[ NO CONTEST ~ One Regularly Wins National Awards, the other is a Stringer]
I have always enjoyed Steve Paikin’s persona. He has a warm charm in presentation that exudes trust. His distinguished career has no only gained him an enormous audience but by way of his uncanny research skills has seen him collect a huge array of national and international media awards. Those awards came largely from his peers: other professionals in the media industry.
Paikin could (and probably) should speak more about his own achievements throughout his distinguished career. He doesn’t. Possibly, his one fault is that he is too modest to permit himself to become part of the story each time he engages in investigative reporting. His research instead tells it all as he calmly asks often pointed questions that reveal that this fellow does his research extremely well and asks questions aimed to permit his audience to form their own informed conclusions.
Because Paikin does not boast about his achievements, here are a few: recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Silver Screen (International) Award; Chancellor of Laurentian University; Member Order of Canada …and the list goes on and on. Bright, articulate and university educated, Steve would be a joy as a next door neighbor.
Grewal and his “ilk” resort to a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Long referred to “yellow journalism”, inability to grasp and understand subject material are too often replaced by slap-hazard research added to an attention-grabbing headline. In all honesty, I suspect that if Grewal were to live a 1,000 years, he would never amass the journalistic credentials to be accepted among the peers of Paikin as anything other than a small-time stringer.
Here is a link showing Paikin doing an in depth interview with Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell. I liked it and think that you may also find it informative. It is a pleasant and refreshing change from the mud-slinging, jaded writing by which Grewal has become known. Unlike Paikin, Grewal seems to think that the rest of us are too stupid to form measured/balanced opinions of our own and, instead must be led to his screwy conclusions. I also have extremely low tolerance to Grewal’s narrow “fan club” that is (way) too quick to label people like myself as being supporters of Fennell simply because we seek fairness in the media that we consume. I think history is quite illustrative of what happens when media attempts to force-feed a point of view.
Paikin is the host of a TV program that is called “The Agenda” and I often worry about the “agenda” of the Toronto Star