Once upon a time, long ago and far, far away, I thought I understood the news media – talk about a sea change.
The case in point is the Colonel Williams trial in Ontario – the former air force commander who has been charged with multiple offences including sexual assault and murder. Williams owned up to his crimes, admitted them to the cops and entered 82 guilty pleas yesterday in a courtroom.
Now, they’re to the point where the crown is introducing evidence to back up their case … including hundreds of pictures, graphic testimony from Williams’ confession and more information than we NEED to know. The media is sucking it up like an overcharged septic tank cleaner and spewing it out in voluminous quantities. If I hear the CBC run a caution warning before the story in another morning newscast on radio, I’ll puke.
Why do they need to go into such detail … not only in the Williams case but in so many others as well. There seems to be a need to take the old TV concept of jolts-per-minute to an entirely new level without any regard for the listener.
Bottom line is that it’s sensational, tabloid crap, wrapped in a very poor disguise of journalism. I can only imagine poor old Wilf Kesterton turning over his grave at what the modern day CBC editor allows to go on the air. Once upon a time, CBC journalism represented quality – it was a long time ago and far away.