Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Time to Let The Media Conglomerates Fail

Okay... so here's the deal...

We have a government, with fairly extreme (for Canada) right-wing leanings... Who "won" election to a MINORITY Parliament...

We have some large media chains, run by large multi-national corporations, who are very obviously "friendly" in their "editorial content" (loosely disguised as "journalism") to the governing party.

We have a proven history - and research (see McGill study) - showing how this governing party benefited from amazingly slanted positive "news/editorializing" from said chains...

We have a recession, in which a party - which was virulently opposed to "corporate welfare" - is in government, and is seriously considering a "bailout" of said media chains... while it wishes to destroy the state-funded (and quite "neutral") media by slowly choking off funding...

How is a "bailout" of "friendly" media chains ANY different than handing over cash for positive coverage? How? Oh, please do, tell us how, this is not some sort of conflict of interest... Something that borders on the heinous?

The "fifth estate" is supposed to be "independent"... I'm thinking that being tied to one global corporate master, or the other, pretty much kills the "independence"..., however, a bailout for these conservative rags pretty much tosses the idea of an independent media out the window...

Time to let the conglomerates fail, and let small, local independents come up and take over... It will be better for "freedom of press" in this country. NOTHING could be better for the state of media and reporting in this country than the failure of our major dailies. Time to get back to the golden age of journalism, when "journalism" and "reporting" meant something REAL, and not some copy/pasted "national" story inserted into a series of mirror-image local papers by a national editor who is very careful to do the bidding of the corporate masters (or the political masters)...

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1 comment:

Woman at Mile 0 said...

It would be a refreshing change for sure. Conservatives can dish out all the Canadian taxpayer money in the world to these guys and it won't save crap news orgs like the NP and CTV. It's buying them a bit more time but their spin dressed up like real news sucks bad.... plain and simple. Here's hoping they are destined for the trash heap of history.