Broadcasters in Quebec and Australia are in hot water for on-air references to the sexual orientation of Olympic figure skaters.
In Canada, a gay rights group wants a public apology from French-language broadcaster over comments about figure skater Johnny Weir, reported AP. The story added that Australia’s Channel Nine “reportedly received complaints from viewers after two of its hosts joked about the masculinity of Weir and other male skaters.”
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How well did social media and journalism perform when some twit reported that Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot had died? Not so well, says Dale Bass.
Continue Reading Reports of Lightfoot death greatly exaggerated
Should The Globe and Mail tell Canadians what we should think about the Olympics, among other issues, on its front page? Anne McNeilly, former Globe journalist and now journalism professor, thinks not.
Continue Reading Olympic win: not the Globe and Mail’s shining hour
Intrepid reporters who are willing to risk their pay cheques and their media accreditation to take on the IOC and VANOC are out of luck, writes David Eby.
Continue Reading Vancouver Olympics one of most challenging ever for journalists
As a longtime journalist, Harvey
Oberfeld wants to see the Vancouver Olympics fairly reported and commented upon. So he needs to be assured the media are not on the take.
Continue Reading 2010 Olympic freebies: media MUST come clean
The Winter Olympic Games are more about marketing and corporations than athletes — and journalists should not become part of all the hype and hoopla, argues Jim Van Horne.
Continue Reading Olympic cheerleading stains journalists’ credibility
Broadcasters and publishers know they can count on at least two responses to portraying graphic images of death and destruction: complaints about disgusting or invasive displays of blood and gore; and, journalists writing stories about media’s insensitivity or sensationalism.
According to one broadcaster, the gatekeepers are constantly debating the responsibility of revealing the cruelty and anguish of the earthquake, trying to weigh the horrors versus the conventions of taste. The senior program producer for CBC TV’s The National, Michael Gruzuk, described that process in an interview with CBC Radio’s Rita Celli on Ontario Today, on Jan. 21.
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With the recent Supreme Court decision to widen the available defences to defamation actions comes added responsibilities. Journalists must now debate what constitutes responsible journalism, writes Cecil Rosner.
Continue Reading What exactly is responsible journalism?