|Mindy Kaling - American Actress|
The CBC continues to pursue a race to the bottom of the digital culture on its website, cbc.ca.
This time, the story is out of Newfoundland.
Three important stories recently emerged concerning the justice system in that province.
The first involves a 12-year old fraud case. It involves a complex condo-flipping scam. The judge in this case threw it out because the RCMP took too long to get the case to trial. This resulted in millions of dollars in fraud and court costs being lost. And it seems, this is the second such case over the past year thrown out because of allegations of RCMP fumbling.
The second case involves a homicide. Charges were again dropped against a man in Labrador accused of the second-degree murder of his infant son. A critical piece of evidence was a piece of the 4-month old's brain, accidentally disposed of by the medical examiner. The defence argued that without the tissue sample, there was no way to determine the veracity of the photos that the Crown intended to enter as evidence.
Third case: the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is under investigation for turning a blind eye to the illegal activities of a CI (confidential informant) until he assaulted two individuals.
None of these stories was covered by the CBC.*
This, at a time when local news everywhere in Canada is being diminished by the collapse of the newspaper industry and the closing of commercial TV newsrooms.
Instead, "Deep Microphone" informed me that the CBC newsroom in St. John's assigned TWO journalists to cover this "important" story concerning the American celebrity, Mindy Kaling who can properly pronounce "Newfoundland."
In economics, there is a theory called "Gresham's Law." Gresham (1519 - 1579) was an English financier who observed that "bad money drives out good"...that any dubious coinage causes all monies to be suspected as worthless.
Perhaps there should be a similar law in journalism.
* I have been informed that these stories were reported locally. Apologies to the journalists who did these stories. But I am still appalled by the prominence of clickbait on cbc.ca. The public broadcaster remains our last best hope for substantial local information in Canada. But I sense it is slipping away under the pressure of the marketers and the digirati.