September 21, 2015

Here’s the real reason the Media Party is biased against conservatives

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

If there’s one good thing that has come out of watching an entire weekend’s news cycle revolve around Stephen Harper’s awkward turn of phrase -- three words, out of an entire debate’s worth of face-plants, evasions and other such truthiness -- it is that I can confidently state why the Canadian media, and media in general, is biased against conservatives:

They do it because there is (almost) no cost to doing so.

You are here on the Megaphone, so chances are you wouldn’t use the Toronto Star for any other purpose than to line a birdcage, and watching the CBC for your news is out of the question. We are not part of these media outlets’ target audience, so as a result, the only time they care about what we think is when we are clicking on, commenting on, and reacting to their stories.

Publish an article about Stephen Harper’s cold, inhuman demeanor and pissed-off conservatives will rocket it to the top of the Most Read list while the editorial board sits back and high-fives one another.

As Earl Cowan found out when he was transmogrified by reporters into #AngryCon, the MSM is contemptuous rather than fearful when they deal with angry Conservative supporters. They think we are a bunch of easily manipulated maroons, a bunch of poop-flinging baboons. Of course they are making jokes about drinking our tears, and it’s all because we don’t contribute to their bottom line.

Nobody’s going to get fired from the Star for lying about Ezra Levant, and while Dean Skoreyko’s attempts to use the proper channels at the CBC to make a point about bias are praiseworthy, the lesson seems to be lost on the Mother Corp’s top brass.

Meanwhile, the left does not scruple about pushing their agenda on (former) Conservative staples like Tim Horton’s or doing the happy dance when Sun News goes off the air.

Click around the Toronto Sun webpage long enough and you might see an ad from one of the teacher’s unions griping about Kathleen Wynne “walking away from the table”. They make these asks because dollars are dollars, and clicks are clicks. They don’t get hung up on silly things like principles.

You had best believe that when the MSM ducks a story you won’t see anywhere else but right here, it’s because they know who they can get away with offending.

No conservative in their right mind would do to Heather Mallick what, say, Margaret Wente’s haters have tried to do to her because we know that the right to free speech is the only thing we have left. As much as some of us might love to silence left-wing journalists, we’d only end up hurting ourselves in the end if we did by creating the precedent. 

Therefore never let us ask again why the left is silent when it comes to ISIS, or why they are slow to criticize Russia or China or sexism or racism in their own backyards. Totalitarians and terrorists have made it absolutely clear what the consequences of questioning them will be.

A better question would be what we are willing to do to control the discourse, or how long we are going to wait for some mythical silent majority to rush to the rescue.

Let it be known that if Trudeau or Mulcair becomes PM on October 19, it will be because the CPC brain trust spent 2 1/2 months on the defensive and their supporters were too embarrassed to speak up.

(Language warning:)


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commented 2015-09-22 23:49:04 -0400
In his next throne speech, Harper should tell CBC that any negative editorial/commentary against any political party will result in privatization.
commented 2015-09-22 15:11:20 -0400

You are satisfied that a speck of Canadians feel as you do and laugh at the opinions of people like me? OK. I hope you don’t gamble with those kind of odds.
commented 2015-09-22 14:56:01 -0400
That makes two of us, Jimmy!

JCR: As I’ll explain in my next piece, I don’t buy the theory of the consumer revolt. Far too much power and money goes into keeping those currently in power right where they are.
commented 2015-09-22 12:20:34 -0400

Like I said before – Liberals have made more cuts to the CBC over Harper, so while Harper can’t get rid of the CBC – he could have made some serious cuts. He didn’t.

CBC isn’t going anywhere and any politician that even remotely stated that they would get rid of the CBC – would lose the election.
commented 2015-09-22 12:17:06 -0400

You certainly don’t have to care about my opinions – I am quite satisfied knowing that the vast majority of Canadians feel as I do and laugh at the opinions of people like you.
commented 2015-09-22 10:37:29 -0400
“You are here on the Megaphone, so chances are you wouldn’t use the Toronto Star for any other purpose than to line a birdcage.”

TORONTO STAR Jimbot not the Toronto Sun.

I agree JCR the agenda is set by the left, good post.
commented 2015-09-22 09:27:44 -0400
I read this article twice and I’m not sure I fully understand it. It’s true mainstream news organizations want our clicks because that’s how they get readers and ratings. Obviously they can’t survive without listeners, readers and viewers. But then the author talks about some conservatives wanting to “silence left-wing journalists” and how that would threaten free speech. I agree that the solution is not to shut down left-wing voices, but in my opinion it’s more complicated than that. The explosion of mass media and the 24 hour news cycle has been very beneficial for leftist ideas. They have hijacked the medium and used it to promote their leftist agenda. We see it today: except for a few outliers, they control 95% of the culture and the narrative. The agenda is set by the Left and we on the other side always seem to end up playing defense (there are exceptions, and it is true we are much stronger today than in the past). Leftist assertions are rarely challenged or debated by the mainstream media. Why? It is because we don’t have an equal playing field. We instead have a soviet style system (CRTC) where we support and pay for content we don’t necessarily want.

Therefore the question is not: how do we shut down the Left. It is rather how do we get a level playing field to promote our ideas. Well, that is already happening. More and more Canadians are cutting the cable cord because they don’t want to have to pay for a bunch of content they don’t use. This will force many media outlets and channels to offer compelling content more in line with Canadians’ views on matters (politics, culture) or they run the risk of dying off. Certainly the new media landscape will make it much more difficult for them to spin and demagogue an issue or trump up phony scandals (ex: old stock) and use tragedy/crisis to attack conservatives (Syrian refugee crisis) like they usually do. If Canadians stop buying what they’re selling (by cutting the cord), this forces the mainstream to change their business model or go out of business. And that’s how it should be.

Internet and social media is largely responsible for this changing media landscape. A person doesn’t need to be a slave to an expensive cable package anymore to get content. More people are opting out by cutting the cord and customizing their habits online. They choose (and pay) for the content they want.

It doesn’t mean all left-wing outlets will cease to exist (I don’t advocate for that), but it does mean that they won’t be able to push their left-wing agenda unchallenged for much longer. And nothing scares them more.
commented 2015-09-21 23:09:13 -0400
Jimmy thinks nobody cares about our opinions on the CBC but he clearly thinks we should care about his opinions……
commented 2015-09-21 22:51:26 -0400
No, Jimmy, just because Harper had a majority he couldn’t just dismantle it, no matter how much he wanted to. No more than he could get rid of income tax, or pot smoking, or whatever. No more than angry Tom would be able to impose complete gun control, his first or second terms, should he win. You’d probably be able to categorize some aspects of capitalist, or socialist concepts as a bit more towards the fringe as far as practical applicability is concerned. Harper needs at least another majority term before he’d be able to even give it a good try, and should he win next month I’m sure the treatment the Conservatives are getting during this campaign will be brought up as a reason to cut it’s funding. It’s getting kind of hard to continue calling their news as unbiased, considering how blatant they’ve become in support of ABC. At some point they will be called for it, and that’s when we’ll start seeing significant changes. Of course, if your ABC crowd wins, your beloved socialist propaganda machine will continue indefinitely. Aaahhh, utopia!
commented 2015-09-21 22:24:30 -0400
On the defensive???
commented 2015-09-21 20:04:46 -0400

Then how do you explain the fact that Liberals made more cuts to the CBC compared to Harper?

If Harper isn’t going to get rid of the CBC, no one will. And why? Because the majority of Canadians support the CBC. In other words, no one gives a shit about your views on the CBC.
commented 2015-09-21 20:01:22 -0400

No actually, I am perfectly fine with the Toronto Sun existing and having the reputation as being a complete joke and a total rag – slightly above The National Enquirer when it comes to “journalism”.
commented 2015-09-21 19:14:41 -0400
Get real Jimmy….Harper is compelled to pay. These days journalists have more power to make policy than elected officials….and where elected officials must dread every word out of their mouths when beset by a pack of politically correct journalists who are black belts in “gottcha-jitsu”……those same journalists can say what Loki mischief/Caos thes wish and are accountable to no one.

Those who elected Harper have been hounding him to toss the CBC….but he is a “cautious gradualist”….he doesn’t want to make it a point of conflict and confrontation……CBC is fighting for survival by defending the indefensible ….Trudeau…and attacking Harper.

I’ll bet that if Harper won a hands down majority he wouldn’t stick it to the CBC….much like Cardinal Richelieu catching D’Artagnan out ….he just won’t waste the talent.
commented 2015-09-21 17:06:15 -0400
You act like you dont wake up every morning hoping the Sun News papers will go under as well, Jimmy.
commented 2015-09-21 13:47:31 -0400
You do realize that the Toronto Sun is conservative right – that Sun News Network was just Toronto Sun on TV?

Why don’t you write a letter to Stephen Harper – who you will be voting for in a couple of weeks, since he approves of the CBC. You make it sound like liberals are holding you hostage or something. CBC has the backing of Harper.