What a great idea for the Academy of Cinema and Television to award its 2020 Grand Prix to the information services of Radio-Canada and TVA.
Quebecers may not be aware of it, but in these times when social networks spread disinformation to the four winds and where “fake news” resonates more than authentic information, they can count on services whose leaders antenna are of unparalleled integrity.
Pierre Bruneau's social commitment would be enough to guarantee his probity. Despite the time he spends on the air, he devotes countless hours to the foundation that bears the name of his son Charles, who died of leukemia in 1988. His commitment to Leucan is matched only by his quest for rigor in information. As for Céline Galipeau, Sophie Thibault and Patrice Roy, they are the children of fathers who have left a lasting imprint on the history of our journalism. I know this from having had the privilege of being with the three of them.
FROM FATHER TO DAUGHTERS AND … TO SON!
Céline's father, Georges Galipeau, died in 2002, was United Press correspondent at the time of the dirty war in Vietnam, where showing objectivity was almost impossible. Then, he was a diplomat at the UN, then UNESCO hired him as director of its Center for the Studies of Information Sciences in Africa.
If Marc Thibault, Sophie's father, is less known to the general public, no journalist of his time has forgotten the role he played as head of Radio-Canada's news service during the most troubled times. of Quebec. The man fought fiercely to protect the public broadcaster from the influence of Ottawa politicians during the October Crisis and after the election of the Parti Québécois in 1976. His pig face saved the network French under much undue pressure.
By comparison with Marc Thibault, Michel Roy, father of Patrice, was a lamb. But he had a head as hard as the other and the same anger when the impartiality of the information was threatened. After his years at the helm of Le Devoir and La Presse , Michel was adviser to the Privy Council, then adviser to Brian Mulroney's cabinet. He was then ambassador to Tunisia. A man of reflection, with a soft voice and a perpetual smirk, Michel seems to have transmitted to his son the intelligence needed to process information and how to make it understandable.
COMPLOTISTS AND HURLUBERLUS
The pandemic is not easy for those whose mission is to inform. Social networks make crazy plots public every week. Weirdos like Lucie Laurier or Alexis-Cossette Trudel feed them with noxious fuel that thousands of gullible people refuel every day. Most have lost faith in traditional news services.
They cannot be blamed too much when a network the size of Fox News is spreading fake news and a daily as famous as the New York Times indulges in such anti-Trump bias that they undermine the legendary credibility of the newspaper.
Whatever people say, we are very lucky to have information services like those of Radio-Canada and TVA. The Academy could not have chosen a better time to honor them.