David Booth created a lot of controversy when he first tweeted a picture of a bear he killed on a hunting excursion then shared the video of the event as well. Many people have strong opinions on the subject and it seems like no one can agree on any aspect of the story.
Well, thanks to CTV, we can all agree on one thing: CTV doesn’t know what a blog is.
You may be asking, “What does that have to do with Booth shooting a bear with a bow and arrow?” Well, CTV decided to do a story on the outrage that has been kicked up over Booth’s actions, but instead of going to the trouble of finding some people who were outraged and getting a quote from them or finding another article written about the subject to cite – y’know, journalism – they decided that random commenters on the Canucks.com message boards were a trustworthy source.
Despite the intentions of the show’s producers, some fans have not taken kindly to the footage.
“What a disgusting way to send [sic] the off season… David, work more on your wrist shot rather than shooting innocent bears,” wrote one blogger.
Some chastised Booth, WILD TV, and hunting itself for unnecessary brutality.
Other, however, were more forgiving.
“I bet 95% of the people complaining about Booth killing an innocent bear would have zero hesitation in regards to calling animal control if they found one in their neighbourhood who would likely put down the bear,” one blogger wrote.
While it would be ludicrous enough to just quote “one blogger” without citing the source, I understand why the writer of the article didn’t want to do so. The first quote comes from TwinTelepathy, from the Canucks.com forum thread, “[New Video] David Booth Bruin Hunting, Shoots Down Chara?” and the second quote is from n00bxQb in the same thread.
Using those names in a news article might make said article look a little ridiculous. It might make it look like the person writing the article put approximately zero effort into said article. It might call into question the entire premise of said article.
To make it look a little more official, CTV claimed that the quotes came from one step up the internet reliability ladder – from “random message board commenter” to “blogger” – instead of simply saying that they came from a Canucks fan message board. As a blogger, I take offence.