February 19, 2018

TorStar head decries “crisis” in quality journalism in bid for bailout money

David MenziesMission Specialist

 

The chair of Torstar, parent company of the Toronto Star and other Canadian newspapers, penned a column entitled: “We should all be very concerned by the crisis facing quality journalism.”

In his 10-point manifesto on why we all need to be concerned with quality journalism, it becomes clear that the real crisis is the nose-diving market valuation of Torstar Corp.

Prior to the Internet and social media, newspapers were the main source of information, but with few exceptions, most have failed to evolve to monetize online content and now an entire generation exists who have never cracked open a newspaper and likely never will.

So it is that the chair of Torstar has been reduced to singing for his supper, like some subway station busker. Fewer and fewer people, and advertisers, are buying what the Toronto Star is selling.

Honderich calls the Star’s contentquality journalism”, but much of it is Flake News. Propping up Torstar would be akin to rewarding failure.

I reached out to Mr. Honderich for comment, but his assistant told me he wouldn’t be available, ever.

Torstar’s head honcho likes to talk a mean game when it comes to “quality journalism” but apparently he has no appetite for contributing to such a process.

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commented 2018-02-22 21:17:13 -0500
If you want to read quality journalism, visit www.cowleynewspapers.com and download their PDF copies of their paper. They still practice real journalism rather than fake news like the big papers print. And no, I’m not being paid for this endorsement.
commented 2018-02-21 03:48:23 -0500
Great reporting as usual, Menz. Now as to the subject matter at hand:

WHATTT!!! WE should pay for the TorStar that nobody wants to read??

OVER THE DEAD BODY OF THIS TAXPAYER AND MANY OTHERS!!!

What a disgusting disgrace it will be if this happens. They put out a rag that nobody wants to read and claim there is “crisis facing quality journalism”. Well, there is a crisis facing quality journalism in Canada. It’s called the SJW B.S. content that nobody wants, which is why the MSM is in crisis mode. Let them fix their little problem by improving their content, and then they won’t need OUR MONEY to prop them up. The last thing they need to fix the problem is taxpayers’ money. That will only perpetuate and exacerbate the problem they have, not fix it. If nobody reads their crap now, just wait until they are even more beholden to the government for their jobs and incomes. Nobody will be able to hold their nose anywhere near the premises.
commented 2018-02-20 20:58:55 -0500
Let Trudeau print all the news he finds to his liking on his socks. That way all the sycophants can drool over his ankles and the sane people can get on with their day.
commented 2018-02-20 17:54:19 -0500
MUTA WEEN commented 2018-02-20 05:52:21 -0500
Al Peterson , It probably took you one minute to read a post from one of the trolls that post here frequently .It may have taken you two minutes to respond .
That’s three precious minutes of your life that were totally and iabsolutely wasted.
I read your comments and most of the others as well but as soon as I read the name or reference to one of the trolls I ignore and page down.
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Muta thanks for your concern. There comes at time when the
argument comes too childish and it has to be dropped. But jus the same there are two reason for responding.
1. The truth must be defended and spoken.
2. There is hopefully an education for others who may not know how to respond to the lies, logical fallacies and obfuscation.

Blessings.
commented 2018-02-20 14:16:32 -0500
turdo is going to force the tax payer to support toad star. Lets force him out next election.
turdo finding millionaires to support along with terrorists. Every Canadian also votes with their wallet.
Seems like everything regular Canadians hate is a sacred for the liebrals.
commented 2018-02-20 12:28:22 -0500
Desperation is setting in .
This could be signaling the end of the bully pulp pits
commented 2018-02-20 12:21:06 -0500
I guess nothing says quality journalism like being under the thumb of the government.
commented 2018-02-20 11:24:04 -0500
If there was a medical crisis onboard a commercial flight ,can one imagine the Captain requesting the immediate aid of a JOURNALIST?
Journalists are not particularly well educated or well above the average intellect. And yet they spew basic nonsense and leftist opinion based on their meager academic profiles and philosophical biases gained in their indoctrination at socialist schools of upper learning .
Many of these so called journalists are nothing more than pure leftist activists given an undeserved platform and that goes for the braniaces that have made it to God forbid the editorial boards .
The TorStar can go down and put the journalists on the street.I do feel bad for the other people that man the presses.
commented 2018-02-20 11:03:19 -0500
Good lord. I’ll bet the Liberal Party will be glad to pony up taxpayer money for the print version of the CBC. However the CBC won’t want their slice of the pie carved up so it may become a delightful power struggle with “Who can help the Liberal Party the most” as the prize winner. A little public blood letting may be the best thing to disclose to all the bias in the media especially these two liberal Party lovers.
commented 2018-02-20 11:02:41 -0500
Good lord. I’ll bet the Liberal Party will be glad to pony up taxpayer money for the print version of the CBC. However the CBC won’t want their slice of the pie carved up so it may become a delightful power struggle with “Who can help the Liberal Party the most” as the prize winner. A little public blood letting may be the best thing to disclose to all the bias in the media especially these two liberal Party lovers.
commented 2018-02-20 09:52:43 -0500
Hey all you MSM-Fake News-Liars, you’re outta here!
The People are finally catching on to your evil, lying ways of treason and other high crimes.
I just wish I could apply my size elevens to your collective, fat, pinko arses on your way out the door!

I wonder how long it will take for some of these depraved Fake News skanks and beta males to start singing the praises of the right, or even – God forbid – THEREBEL, in order to to curry favour and suck up approval from the masses and stop the hemorrhaging of their bottom lines…
I say kick ’em in the teeth when they try it, first time…every time! You lying media scum have made your bed – now lie in it.
commented 2018-02-20 09:07:32 -0500
I will occasionally pick up a free store copy of the Toronto Star while waiting in line at Timmy’s but the articles are so gossipy and left leaning that I toss it it back on the counter in disgust. There is no quality journalism at Torstar, and their ever declining circulation is proof.
commented 2018-02-20 08:22:14 -0500
CONGRATULATIONS REBEL MEDIA……THIS WEEK IS YOUR THIRD BIRTHDAY…THE THIRD YEAR SINCE YOU STARTED BROADCASTING WHEN YOU STARTED FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM.
TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY LET’S HAVE EVERY SUBSCRIBER (878-K) SEND YOU A BIRTHDAY PRESENT OF $3.00 FROM YOUR PAY PAL ACCOUNT…
LET’S HELP THE REBEL STAY ON THE AIR FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARS…JOIN US…HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEL.
TWO MILLION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY AND FOUR DOLLARS ($2,634,000.00)
commented 2018-02-20 08:09:03 -0500
“It probably took you one minute to read a post from one of the trolls that post here frequently .It may have taken you two minutes to respond . That’s three precious minutes of your life that were totally and absolutely wasted. "

Nailed it, MUTAWEEN. I just can’t figure out why anyone would want to be a virtual center-fold for an obvious pudd-puller.
commented 2018-02-20 07:46:50 -0500
James Crockett said, "Every news source on the planet has a bias … "

The problem is not that they are left leaning. The problem is that they claim to be non-biased, just like the CBC and CTV also claim to be. (i.e. they are liars) The Rebel states clearly that they are a right leaning website. The Rebel is honest.

I understand, James/Jack/Jimmy/et. al, that honesty is not a concept you understand, but for many people in Canada it still is a good quality to have.
commented 2018-02-20 05:52:21 -0500
Al Peterson , It probably took you one minute to read a post from one of the trolls that post here frequently .It may have taken you two minutes to respond .
That’s three precious minutes of your life that were totally and iabsolutely wasted.
I read your comments and most of the others as well but as soon as I read the name or reference to one of the trolls I ignore and page down.
commented 2018-02-20 02:08:58 -0500
JAMES CROCKETT
No one takes The Rebel seriously in the industry, which is why people who have contributed to The Rebel will not include that in their resume when looking for a REAL job in media and news. Saying you worked for The Rebel is a negative.
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Since the MSM is largely leftists it would only be sensible that you wouldn’t tell them you worked for a conservative outlet. They have a high horse that they ride and they will not be at all objective or neutral. Thanks for pointing this out, James.

Of course if a “real” media organization does their job it would but the work of a moment to find out that someone worked for the Rebel. So there are no big secrets to hide. How ludicrous to think a “people” is going to hide their work history from a prospective employer in the media business.

The Rebel has broken many stories. That the MSM ignores them because they done’t fit their leftist agenda does not detract form those stories.

If no one is watching The Rebel why do you fear it and try to convince people not to watch it?
commented 2018-02-20 01:31:41 -0500
The Star actually reported that the Levin trial was happening , that would not be allowed anymore.
commented 2018-02-20 01:30:51 -0500
James you miss the point, once they get huge handouts they have to lean the way they are told. And sometimes that means even farther than they were before.
commented 2018-02-20 01:29:29 -0500
James Crockett when did the Star become Right Slanted???
commented 2018-02-20 01:28:50 -0500
James Canadaland is garbage but they would outlast the Star if not for handouts by the government. Taking funding from the government makes you a schill. They are better off without it like the Rebel.
commented 2018-02-19 21:09:14 -0500
Re post……

#5….Power to the Law abiding Citizen’s of Canada!! Thanks for your efforts…Mississauga, London and Vancouver Chinese Speakers!….
commented 2018-02-19 20:21:33 -0500
Wonder how many trees are chopped down to create the Star, just so the Left can look at the pictures.
commented 2018-02-19 20:14:31 -0500
JAMES CROCKETT so you are now an expert on news outlets. WOW! I never even knew that one existed – but you proved me wrong – wow.
You are either an employee of CBC or the Toronto Star or much more likely you are a confused Liberal lackey.
Don’t be ashamed of being a confused Liberal lackey, there are many of you out there and all of you are very proud of your high priest Justin the idiot Trudeau, so instead of being ashamed, just come right out and admit it then shut up and take your meds.
commented 2018-02-19 20:03:56 -0500
james, jimmy sarah Crock of shit….The only reference to The Rebel I made was that you are always on its site. So claiming I posted that is A-Typical of you lying leftist regressive fucktards, nice try though.
Once again, your posts are proof that your mental issues serious, get some help.
With all you regressives, its always the same, “One lies and all the rest will swear by it.” Pathetic!
commented 2018-02-19 19:46:00 -0500
Solution. - 2019 vote out the Canadian CRIMEMINISTER and his Islamic front and back benchers , then survey the destruction and start over , and and NEVER EFFING AGAIN!!!
commented 2018-02-19 19:42:02 -0500
Mike Krchnak,

It says more about you that you think the Rebel is “real news” and highest form of journalism.

To me, The Rebel isn’t much different than The Beaverton. Funnier actually.
commented 2018-02-19 19:35:18 -0500
At that basement bargin of a price why not crowd fund to buy them out. I’ll get behind that easily lol.
commented 2018-02-19 18:26:47 -0500
The Liberal rag posing as a news paper and on line news outlet is already universally known as The Red Star. The State Broadcaster bought and paid for. Don’t forget the Liberal mandated cable and satellite fees to prop up, Constant Trudeau Vision, Global, and pour more of our money into the cbc, whether you view them or not. And now Trudeau is threatening to impose forced censorship on Social media to tow the line with the rest of his lackey media party. Russian RT News is putting out more factual coverage of events than what is being spewed in Canada & the U.S.
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