G20 coverage

"This guy rants and raves. . . "

All we know are the facts, ma’am

The esteemed Columbia Journalism Review, published bi-monthly by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, gets involved in examining how Canadian media has addressed the G20 demonstrations and police counteractions.  Craig Silverman writes Canadian Media in Crisis, including:

The media are also facing criticism for the quality and accuracy of their G20 coverage. The most common complaint is that reports—from TV news, in particular—focused on images of burning police cars instead of peaceful demonstrations, on episodes of violence rather than the widespread arrests of people, some of whom did nothing more than leave their houses at an inopportune time. . .

The criticisms of mainstream media coverage are, for the most part, not being met with official responses. Just as some members of the public feel as though those in charge of the planning and security of the G20 are not being brought to account, there is a segment of the population who express the same sentiment when it comes to the press. That lingering resentment found a focal point this week when bloggers and Twitter users accused Drolet and Global National of inserting misleading footage into a G20 report.

Silverman, being fair and balanced, quotes some of what I’ve written at Northern Insights and provides Mike Drolet’s measured response on being held to account for Global work:

“This guy [Farrell] rants and raves like I’m trying to make it look worse than it was.”

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