February 05, 2016

What a difference an election makes: Canadian media changes tune with Trudeau in office

Spencer GibaraRebel Blogger
 

It’s no secret that the mainstream Canadian media landscape is woefully tilted against conservatism.

Nowhere is this clearer than when comparing media coverage of certain issues during the election, to the reporting we're seeing now that Trudeau is in power.

Take the Energy East pipeline.

Harper vigorously defended the need to get Alberta’s oil to the world market. As a response, we saw article after article painting Harper as oil obsessed dictator. Pipeline protesters were shown as heroes on television, and news outlets continued to blow fears about spills out of proportion.

But now Justin Trudeau is prime minister, so the story is a bit different.

In the media’s eyes, the rightful party has finally returned to power, and journalists no longer have to bash pipelines. In fact, suddenly the Energy East pipeline is a no-brainer. Rick Mercer just released one of his rants, claiming that building pipelines is important for national unity!

Where were these comments and columns four months ago?

Or take the subject of refugees.

During the election, that shocking image of a child washed up on the shore quickly became a way to mischaracterize the Conservative Party as a bunch of cold-hearted, Islamaphobic monsters.

Chris Alexander’s name was dragged through the mud, painted as someone who wouldn’t lift a finger to help Syrians fleeing danger.

Harper’s welcoming, yet responsibly cautious, approach to refugees was decried as the “politics of fear”, while Trudeau’s pledge to bring 25,000 refugees here as soon as possible was applauded as the morally righteous response.

However, with Trudeau ensconced at 24 Sussex, we get to see what the media really thinks -- and it turns out they agreed with Harper (and most Canadians) all along.

Now some columnists are calling Trudeau’s pledge reckless.

Too bad they stifled their real views during a time when they might have been relevant to voters. Only now are immigration experts and political commentators weighing in on Trudeau's extremely naïve policy goal.  

I don’t believe for a second that members of the media sat around a big table like the Stonecutters in The Simpsons, nefariously plotting Harper’s demise, while Peter Mansbridge tents is fingers, laughing manically.

But I do believe that most people in the media simply aren’t fans of Harper. Giving him the boot was something they’d wanted to do for the past nine years, and during the last election, they got their chance.

I’ve grown tired of the snobbish song and dance many in the media perform: They will criticize Trudeau across the board, but would never vote against him, nor would they attack him in an election year.

Just wait. All of these critiques of Trudeau and the Liberals will dry up once the Tories have a new leader, and we’ll be back to the same old routine of “conservative bashing” in no time. The media is nothing but predictable.

 

 

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commented 2016-02-09 12:38:43 -0500
“It’s no secret that the mainstream Canadian media landscape is woefully tilted against conservatism.”

That’s a bit of an understatement. I’m a paleo Liberal and the media is tilted against traditional Liberal values as well as no longer being an independent voice of Canadians. They represent the agendas/policies of the political-financial oligarchy to the public. – and of course they are corporate patronage clients of big government. There is nothing “liberal” or “progressive” about corporate media any more than the Liberal party represents liberals.

The Liberal party is a poitical cabal which brokers political influence for power and revenues. The media does essentially the same same thing – the best news money can buy.
commented 2016-02-08 23:45:44 -0500
A. Stephenson: You say that immigration is pro-capitalist as we do need warm bodies etc. You’re right. The thing is, that’s something the left wing governments always pay lip service to. Look at the USSR. People were literally dying to get out of there, much like people have been dying to get out of Cuba for a couple of generations now. One of the reasons their system doesn’t work is because they don’t attract immigrants. Who would willingly leave a free society to live under a communist regime? I know there have been a few, but far more people try to leave these countries than try to get in.
Then your comment about the right not being capitalist, etc. You’re right again, but that gem you close with that it’s no better than the “left wing” version of capitalism, well, that’s just off. Ask anyone from Saskatchewan how well the “left wing” version of capitalism has served them. Ask anyone from Alberta how it’s doing currently. Sorry man, but if it’s left wing, it’s got more problems than solutions and it’s just never, ever worked. This applies to the economic concepts, of course. Saskatchewan, for example, has had a very centrist position on social issues with the current government. The difference is the economic policies.
commented 2016-02-08 15:10:35 -0500
Spencer Gibara commented 1 day ago
Andrew Stephenson,

I think you’re straw-manning me, and misunderstanding the views of Canadians. Social conservatism IS a shrinking market on SOME topics such as gay marriage, however, the majority of Canadians are in favor of less immigration and skeptical about refugees. They also agree with certain laws against burkas. The list goes on.

Plus, you’ve just contradicted yourself. You justify the media’s slant on social issues by saying (wrongly) that social conservatism is shrinking across the board, but then you complain that the media has a capitalist agenda, when the majority of Canadians believe in capitalism


It’s not as cut and dried as most claim it to be. Immigration is very pro-capitalist as we need the warm bodies to keep our workforce from shrinking, and social issues get different answers depending on how you ask the question, and very regionalized.

I don’t disagree with the idea of a capitalist agenda, per se. I have benefited from the fruits of capitalism as much as anybody else has. At the same time, I think a lot of what is floating out there, even that on the political Right, does not actually represent true capitalism but rather a distorted, bastardized version of it. Not better or worse than the left wing vision of capitalism, just different.
commented 2016-02-08 15:03:09 -0500
“I would never send my kids to university these days”

So basically you will condemn them to a life of poverty and menial work simply because you’re worried they might start thinking for themselves and reject the ideology of someone who has elsewhere mused about how great it would be if dolls screamed when you tortured them?
commented 2016-02-08 12:43:24 -0500
Educated people don’t normally vote for criminal communists! But when the whole system is set-up to brainwash the students, then the communists will impose every lie in the book as being the truth. I would never send my kids to university these days. Not if you want a normal, healthy person to develop, who has a brain left in their heads, and is able to think for themselves. Our education system needs to be gutted, and all unions removed. Then let each teacher apply on the open market. We need to rescue our future generations from these institutions of lies, by cutting out the cancerous unions.
commented 2016-02-08 10:00:26 -0500
Andrew: “This post brought to you by the biggest media conglomerate in the country literally selling its front page to the Conservatives.” You’re right about the Post Media group, etc. but your comment says “this post”. There’s not one red cent of that money made it’s way to theRebel. There’s literally no connection between the story and your comment. Maybe you’re one of those romantics who think that the press actually has some kind of morality, but the only morality is money. If Huffpost was offered enough of it, they would have run the same ad. The story here is about editorial content, not ownership and financial decisions by such. And, your comment that higher educated Canadians tend to vote left isn’t totally correct either, but the trend is that way due to the overwhelming socialist indoctrination that our universities are submitting our youth to.
commented 2016-02-08 01:32:04 -0500
I cut my cable TV, after the election, so as not to give my money directly to them.
commented 2016-02-07 20:16:20 -0500
These mass layoffs in the media industry just shows how much they staffed up to take PM Harper down. I don’t feel a drop of sympathy for them!
commented 2016-02-07 19:38:59 -0500
It could also be that the general public (and at least conservatives) have stopped watching and reading mainstream media – due to their lack of journalistic integrity – media before the elections chose their demographics and they chose the wrong ones – many people have gone to streaming devices for their entertainment needs, The Rebel is growing – and I think there will be a resurgence of the ‘written’ newsprint albeit online.
commented 2016-02-07 14:57:39 -0500
The Canadian media had a huge affect on the recent election. The media was teed off with Harper who after encountering non issue questions at scrums and even insult for his office, he curtailed his engagement with them. They took this as a personal affront and initiated critical commentaries of their own fabrication. Trudeau knowing this, engaged them with glad handing, huggy kissy expression and the love affaire was born. Harper for all his isolation was managing the country well in the face of world economic recession. He is a serious concerned leader who distributed benifits to everyone, children, families and seniors as well as business. The trouble with dealing it out equally is that it has no major single impact on any area of need. As a result everyone feels more should be happening. Everyone forgets it was the Lieberals that stripped our military, reduce healthcare funding and increased taxes to their single focussed issue, remove the deficit at all costs and it did cost us every advantage we had. Our veterans had problems before Harper came to power along with the issues mentioned above, solving all of them was a huge task and in reality not solveable in the ten years Harper was in power. Mr Trudinsky hasn’t initiated any recoveries yet just empty rehtoric, glad handing and baby kissing with the media and these PUNDITS ARE SUCKING IT UP LIKE COCAIN ON THE MIRROR. HIS SINGLE ISSUE OF POT LEGALIZATION BROUGHT IN 3 MILLION VOTES FROM THE YOUTH OF THIS NATION WHO NEVER BEFORE VOTED IN ANY ELECTION BUT ON THIS SINGLE ISSUE VOTED WITH THEIR EMOTION INSTEAD OF THEIR HEADS. A Canadian scientist has developed technology that is able to confirm bodily contamination of pot within two hours of intake. It is estimated there are 200,000 youth operating vehicles under the influence . If Trudinsky where to announce that legalization were tied to certifiying the testing equipment at the same time, he would accomplish much more justified public support. The honeymoon will end, the question is when, and suddenly Harper won’t seem to be too bad. Harpers vision to export our resources more efficiently was stymied by posturing politicians like Clark in BC the Mayor of Montreal, a Lieberal hack at best. Ms Wynne is more concerned with her moral legislation slanted to favor her physically misfitted agenda than the real issues in Ontario. BC has an air headed Premier that has a growing economy even with her draconian tax regimes still thinks she will benifit from the Federal infrastructure program as well as the equalization program. Well Ms. Premier here is the truth, you are condidered to be a HAVE PROVINCE, and as such will be contributing to equalization, not receiving. With the leadership we have one has to wonder where WISDOM has fled, where is C D HOWE when you need him most ?
commented 2016-02-07 12:04:51 -0500
And the fact that the media party is pure socialist shit lends itself as to why PM Harper put them on ignore for 10 years.

“Check your fax machine”, was PM Harper’s message to the media party assholes, including the CBC.

Well now we have an almost mental retard representing Canada and PM Butts acting in his role. How embarrassing.

You get what you ask for Canada. And choosing Trudeau is a direction reflection on how many “media party sucker” Canadians there are out there. Canadians really are this naive, this completely stupid.

So have a look at your pay check Canada. It’s going to get cut every year for the next four years – your chosen camp councilor has made it so. But his wife Sofie sure knows how to make a great beverage out of her vagina excrement – how surreal.
commented 2016-02-07 11:16:44 -0500
Andrew Stephenson,

I think you’re straw-manning me, and misunderstanding the views of Canadians. Social conservatism IS a shrinking market on SOME topics such as gay marriage, however, the majority of Canadians are in favor of less immigration and skeptical about refugees. They also agree with certain laws against burkas. The list goes on.

Plus, you’ve just contradicted yourself. You justify the media’s slant on social issues by saying (wrongly) that social conservatism is shrinking across the board, but then you complain that the media has a capitalist agenda, when the majority of Canadians believe in capitalism.
commented 2016-02-07 04:13:34 -0500
This is very depressing if you are a Conservative . Andrew is correct. How does this work if the Conservatives want to win an election ? We move to the Left. So the Liberals become the NDP and the Conservatives become the Liberals.
commented 2016-02-07 03:58:04 -0500
So…Which is it? The MSM is either Right or Left ? For me they are just simply Wrong and a bunch of liars . Andrew say they are Right leaning — Andy says they are left leaning——
commented 2016-02-07 02:38:41 -0500
“The Canadian media is extremely left in most aspects..” Agreed… No argument there… But to accept that that social conservatives are in decline is yet to proven, as the sheer madness of “Trudeau Junior” years evolve… Indeed, I predict a backlash the likes of which we have have never seen before in Canada, certainly the West… And, certainly the belief of Western Separation is not going away as much as the pro-Trudeau media would like to “whistle past the graveyard”..
commented 2016-02-06 21:09:48 -0500
@any Neimers What I’m “babbling” about actually happened.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/18/postmedia-front-page-ads_n_8326634.html

Spencer Gibara commented 7 hours ago
@andrew Stephenson

You’re correct if you’re referring to mainstream media supporting a somewhat right-wing agenda when it comes to an economic policy, but you’re living in a dream world if you think that carries over into social issues like abortion, prostitution, immigration, drug legalization etc. The media is extremely left in most respects. Even Noam Chomsky has admitted that journalists tend to be left on these issues. Apart from corporate ties, the media in the West has been completely taken over by “social justice” causes.
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There are a couple of fairly simple reasons for that. One is quite simply, that social conservatives are a small, and declining market for mass media. Society as a whole has been moving leftwards for generations, even the staunchest modern conservatives would be scandalously left wing by the standards of a century ago. The other is the cognitive dissonance of a pro-freedom, small government believer, demanding the government ban prostitution and legislate morality (as long as they don’t touch guns!). The same people that insist that we are a free society yet insist they are right in telling other women what they can and can’t wear on their heads or can and can’t do with their own wombs. Never mind that legalizing drugs, sex, and guns would basically neuter organized crime while acknowledging that prohibition has never worked. It’s difficult for an informed person to reconcile beliefs rooted in “tradition” when that tradition is itself highly illogical. There is probably at least some impact from the tendency of more educated people to lean left, as well.
commented 2016-02-06 17:13:07 -0500
SPENCER GIBARA – Indeed!…. I suspect it’s something in the water of the Red River watershed that makes Andrew Stepehenson babble about “sold their front page to the Conservative Party of Canada a few days days before the election”… Evidently a sign of somebody living in a parallel universe?… And from today’s columns by Chantal Hebert and Andrew Coyne the race to be “different” has already started…
commented 2016-02-06 15:19:11 -0500
This whole get Harper out was a trend set by a leftwing social media blitz rather than through actual intellectual thought, which just pissed me off. All my friends couldn’t pull up numbers and facts like I did, this society is so naive.
commented 2016-02-06 13:29:32 -0500
@andrew Stephenson

You’re correct if you’re referring to mainstream media supporting a somewhat right-wing agenda when it comes to an economic policy, but you’re living in a dream world if you think that carries over into social issues like abortion, prostitution, immigration, drug legalization etc. The media is extremely left in most respects. Even Noam Chomsky has admitted that journalists tend to be left on these issues. Apart from corporate ties, the media in the West has been completely taken over by “social justice” causes.
commented 2016-02-06 11:22:28 -0500
@atokenconservative

Postmedia, owner of most print dailies in Canada. Owned by American hedge funds with thinly disguised right wing lobby connections. Literally sold their front page to the Conservative Party of Canada a few days before the election, and the ownership got called out for forcing their staff to write extremely pro-CPC pieces even if they disagreed (journalistic integrity? Pfft). The Globe isn’t a lot better. Our local paper, (Wpg Free Press) declined to endorse anybody, which at least maintains some level of integrity.

Not coincidentally, losing money hand over fist as Canadians aren’t buying that crap. It’s ridiculous how slanted to the right our media actually is. The Rebel likes to play victim complex over it – their entire existence is predicated on being different and they have tried to shift the boundaries to artificially create a niche. I’m not sure I buy it – the right certainly isn’t as under-represented as Ezra Levant et al would have you believe, if anything it’s over-represented relative to population. The far right it serves is probably no more than about 15% of the population, yet dominates our print media. Sun News failed, Postmedia’s failing, and the Rebel gets only 50,000 daily readers not because of some massive left wing conspiracy, but because there’s simply very little market for right-slanted “news”, particularly that which seems driven more by personal vendettas than actual reporting.
commented 2016-02-06 03:31:54 -0500
Now this is going to get really interesting in the coming months and years… Evidently a lot of Canadians, like me, gave up on media from coast to coast being able to tell the truth going into the federal election… It was the last straw for many of us… Now papers are closing and staff are being laid off as economic reality bites… Since we know The Boy Blunder is not going to change – indeed he is incapable – it will be interesting to see who in the mainstream media will break ranks and start protecting their own butt by becoming an “alternate/critical” voice…. Stay Tuned Folks!…
commented 2016-02-06 00:22:51 -0500
Andrew, what the hell are you talking about? The biggest media conglomerate in the country?
commented 2016-02-05 20:25:47 -0500
This post brought to you by the biggest media conglomerate in the country literally selling its front page to the Conservatives.
commented 2016-02-05 19:27:10 -0500
anything out of the MSM is tripe, and I never voted against my country either. The idiots got what they wanted screw rick mercer and his useless rant. F him to little to late.
commented 2016-02-05 17:10:32 -0500
I’m still trying to figure out how, in the words of our PM, “diversity is the engine of invention” ?

The ‘fix’ was no more apparent than the medias treatment of Trudeau’s economic plan during the election. I could just imagine the reaction had Harper told an interviewer that he was not one to crunch numbers and that if one would like an answer to the question of costing they could break out a calculator and do it themselves. I’m sure the reaction would have been diametrically opposite of that granted Trudeau.
Anyone with a small amount of mathematical learning could have seen the discrepancy built into the Liberal’s Peter Pan style plan of taxation, it struck me as more than a bit strange how the media with all of their resources could not have reported on the absolute hog wash that was the taxing the rich in order that the middle class may pay less scheme, being as it was so apparent that those in the middle class so vastly outnumber those who comprise the 1%, but not a word from any of the business sections of any of the papers in all of the country concerning the blatant incongruity of such a statement till after the election, when all of a sudden, the news broke that the math in fact didn’t add up.
My frustration only grew upon hearing of the “modest deficits” and the justification of such by means of low interest rates and a healthy Debt to GDP ratio, of course I thought…but what if, as is only natural, interest rates go up ? But not one question on the part of the mainstream, not a concern from those in the media, they didn’t even bring it up.
Indeed, I think the mainstream media sold us out in the last election.
commented 2016-02-05 16:42:47 -0500
Spencer Gibara (Rebel Blogger).
Thanks for the article as it is a very important topic. I disagree with the following portion:
“I don’t believe for a second that members of the media sat around a big table like the Stonecutters in The Simpsons, nefariously plotting Harper’s demise, while Peter Mansbridge tents is fingers, laughing manically. But I do believe that most people in the media simply aren’t fans of Harper. Giving him the boot was something they’d wanted to do for the past nine years, and during the last election, they got their chance.”

The media party are very closely knit together and if you notice a political story on TV you will see that they are all saying almost exactly the same words. This is no coincidence as political articles can be reported in different ways with different backdrop videos, different opinions as to reasons and implications of a government action. What I am saying is that MSM in Canada are all on the same page, with the CBC in the lead. This was very evident in the attack on Harper during the election campaign and beyond to the present day. In the future, all of Canadian media will glorify Trudeau for his popularity even though there is a growing segment that truly hate him. Just go to internet news article blogs to see the growing hatred for someone who is portrayed in the media as a darling. The media do not fulfill their mandate to report truthful and objective stories, but instead are enabled and empowered to be an integral and influential voice in who is elected to government. In other words, they are always on the side of the Liberals and they work hard at making them succeed, while attacking the Conservatives. They are disgusting little creatures, especially Mansbridge, and I would like to see them suffer for their indescretions.
commented 2016-02-05 15:53:40 -0500
I’m still waiting to hear what all that extra-special-double-secret information was all those years that the government was preventing scientists from telling us.
commented 2016-02-05 15:33:50 -0500
Well I guess the joke is on the main stream media. They conspired to unseat the best PM Canada has ever had. That’s too darn bad that they didn’t like PM Harper. At least he was a real Canadian, with Canada’s back. Now we have a stupid little imbecile that can’t even complete a sentence without stammering like a child. The liberals will be sure to destroy our country, and all thanks to the MSM liars and fairy tale spinners. The useful idiots! At least I can say that I never voted against my country!
commented 2016-02-05 14:58:07 -0500
Ten years of non-stop, vile, rabid, anti-Conservative agenda combined with the media party’s all consuming Harper hate fest really showcased what disgusting pukes the media party is made up of. I haven’t watched or tuned into any of the CBC hacks for years. The new low displayed by the media cartel’s slobbering zeal to get Trudeau elected at any cost, has convinced me they are collectively totally irrelevant as a source to go to for news. Thanks to the Internet, good riddance to every one of the media party rope-suckers.