I've commented earlier about the whole Mayor of Toronto debacle, and that particular freak show retains its strength in the news reports. In fact, yesterday it was THE lead article on the CBC news website. This was because the main protagonist had yet again dropped himself (with unerring accuracy and demonstrating a remarkable natural talent for it) into the brown smelly stuff, even as it flew off the fan it had earlier interfaced with.
HOWEVER. This was not the story to which I alluded a moment or two ago. Nope. The story I was thinking of was one which I thought might have been momentous, important and positive to eclipse even the enormous clusterf... that is Toronto's mayoral problem. It was the story of how police in Toronto had been successful in detecting and breaking up a huge ring of child pornographers and paedophiles in the Toronto area. Apparently almost four hundred children - four HUNDRED - had been rescued from the clutches of these people.
I think that's rather a big story - in fact I think it's a very, very IMPORTANT story. But apparently not - nope; the CBC instead demonstrated its quite appalling priorities (sensationalism trumps real news) by pushing Rob Ford's lunacy to the top of the pile yet again (it's stopped being a new story now, surely?) and relegating the police success to a side-bar.
What does this say about the CBC?
What does it say about the viewing and website-reading public?
What does it say about our western culture when priorities such as these are out there and being force-fed to us?