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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

New celebrity beefs; Reznor disses Cornell, Van Morrison slams Beatles
Trent Reznor has been making headlines this past week after insulting Chris Cornell’s new solo album, Scream.

Reznor of Nine Inch Nails posted on his Twitter account stating, “You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.”

Twitter is an online forum for people to stay connected by posting what they are doing and it appears Reznor and Cornell are keeping the public informed.

Cornell responded to Reznor’s comment by posting, “What do you think Jesus would twitter? ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ or ‘Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.’”

This isn’t the first time this month that a musician has expressed their musical opinion to the public. During an interview with The New Yorker, Van Morrison criticized The Beatles. When the interviewer referred to artists like Lonnie Donegan as “pre-Beatles rock and roll” Morrison insisted, “You measure things in terms of The Beatles. We don’t think music started there. The Beatles were peripheral. If you had more knowledge of music, it didn’t really mean anything. To me, it was meaningless.”

Morrison, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, has been receiving a fair bit of heat for his comment. The Beatles, after all, is a big name in musical history and commonly referred to as legendary and iconic.

It appears musicians never learn " if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.
" Amber Garratt

CBC says goodbye to Steven & Chris
The Canadian Broadcasting Company has struggled recently due to severe financial difficulties and will now be forced to cut bonuses, freeze executive salaries and cancel two shows.

Fashion File, an international fashion program, and Steven & Chris, a lifestyle talk show, are the two shows being canned by the CBC.

Fashion File " which has run for the past 20 years " will end in late March, while Steven & Chris is scheduled to air its final new episode in April. Afterwards the two programs will continue to run, but only in repeats.

The CBC will also cut potential bonuses for next year in half. The future bonus cuts combined with executive salary freezes could leave some employees in financial danger.

To pull through the current economic situation, the CBC requested an advance on government funding. However, the Canadian government was unwilling to increase this amount, as the CBC already receives 1.1 billion dollars annually from taxpayers. The CBC must cut funding as other media outlets have, government officials said.

The government is considering aiding private broadcasters such as CTV and Global, making some question why they would not first investigate possible moves to aid the CBC.

The CBC continues to collect a weak revenue stream because advertisers are unwilling to pay as much for marketing as before. Marketers cutting costs leaves broadcasters with a lower income and Canadians with less original programming.
" Colton Kaufman

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