and Prince Rupert when they are really in an old airplane hangar in Downsview.

    Wait a minute, how do we know they didn't do this last time?

    • You're thinking of the alleged moon landings.

  2. Is the "cash-strapped" media in such dire straits that it can't put journalists on the leaders' plane and investigate the accuracy of their statements and examine their policy proposals?

  3. Is the "cash-strapped" media in such dire straits that it can't put journalists on the leaders' planes and investigate the accuracy of their statements and examine their policy proposals?

  4. Is the "cash-strapped" media in such dire straits that it can't put journalists on the leaders' planes and investigate the accuracy of their statements and examine their policy proposals? Are we collectively so lame that our national media can only manage two of of three?

    • I don't think there's a lot of advertising dollars to be gleaned in funding top-notch journalism these days. Which does make us pretty lame, as a society.

      • Well said. Partisan pot-shots are much more appealing to a highly politically polarized audience. It would be nice to hear/read a logically thought out argument against policy X, rather than a 4sec. sound-bite of someone screaming bloddy murder.

  5. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I, for one, am convinced that the leading impetus for this election is that the Gallery have exhausted their supply of aeroplan points over the summer.

  6. Sounds nice in theory, Aaron.

    But the media have been sitting at their press gallery desks for the last year, and it hasn't exactly yielded an avalanche of insightful, investigative, policy-based reporting, now has it?

    Anything is possible though, I guess. I remain forever hopeful.

    • "and it hasn't exactly yielded an avalanche of insightful, investigative, policy-based reporting, now has it?

      But but but…What about all the blogging and the twittering? And the reporting on the blogging and the twittering (in between the jeremiads on the failing industry).

  7. Sounds nice in theory, Aaron.

    But the media have been sitting at their press gallery desks for the last year, and it hasn't exactly yielded an avalanche of insightful, ivestigative, policy-based reporting, now has it?

    Anything is possible though, I guess. I remain forever hopeful.

  8. "They might, for example, examine the parties' policy proposals"

    ya like for the first time this century!

    The media hacks that focus the most on the horse-race (rather than substantive issues) are the same ones dissing Iggy for not cranking out policy.

  9. No offense to Mr. Gardner, but if the parties don't have any policy proposals then it's awfully difficult to analyse them.

    • Nonsense! They just ask Mr Harper what Mr Ignatieff is proposing, and print the response. Then they ask Mr Ignatieff what Mr Harper is proposing, and print the response. What could go wrong?

  10. Do policy proposals matter very much? I mean perhaps for the NDP and Greens who are, in theory anyway, offering to significantly change the policy direction of the country (which is why neither has an outside cnace of being anything but marginal for the foreseeable future). But there isn't enough policy difference distance between the Conservatives and the Liberals for an anorexic teen to squeeze through.

    Probably because that is the way most Canadians want it. We like the country as it is and are more interested in competence and character issues.

  11. Do policy proposals matter very much? I mean perhaps for the NDP and Greens who are, in theory anyway, offering to significantly change the policy direction of the country (which is why neither has an outside chance of being anything but marginal for the foreseeable future). But there isn't enough policy difference distance between the Conservatives and the Liberals for an anorexic teen to squeeze through.

    Probably because that is the way most Canadians want it. We like the country as it is and are more interested in competence and character issues.

    • We almost do seem to have hit that perfect balance in this country. Westerners are happy because Harper's running the show, while the real power still lies with the Eastern lefty-coalition that keeps Harper "on probation". The funny thing is, that since nobody is out in front, it keeps everybody perpetually pissed off at the other side, resulting in this ineffectual state of equilibrium we find ourselves in.

      • hey now, don't lump all of us Westerner's together.

  12. I look forward to the day when all media outlets are picking apart policy during an election.

    I've heard that the Lib's have theirs ready to go. Now I wonder if we will see Harper's prior to the debate. If not I hope the media roast him for it.

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