In today’s world people are so rushed that they often do not have time to get the full story. Media in all its forms are also in a rush, pushing out news stories in a hurry to beat the clock; to make the deadline. Competition for an audience is fierce with traditional news sources such as radio and newspapers vying with the internet to get the scoop.
I am not saying this is a bad thing. Competition often is good for the consumer and keeps the reporter sharp. But what are the news media serving up today? Researching to write an article about the Harper government’s crime bill brought home to me once again the reality of news bites that often do not do justice to the whole story.
Having said that I must add Safer Streets and Communities is a mega bill containing within it nine separate bills. Each one of these nine bills would take substantial time to go through in order to write a decent report. Journalists, by necessity, have to break it down and write on what seems most important or pertinent to society as a whole. For the average person it means combing through several news reports to try to get the whole story.
The Harper government won a majority in the last federal election so the bill will go through, that’s a given. But I think it’s important for Canadian citizens to understand what this new legislation will mean for each of us as individuals and for the country as a whole, even if that means spending hours going through a variety of news reports.