Television news looking too far south

For the second time this year, both the CTV and CBC national news channels, along with the American CNN, placed the full coverage of the Robert Mueller affair over all other national and international news; this time, however, it was on from the time I turned on the TV at 7:10 and was still playing when I left at about 9:15 a.m.

The first time even the local B.C. TV news stations covered Mueller’s entire scripted speech.

(To their credit, the BBC mostly stuck with their own British news during the same time period.)

My frustratedly bewildered question is: Considering that the basic cable package I receive includes all three news stations, why should either, let alone both, of Canada’s two national news stations feel so compelled to copy CNN’s lead by placing U.S. news ahead of all others, especially our own?! Why cannot the Canadians wanting to view hours of the Trump/anti-Trump concern watch it on one of the American news channels?

If I didn’t know better, I’d wonder whether CTV and CBC have their own unspoken beef with Trump thus hope to further publicly expose (via live coverage of Mueller grilling) his compromised integrity, especially with Trump’s public denouncing of the journalistic profession’s integrity (e.g. “fake news”).

Regardless, the last time I checked, Canada was not just another American state. Well, technically not, anyway.

Frank Sterle Jr.

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