Wednesday, March 04, 2009

CBC Humour

Still about as funny as amatuer dentistry.
How many tens of thousands of dollars did it cost Canadian taxpayers to gather and broadcast footage last night of Rick Mercer eating pancakes at the Hoito restaurant in Thunder Bay? Not that Mercer's piece was particularly bad. It's just annoying that Mercer's smug, pandering segment from T-Bay was the first piece of CBC film out of northwestern Ontario since Terry Fox's run.
Guess what, CBC? There's more to life in northwestern Ontario than making fun of Finnish words. There's been nothing on the $1.1 billion-a-year network about the economic catastrophe in the region, no mention of the fact you can buy a decent house in every town along Lake Superior for less than the sticker price of a Chevy Cavalier. When the CBC facilitates national dialogue, it's confined to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, with a bit of Halifax thrown in for that down-home colour.
The This Hour Has 22 Minutes schtick, however, does need to be retired. It wasn't funny when the annoying fat woman and the tedious gay guy used to do it on Parliament Hill, and it's just tiresome now.
In the film clip from Queen's Park, Dalton McGuinty and Peter Kormos were obviously not pleased. I can see why. The premier was talking about an economic milestone, the loss of Stelco in Hamilton. Kormos represents people in the region.
But get a load of the press. They think it's a hoot.
It reinforces my belief that most political reporters no longer care about, or understand, Real Canada. They are only there for the "gotcha" moments. Journalism has become like high school, with the dumb, shallow rich kids in charge.
As for Crown Corporation humour: If we're going to be taxed for "funny," please make us laugh.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's suprising the CBC website has a link to Thunder Bay news when they rarely have any regional stories pertaining to Northwestern Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Mark - The CBC will not be immune to the whirlwinds facing the economy. The Tories have all but indicated that they will not assist the public broadcaster with any budget shortfalls. I would suggest that the CBC cut that ludicrous programming (Rick & the 22 gang) first. Comedians need to know that news conferences dealing with job loss is not the venue for their brand of satire. These shows have run for too long. Let them experience a sense of irony when they lose their own jobs!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' was particularly funny. Rick Mercer can be funny, though, and witty. Funnier than you or me. Anyway, at least CBC tries. CTV and Global, on the other hand, is there anything sadder than those networks? In every respect?

Ottawa Watch said...

Maybe funnier than you...

And, yes, there's nothing sadder than Canadian TV.

Anonymous said...

Peter Kormos put Geri Hall in her place today when she tried to punk Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Funnier in its own way than anything on CBC in a long time.
From NP

....Hall wanted to crash a scrum of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty ostensibly to poke some fun at a new rule McGuinty's press handlers laid down that the premier wants five feet of space around him in a scrum.

Not a bad idea but Hall tried to burst into the scrum to have a bit of fun while real reporters were quizzing the premier on a very serious issue: The shutdowns of steel mills in Hamilton and on Lake Erie. McGuinty was in no mood to play along nor should he have been. The idling of these steel mills is awful news for a province that just this week announced deficits that will total $18-billion over the next two years.

NDP MP Peter Kormos actually yelled out, "Shame on you. 2000 workers just lost their jobs. We're trying to hold the premier accountable. Why don't you get the hell out of here?" according to Global Television Queen's Park correspondent Sean Mallen, who was in on the scrum...

Anonymous said...

Mary Walsh crashed a Premier Mike Harris [spit at the ground] scrum in her Xena the Warrior outfit and nobody complained. Harris had to struggle not to crack a smile.

And WTF has Sunshine Boy underachiver Peter Kormos accomplished since Premier Bob Rae exiled him to the nosebleeds back in 1991?

Ottawa Watch said...

I found it annoying and unfunny when she did it in Ottawa.

Anonymous said...

Re Xena and Harris -- at the time, word was that Harris did not know who she was and was not familiar with This Hour... duh!

Ottawa Watch said...

Guess what? I had no idea who Geri Hall is. I thought she was the superbly-stacked borg chick. She was was married to the guy running as aq Republican for the Senate but who was trashed when it came out he tried to get her to go to swingers' clubs. Obama won the seat.
A lot of people are like me, and don't watch much network TV, Canadian or American. And politicians have brutal schedules.