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 ...

The Canadian Progressive: Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak

Human rights activist and author Craig Murray wonders why, for the western corporate media, the Panama leak is all about Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism,” he says. The post Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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 ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Conservative Deflection, the NDP Truth Team and the Erosion of Trust

As many of you know I took some time off from my blog, mainly for personal reasons, though I did keep up with current events. I blogged a bit during the 2014 Ontario provincial election, and then saved my strength for this coming federal contest. Fully prepared to continue in a relatively, non-partisan way, I ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Conservative Deflection, the NDP Truth Team and the Erosion of Trust

As many of you know I took some time off from my blog, mainly for personal reasons, though I did keep up with current events. I blogged a bit during the 2014 Ontario provincial election, and then saved my strength for this coming federal contest. Fully prepared to continue in a relatively, non-partisan way, I ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Who Cares About The Youth Vote? Certainly Not The Corporate Media.

Regarding this article in the Globe & Mail: Dear Young People: Not Voting? No One Cares. Politicians need to take a chance and talk to youth and aim policies toward them too. And, at the same time, youth need to start talking to the politicians. However, one of the problems, unmentioned here, is the corporate ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Who Cares About The Youth Vote? Certainly Not The Corporate Media.

Regarding this article in the Globe & Mail: Dear Young People: Not Voting? No One Cares. Politicians need to take a chance and talk to youth and aim policies toward them too. And, at the same time, youth need to start talking to the politicians. However, one of the problems, unmentioned here, is the corporate ...

The Disaffected Lib: Peaking Past Paywalls

I’m not rich.   There I’ve said it.  Like most people my age I have to be a bit frugal.  Extravagance is for those on the way up. And so I have to bid a temporary adieu to the Toronto Star after discovering I have used up my quota of 10-free stories a month.  I don’t ...

Dead Wild Roses: Mainstream Media? Let’s append that to Corporate Media.

     It is important to periodically remind yourself of who the corporate media serves and how that focus bends what is reported and how it is reported into the fantastical shapes we observe today.  Critical thinking, news triangulation and a healthy dose of skepticism are all required to make sense of what is actually happening ...

The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot on the "Inveterate Bastards" Who Have Hijacked Our Democracy

 He writes of the plight of Britons but he could as easily be speaking to you. Most of the world’s people are decent, honest and kind. Most of those who dominate us are inveterate bastards… “With a most inhuman cruelty, they who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them of their blindness.” This government, ...

A Different Point of View....: ‘Freedom to Read Week’ right time to assess corporate media censorship

I’ve been deeply involved in journalism for 40 years, and I’ve never experienced a time like this when mass media corporations are feeding us such distorted, one-sided news and opinion. Corporate media is helping to facilitate a total change in the ideological fabric of the county into a nation of mean-spirited people who are starting ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is Canadian Progressivism a Farce?

The topic came up recently in a discussion I had with a prolific and thoroughly progressive blogger who will go unnamed.   He lamented that he had become fed up with Canadian prog bloggers who seemed not terribly interested in progressivism at all and, by contrast, far less interesting than their truly progressive American counterparts. I ...

The Disaffected Lib: Freedom of the Press, Freedom From the Press

Western mass media have long been deservedly criticized for having an “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude to news.   At one point sensationalism was seen as the sizzle that sold the steak, genuine information.  It was an old carny trick from ages past.  But that reflected a past in which the media was primarily concerned ...

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Hedges On Contemporary Journalism

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Saskboy and Jymn rub The Globe’s nose in #RoboCon | #cdnpoli

RoboCon: Journalism Failure at the Globe – UPDATED | Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: “And what’s the reason that John Ibbitson, a professional journalist for a national newspaper, treats Giorno with so much respect and kid-gloves that he talks him up as some sort of non-lying politician, while a nobody blogger in Regina has quickly demonstrated the ...

The post-partisan plea: it’s now or never | #lpc #ndp #cdnpoli

Some weeks ago, I urged Canada’s two main opposition parties to set aside their differences and work together for the greater good. Perhaps “urged” isn’t the right word. But I’m moved to reiterate by recent events, including the internal machinations of both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party in the wake of last ...

Liberals, NDP, whoever. I don’t care what we call them | #cdnpoli

The Tyee – This Year, Put the Country Ahead of the Party: ” … with the election of Stephen Harper, everything changed. No prime minister in Canadian history has come to power with such a ruthless determination to implement an agenda so at odds with the interests of the country and the values of its ...

Oh, and while we’re busy demonizing the #Occupy movement … | #classwarfare #cdnpoli

Daily Kos: I See What Occupy Vancouver Did There…And It’s Brilliant: ‘via Blog this’ At the Daily Kos, Ed Murray shines the light of reason on the corporate media’s theme-O-the-week: The media’s latest attempt to undercut the message of Occupy movements all across the globe is by touting the “cost” of these protests. Many sources ...

Fiscal demonization of @OccupyTO continues on CTV | #classwarfare

Like clockwork, the corporate media are swinging into action. Or perhaps like robots. Either way, the narrative is being reinforced and amplified. Just now on CTV a “news” report is pegging the cost of Occupy at something over $714,000. Police, EMS, landscaping, etc. Cue the manufactured resentment and the divide-and-conquer rhetoric: dirty fucking hippies taking ...

@GeorgeMonbiot takes down the corporate media

George Monbiot – Unmasking the Press: ‘via Blog this’ Too bad about Hitchens, but the best thing I’ve found about the corporate media this week comes from Monbiot. Everything you need to know, including the essential 99 percent versus 1 per cent dynamic, is in here. The class-warfare element is fairly obvious, and set out ...

The Sun’s effect on our national conversation is obvious, but what about the Globe?

It’s a straightforward question: what are people talking about? What’s capturing their attention and imaginations? Public conversation. Nothing gives you a better sense of a community or a society than gauging what people are talking about. (24/7 on Kim Kardashian? That’s got to tell you something.) It’s been one of this little corner’s favourite hobby ...

DeSmogBlog: Mainstream Media Fail to Cover Story on True Costs of Coal

coal-wall_0.jpeg Yesterday, ​Media Matters​ reported in a story titled, "Media Ignore Study On Real Price Of Coal-Fired Power," that since the release of a ground-breaking report by the American Economic Review, titled "Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy," not a single mainstream media outlet has echoed the findings of the report — not ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media Lens on How Misinformation Rules the Airwaves.

     “Nothing is free.”  Remember that golden nugget of advice given back when you were young?  Of course you do, it made you wary of deals that seemed just perfect and produced nothing but unicorns and butterflies and the separation of you and your money once you made the agreement with the con artist in ...