November 09, 2015

Trudeaumania II: Media Party is busy reliving 1968 -- so who is reporting the news?

Brian LilleyArchive

It began on election night with CTV's Craig Oliver and a few weeks later, it's obvious that the media party's hysteria about Justin Trudeau's victory hasn't waned.

There can be no doubt about it. The media party is in the tank for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals

Everything from the CBC encouraging viewers to send in their "selfies" with Trudeau to Global's Trudeau Cabinet playing cards reinforces something we already knew and confirms how important The Rebel will become if we want honest, unbiased reporting.

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commented 2015-11-11 09:48:50 -0500
nice rant, but we were discussing media outlets, not the fishwrap [newspapers] specifically. and the document your referenced was for a period starting in ‘84, which is pre internet/cable when newpapers were indeed king.
I will leave out the obvious bias of canadian media concentration research project that is essentially the Carleton School of journalism – a great school granted, but a left leaning team to be sure.
when it came to the 2015 election , how many people pulled their opinion ro a newspaper as opposed to cbc/ cable news/internet/facebook/twitter?
if we generously say 3%, then this article ’perhaps’ refers to them
thanks for all the typing though
commented 2015-11-10 21:21:02 -0500
Canada’s Newspapers Were In The Tank For Harper, Media Analysis Finds

Canadian newspapers overwhelmingly supported Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in the past two elections, much more so than they would have if they had reflected public opinion, a new study finds.

The report from the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project found that 95 per cent of newspaper endorsements in the 2011 election went to Harper. That’s every daily in Canada that endorsed a party, except for the Toronto Star, which endorsed the NDP that year.

It was “roughly three times [Harper’s] standing in opinion polls at the time,” Carleton University Prof. Dwayne Winseck wrote in the report.

In the 2015 election, things weren’t quite as monolithic, but 71 per cent of all newspapers endorsements still went to Harper. Seventeen of 23 newspapers that endorsed a candidate endorsed the Tories, the study found.

Postmedia came in for criticism after running full-page, front-page negative ads for the Tories across its newspapers the weekend before the Oct. 19 election.

The analysis came in the context of a new report aiming to assess whether concentration of media ownership in Canada has increased over the past three decades.

The report says it has. It notes that the arrival of new media hasn’t lessened media concentration in Canada. In fact, the new digital media platforms are more concentrated than the old, the study says, pointing to the dominance of brands like Facebook, Google and Netflix in their respective fields.

But the report gives Canada’s uniform newspaper endorsements as an an example that control of traditional media remains a concern to this day.

“Whilst we must adjust our analysis to new realities, long-standing concerns also remain alive,” the report said.

The issue of newspaper endorsements was particularly contentious in the most recent election. Perhaps most controversially, Postmedia and Sun Media newspapers (now part of the same company) ran full-page, front-page ads for the Conservatives the weekend before the election.

That led to calls for a boycott of Postmedia by some people on social media who argued the newspaper chain had overstepped ethical bounds with the ads.

The issue of how newspapers determine endorsements came into the spotlight with reports that Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey ordered all the major newspapers in his chain to support Harper’s Conservatives, a decision believed to be linked to the resignation of prominent journalist Andrew Coyne as the National Post’s editorial and comment editor.

Godfrey argued that determining political endorsements is the owner’s prerogative.

“Since God made babies, I think [endorsement editorials] were always made that way, and if anyone thinks otherwise, I think they were dreaming in Technicolor,” he said, as quoted at the Globe and Mail.

In an unusual move, John Honderich, CEO of Toronto Star parent company Torstar, took Godfrey to task on his assertion.

“No one can dispute the tradition of an individual publisher or owner calling the election shots for their local paper. Godfrey did that regularly when he was publisher of the Toronto Sun,” Honderich wrote.

“But to dictate the choice across an entire chain – and nation. That is an entirely different tale.”

As is common with online news sources, The Huffington Post does not endorse candidates, though its blog contributors often take strong partisan positions.
commented 2015-11-10 21:15:50 -0500
Jack…respectfully, it is not moronic to have the expectation that a taxpayer funded multi-media broadcaster be somewhat less impartial than private sector media outlets. Kindly do not belittle me by telling me I have no right to complain; we all have the right to speak freely when it comes to how tax dollars are spent. I am most definitely not complaining about private sector publications and television stations, and yes, you are correct, the msm does have something for everyone & we all have the option to put our money where our ideals lie as well as the ability to change the channel or click away. As Canadians, we deserve some balance from our national broadcaster. If the CBC is not capable of presenting news in a format that is palatable to all Canadians, then perhaps it is time for some significant downsizing.
Rock & Roll – cheers to you!
commented 2015-11-10 16:31:11 -0500
With apologies to old Sir Wally:

Oh Turdo La Doo is come from the east,
Through all the wide Border his brains are the least;
And save his good mirrors he weapons had none,
He rode all unarmed ‘cause the press were his guns.
So gushing in love, while war made him pooh,
There n’er was naught like Turdo la Doo.

The press gave him breaks, when he stopped to get stoned,
He feared not the stuff which the Fords had undone;
And ere he alighted at Media gate,
The Press Corps fair swoon-ed, our gallant to date:
For Lisa Laflamme, and Craig Oliver too,
All crawled for a sniff, of Turdo la Doo.
commented 2015-11-10 16:02:36 -0500
well put Peter. we run into very similar issues on a libertarian forum as well – sadly when you give some people free speech – they treat more like a weapon than a tool
commented 2015-11-10 15:46:42 -0500
Jack said to Andrea, “Having different values or opinion doesn’t excuse CERTAIN people here who are indeed racist, bigoted, homophobic, hateful, etc. Having different values and opinions isn’t a bulletproof vest to protect someone for what they really are.”

And when the lefties that accuse people of being “racist, bigoted, homophobic, hateful” are challenged to prove it, they ignore the demand for proof or post a derogatory and insulting comment in response but still no proof.

The terms “racist, bigoted, homophobic, hateful” are used by the left to shut up opposing opinions. To stop the conversation. So when challenged to prove how the person was “racist, bigoted, homophobic, or hateful”, they run away.
commented 2015-11-10 15:33:03 -0500
trolls be trollin’….
the rebel is a viewpoint, the cbc is a viewpoint, the huff po is a viewpoint and so on…
the informed among us will take from all sources to form opinions, a skill that is equally absent on both fringes of the spectrum. so you found someone you choose to label a conservative who shares your views – we are happy for you, but that does not diminish my statements despite what you may say.
commented 2015-11-10 14:57:10 -0500
In no way is The Rebel right of center. The Rebel caters to the far right or extreme conservative. I know conservatives that couldn’t stand SNN and the same can be said for The Rebel.

Let’s not pretend like you are all mainstream conservatives.
commented 2015-11-10 14:49:24 -0500

Well first you need to realize that every media source on the planet is biased in one way or another, so it would be moronic that expect the CBC to be any different.

Secondly, there are MSM and online media sources that are conservative – so you really have no reason to complain. It’s like complaining about Coke when you prefer Pepsi. Fine – drink Pepsi, but yet you still complain about Coke.

Having different values or opinion doesn’t excuse CERTAIN people here who are indeed racist, bigoted, homophobic, hateful, etc. Having different values and opinions isn’t a bulletproof vest to protect someone for what they really are.
commented 2015-11-10 14:45:12 -0500
here here andrea – a well worded comment
yes the rebel is right of centre and nothing more than a counterbalance to the CBC. the SNN was the same – do i get all my news from there? no, but it should be part of the puzzle that we assemble to make an opinion.
this site will have trolls just like SNN did, that look down their noses at rebel supporters, but they know as well as we do that they are the ill informed ones, as they ignore 50% of the info freely provided to them
commented 2015-11-10 12:12:52 -0500
Star of the show Walking Dead, Craig Oliver, is the scummiest fool the media ever “dug up” . . . ole paddling buddy of the Marxist Pierre . . . and poster boy for the Lyin Main Stream Media today.
Canada paid a high price for the failures of Turdo I . . . untold Billions . . . but that will pale when we get the bill for Turdo II . . . we now have an “Empty Suit” just like our neighbors to the south . . . we are ALL Ontar-i-owe now ! ! !
commented 2015-11-10 11:21:49 -0500
Once the “progressives” get around to telling people they don’t have property rights, then trying to physically act on that, seizing homes, seizing property arbitrarily on a large scale (like High River), that’ll be what knocks “progressivism” onto it’s ass. Some people don’t care about left or right, but if you try to take what’s their’s, they will stand up, and you will stand down, because progressives are spineless wimps, they know full well what free people do to tyrants.
commented 2015-11-10 11:12:05 -0500
The CBC gets $1B+ annually from the Federal government and should be the embodiment of non-partisan reporting; instead we, the taxpayers of Canada, get publicly funded left wing editorialized commentary masquerading as news. Therein rests the issue. In the absence of non-partisan reporting, alternatives, like the Rebel, must be developed in order to bring back some balanced perspective. Obviously, most people are going to follow media outlet that best represents there personal views, and I respect that, but the mainstream media and their left wing, bias is out of control. Where is the accountability? Who is asking the tough questions? I see it on my local news, as well, too few facts and lots of embellishment. Personally, I blame CNN and the need for 24 hour content that blurred the lines between news and op ed.
Lefties here seem to assume that Rebel media is the only news source for many of the regular conservative contributors on the site. When we come to Rebel Media for an alternative view, we do fully realize that this is a private, right leaning media source with a combination of news, commentary and satire. We also look for news and commentary that the main stream media refuses to report. Alternative does not mean there is a loss of credibility. Everything is subjective, especially in this digital age where we have the ability to find first -hand accounts and immediate, live streaming of current events.
Clearly, the left leaning participants on these comment forums also assume that we ‘right of centre’ citizens don’t have enough critical thinking skills to form opinions of our own, based on our personal views and ideologies. When our values and opinions differ from them, they drag out the insults and call us racist, xenophobic and intolerant, call us unintelligent for having Christian views or mock the very site that they come to every day to offer their platitudes and rhetoric.
commented 2015-11-10 10:59:49 -0500
Actually, being “progressive” (double-speak for communist) pre-dates the 1950’s. We’ve seen it fail so many times, yet still, goofs like you try and convince us that it’s something wonderful. This isn’t Europe, you may be able to dupe the serfs into “progressivism” temporarily, but people simply will come to fight it in all forms.
commented 2015-11-10 09:18:36 -0500
Where’s the good news?

When are the remaking Barbarella?
commented 2015-11-10 07:49:05 -0500

Why would CBC make such a comparison like that, when it wouldn’t make sense?

The CBC didn’t invent that comparison with Harper. Canadians have been making that comparison for almost 10 years. All you need to do is search Google.
commented 2015-11-10 07:45:11 -0500

People are working harder today than they did decades ago and getting less out of it. I know you live in this fantasy world where you think everyone under 45 is getting a government cheque, but that’s not the reality. The reality is that adults are having to work jobs now that were meant for teenagers and in many cases – 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet.

Don’t worry – you sound very old, so the sweet release of death will save you from having to witness change, innovation, society, culture and the world evolving.
commented 2015-11-10 06:33:30 -0500
Drew … I agree. Likeable reporters would have been a good start.
commented 2015-11-10 02:21:07 -0500
Don Cloud if SNN had been given the same things that other media had they would have wiped the floor with them.
commented 2015-11-10 02:20:30 -0500
Jack Carter let me know when CBC compares Justin to Hitler and his secret police. Quite different than making fun of someone.
commented 2015-11-10 01:58:27 -0500
Jack Carter… Quote:- “Anyone born in 1985 and beyond probably doesn’t give a shit about your traditional attitudes…” And with November the 11th two days away, I am reminded of the fact that if smarmy little turds like you had been around in sufficient numbers in 1939, we would all be speaking German or Russian now…
commented 2015-11-10 00:32:40 -0500
Peter you are going to have be in the new government of the Alberta republic, I’d vote for you after that speech.
commented 2015-11-10 00:22:54 -0500
Jack said, “You have a 1950 mentality in a 2015 world and hey, it’s great to want to go back to some cherished time, but life goes on, times change and society evolves.”

Jack, if your “progressive” world does not include,focus on the family unit, belief in hard work and earning your own living, supporting and being part of your community as much as you can, giving what you can to the poor and helping others, small government – only what is needed, low taxes and let the individual decide what to do with the money for which they worked so hard, then I want no part of it. Frankly, I cannot see how a stable society can be built if not upon the things I mentioned.
commented 2015-11-10 00:05:54 -0500

Sun News Network was fair and balanced? LOL. Even the people who worked there acknowledge that it wasn’t fair and balanced at all, but it wasn’t meant to be.
commented 2015-11-10 00:02:55 -0500

There is no misconception here – I am describing someone like you. It’s also the definition for conservative. Just by definition of conservative and the kinds of comments that I read from you and others here – doesn’t exactly lend itself to forward thinking and innovation.

There is really no such thing as a conservative visionary. A visionary is typically someone who isn’t afraid of change and innovation – who thinks and does things outside of the box.

You have a 1950 mentality in a 2015 world and hey, it’s great to want to go back to some cherished time, but life goes on, times change and society evolves.
commented 2015-11-09 23:49:29 -0500
Peter .. THX! You’re finally cluing in. Your words, points, opinions, I’m sorry to say, is nothing but verbiage. But that’s only because I’m a lefttard and you’re a righttard …. I’m sure among your own on this fine “sit”, you are held in the highest esteem.
commented 2015-11-09 23:35:03 -0500
Don, you have a fork tongue and a filthy mouth, not for swear words, but for filthy insults and derogatory remarks. You don’t actually have to swear to be a gutter mouth, and you definitely have a gutter mouth.
commented 2015-11-09 23:25:28 -0500
Richard, that UN arms agreement that Trudeau said that he will sign, that also is a way to disarm us isn’t it?
commented 2015-11-09 23:11:13 -0500
Kelvin. Good for you. It sounds like your parents naming you Kelvin worked. Kinda like A Boy Named Sue. You’ve grown all up certainly sounding like you can defend yourself. I, in my lifetime, never had to use my pugilistic skills to win an argument. Wit is such a useful weapon although different folks will take it the wrong way.
commented 2015-11-09 23:00:23 -0500
Can’t wait to see John Robson’s ‘A Right To Arms’. Man, is that ever gonna make some socialists feel a bit awkward.