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How does the media view the CAF?


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I must confess to being a bit of a news junkie, reading a number of newspapers, going online and tuning into the broadcast media, usually on a daily basis. Over the years, especially recently, the focus seems to have been on some of the most negative elements of the CAF, such as sexual harassment, procurement boondoggles and the overall sad state of affairs of the forces. It seems to me, overall, that the CAF are basically “the bad news guys” and that the media does not present them in a very favourable light. I also think that the media is turning a blind eye to the seriousness of world events and perhaps think that Canada is too insignificant a country. But, hey, that’s just my own opinion.

I’ve read quite a number of descriptions or definitions of what a journalist should be or do. One source says broadly that a journalist should “provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing”. And then there’s one long-standing description of a journalist being one who “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable”. Aside from what a journalist is expected to do, many reporters have an inherent left-or-right-of-centre bias. On top of that the media that they work for may have layers of reporting bureaucracy to go through before a story ever sees the light of day, with sometimes various levels of editors one must go through. As a result, a particular news item often gets watered down, overblown or even killed.

Having said all that (although there’s probably a lot more that should be said), based on what you have read, seen or heard on the media, do you think there is something that the media is excluding or missing in a big way? This is certainly a huge topic and maybe not even something that one can really answer. But I do think it would be worth seeing if there’s a commonality here about how the CAF should be seen. In other words, if you could be quoted by the media, what would you say? I now hand the microphone over to you.