In some ways CTV is worse than the CBC. Because the CBC is basically a government department, glorified press secretaries for Trudeau, so they’re set for life.
CTV is a trickier proposition. Nominally, they’re a private sector company. But they depend completely on the permission of Canada’s various government regulators for their survival.
Of course, CTV is owned by Bell, the cable and cell phone company, which are much bigger businesses than the dying TV part of their work.
With one flick of his tail, Justin Trudeau and his partisan fixers could issuing a ruling devastating Bell's cell phone or cable businesses. And, just as capriciously, Trudeau could add literally billions to their bottom line. And he is, and they are:
If you owned a cell phone company and a TV news station, and Trudeau’s regulator allowed you charge Canadians triple what other countries cell phone companies can get away with, and then Trudeau came to visit you on the eve of the election, you would do exactly what he told you to do?
So last week, on the eve of an election, Trudeau stopped by to remind them who their boss is:
Today in Montreal, I met with @Bell CEO George Cope about the work we’re doing to connect more rural communities to broadband & lower wireless costs for Canadians. Thanks for the meeting, George.
In return, CTV went straight to work as Justin Trudeau’s personal war room the very next day:
Fake Twitter accounts push hashtag #TrudeauMustGo: report
A handful of Twitter bots created earlier this week tweeted hundreds of times a day to help make the hashtag #TrudeauMustGo a national trending topic in Canada, deepening concerns about how online discourse can be manipulated ahead of the federal election.
There are hundreds of millions of accounts on Twitter. Some are fake. Most fake ones have only a few followers, and even those followers might be fake too. In other words, literally no-one is reading these "bots."
I have 180,000 followers on Twitter, and according to TwitterAudit, 92 per cent of them are real. By contrast, only 67 per cent of Justin Trudeau’s followers are real. CBC News is even worse: just 66 per cent are real. Seventy four per cent of CTV News followers are real, which is still pretty weak.
The whole point of this story — first concocted by the Tides Foundation front group, the National Observer, then promoted by Trudeau’s friend “George,” the CEO of Bell — is to demonize Internet opponents; or in this case, make up opponents where there are none.
Canadians do believe that Trudeau should go. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s not foreigners, it’s not bots.
Does CTV think that discrediting and slandering Canadians who oppose Trudeau will make their company more or less despised than it already is?
I think they know the answer. But I think they look at that pile of money from Trudeau, and say what they say to cell phone customers literally every single day: Screw 'em...
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