posted on Jul, 14 2011 @ 01:37 AM
Finally - a real live journalist who wants to report the truth, not the filtered kind.. his story is viral
Kai Nagata quit as CTV’s bureau chief in Quebec City on July 8. In an essay on his personal blog ( kainagata.com...
) that has attracted wide
attention, he explains why he gave up on TV journalism at age 24:
"I was a full-time employee making good money, with comprehensive benefits and retirement options (I was even lucky enough to be hired before Bell
bought CTV and began clawing back some of those expensive perks). It was what I would classify as a “great job,” especially for a 24-year old. But
there was a growing gap between the reporter I played on TV, and the person I really am and want to become. I reached my breaking point suddenly,
although when I look back now, the signposts were clear."
I have serious problems with the direction taken by Canadian policy and politics in the last five years. But as a reporter, I feel like I’ve been
holding my breath. Every question I asked, every tweet I posted, and even what I said to other journalists and friends had to go through a filter,
where my own opinions and values were carefully strained out. Even then I’m not sure I was always successful, but I always knew at the CBC and
subsequently at CTV that there were serious consequences for editorial."
Why I Quit CTV News thestar.com