Friday, 8 December 2017

Warning! Rant Ahead!

Okay, those of you who know me, know I avoid rants on social media, because let's face it, everyone has their own opinion about everything, and I respect that. However, SHAME on you CBC and CTV for not having uninterrupted coverage of the ceremony from Halifax marking the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. This was a cataclysmic event when the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosion in history killed nearly 2000 people, injured thousands more, and virtually destroyed a huge part of the city. That same day saw a huge snowstorm move in, and I'm sure most of you can imagine what that scene had to be like. This event was responsible for the creation of so many things we take for granted today, such as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, because so many people who had rushed to their windows to see what was happening were blinded by flying glass.

From CTV's Ben Mulroney announcing that their reporter in Halifax was 'alive' - that's probably a good thing, to that reporter going on about how someone kept sending a message warning an incoming train to stop, and how SHE kept sending and how an ancestor of HER's was there today. I mean seriously. One of my favourite complaints is how journalism today is all about a talking head covered in make-up, but surely they can read a history book before going on air 'live'.

Any hope of watching the ceremony was soon put to waste as the networks kept throwing in the usual commercial breaks at all the wrong times, and coming back to pick up speakers without explaining what the speaker was talking about. I shut the TV off when the CBC reporter kept yapping right through the beginning of the moment of silence. Since we could see on the split screen that everyone was bowing their heads, couldn't someone in the studio have whispered into his earpiece to shut the %#$@ up!

I would comment on how our photo-op savvy Prime Minister couldn't be bothered to arrange his schedule to be here, but hey, it's pouring rain in Halifax this morning; not exactly prime selfie conditions. There, I feel a bit better now. I'm sorry and hope this doesn't offend anyone, and I know there are journalists out there who take their jobs seriously. Sadly, there were none to be found this morning. #halifaxauthor #halifaxexplosion #Halifax #firstworldwar #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #canadianarmy 

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