#CBCTweetup Was Fun

Last Thursday I attended the first CBC Tweetup, which is a gathering of people who’ve connected via Twitter.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CBCtweetup

Cancer Time Machine

One disturbing part of modern life, is that no one will escape this Earth untouched by cancer in their life somewhere. It’s a toxic environment we’ve created for ourselves, and with lifespans well past what they used to be, cancer is most likely to catch up with our bodies.

I dare say Minister Raitt’s perspective on cancer stories is sharply modified this year, opposed to her view five years ago.

“But it’s sexy,” Ms. Raitt said. “Radioactive leaks. Cancer.”
vs.
“Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a “solid growth” on her ovaries.” “She revealed her medical condition in an interview with Tom Clark, host of Global TV’s The West Block. Raitt, who represents the Ontario riding of Halton, says she chose to speak out to avoid speculation about her coming absence from Parliament.”

Raitt’s pleading for people to remain ignorant about their own health and treatment, should be given the same level of credence as her sexy cancer remarks of five years ago.

To think, he was once the King of Spain

“Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening”

Ghomeshi probably wants to strangle Brown.

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CBC Live As Composed As A Live Blog

Ancient years ago, about 6, CBC journalists could be heard explaining to crowds how bloggers might one day be eating their lunch, but for the time being the responsible journalism was being done by the Main Stream Media.

Then an armed gunman shot a soldier at the War Memorial before charging into Parliament with a rifle. Peter Mansbridge reported there were “reports” of a shooter at the nearby Rideau Centre. People hunkered down at the Chateau Laurier hotel on the other side of the Canal. In hindsight these were reasonable precautions given erroneous or exaggerated reports of there being another shooter seen coming out of the car of the first. Also in hindsight, it was a mistake to report them because the information turned out to be misinformation, and were never properly confirmed. Ivison reported there were two people coming from the car, and that Canada had lost its innocence. The shooter made it past second base, I suppose, but Canada is no virgin. Ivison remained wrong on both claims.

At least one journalist figured it out:

Ottawa journalists are too close to the story to be objective, as Mitrovica made very apparent:

If you’ll allow me to recycle one tweet from my last blog post about this subject, Frank Magazine raises an important question that applies to the supposed benefit of having live, unconfirmed news coverage of an active shooting scare:

Hide The Numbers, They Suck! #cdnpoli

Conservative Minister: “Why is that the only question that interests you?”
Journalist: “Because you wont answer it, that’s why it’s interesting!”
“You want the one question that I won’t answer because it changes every day.”
“We’ve been asking this for a year now,” Off says exasperatedly.
… “click”.

Conservative Transparency. Can’t provide a number during a year of questioning, because it always changes, or is more probably embarrassing for exposing a lie.

UPDATE: Minister Whiny comes back with retorts, on Twitter:

Then the Minister contradicts the phrasing used intentionally on the radio to hide how many refugees are actually in Canada now, saying there are over 1500 already here. On the radio, there were no more than 1500 here, possibly fewer than dozens.

This is another thing that should bother people about Minister Whiny. After a year of refusing an interview, he finally contacted the media at a time when he could run away claiming he was late for Question Period, should he need to dodge any tough questions.

It’s a strategy employed by Rob Ford, infamous Mayor of Toronto, with the same radio program!

His motivation for being evasive is clear, in this tweet he shared in an attempt to project on As It Happens journalist Off.
“If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. #TheArtofWar”

The Minister went on to say, “@cbcasithappens @caroloffcbc Your objective today was to belittle Cda’s work to date, not help Syrian refugees, or mobilize more support.”
How could Canadians knowing how many Syrians Canada had actually helped, “belittle” our country’s effort, unless the effort has been little?

Is his comma between the number an “enjoying Canada’s protection” meant to be an and, or an “or”. If “or” like he said on air, then that’s a weaselly way of saying that Canada’s trying to protect those Syrians while they are abroad and still in direct danger.

Nahlah Ayed in Regina for Minifie Lecture at #UofR

She was crunched for time in writing a speech, something she’s not used to doing either, so she wrote a diary of her recent coverage in Ukraine and made it interesting by giving the back story to reporting in a region that could break out into open war. She grew up in Winnipeg. One questioner at the end noted it was nice to be able to see her smile, since her job doesn’t permit it as she’s reporting from tense situations overseas.

Nahlah Ayed

She bemoaned the lack of coverage of South America in North America, and dodged the question if there were stories she’d pushed for not covered. The pictured painted was one of needing to leave news uncovered because of deadlines to file. Places had to go unseen because there’s only one reporter, one team from the CBC there. The schedule is tight, and deadlines are pushed to extremes. Social media adds another pressure, but may be essential to reach a new audience.

I think it’s too bad there’s a culture of media censorship not talked about in Canada, where some stories are shunned and journalists are not able to speak of which ones without facing retribution from their distribution owners and editors.

Overall the talk was a success, even though she’d not finished writing it on the plane to Regina. Foreign correspondents probably deliver their best material under an impossible deadline, anyway.

Nahlah Ayed and John Klein

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Turkey Arrests CBC Journalist Sasa Petricic

Saša Petricic has been arrested in the midst of covering the Occupy Gezi protest in Istanbul. This is an outrage which the Turkish government will not be able to defend themselves from.

Short hours before his arrest, this was the scene:

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

UPDATE:
They were released many hours later: