At­tack de­served more of Spec’s front page

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Manch­ester at­tack cov­er­age

Mon­day night I watched sev­eral TV chan­nels re­port the tragedy in Manch­ester, Eng­land. CNN were ahead of the curve, in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses and an­nounc­ing that the bomber had been iden­ti­fied around 10 p.m. (our time,) by Bri­tish po­lice.

Timid­ity is the only noun I can think of in de­scrib­ing Canada’s na­tional broad­caster — CBC’s de­scrip­tion of the tragedy as an ex­plo­sion in Manch­ester, was limp and al­most apolo­getic to view­ers who may be of­fended by this hor­rific news.

At 6:30 on May 23, I col­lected our Spec from the mail­box where your won­der­ful car­rier Mary leaves it ev­ery morn­ing, re­gard­less of hail, sleet or snow. Glanced at the front page through the pink plas­tic, and … noth­ing. A tragic ter­ror at­tack against woman and chil­dren in a coun­try that Canada has a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with — noth­ing.

The front page of a news­pa­per is the en­tice­ment, the se­duc­tion to sit down and ab­sorb your­self in lo­cal and global news — good or bad. I didn’t read that Spec, it’s all neat and folded in the blue box. Later this morn­ing in Forti­nos on Main Street, I stopped at the mag­a­zine / news­pa­per dis­play rack. U.S. news­pa­pers car­ried the Manch­ester story front page as did Canada’s other news­pa­pers. Then, there was The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor sit­ting on the far right bot­tom rack look­ing like last week’s pa­per that some­one had for­got to re­place. Robert Boag, Dun­das

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