MONTREAL | Emmanuelle Latraverse discover other aspects of his job as a political analyst since the beginning of the pandemic, and, above all, other ways to exercise.
Confined in the Laurentians, the journalist of 45 years, that one sees and hears on TVA, LCN and QUB radio, wanted to draw a portrait of the upheaval which so far have affected his profession, just before you go to help her 9 year old daughter to do his dictation daily.
“It is a miracle that my daughter has not appeared on tv while I was in the air!”, launching Emmanuelle laughing.
Emmanuelle, what is it that has changed in the middle of the television news since the beginning of the pandemic?
“What has changed? (She laughs) On Saturday, march 14, we all entered the office with some excitement, some anxiety and a weight on the shoulders, about the seriousness of what was happening in Quebec. That first day, I was still sitting a metre away from Paul Larocque, and Mario Dumont was just in front of me (laughter). Three months later, I am 200 miles away, I have not seen them for six weeks, and I work from home with a iPhone to the tv. I invented a home studio. The collegiality I miss a lot; the fact of being alone, without colleagues with whom you can share spontaneously, it is very difficult. As journalists, it is not used to working alone. I could not have imagined, a year ago, that I could fully play my role as a political analyst for TVA without never!”
Precisely, the Saturday, march 14 is what you are to believe that events would take such a scale?
“Yes. I would not have believed that the 15th of February, but made the 14th of march, we saw what happened in Italy, and the response that was necessary to it. On the evening of 13 march, we could predict that Quebec would be put in confinement. It was a question of how far would the government, but the fact that our lives were in the process of stopping, be challenged and disrupted, that he would have to relearn how to organise fully, yes, we knew. But you don’t feel it, and you do not see before you see the devastation within our own society.”
Journalists are often the target of attacks since the beginning of the crisis, we will often submit their work in question. How do you compose with the comments, sometimes hard?
“Ah, my God! This is not easy… I have never seen my email box and my son, social media is also flooded with insults, comments violent. I’ve never done so much lend of bad intentions. I would not say that I am insensitive to it; it is not obvious. It hurts, it hurts. I saw there a reflection of the anguish, the fear of the people and the general population. I’ve also seen the fact that people want much to believe their leaders in times of crisis. Criticizing the government’s management, this is what indisposait the general population. People sometimes have a perception that journalists like to criticize. It is much easier, as political analyst, to throw flowers to the government to criticize what he does. It must therefore redouble our vigilance in the tone, at what level it is incisive, in the nuance and the benefit of the doubt. Because the government is taking very serious decisions, which have very serious consequences. This is the kind of situation where I feel even more the weight of responsibility on my shoulders.”
As an analyst, how do you throw out on the management of the pandemic by the government Legault?
“Mr. Legault has mastered the role of a good father of a family in the beginning of the crisis. It was a role easy to play; it was to reassure the population. When the instructions and the decisions taken were far-reaching consequences, the ramifications were huge, but they were still relatively simple. When one refers to the first weeks of the month of march, it was in black and white. I think that the more we advance in time, the more the choices the government is faced with are complex and difficult, and there are fewer clear answers to make systematically. I think it is this which complicates seriously the task of the government, all the more that we realize now how Quebec was ill-prepared for this pandemic.”
You can see Emmanuelle Latraverse to the issuance Dumont, in LCN, between 10 h and 12 h; at 100 % New, 13 h and 16 h; in LCN Now, at 19 h, as well as newscasts of 17 h and 22 h. It also comes at QUB radio, where you can always listen to his podcast Emmanuelle presents…, and a sign of chronic in the Journal de Montréal and Journal de Québec.