EDITORIAL – CBC should have left State of the Union to the U.S. networks

Donald Trump on CBC delivering State of the Union.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THAT’S TWO HOURS we’ll never get back.

Did you watch the State of the Union address last night? If you were tuned in to CBC News Network, you had to.

President Donald Trump spent most of it bragging about what he’s done for the American economy and urging everybody to work together. “Tonight I ask you to choose greatness,” he said, then got a quick shot in against what he called “ridiculous partisan investigations.”

And, of course, there was The Wall. “I will get it built,” he declared.

After each sentence, either the Republicans or the Democrats stood to applaud, depending on who agreed with him.

And, thanks to CBC News Network, we Canadians watched, and afterwards we watched Stacey Abrams, a former candidate for governor in Georgia, respond on behalf of the Democrats.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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5 Comments on EDITORIAL – CBC should have left State of the Union to the U.S. networks

  1. We need to stop funding the CBC. It continually shows that it has no idea of what being a Canadian is. There are only one or two Canadian tv shows on the CBC that are worth watching, the rest are bad enough to raise the retardation rate of Canadians. The CBC is just a waste of our tax dollars.

  2. Ian MacKenzie // February 6, 2019 at 9:33 AM // Reply

    Thank the Lord I only watched the summary of that address. I’m not sure which was the most predictable and boring, that unpresidential monologue or their emblematic football game a day or so ago. Both keep the stomach active.

  3. Sean McGuinness // February 6, 2019 at 8:57 AM // Reply

    Well, we all know this guy by now. Why should CBC or any other network broadcast this clown show? Any even if they do, why would anybody want to waste 2 hours of their life watching it?

  4. It would have been more enlightening to watch early episodes of the Simpsons. By mutual, and quick, agreement my wife and I turned it off. Having a choice between saturation coverage of a serial killer monster and Trump, we played crib instead. We need a politician with the savage wit of a Sir John A. who – somewhat tipsy and nauseous, at a long-ago political rally, turned away from the crowd, spewed vomit over the bunting rail and then, wickedly, proclaimed, “… so much for my opponent’s platform!”

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