A report in Blacklock's Reporter says that last year, ten federal agencies paid a national broker $577,000 to distribute newspaper stories ghost written by government employees.
Blacklock's records show agencies paid out “17 separate contracts to News Canada, a Toronto-based broker that distributes ready to use timely lifestyle content that is free of charge and copyright.”
The articles failed to divulge the government as the author while intertwining pro-government boosterism with innocuous facts.
If, at least according to polls, Canadians distrust the government but still trust the media, why not just hide government messaging as news? It’s propaganda in its purest form.
The unsigned nature of this expensive agitprop, moves this from a simple government waste story about advertising, to a creepy ethics story of a sleazy government passively brainwashing citizens with their own money.
It’s positively Soviet.
Justin Trudeau talked about cracking down on fake news with his pals at Facebook.
But fake news, for Trudeau, is news without the appropriate amount of subliminal Liberalness.