Monday, June 19, 2006

Making Sausage.

My coverage of the MuchMusic Video Awards is online here. Here's my lede for the Toronto edition:
It was fitting that Kardinal Offishall arrived in a fire truck at last night's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, because the rapper was putting out blazes all night long. First, the Toronto emcee extinguished his hot competition, picking up more awards than any other artist, notably best video and best director for his hit Everyday (Rudebwoy). Then, he turned his fire hose towards the most burning political issue of the day: homegrown terrorism.

"Canada's still the greatest place to be, despite these terrorist accusations and all that garbage," Offishall said after picking up the VideoFACT award, his first of the evening.
But, just to give you a glimpse into the FASCINATING world of on-the-spot reporting, here's how I started the article for my national edition, filed an hour and a half earlier than the Toronto one:
Rapper Kardinal Offishal may have arrived in a fire truck at last night's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, but he was starting fires all night rather than putting them out. The blazing-hot Toronto emcee picked up the most awards, including best video and best director for Everyday (Rudebwoy), and used his time on television to pass on a message about fear and terrorism.

"Canada's still the greatest place to be, despite these terrorist accusations and all that garbage," Mr. Offishal said after picking up the VideoFACT award, his first of the evening.
So what was it? Was he putting out fires or starting them? Make up your mind!

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