June 24, 2015

UNIFOR, PACs and the election: Does union membership help explain Canadian media bias?

Brian LilleyArchive

On CBC's Power and Politics, one panelist freely explains why he'll fact-check HarperPAC ads but not commercials by Engage Canada.

True, his reasons are pathetic, but they reveal a bigger issue.

How much of the liberal media bias displayed by Canadian journalists can be explained, at least in part, by their membership in one of the country's largest and most powerful unions?

Whatever the reasons, here's what I think we need to do about this.

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commented 2015-06-26 07:09:18 -0400
The unions today are the modern version of the hardcore communists who took over Russia in 1917 and started the socialist revolution, based on the teachings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. They have promoted, ever since, incompetency, entitlement, and laziness. The end result – in every democratic country, including Canada, where the left was so often voted in power – is a semi-socialistic society, where approximately two-thirds of the population would rather be ‘paid by the hour’ and do as less as possible, for as much pay as possible. In a lot less words, this type of society is called, you guessed it, UTOPIA. To anybody interested in the subject I recommend the outlandish theories of idealists as Thomas MORE.
commented 2015-06-25 17:21:54 -0400
Please explain to me why this isn’t a conflict of interest when all these media groups are unionized by Unifor who has made it very plain to all they are
against the CPC and will do and say whatever is necessary to have the party ousted. By the way David Akin had a very good article in the Sunday Sun on June14 where he fact checked the new ad that Engage Canada has put out, in his own words " New ad from anti-PM group all baloney"…..read it
and weep Jimmy…
commented 2015-06-25 13:26:25 -0400
@jimmydasilva – so specifically, what should The Rebel fact check? Why not specifically mention in your rant what should be fact checked?
btw, torstar and the CBC called – they need an update on your spews here on the Rebel – let the know how your are doing.
commented 2015-06-25 12:06:56 -0400
Bottom line for me, is that you can’t go into the mass media and mislead the public. I see it as a form of Public Mischief, and journalists have a Fiduciary Duty, a Duty of Care, and for the Lefty’s to lie or “leave out half the facts” (as they always do) is a Breach of Trust – also a chargeable offense. Freedom of Press is one of the Pillars of Democracy. They have an important job to do. Cdn’s have a NEED and a RIGHT to the TRUTH (which encapsulates ALL the information) in order to make informed choices. Imagine a world where we had a culture of truth? Charging even just one organization would bring about such a culture.
commented 2015-06-25 12:05:19 -0400
It would be nice if SNN and now The Rebel fact checked Stephen Harper and the conservative party. You are complaining about something that you don’t do yourself when it comes to conservatives. When you start putting conservatives under the same microscope as you do liberals, THEN you can complain. Until then – stop with your fucking hypocrisy.
commented 2015-06-25 10:53:41 -0400
Brian, I watched the entire segment of Power and Politucs and I think, in this case, it is an overreach on your part to call this “Canadian media bias”. Admittedly McGreggor, who represents the Ottawa Citizen and I understand is relatively liberal in his views, was biased with his comment about accountability. However, I found Milewski, as the moderator, handled himself quite well and there was a good exchange of ideas and a good cross section of participants, including Stockwell Day, who took McGreggor to task for his uneven comments. Problem with just showing an excerpt.
commented 2015-06-25 00:04:40 -0400
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For every Trade Union in Canada, the rank and file members NEED to get involved! It’s YOUR UNION, whether you like it or not! You have to belong to the Union to keep your job, you have to pay Union dues whether want to or not, so it’s YOUR UNION!!! Have your say in how it’s run, in how they spend your money, and get rid of these big Union Bosses!! If you all worked together you could do it. You have the numbers and the votes on your side. It’s the apathy of the rank and file members that allows these big trade Unions to become the corrupt, Marxist, socialist and often criminal organizations they are today. If you don’t want them spending your Union dues running adds in support of any political party, let them know. You may be out-voted, but not if you get enough like-minded members showing up at the meetings.
commented 2015-06-24 23:54:02 -0400
So, because Engage Canada is backed by unions like UNIFOR, it is somehow publicly “accountable”???
Really. And yet UNIFOR is adamantly against Bill-377, which merely requires it to file annual financial statements, like everyone else.
How exactly are unions “accountable” or in any way trustworthy, when they currently don’t have to reveal their annual revenues, expenses and total assets and liabilities to the public, and resist legislation that would require them to do so?
commented 2015-06-24 20:43:15 -0400
Vlad Johnson: thanks for the belly laugh. The vision of them fact checking their own asses conjures up some pretty funny images. Assuming they can even find their own asses.
commented 2015-06-24 19:59:43 -0400
they fact check but they are going repeat how they want it to be heard..
commented 2015-06-24 19:46:54 -0400
“Or is it perhaps that they have become so indoctrinated that they are hearing what they want to hear?” They ARE only hearing what they want to hear. The concern is how many “low information voters” will follow the lead!
commented 2015-06-24 19:32:29 -0400
RICK PLESNIk, as you point out, don’t expect the left wing media to change. In fact, as Brian anticipates, they will become even more extreme the closer we get to the election date. What would be needed is for those imbibing at the tap dishing out biased reporting to recognize the left wing bias. Or is it perhaps that they have become so indoctrinated that they are hearing what they want to hear?
commented 2015-06-24 18:47:38 -0400
Fraser, that would only stop ads from the parties. The union is not restricted like the political parties are. The union can uses as much union money as it wants and since that money is forcibly taken from the union members, the unions 1) do not have to ask for donations and 2) the union members have no choice but to pay for the ads. So restricting the donations to the parties will not cut down on these ads from the unions.
commented 2015-06-24 18:25:42 -0400
It doesn’t matter whether or not you are in a union, what ever happened to integrity? I think the media is supposed to be informing the public, not misinforming the public for political gain. One day there will be a full accounting on judgment day, by the one true judge, and that would be God. All the liars will be paying for eternity.
commented 2015-06-24 17:56:31 -0400
do no union members care where their own money goes? I know as a tax payer, I could scream that money goes to cbc…..let’s end that…please?! They don’t represent the views of all Canadians; nor do unions. Union bosses are out for themselves and the leftist agenda. They all are arrogant enough to think they’re all going to benefit somehow if the socialists or communists get it. Are they watching Alberta? That will be our whole country after the election if Harper is out.
commented 2015-06-24 17:55:54 -0400
If it were up to me there would be no tax deductions of any kind to political parties and the maximum dollars given should not exceed $100.00 for an election campaign one year from the election date. This would stop the incessant ads, they would have to spend their money one week from the election date. The political parties get enough exposure from the news casts and papers.
commented 2015-06-24 17:33:51 -0400
The CBC can fact their own asses. It doesn’t matter what this turn organization does – the taxpayer dollars continue to show up regardless.

terry milewski at CBC, you’re a disgusting communist pig. please drop dead.
commented 2015-06-24 17:25:43 -0400
I couldn’t agree with you more, Rick.

In my opinion, there are very few media people of the left that have much of any morals remaining any more. The journalistic principles of objective reporting are no where to be seen.

The only way conservatives in Canada can get the other side of the political coin is to watch sites like theRebel.Media. There are very few true conservative news sites out there, and no conservative news networks at all (that I am aware of).

To expect fairness from a corrupt main stream media is a pipe dream, but Brian still has to make the challenge to whomever will listen. Maybe some reporters might feel a slight twinge from their conscience and do the right thing for a change.
commented 2015-06-24 17:11:26 -0400
Dont expect any fairness, objectivity, or morals from the Socialist Media. You will be sorely disappointed!