Canada has always been a strong breeding ground for satire. From "22 Minutes" to "Air Farce", from Lorne Michaels to Rick Mercer, sharp satire is one of the cultural areas where we don't need to hang our tuques in shame. Like cheering at a hockey game for 20 minutes straight without uttering one coherent word, or barbecuing in the snow: it's a skill that comes with the territory.
Newsrooms in Canada and around the world reflect and shape the important conversations we have with our coworkers and neighbors. Newsrooms set the tone, or at set the framework for our discussions. Right or wrong, left or right, newsrooms have played an important role in our discourse since our country began. No wonder there are so many TV shows and movies that feature newsrooms as their settings.
15 years before Aaron Sorkin's show "The Newsroom" aired on HBO, Ken Finkleman gave us a sitcom with the same name on CBC. Sorkin's show gave us the drama and tension of a team trying to produce good news content over hunting for ratings; Finkleman's gave us a blustery idiot as an anchor, and showed us how ridiculous it is for a small group to dictate our discourse.
Newsrooms used to be collections of voices, sometimes disparate and conflicting. Now, as journalists lose their jobs in record numbers, there are fewer voices in mainstream media. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't point a finger when they get something wrong.
Welcome, then, to the Muse Room: a place where we can look at media, and so many other things, and lob potshots from the bleachers. If we don't point out what people get wrong, what incentive do they have to get it right?