Blame TV news

Sez Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight on the subject of television journalism (his blog in the alternative newspaper is a rant about the resignation of a NDP candidate in British Columbia):

“Dumb, celebrity-obsessed, issue-avoiding television news programs played a role in turning over control of the White House to George Bush and Dick Cheney. This led directly to the debacle in Iraq and the financial meltdown plaguing global markets this past week.

“In Canada, our dumb, pot-smoking-obsessed, issue-avoiding television news programs are probably elevating the risk of a Conservative majority government. Time will tell if Harper can replicate the financial and foreign-affairs records of the Bush administration.”

Jeez Charlie. Why don’t you tell us what you really think?