Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.
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Corporate media, being owned by corporations, needs to maximize shareholder wealth. That means news is a loss leader.
News is about generating sensationalism, excitement or hysteria.
News is about generating ratings to charge more for advertising to maximize shareholder wealth.
Thus, when the CBC characteristically doesn’t sensationalize something, it’s noted around the world.
CBC is owned by us, WE are the shareholders. WE maximize wealth by having high quality, respectful journalism that enhances dignity. Not like the Jerry Springer that corporate media has become.
So, read this, especially the last line:
Mansbridge, in sharp contrast to the frenetic, breathless delivery (Read more…)
Climate change deniers are science deniers.
That makes them either stupid, or so incredibly biased/conflicted that they are willing to ignore science and dodge accusations of their own stupidity to accomplish some other goal.
In BC we are producing oil, gas and coal and stunningly stupid rates, only to go up in the future.
Our corporate media is spewing this “false balance” at us. Journalists who deny the scientific truth of climate change should be fired. But corporate media want to keep them on.
We need to continually inoculate our against this wilful ignorance.
February 5, 2014 The Media Corruption (Read more…)
Louder is a new site that aims to bring important news that is usually ignored to the forefront. The site does this in two ways which revolves around Twitter: organic stories can get attention or organizations can sponsor some of the content they want to spread. This could get more attention for fringe candidates in elections to local issues that deserve larger attention.
After an intensive, four-month accelerator program, Matter – the world’s only startup accelerator focused on independent media – recently launched its 3rd class of portfolio companies. Readers interested in new technology that organically pushes worthy, underreported stories (Read more…)
Have you joined yet?
No? So, you’re good with corporate media spinning things for you, against your personal, community, national and ecological interests?
Ricochet is an audacious response to a difficult context. Independent and in the public interest, Ricochet will provide a space dedicated to investigative journalism and high-profile opinion. Published in two distinct editions, English and French, Ricochet will illuminate the cultural and political diversity of this country.
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July 6, 2010 More Bad News for Dreams of Solid Journalism (1) November 15, (Read more…)
It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t read Naomi Klein’s new book about climate change.
It doesn’t matter because the internet of things.
It doesn’t matter because most of what’s important in the world is in the comment section of news stories, not the stories themselves. We all know journalists are biased anyways.
She is a public intellectual and deserving of respect. Maybe you’re all just jealous. Or lazy.
Look, it’s easy:
Stephen Harper wrote a book about hockey in Canada, A Greater Game. It’s a sociological book about hockey’s place in our culture. It doesn’t matter that Stephen Harper doesn’t (Read more…)
ICYMI: @DonMartinCTV does his last word on changes to the Copyright Act http://t.co/bLonc1F5om @ctvnewschannel #cdnpoli
— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) October 9, 2014
It’s about damn time someone in the MSM noted the obvious. This isn’t akin to calling Harper a Nazi; It’s about calling a spade a spade. Hijacking news footage for propaganda purposes, is entirely unethical for any political party.
Harper’s latest “nefarious scheme” should be called out for what it is. Too bad this sort of thing isn’t enough to change more minds about him.
Uncool for @DonMartinCTV to say PMSH is "flirting with fascism"; proper (Read more…)
Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the all-too testosterone world of sports, released a catalogue with virtually no women in it. Except for cheerleaders and a girl watching men play sports.
A 12-year-old calls them out on this because even 12-year-olds get equality.
Dick’s sent a FOAD brush off letter back [see below].
Here’s what Dick’s ought to do now.
Recognize that there is profound sexism in sports. Recognize that they have been a part of that. Seek out organizations that promote equality in sports. Partner with them to promote equality. Open up their catalogue and advertising process to expanded stakeholder input. (Read more…)
When one corporation owns most of the English language newspapers in Canada, the free press is essentially dead, not that it’s been much of anything but comatose for a while.
Switch to non-corporate media:
Worried that the PostMedia buy out of Sun News means you won’t have any options for news? Here’s a handy (imperfect, incomplete) list of websites to check out. (If you have any independent news sources I missed – I’m sure I did – message me and I’ll update…) Alright, third and last version for now (unless I decide to do something else with it…). Thanks for (Read more…)
I’m always amused when I see people commentating on the “liberal bias” in the media. It is usually followed by a trenchant analysis of at least one instance of how news corporation X has finally gone off the rails and has lost all of its journalistic integrity blah blah blah.
Sitting where I am, in political and social Outlier-ville, I have to smile to myself. This might be a case of “liberal bias” but when you take a step back and look at what the media does, it is fairly easy to discern that mouldering just under the (Read more…)
An unreconstituted Toronto Sun front page. Newspaper hell? Turns out it’s not quite as bad as we imagined it would be, except for the few unfortunates who still work in what’s left of the industry. Below: Tom Kent, who headed the 1981 Royal Commission on Newspapers, which was ignored when it was written and is still ignored.
If you want proof the Canadian newspaper business is on its last legs, look no further than yesterday’s announcement Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is about to take over Quebecor Media Inc.’s 175 English-language newspapers and a few other assets, including the five (Read more…)
Now Sun News is owned by the National Post now [soon]. The National Post, AKA the Financial Post has made it clear they’ll do lewd things in a washroom with Big Oil for money and power. Sun has made it clear they do do lewd things on TV for Big Oil, just because that’s how they roll.
Stop buying newspapers, and start funding independent media competition to them.
In a day of media consolidation, remember you can give to independent media http://t.co/98N9fDokel OR http://t.co/6g6x3gp3Y1 #Postmedia #Sun
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 6, 2014
Postmedia buys Sunmedia. Newspaper anti-concentration (Read more…)
Here, on how leaders who stand up to hysterical calls to abandon peace and human rights in the name of fleeting threats tend to be vindicated by history – and how Thomas Mulcair is carrying on the NDP’s legacy on that front even in the face of criticism from Very Serious People.
For further reading…- The two prime examples of media attempts to strong-arm Mulcair into writing a blank cheque for war in Iraq (based a combination of threat hype and a general affinity for hippie-punching) come from John Ivison and L. Ian MacDonald.- Meanwhile, Janyce (Read more…)
Ezra Levant, on the job with his Sun News microphone. Mr. Levant is not the problem. Sun Media is the problem. Below: Justin Trudeau, Bernie Farber, and Brian Mulroney.
Ezra Levant is a squalid nuisance, barely worth contemplating.
Sun Media is the problem.
On Monday, Sun Media apologized for Mr. Levant’s repellent and sexually obsessive hysterics about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s parents, one dead and the other an elderly grandmother and thus neither in a position to defend themselves.
This only happened, of course, because Mr. Trudeau threatened no longer to talk to legitimate Sun Media journalists, of which we (Read more…)
So, Justin Trudeau isn’t talking to Sun Media reporters, or opinionators, or whatever other categories of people they employ, until the organization apologies for a ridiculous Ezra Levant segment I don’t care to describe — suffice it to say it was a highly offensive personal attack not just on him, but his family.
The press gallery, apparently confident that their condemnation of Levant’s bloviating is no obvious it need not really be vocalized, instead lept straight to the hustings of journalistic freedom. Much furious tweeting amongst themselves ensued; how dare Trudeau do this, and so on. We’ve seen the pattern (Read more…)
On Sunday I attended a climate rally in Regina with what looked to be well over a hundred other people.
It’s too bad more of the 33,400 Rider fans in attendance didn’t make the People’s Climate March a priority for their pre-game activity. Listening to the crowd at the Legislature though, it’s apparent there are plenty of people in oil country who are afraid to speak out against the industries ruining their water tables and flooding their towns with oil money. Who would they speak to anyway? Some local papers won’t publish stories of oil spills a journalist told me (Read more…)
Barack Obama came into office promising the most open and transparent government ever. In the light of the Obama administration’s obsessive concerns with secrecy and information control the claim seems badly out of sync with current realities.
People close to the action are best placed to judge when it comes to issues of access and transparency. Veteran NYT Washington correspondent David E. Sanger described the Obama administration as “the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”
More recently at a convention of news/media editors in Chicago speakers were sharply critical of the lack of White House openness. AP’s (Read more…)
BC Premier Christy Clark dons Canucks jersey during 2013 election campaign (Andy Clark / Reuters)
Nowhere in the appalling record of the Liberal government in Victoria has its shortcomings been more obvious than at the very top. Premier Christy Clark has been a terrible leader whose pronouncements get more and more embarrassing as time passes.
However, she so dominates the government that one is hard-pressed to think of even the names of her cabinet ministers, which doesn’t say much for their abilities or courage to speak out on issues.
Tsilhqot’in move merited praise…BUT the proof is in the pudding
I recently applauded (Read more…)
A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.
The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the names assigned the points of land, the streets, buildings and high places out here to realize how profound was the influence of Scots.
Where I grew up on Canada’s West Coast, names like Dunedin, Inverness and Holyrood, Douglas, Tolmie, Dunsmuir and Finlayson, were part of (Read more…)
Gaza and the Threat of World War
“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the (Read more…)
Let it be said up front that this cranky second waver bears no animus with regards to hamsters, electric vehicles, or dancing. Yet, once these elements are mixed into the toxic soup of everyone’s favourite capitalistic patriarchal construct – better known as ‘our society’ – hilarity is bound to ensue.
The advertisement in whole, before we begin.
This commercial is about selling cars. (Duh!) But who is the target audience? (if you thought hamsters, please leave now there are places better suited for your attentions). Let’s break this down and take a (Read more…)
I love Nicholas Carr’s book. There are lots of studies and science mixed with many stories and asides and discussions of philosophers and other great thinkers. It reminded me of reading a Bill Bryson book. You get the facts painlessly. And it presents a strong argument for keeping kids (and everyone) off-line when they work, but I’m still unlikely to convince them to actually turn off facebook. Reading the bare bones here doesn’t do it justice, but here’s what I don’t want to forget about my memory:
The Medium is the Message
He quotes McLuhan from 1964 – “The electric (Read more…)
I feel like I don’t have to read this one with all the press it’s getting. Maybe next summer. This is the gist I’ve gotten so far:
Michael Rozworski wrote a piece about it recently. In brief: the basic thesis of the book is that capitalism has a tendency towards the concentration of wealth in few hands. And there’s a discrimination inherent in the system that ensures whites are better able to make it at least into the middle.
In Canada right now, our distribution looks like this: * the top 10% owns 58.2% of the wealth, up (Read more…)