He gives prominence to the Province and the Surrey Now because they at least gave some coverage to what the people waving placards outside were saying. The Surrey Leader just quotes two of the signs. Which is a pity. Because I would have liked the opportunity to meet Jeff Nagel. (Terry Malewski of the CBC just walked past us on the other side of the road and so far appears to have ignored the whole event.) The Vancouver Sun assigned two people who wrote less than almost anyone else and much of that is about what is happening in other provinces. No mention at all of people who live here who might have genuine concerns about trucks in their neighbourhood. Metro has a very short bit but points to the three firms bidding on the contract which has yet to be awarded – even though construction has started.
The choice of pictures is telling too. Only the Province showed one of the protestors. All the others went for a picture of Harper – alone – many just using one of the stock images. Except the Sun which does not put pictures in its web stories. Not one picture of the assembled throng of politicians – which included Stockwell Day, Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon – and quite possibly others too. I cannot be sure since the politicians seemed to be avoiding driving past the banners.
And to this list I can now add a video (thanks to Carmen Mills of gatewaysucks for these links)
Some very postive coverage in the Tyee’s Hook blog which gives a voice to Don Hunt, of Delta’s Sunbury neighborhood association and also Barry Bartlett, corporate communications director for the Prince Rupert Port Authority!
And there was also coverage on News1130 – I heard that yesterday as I going home so they may have been one of the first with the story in the mainstream media. They are also the only news outlet that is showing where this new road will hit hardest – not that it is exactly legible or even linked to a larger image.
Afterthought – credit should also go to Matt Burrows at the Georgia Strait who had the protesters’ views on line before the announcement
I think you are all well advised to stick with new media for better and more timely coverage