Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Cluffie Must Go, Vol. II

Vancouver, B.C.
49°15'N; 123°08'W

We've said it before and we'll say it again, local CBC radio morning man Rick Cluff must go!

Exhibit A: Today Puffie Cluffie led off and ended one important story in just two stacatto sentences. To paraphrase....

"The Provincial Government announces $150million for education; some say it's not enough! Call our talkback line and tell us what you think!'

That's it, no context and absolutely no discussion of longterm, chronic underfunding and whether this 'new' pre-election money even comes close to making up the shortfall. Instead, it's just slam, bam, thank-you ma'am and it's off to the phones. It's lame, it's useless, and it leads to a sickly solipcism of the worst kind that is fueled entirely by uninformed comment. In fact, it's the kind of thing that makes us want to set our hair on fire because we listen to CBC rather than the not-so-Giant '98, or some other facsimile thereof, precisely because we don't want to have to put up with junk like this.

Now some CBC listeners, including regular reader/commentator lenin's ghost, might say - what can you expect given the fact that P.Cluffie was nothing more than a Sports Guy who fell into this plumb job because budget cuts allowed the Home Office (read T.O.) to shed themselves of the Puffie One by pulling seniority shuffle that left somebody who was actually competent at the job, Hal Wake, out in the cold?

Well, OK, but even if that is the case we have a suggestion - why not kick P.Cluffie further upstairs by giving him free reign to cover the 2010 Olympics from tomorrow until the last apres ski party ends five (or maybe fifteen) years from now?

Heck, even mayor Larry Campbell seems to be thinking similarly. Last week, after he'd suffered through another lamer than lame interview from P.Cluffie, Campbell turned a final 'what's up for you in the future Larry?' question back on the Cluffifferous one by retorting, 'Not sure about me Rick, but was wondering if you will returning to the Sports beat anytime soon?'

Here's hopin'.

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