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Canadian Press Sucks Up to Harper as ‘2011 Story of Year’

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Canadian Press has issued a blatant round of sucking up by declaring that Stephen Harper and his majority win in the federal election in May 2011 was ‘the story of the year’ (sadly reported by the CBC).

Yes, it was an important story as a record number of Canadians declined to exercise their most important right – the right to vote – and allowed the Harper cons to take over Canadian politics in an absolute way.

However, what was more important to Canadian Press – a ‘news’ agency that is privately owned by three of Canada’s largest media companies (Bell, TorStar and Square Victoria Corporation (SVC)) – is that the Harper regime spent hundreds of millions of Canadian taxpayer dollars on propoghanda campaigns including the ‘Action Plan’, Department of Defense recruiting and other federal advertising.

Of course, 2011 got even better for them because Harper cajoled the opposition parties into an election and turned around and blamed them for being power hungry.  Really?  No irony in that statement?

The resulting election was another pile of cash thrown at all of the major media companies by ALL of the major political parties (including the NDP).

Net impact for Bell, TorStar and SVC:  mega profits at the expense of Canadians.

No wonder they were quick to trip over themselves to declare that 2011 was the Year of Harper.  In fact, I’d suggest it’s all part of the plan.

When is our fricking independent media going to get organized and call BS on this kind of crap?

Tracking the CBC Sellout

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This is nothing more than a rant against the CBC.  If you’re not interested in hearing the truth about the CBC, walk away.

For those who think the CBC is packed tight with a bunch of progessives and pinkos, think again.

The CBC continues to be a complete and absolute sellout to Canada’s media monopolies.

Day after day, I hear them on the radio bringing talk show guests and so-called experts in from the Globe, MacLean’s the National Post, Sun Media and other media companies in Canada that belong to Bell, Rogers or Quebecor.  ‘Research’ originates from organizations like QMI Agency, a shell company for Quebecor and Sun Media.

Day after day, they make pitches for programs on other networks.  The other day, I heard one radio host pushing a show on a private radio station.

Most of their news seems like its one big ongoing retweet from other services.  Granted, they probably still have the best international news coverage through their network of freelance reporters, but the rate at which they replay info from networks like CNN, Fox and others is appalling.

This ongoing effort and laziness is killing the CBC by 1,000 cuts.  They’re intentionally pushing away their audiences so that the people calling the shots – the Conservatives and their media friends – get more excuses to shut down the only real and potentially legitimate roadblock to media domination in this country.

There are lots of solutions, but first we have to get the CBC back into the hands of the people that own it.

What are the options?  Does anyone know of specific actions or lobbies that are taking place?  Which political party supports MORE funding for an independent CBC?

What would you recommend for improving the CBC?  Would it be a broader range of social news aggregation tools or crowd-sourced news and information?  Would firing the whole lot and rehiring with a bunch of Ryerson Journalism grads be the answer?

Tell me and I’ll keep track for when we actually get serious about making the CBC stronger.

Boycotting Quebecor: Avaaz.org Petition to CRTC

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Avaaz.org has started a petition to encourage the support of Konrad von Finckenstein, head of the CRTC, to prevent ‘Fox News North’ (a subsidiary and entity managed by Quebecor Media Inc) from launching in Canada.

However, please also remember that an effective petition against Fox (and supporting the CRTC) should also include a boycott of Quebecor Media Inc, all subsidiaries and the companies that advertise on their sites.

Please spread the word that Canadians will not tolerate the abuse of media that QMI, Quebecor, Sun Papers, Canoe and other subsidiaries impose on us every day and that they will bury us with if Fox News North goes live in the coming months.

Local Media Madness

Our national broadcasters and media conglomerates really think we’re idiots, don’t they?

First, they launched savelocaltv.ca.  At ‘launch parties’ they had lots of local politicians making speeches and doing their best to get local air/face time.

Then, they launched LocalTVMatters.ca (with a theme song, nonetheless).  I think because it had a cute little ditty from Dave Carroll, many people I know dropped their sense of media savvy and said it was time to start supporting this campaign, including a lot of my friends in more left-leaning camps.  This is good propoganda that even Goebbels would admire!

Now, they have the StopTheTVTax.ca campaign trying to get us to petition the CRTC to end the fee for carriage charges supported by TV networks that will be levied against the cable and satellite subscribers.

Ugh.  Where to start?

How about with the CRTC petition.  I went to this page and posted this complaint to the CRTC:

I do not subscribe to cable, nor do I watch a lot of TV so I don’t care about the ‘TV Tax’.

In fact, it should be illegal for large broadcasters and cable companies in this country to use their air time to protest issues that go before the CRTC without giving fair voice to the other parties involved.

If you’re going to eliminate any ‘tax’ or additional fees on services, please reverse your recent decision to allow Bell, Rogers and other ISP companies to increase the cost of accessing the Internet.

If you can’t do that, reconsider your existence, because you’re proving to be very ineffective to average Canadians.

I suggest you do the same.  Use content from this post if you don’t like mine.

In fact, I suggest it’s time we Internet users start our own campaign called ‘Pull the Plug’ which would be committed to educating people that it’s OK to cut the cable cord and to use the Internet as your sole media outlet.  Such an effort could also be committed to finding ways to improve Internet service in Canada in lieu of expensive and bloated cable and satellite bills.

Next, I suggest you read this article from Clickz.com.  The author is exceptionally adept at explaining that producers of mass content have bypassed all of the traditional channels and that broadcasters, print producers and other traditional media companies are f**ked.  The term the author uses is ‘implode’.

In other words, it’s inevitable.  It’s like a big recession that our MA-in-Economics-holding PM didn’t see coming, but hey folks, we can see this one coming.  We’ve been suitably warned so throwing more resources after a dying industry is like spending billions of dollars on useless car companies (oops … we already did that, didn’t we?).

Social platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, WordPress, Facebook and other networks are allowing citizens to produce, share and enjoy any kind of content, regardless of location, access points and without heavy subscriber fees like cable bills.  They also facilitate discussion, something we’ve never had with newspapers and TV shows.

Trying to defy this trend shows that these companies would rather bury their heads in the tax trough than push forward with innovative solutions that encourage everyone to participate with the creation of content.

Education and awareness are also central to understanding why the ‘LocalTVMatters’ campaign is a sham.  As an aside, to my knowledge, there are no independent media awareness organizations in Canada, but it’s time we had at least one.  Several would be better.

Central to this awareness effort would be the notion that Local content (and not TV) DOES matter, but not when it’s in the hands of our not-so-friendly media conglomerates.  The educational process might also look at how it was bad business strategy that got our broadcasters where they are (ie. broke), with CTV and CanWest gobbling up local stations for billions of dollars.  Such an organization could explore how their intended strategy of streamlining their content and force-feeding us with crap like ‘So You Think You Can Dance (Canada)’ all the while inundating us with Conservative propoganda about how well they’re spending our money has been a complete bust.

As another aside, there’s a critical issue to discuss here:  if broadcasters fail (and they will), the Con propoganda machine will fail as well, because all they know is broadcast.  They don’t know how to start conversations and they don’t want to because people will poke holes through their crummy economic facade in social forums.

Right now, the Cons are spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on campaigns promoting the ‘Canadian Economic Action Plan’ as an indirect subsidy to these companies.  This must end.

We also have to be aware that it is bad business strategy to force local TV stations to convert to digital broadcast.  Analogue’s just fine, thank you very much.  In fact, analogue is essential to getting a broadcast out to local users who can’t afford cable or who simply don’t want it.

Now, if we really want to do something with local TV, we would demand that all broadcasters, cable and satellite companies and other mass-media outlets allow citizens to generate and promote their own content.

Oh yeah … that’s what YouTube (and Vimeo and other online video services) is for.

It looks like we don’t need TV after all.

Military Propoganda Pushed Me Off TV

Full Story Here.

No government agency forced MSNBC to repeatedly feature the hawkish generals unopposed. Or fire Phil Donahue. Or smear weapons expert Scott Ritter. Or blacklist former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. It was top NBC/MSNBC execs, not the feds, who imposed a quota system on the Donahue staff requiring two pro-war guests if we booked one antiwar advocate – affirmative action for hawks.

… No federal agency forced NBC and MSNBC to put McCaffrey on the air unopposed. No federal agency prevented those networks from telling viewers that the general sat on the boards of several military contactors, including one that made millions for doing God’s work on the Abrams and Bradley.

Genuine separation of press and state is one reason growing numbers of Americans are choosing independent media over corporate media.