Conservative MP thinks Sun TV a more “important death” than 3 journalists who actually died
Um, what? On Sunday, Calgary Conservative MP Joan Crockatt tweeted some listener feedback to CBC’s The Sunday Edition, expressing her opinion that this week’s demise of the Sun TV channel was “the most important death in journalism this week” — apparently even ranking above three prominent journalists who died during the last week: Crockatt was […]
On Sunday, Calgary Conservative MP Joan Crockatt tweeted some listener feedback to CBC’s The Sunday Edition, expressing her opinion that this week’s demise of the Sun TV channel was “the most important death in journalism this week” — apparently even ranking above three prominent journalists who died during the last week:
Crockatt was responding to host Michael Enright’s February 15 CBC Sunday Edition essay titled “reflections on a bad week for the craft of journalism”:
Michael’s tribute to three great journalists: Bob Simon, David Carr and Alison Gordon – integrity, courage and craft http://t.co/wK2jFDeyx6
— CBCSundayEdition (@CBCSunday) February 15, 2015
Enright’s essay reflects on “seven days of shock, of personal and professional loss,” particularly the deaths of CBS News’ 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, the New York Times’ media critic David Carr and Toronto Star sports writer (and Major League Baseball’s first female beat writer) Alison Gordon.
Enright also mentions the ongoing controversy over NBC’s Brian Williams, Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’s leaving The Daily Show and the death of Sun TV. As Enright himself says in his essay:
“We are all privileged to be able to still do what we do as the competing media change, as newspapers implode, as jobs disappear — 200 this week at the death of Sun News Network — and as the working rules of journalism become more opaque.”
Not to mention, CBC Radio’s As It Happens dedicated an entire segment on the shut down of Sun TV, featuring lengthy interviews with former Sun hosts David Akin and Ezra Levant.
Twitter users were quick to react to Crockatt’s comment:
@Crockatteer @EnrightCBC @CBCSunday Offensive comment. Really distasteful. #cdnpoli
— Lawrence Garvin (@lgarvin62) February 15, 2015
“The most important death” #cdnpoli https://t.co/dY2VmT9b6h
— Chris Turner (@theturner) February 15, 2015
Hey, remember how conservatives are supposed to own moral clarity on bad things like death n’ stuff? https://t.co/4cmlRrQOFt ht @theturner
— Keith Silva (@keithjs) February 15, 2015
While sad people lost their jobs, by no means can the closing of a business ever compare to the deaths of people. @Crockatteer @EnrightCBC
— snarkski (@_drewski) February 15, 2015
Crockatt later responded:
@lgarvin62 @EnrightCBC @CBCSunday You may disagree with its politics but not that it’s space in Canadian journalism is gone – with 200 jobs.
— Joan Crockatt MP (@Crockatteer) February 15, 2015
Okay, then… thanks for the viewer feedback, Crockatt.
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