CBC Saturday Report

  • March 6 2008: According to CBC’s Ombudsman: “It would have been useful if reporter Armstrong had expanded on the ‘fear’ factors relating why Christian tourists have stopped coming to Bethlehem and the various factors by referencing the Hamas/Fatah conflict. I will note that the ‘tour’ of the barrier was somewhat distracting. It is a basic tenet of television journalism that when one sets up a conflict between the eye and the ear, the eye wins. I found myself watching the footage, but realized that I hadn’t heard everything that Mr. Armstrong said so I went back and listened again—a privilege that few viewers would have. The report may have been deficient in some production values, and could have briefly expanded the reasons for the underlying fear among potential tourists.”