Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Not Just Propaganda

Lying propaganda.

Norman Farrell caught Global TV red-handed.

He was watching coverage of the vandalism on Yonge Street, when he noticed something.
During the live newscast, I recognized footage that originated in Vancouver during the Olympics when vandals broke a few windows and tipped over newspaper boxes. As you will see in the photos, captured from Global TV's July 10 5:30pm national news, one of the newspaper boxes being tipped was The Province. This happened on a Vancouver street February 13, 2010. In a case of yellow journalism, Global was trying to make the Toronto demonstrations more dramatic by spicing it with extra footage.

I guess by July 10, people were getting bored looking at the same old boring burning cop cars and boring windows being broken, so some genius at Global thought: 'Hey! We got more good visuals! Nobody will ever notice that those are newspaper boxes from another city.'

Go see for yourself.

h/t One of those obsessed people at the Canadians Demanding a Public Inquiry into Toronto G20 Facebook group. (Pssst, bloggers, lotta good links there. Just sayin'. Membership over 53,000 now.)


Norman Farrell said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Hundreds of people have been to Northern Insights already this morning. I filed a complaint with the Broadcast Standards and they replied saying it has been passed to the broadcaster for response.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this.

@Unionst said...

Global removed it but I got the segment here: http://transferstn.posterous.com/global-tv-news-adds-unrelated-footage-to-g20

Anonymous said...

This is yet another example of why I NEVER watch Global TV for ANY programming.

It's amazing to think that so many people watch this station for news as well as American programming.

There has always been something tawdry and intellectually dishonest about Global TV as a corporate entity and as a broadcaster.

Today in Toronto, Global news broadcast a repeat of a report from last night and misled the viewers to believe that the TTC had not resolved a problem with east-end residents.
Other local station have been broadcasting the facts.

I'd love to see CanWest Global go over the edge of the cliff and permanently disappear from Canadadians daily life.

Norman Farrell said...

Yesterday, I said hundreds of visitors. The count is now well into 5 figures in the last 30 hours. This incident will be explained as simple error and I have not watched enough Global national news to evaluate. The BC version of Global News is agenda driven, IMO.

This demonstrates the power of new media. If the corporations won't allow disparate voices to be heard, the Internet will. However, the web is not free of risk from political regulation and centralized control.

Follow Michael Geist blog to stay informed about this and other media issues. He is a law professor at the University of Ottawa.


fern hill said...

Norman: all I can say is 'good eye, batter'. We got tweeted by Antonia Z, so our hit count zoomed too. Thank the goddess for new media, because old media sux badly. But you're right, vigilance is required. 'They' could shut us down anytime.

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