Musings —11.05.2014 08:09 AM—
Yesterday, Carl Wilson served the chattering classes a pious, self-involved – and exceedingly poorly-written – piece about how he knew Jian Ghomeshi was abusing women, and how he didn’t do anything about it. It was despicable. (Interestingly, immediately afterwards, the Globe’s Leah McLaren posted this online: “I’ve just read a piece full of high-minded moral outrage and disgust about the Gomeshi scandal written by a male journalist who groped and harassed me as an intern [his identity will not be any secret to good friends of mine]. Just…amazing.”)
Anyway, that was yesterday. Today, something that isn’t as loathsome as Wilson, or his defence of the indefensible. It’s about Ghomeshi, too, but it really has something important to say about the country, and the country’s politics. It’s from John Doyle, a terrific writer about TV and soccer, also for the Globe. His words ring very true with me:
One issue that needs examination is the hierarchy and influence of major Canadian media. My feeling is that Ghomeshi’s importance and influence in Canada was highly overestimated, just like his own sense of importance. Charles Adler and what unfolds on his radio show is vastly more relevant in grasping the country. If you’re in the PMO and keeping tabs on what Canadians think, you’re paying attention to Adler, not to CBC Radio’s Q.
Time was the PMO paid close attention to CBC’s The National, CTV National News and to The Globe and Mail. Now it pays closest attention to Adler and the most-watched TV newscast in Canada, which is the local CTV News in Toronto. Analyze that.
And it’s why, by the by, I go on Charles’ show far, far more than I go on any CBC radio show – because he reaches real people North of Steeles, and South of the Queensway.
He also, I note, treats women with respect, and he’s a gentleman.