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February 01, 2003

More manufactured consent

More manufactured consent as the same CBC interviewer introduced the theme of American "arrogance" in an echo-chamber interview with another CBC journalist. She cited a "space expert" - referring to writer Robert Sawyer - in which "over-confidence" in the face of "fear and tension" due to potential hostilities in the Middle East could have lead NASA to go ahead with the flight despite possible damage to one of Columbia's wings. First, Robert Sawyer is a science fiction writer and, while informed and interested in this stuff, is hardly an expert. Second, in my view the CBC interviewer misrepresented her leading question as Sawyer's views. They were not. Sawyer clearly denied the charge of "arrogance" and suggested that at most a kind of over-confidence in a proven and reliable technology may have been a factor. "Fear and tension" in the Middle East had no place in his remarks.

Furthermore... I want to apologize on behalf of any Canadians who would be appalled by the arrogance of the CBC. The following is the text of my email to the CBC Ombudsman:

I am appending my opinion of your coverage of the Columbia disaster posted to my weblog. I am appalled by your interviewer's question. Your network owes an apology to the families of those lost in the disaster, the people of the United States for your spite, and the people of Canada whom you have profoundly shamed and embarrassed.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 1, 2003 11:25 AM