Well, yesterday ( Thursday the 18th) was my biggest news day since I debated Pierre Trudeau on The National in 1982. That’s 28 years since I’ve talked to so many journalists in one day.
The day started off talking with Kathleen Petty on Ottawa Morning, and by the time I left the CBC studio I was getting tweets and texts telling me that my brother and I were on page A8 of Thursday’s Globe and Mail, talking with Becky Rynor. So far the Globe piece is hard-copy only.
In the afternoon I did this piece with the Ottawa Citizen’s Jennifer Campbell, and by the evening the various editions of The National were going with one or the other of these videos.
Meanwhile the CBC website has this text piece up as well.
Overall I think the coverage has been fair and very well-researched, though at some point the bit about “cashing in my life’s savings” seems to have put in for extra effect to some of the CBC pieces. Sometimes a phrase like that just works itself in to the copy because it just sounds right, even if it’s not really the case.
That’s a minor quibble though. My name has been spelled (and pronounced ) perfectly all day, my age and my kid’s ages have been right, and through it all, all the journalists I’ve spoken to have come across as genuine and caring. Not a cynic in the lot, which wasn’t the way I remember it from 1982!