The Star has an article today about the Queen’s Quay pedestrian/bike lane experiment. They had quotes from three residents who didn’t seem pleased with the short pilot project. Only one of them complained about traffic complications (she was upset about having to wait for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the street), while the others thought the $1 million price tag was a waste. Somehow this is considered “mixed reviews.” I get a little annoyed when media outlets try to show two sides of the story but provide only one or two weak voices of objection. And in this article, the residents have selfish concerns or no city-wide perspective on the subject.
Media is powerful — I wonder how many people flipped past this story in the Star’s GTA section today, maybe read the headline “Mixed reviews on Queen’s Quay” but not the article, and now think, “maybe it’s not such a good idea after all.” I’m not suggesting the Star be a blind cheerleader. Rather, if they want to show the other side of the story, don’t be lazy — try to find truly concerned citizens or organizations instead of the first three people who pass you by. Write one article with the positives and another with the negatives. I guess I’m asking for investigative analysis, which is hard to come by in today’s media world where being the first to report a news item is more important than being correct or thorough.