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Falling for the optimism

The Story


When CBC journalist Adrienne Arsenault first began reporting from the Middle East, she thought she knew the story of the age-old conflict. But she soon became aware of its "unbelievable" complexities. As a journalist covering the area, she became so desperate for good news that she started to believe -- sometimes against her better judgment -- that peace was just around the corner. "I find, for me, what strikes me is how often I fall for the optimism," she says wistfully in this 2006 CBC-TV clip. 

Medium: Television
Program: Our World
Broadcast Date: 2006-07-15
Guest(s): Adrienne Arsenault
Host: Brian Stewart
Duration: 8:56

Did You know?


• Adrienne Arsenault joined the CBC in 1991 as an editorial assistant. Her first job as foreign correspondent was for the Washington bureau, and then she was Middle East correspondent from 2003 to 2006. She became London correspondent for the CBC in 2006.

• During the 2005 CBC lockout, Arsenault herself became the news when she just missed out on covering a huge Middle East development: the Israeli settler pullout in Gaza. "Instead, she was left sitting in the shade at the fractious settlement of Neve Dekalim as police and protesters faced off, holding up a little 'Locked out by CBC management' sign that she had drawn on her notepad with black ink," wrote the Globe and Mail. The photo of Arsenault holding that message made it into newspapers across Canada.


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