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CBC Newsworld is Canada's 24 hour all news and information specialty network providing more hours of original live programming, live news specials and live in-depth news analysis than any other service in Canada. Newsworld International (NWI), aka CBC … see full wiki

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The CBC is _Canadian_?!? What will they think of next?

  • Dec 30, 1999
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Pros: Genuinely international international news, a boon for the Canadian ex-pat and American alike

Cons: Insufficient Canadian content for actual Canadians; almost spreads itself too thinly around the world

My colleague abloch writes:

: I am a Canadian who moved to the US 5 years ago.

'If you don't believe your country/should come before yourself/Then you can better serve your country/by living somewhere else' -- courtesy Stompin' Tom Connors

: Canada's premiere network CBC newsworld has what I call a PINK bias. This : bias is much further to the left of liberalism and not quite : communist(RED).

Congratulations on passing Mass Communications 101, where you figured out the concept of media bias, but also look into 201, where you would've learned to recognize it in every single media source going. And we're sorry you missed out on the geography classes that mentioned Canada was not part of the United States, and has always had a different political stance.

: CBC is anti American, usually siding with American detractors in many
: events around the World,

Dissent: CBC is simply not American.

Bias: Does it not occur to you that the reason there are so many 'American detractors' might be a good one, and that Canada is one of countless countries who don't think the US president is the "leader of the free world" -- ?

: CBC tends to have a very left slant to it, but denies this.

I find the CBC to be very neutral -- its Canadian shows, qv "The Journal," are a reflection of the Canadian ethic and not a driving force behind that particular ethic. (Plus, this is just a ridiculous statement. What official CBC statement came out and said "Dammit, we don't run Rush Limbaugh because we can't afford it, not because we're a pile of commies!")

: Quale was in Canada for a

If you can't even spell "Quayle," you're as daft as he is. I give up...

: When I was in Canada, I watched CBC for years, primarily for its Hockey.

...because you don't know what you're reviewing, and haven't actually watched the channel. This is -- I admit the link to the "manufacturer's product page" needs to be changed to http://www.nwitv.com/ and not directly to the Canadian web site -- not a review of CBC's "Newsworld International," even though you've tried to pass it off as such and it's supposed to be one...

Okay, with regards to the actual channel in question: the ability to watch the Canadian national news might not be too exciting for Americans, particularly because Canadian news is about, well, the 100th anniversary of a lighthouse off the coast of Newfoundland -- not exactly the heart-stopping classy journalism that passes for news on the Fox network, or the made-for-television wars of CNN.

That said, CBC NWI brings a lot of things to American television that Americans don't, viz: international news from the original sources. It is one thing to say "This is happening in Germany," but quite another to watch an actual German news broadcast. If a great diversity of nations strike anybody as, er, pinko, I don't know how to respond to that. CBC NWI is probably the pre-eminent American source for genuinely international international news, and it is by no means limited to Canadian items -- if I had my druthers, CBC in the US would be running Canadian comedy shows.

The non-news shows are hardly biased, and certainly intelligent. On NWI as I am typing this is "Hot Type," which bills itself as a "Discussion of ideas found in text." This makes me nostalgic for university days. American "intellectual" newsy shows like "Meet the Press" makes me realize I don't need NyQuil to fall asleep.

I grant that yes, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's programming may be biased towards Canada. That the entire network is somehow biased in a Canadian manner just isn't true (unless all those foreign news shows I'm seeing start singing 'O Canada' the moment I change the channel). CBC NWI is a boon for both ex-pat and American alike; its programming is solid, its reputation subordinate perhaps only to the BBC, and its "bias" one that I am more than happy to live with. Yes, even if this means sitting through Newfoundland lighthouse anniversaries.


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