I’ve been around journalists long enough to know there is a media party.
I first noticed while working at Montreal city hall and I’ve seen the same at other city halls, provincial legislatures and Parliament Hill for more than a decade.
But this past election was shocking to watch. While the NDP and Conservatives were vetted, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals ran a campaign where they didn’t talk very much about policies and weren't questioned on inconsistencies.
CTV’s Richard Madden asked Trudeau over days for his position on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Trudeau didn’t really answer, never said much about his position but just said he'd consult others. He never stated his own view.
Imagine if Stephen Harper or Mulcair had done that day after day? There would have been stories about how they dodged questions and every mainstream media outlet would have hounded them, but not Trudeau.
On stripping terrorists of their citizenship, Trudeau jumped on it saying it was wrong and should never be allowed in Canada. Afer the Munk Debate, I asked him why it was okay for Liberal governments, including his father's, to strip Nazi war criminals of citizenship but not okay to strip citizenship from those convicted of terrorism or taking up arms. Trudeau said there was a big difference. That was a load of crap.
Trudeau got away with saying that lying on your application was worse than taking up arms against Canada or being convicted of terrorism. He also made it sound like people would lose their citizenship based on where their parents were born rather than their own actions. The media didn’t call him on this or point out his inconsistencies.
I know the media is biased in favour of the Liberals, you know it, and now our poll results show we're not alone.
The national poll we commissioned, used an online panel presenting two statements to 1,507 Canadians, asking whether they agreed or disagreed. The poll was conducted October 26th and 27th and results are considered accurate within 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The first statement was – “The television news media showed significant bias towards the Liberals during the federal election."
49 percent of Canadians agreed with that statement – 51 percent disagreed.
Agreement ranged from a low of 42 percent in BC, 53 percent in Alberta, 55 percent in the prairies, 49 percent in Ontario and Quebec and 46 percent in Atlantic Canada. Even in Atlantic Canada where Liberals took every seat, almost half those asked thought there was a Liberal media bias during the campaign.
Whether you're a Conservative supporter or an NDP supporter shouldn't matter. Even Liberal supporters should be concerned about this.
Columnists and commentators like myself, are expected to give our opinions and even show our bias but news reporters are supposed to be objective and neutral. They weren't in this last election and half of Canadians agree.
This is why trust in the media is falling and the insertion of media unions into active political organizations is another reason.
In the past journalists unions, unlike most others, would not voice themselves in elections.
In the last Ontario election the main journalist union for print reporters at Sun Media papers, The Star and Globe all came out and endorsed Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.
This federal election, Unifor was a registered third party actively campaigning against Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. They weren’t campaigning for something to do with workplace rules, they simply wanted the Conservatives out. The union representing CBC journalists was also active as a third party campaigning for more money for CBC and Trudeau and the Liberals pledged the most.
So we put a second statement to Canadians asking if they agreed or disagreed:
“The reporters’ unions, the Canadian Media Guild and Unifor, campaigning against the Conservatives during the election is proof the media is biased.”
A full 55 percent of Canadians agreed with that statement.
The low was 50 percent in BC and Atlantic Canada, 53 percent in Ontario, 56 percent in Quebec, 61 percent in Alberta and 67 percent in the prairies.
I get campaigning for issues and advocacy journalism because that's what I do - but the media party in Canada has to decide what they want to do. Are they going to be advocacy journalists (I think most already are) or are they going to keep claiming to be neutral?
Today The Toronto Star published a piece together with the far left Tides Foundation, pushing Tim Flannery’s climate change agenda. Tides, an American based super foundation that funnels money from U.S. billionaires to anti-oil and anti-industry groups in Canada, is the Star’s new publishing partner on an ongoing political and scientific story. Will you be able to believe a word from them now?
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