CNN, the languishing 24-hour news flogger where you can watch endless loops of Wolf Blitzer blithering unpunctuated run-on sentences, seems to be a little confused about the nature of television broadcasting north of the 49th.
“I’ll remember this day for the rest of my life as will all Canadians who are here tonight,” one fan at a Vancouver viewing told CNN affiliate CTV in Canada.
CTV began as a loose gang of independently owned stations, created as an alternative to the government owned and operated CBC, around 1961 (some of the stations were broadcasting as early as 1958).
CNN, on the other hand, appeared on the screen in 1980. Of course, being a four-hour news channel that loops the same clips endlessly and was responsible for inflicting Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs on America doesn’t stop them from condescending to a real television network by calling it an affiliate. It’s as if Canadian broadcasters are sitting in the snow just waiting for an opportunity to send a clip to Atlanta and get some time in the bigs.
Personally, I think any news network that can’t keep up with the blithering imbecility that is Fox News would do well to turn the tables. Take a lesson in broadcasting from their more experienced neighbours. Try following Jack Cafferty with an episode of two of The Littlest Hobo or The Red Green Show. Send Jim Clancy for some lessons with Lloyd Robertson. Stop calling yourselves “the best political panel on television” and STOP calling CTV “an affiliate.” They’re not your pal, buddy…and they ain’t your buddy, guy.