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Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 4 December 2010 9:44pm
 
Hi Lounge Trekker. I don't know where you are based, is it Canada? I read the Huffington Post online, watch Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.org, Euronews online, The New York Times; and then to lighten the mood I finish with The Onion! My favorite TV journalist was Tim Russert.

Not too many journalists catch my attention for the right reasons to be honest with you. But Amy Goodman does a great job of doing unbiased reporting, if there is such a thing.
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Lounge Trekker on 5 December 2010 12:32am
 
Thanks for responding, Loretto. I'll look into your suggestions for reading. I'm on the west coast of Canada.

Canada has a few internal issues that we just live with. The geographical divides; the ethnic diversity; the economic realities of a resource based economy; the political separations caused by distance and culture differences: all exacerbated by life-affecting laws being either Federal or Provincial. Education, health and welfare, and resources are Provincial; whereas international trade, oceans and fisheries and most of the taxation of Canadians are Federal.

The result is a legal landscape built to keep lawyers busy for the next millenium. An 'issue' in central Canada (Quebec and Ontario, more than 1/3 of Canada's population) may use such a large portion of Federal resources that the rest of Canada (2/3 poulation over 4/5 of the area, speaking different languages trading with nations 10 000 miles apart) may be left underfunded, under-represented or simply goes black-market.

Sorry for the guesstimates and ridiculous broad-reaching generalities. Regardless of an individual's; background; place of birth and upbringing; or occupation: success leads them to Central Canada. Because of this centralization of...everything...journalism is given a difficult time of representing an objective view in all of Canada. It just can't be done.

I might not be able to edit this message to be meaningful. Sorry, I make no claims to journalistic prowess!

Rambling Trekker
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by tucsonmike on 5 December 2010 2:19am
 
My favorite journalist was Walter Cronkite.
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 5 December 2010 1:26pm
 
Growing up in Ireland, the only television news was RTE and the papers were small regional papers that reported more about cattle than it did about politics; hence my persistent problem of mixing politicians up with cows :-)

Much like central Canada's allure for the successful, immigration brought my generation across the globe if we wanted more than what Ireland could offer.

The generation after me were/are a little less fortunate than me. They grow up knowing only the boom years in Ireland, and now are faced with post 9/11 immigration and a life style of basics that we never had and consequently never had to pay for. Cell phones, cars (as opposed to bikes!)

The only difference between your instance and mine is that Ireland did not have ethnic diversity until the boom well and truly began in 1999. The Irish turned their backs on jobs that sustained them in the years prior to the boom, the service sector, and immigrants readily took the jobs instead. Now we are left with a nation of nationals that look at those jobs, if there are any left, as beneath them. I am not being mean, I've witnessed this first hand. Ireland's recent woes, namely a debt of 85 Billion Euro at 5.83% interest for four years, has been inherited by a generation that are picky about their work, with non-nationals willing to do the job for less as competitors, faced with less and stricter immigration opportunities, and higher "basics" for living. If the Irish pull out of this within the next decade I'll be shocked. Pity really, cause we're a likable race; and that's going to be their saving grace.

The media, well let's face it, although Ireland is supposed to have one of the highest levels of freedom of the press, for decades it worked in conjunction with police and government to cover up religious sexual abuse. So I'd question that level of freedom of the press.

OK it's Sunday and I've got time on my hands, and now I've used it all up!! :-)

PS tusconmike :Walter Cronkite,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9QEUfkRkZ0

Unfortunately Cronkite's replacement, Dan Rather was one of the worst TV journalists in the US.
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by johnnythemonkey on 6 December 2010 10:27am
 
Here's the respected Scottish journalist James Naughtie having a slip of the tongue moment whilst introducing Jeremy HUNT, the Culture Secretary on The Today programme.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/06/james-naughtie-today-jeremy-hunt
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 December 2010 12:42pm
 
How did he regain composure at all!!!!
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by kazzzz on 6 December 2010 12:46pm
 
Well that explains why his name is Naughtie ;)
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Lounge Trekker on 6 December 2010 6:15pm
 
A Naughtie slip of the tongue, and that's for sure.
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 December 2010 6:45pm
 
Another fella made the exact same mistake an hour later. Maybe Mr. Hunt should change his name?

Say this fast three time folks,

"Mrs. Hunt had a country cut front to the front of her hunting petticoat."
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Ken Dunn on 30 December 2010 9:27am
 
Bel Mooney. She writes sense for the Daily Mail.
 
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