A Different Point of View....: We shouldn’t weep for broke but dishonest mainstream media

What a difference some 50 years has made in one of Canada’s most important and powerful industries! Back in 1970, the Senate of Canada called an inquiry to investigate the exorbitant profits made by Canada’s handful of media barons. Skinflint media mogul Roy Thomson had declared that owning a radio or television station was like ...

A Different Point of View....: Old Canadian media promote Washington’s agenda word for word

An analysis of Canadian mainstream media’s reporting of U.S. President Obama’s visit to Vietnam recently was so biased that stories may as well have been written by the White House. Just about all traditional media provided Washington’s pre-packaged message to the Canadian public: The good guy Obama was in Hanoi to lift the U.S. arms ...

A Different Point of View....: Old Canadian media promote Washington’s agenda word for word

An analysis of Canadian mainstream media’s reporting of U.S. President Obama’s visit to Vietnam recently was so biased that stories may as well have been written by the White House. Just about all traditional media provided Washington’s pre-packaged message to the Canadian public: The good guy Obama was in Hanoi to lift the U.S. arms ...

A Different Point of View....: MEDIA IN CRISIS – 1: Why feds should step in to help democracy’s watchdogs

“I think newspaper readership is strongest  among people who are soon going to be dead.” — John Miller former senior editor at The Toronto Star  A flourishing, capable news media is the oxygen of democracy. In Canada, our traditional oxygen-providers, the mainstream corporate-owned newspapers, are dying. We need to come up with something better to serve ...

A Different Point of View....: MEDIA IN CRISIS – 2: Citizens, government need to plan now to have quality media in future

Canada’s mainstream media are in a state of incipient meltdown. They no longer deliver the volume or quality of news that Canadians need to be informed about important happenings in their communities, let alone to participate in a healthy democratic process. The corporations that own traditional newspapers, seeing their revenues and readership dissolve, have opted ...

A Different Point of View....: Series Discusses Failures of Mainstream Mediaand the Challenges Facing Public Interest Journalism

Mainstream media is failing to meet the needs of Canadians. News organizations lack the resources to cover many important stories and investigative journalism has all but been eliminated. Too often, corporate-owned media continues to filter and censor the news.  With traditional media failing society, can public and alternative media make inroads and provide Canadians with ...

A Different Point of View....: Part 1: Canwest latest ‘media giant’ to exploit news operation

This is the first of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet-based — in Canada. The long-anticipated collapse of the Asper family’s Canwest Global media empire — which included 11 daily newspapers, the Global TV network of 11 stations, 13 specialty TV channels and more ...

A Different Point of View....: Part II:Why we must limit the influence of corporate media

This is the second of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada WARNING: News from corporate-owned media is bad for our country’s health! Traditional for-profit media, including our daily newspapers, radio and TV news, filter out all kinds of information they ...

A Different Point of View....: Part III:Globe’s pro-business reporting example of bad journalism

This is the third of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada.    Staff reporters at the country’s most prominent business news publication, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, are at it again — distorting an important issue: the possible sale ...

A Different Point of View....: Part IV:Sustainable independent media needs a breakthrough

This is the fourth of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada. Canadians might be surprised to discover the difference between the content of independent media and the news and opinion carried and broadcast by corporate-owned media. By “independent media” I ...

A Different Point of View....: Part V:Could a ‘mini-paper’ nip at the heels of mainstream press?

This is the fifth of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada. While I have many criticisms of traditional, corporate-owned newspapers, I am still saddened to some extent by their decline. I’m one of those people who prefer to get my ...

A Different Point of View....: Part VI:Independent media advocates must develop creative news sites

This is the sixth of a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada. Fully a dozen years after the Internet began growing and launching thousands of exciting projects around the globe, Canadians have managed to develop only one independent, high-quality regional news ...

A Different Point of View....: Part VII:Funding for Non-profit Media or Public Interest Activities

This is the last in a seven-part series that will address the need to develop independent media — print, broadcast and Internet based — in Canada. Today – with the mainstream media failing to adequately serve the public in many parts of the country, and with multitudes of people fed up with how corporate media ...