Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:01 am Post subject: Maybe nothing but ...
I was watching the news the other night, and for the first time ever that I can remember, the Fraser institute was NOT identified as a right wing think tank. Simply as an economic think tank. I wonder if that means anything? I think it was the CTV website maybe, and the story was about training more doctors.
I would suspect it means little. Sometimes organizations with an obvious standpoint are treated as neutral when you don't want to do a large piece on them. For example, a report might come out that seems mildly newsworthy in itself, but they don't want to start getting into the deeper argument with other organizations and their positions. The other alternative is when you just want to give their view unfiltered. In this case, I think that it was just a standard "it bleeds, it leads" sort of thing where they always want to put stories out there about some health care crisis, and to make it newsworthy you can't undermine the importance of the story. I haven't thought enough about it, but I think that obsession in the news to make each story seem relevant and important probably distorts things much more than we assume. I mean, air pollution is a much bigger problem for Canada than terrorism of any sort, but it tends not to get comparable coverage.
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