Satire: CNN’s JFK coverage provides a lesson for the CBC
Late last week, a ridiculous bombshell dropped in the news. John Kerry announced that he has “doubts” that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Finally, an American who is willing to stand up and declare “I'm not sure.” Cue the panel discussion, only interrupted long enough for the words “Breaking News” to flash red across the screen. Right.
At the same time as CNN was airing its coverage of Kerry’s revelation about an event fifty years ago, our own CBC was airing a piece about the Secretary of State’s involvement in nuclear talks with Iran. In typical CBC fashion, it was all “proliferation this” and “World War that,” with not one single mention of Kennedy’s assassination.
Meanwhile, today, ever vigilant to remain at the bleeding edge of current events, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Sarah Palin about Christianity. Because, if there is one person who remains at the front of everyone’s thoughts five years ago, it’s Sarah Palin. Yes, you got me right, five years ago.
CBC just does too much real news to deserve funding for the news
Is it any wonder that the Federal government is set to slash our national broadcaster’s funding by $115 million over the next three years? Clearly the CBC does not care about the things that people want to hear. Where are the conspiracy theories? Where is the celebrity gossip? How do we still have no Kardashians in Canada? That's right. Not even one.
All that the CBC would ever have done with that $115 million, representing about 10% of its funding, is produce piece after piece, blathering on about whatever scandal-du-jour pours out of Ottawa, possibly ending in the defeat of the Harper Conservatives.
It's much better for Canadians to watch rehashes of the JFK assassination, complete with extensive panel discussions. The Prime Minister would certainly prefer it.