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2004\08\03@104211 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I'm just saying that European media, on average, to my
eyes, tends to sensationalize things MUCH less
>then say CNN or Fox News. TTYL

<VBG> as someone living in Europe, and generally watching the BBC news, I
think you would find that it is still as biased towards "bad news" as
anywhere else, and can be just as sensationalised - witness the current
scrum fest because the general manager and coach of the England football
squad have both bedded a single secretary at the FA :))))

Resignations, enquiries, goodness knows what else.

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2004\08\03@105704 by Herbert Graf

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On Tue, 2004-08-03 at 10:43, Alan B. Pearce wrote:
> >I'm just saying that European media, on average, to my
> eyes, tends to sensationalize things MUCH less
> >then say CNN or Fox News. TTYL
>
> <VBG> as someone living in Europe, and generally watching the BBC news, I
> think you would find that it is still as biased towards "bad news" as
> anywhere else, and can be just as sensationalised - witness the current
> scrum fest because the general manager and coach of the England football
> squad have both bedded a single secretary at the FA :))))

Hehe, perhaps, but my impression of European media was certainly more on
the "report the important stuff and don't try too much to make it a
crisis". I'm not saying they don't (and I'm not referring to only the
BBC), just that they don't tend to do it as much as CNN or Fox News does
(where it seems every story is "breaking news", every issue is "life or
death"). TTYL


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2004\08\03@124026 by Anthony Toft

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> crisis". I'm not saying they don't (and I'm not referring to only the
> BBC), just that they don't tend to do it as much as CNN or Fox News does
> (where it seems every story is "breaking news", every issue is "life or
> death"). TTYL

My (probably misguided) theory on this is that at least with the BBC it is
government funded and therefore not trying to make money with advertising slots
sensational news makes for high viewer numbers, making more profit.

This being said, I generally don't _watch_ the news I prefer to read it online,
and if I am watching it, it's generally BBC world service, but this is probably
because I grew up on it being ex-pat.

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2004\08\03@175052 by Matthew Brush

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>This is in the USA.
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>I'm wondering if the Canadian news is so biased towards the bad. Any
>comments from those north of the USA?

I would have to say it all depends on where you live in Canada.  The big
cities' news is obviously going to contain more bad stuff than a smaller
town, due to less crime, traffic, scandal, etc.  The one thing I do
notice about the Canadian media is that almost every canadian channel,
newspaper and radiostation are all owned by the same company.  It's
actually quite sickening, I remember making a flow chart of the company,
CanWest Global Communications Corp., and it's child-companies.  They
pretty much rule Canadian media (besides the CBC) and aparently New
Zealand is heading in the same direction with this company.

This is they're website:
http://www.canwestglobal.com/

They list most of their companies, it seems they're aweful proud of
their monopoly.

Anyway, I do notice Canadian news is a lot less sensationalist compared
to the US news.  Not to mention CNN is the devils broadcasting network.

Cheers

MJ Brush


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2004\08\03@185002 by Jinx

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> Anyway, I do notice Canadian news is a lot less sensationalist
> compared to the US news

A point made by Michael Moore (ha, there's an argument starter
if ever there was) in Bowling For Columbine

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