Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You Can't Both Be Right

CBC News: Bathhouse owner 'sick' over fatal fire

"However, Pengpharsuks said he doesn't believe the business was targeted as a hate crime."

Winnipeg Free Press: Burned bathhouse's owner sees possible hate crime

"Police said Tuesday the fire is still under investigation and did not label the incident as a hate crime.
'I can't really say,' said Pengpharsuks.
'It's still under investigation.'

How do two local news outlets cover the exact same story -- by interviewing the same person -- and still end up that far apart from each other? How do you end up with the headline "possible hate crime" when the owner's closest statement to that effect is "I can't really say" and "It's still under investigation"?

And how far has CTV News fallen in this city if they were the only ones asked not to use his full name? Or did he ask this of everybody, and all the other news outlets just ignored his request?

None of this makes a lick of sense. Journalism in this town sometimes, man, I tell you what.

1 comment:

rockwife said...

Dude, I know exactly what you mean! The "news" in this town just cracks me up!