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Should the CT calm down?

By johnboy - 17 November 2008 22

Hardly a day goes by without a reader submitting something strange from the Canberra Times website.

Normally we refrain. But this morning provides two headlines which really need looking at:

L.A burns to the ground
‘Perfect storm’ as fires raze California

The State of California has been ‘razed’? My dictionary defines raze as to “completely destroy”. 36,553,215 people completely destroyed?

The whole city of Los Angeles burned “to the ground”?

I know we’re prone to hyperbole ourselves here. But really guys, get a grip. Maybe a thousand houses is a tragedy to be sure and great pictures no doubt. But it’s not the complete devastation of one of the world’s biggest economies.

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
Should the CT calm down?
ant 12:41 pm 17 Nov 08

Aussies can claim some blame for the fires they have in California being so vicious; we gave them gum trees!

burkes08 12:39 pm 17 Nov 08

It should be compulsory for all reports of bushfires to include a simple map, so remote relatives can decide whether to ring or shrug…

Have you heard of the internet?? The Governor of California site provides maps of the fire areas.

By the way, just because there are (as yet) no fatalities doesn’t mean it is not a devastating fire. Over one thousand houses destroyed – clearly this has never happened to you.

ant 12:27 pm 17 Nov 08

The CT evidently can’t afford real journalists or even graduates of English, it seems. There’s too many semi-illiterate people in the media, buggering up the language. I imagine that for “raze”, they’d have been better of using a word like “ravage”. They could use “de-racinate” too, if they knew the word (which they probably don’t).

Davo111 11:27 am 17 Nov 08

People read the CT? We *do* have RiotACT.

(When i read the title, I had to think about what ‘CT’ was)

Skidd Marx 11:13 am 17 Nov 08

After glancing at the “LA Burns to the Ground” headline I hastily foraged through my pockets for the funds to buy what I thought was surely to be the biggest story since 9/11 only to find out there wasn’t a single fatality. Not that I was hoping for large-scale carnage, but Jesus Christ CT, what have you been collectively smoking?

Spectra 11:08 am 17 Nov 08

Consider it revenge – during the particularly bad bushfires we had a number of years back (late 90’s? Can’t recall exactly) a couple of US tabloids ran with the headline “Australia Burns from Coast to Coast”. Razing one little state is nothing by comparison 🙂

trevar 10:54 am 17 Nov 08

I just get annoyed whenever someone prints stories about bushfires in California; it happens several times a year, and they always seem to be in Orange County, which is HUGE, and worse, borders on my brother’s county, so I never know whether to ring or not (and I think he gets sick of the whole family ringing at the same time to find out that the fires are hundreds of Ks away!).

It should be compulsory for all reports of bushfires to include a simple map, so remote relatives can decide whether to ring or shrug…

harvyk1 10:37 am 17 Nov 08

I think they need to fire whoever looks after their website. I didn’t know that the US election, the LA wildfires, the SE Queensland storms, or the US withdrawal from Iraq where local Canberra events. But for some reason they make it under the local news section.

There are enough other news outlets that have snubbed Canberra for anything bar scandals in the house on a hill. (news.com.au, I’m looking at you) surly the “Canberra Times” could pretend to actually give a shit on what happens here in Canberra.

Hercsie 10:35 am 17 Nov 08

It’s like a print version of “A Current Affair”

Jim Jones 10:24 am 17 Nov 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

54-11 said :

I must say that I am getting a bit jack of the CT. It has been displaying a very strong anti-Green focus lately, particularly in it’s editorials. . . If I want that sort of opinion, I’ll listen to John Laws (who at least doesn’t pretend he’s anything other than an ignorant shock-jock).

Anything anti-green is commonsense and displaying reality rather than naive starry-eyed idealism. As for John Laws, he retired a year ago and hasn’t been on the radio since November last year. Just go back to your moronic greenie pap, it’s obvious you are completely out of touch.

Hmmmm. Now who is out of touch? Is it someone who recognises that the Greens won the balance of power at the last ACT election with a massive increase in their vote, or is it the foaming-at-the-mouth John Laws fan?

Wide Boy Jake 10:21 am 17 Nov 08

54-11 said :

I must say that I am getting a bit jack of the CT. It has been displaying a very strong anti-Green focus lately, particularly in it’s editorials. . . If I want that sort of opinion, I’ll listen to John Laws (who at least doesn’t pretend he’s anything other than an ignorant shock-jock).

Anything anti-green is commonsense and displaying reality rather than naive starry-eyed idealism. As for John Laws, he retired a year ago and hasn’t been on the radio since November last year. Just go back to your moronic greenie pap, it’s obvious you are completely out of touch.

sepi 10:14 am 17 Nov 08

And they are so lazy – they run articles from other papers about national surveys and can’t even be bothered highlighting the ACT information.

And they run press release info from govt, and don’t even bother to read their own past articles on the subject, even when the previous articles were only weeks ago.

Eg “great improvements in health waiting lists” – failing to mention that we are still equal last in waiting list times nationally.

Not to mention the endless typos and teenage grammar.

I’ll stop now…

Jim Jones 9:55 am 17 Nov 08

The Canberra Times ceased to be worth reading a long time ago – round about when it was bought out by Rural Press, who saw fit to change it from a respected paper that was nationally respected as a leader in political reporting and commentary, into a broadsheet version of the Belconnen Chronicle.

I remember the day that the front page of the CT was dominated by a large photo of a line-dancing horse. That was pretty much the end for me.

54-11 9:42 am 17 Nov 08

I must say that I am getting a bit jack of the CT. It has been displaying a very strong anti-Green focus lately, particularly in it’s editorials. It does the old push-poll trick of putting up a straw man as an argument, then leaves it hanging. It also referred in an editorial recently to developments around the TCH, saying that community groups need to get more involved, yet they denigrate those people who put up an opinion.

I just think that somewhere along the line the capacity for genuine analysis has dried up, and they don’t know how to engage with their readership at the right level. They descend into tabloidism, as noted by JB, and rely on worn out hacks like Ian Warden for in-depth opinion. If I want that sort of opinion, I’ll listen to John Laws (who at least doesn’t pretend he’s anything other than an ignorant shock-jock).

Even Jack Waterford, who I usually enjoy, has lost that ability.

p1 9:41 am 17 Nov 08

About 2000 firefighters, using helicopters, bulldozers and engines, were battling the fire…

Ahhh, engines. Beats the old pedal powered bulldozers…

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