MayDay 2011: Has Mainstream Media Been Bought?
Over the last 5 years, with particular emphasis on the last 3, the Conservatives have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on TV ads, print publishers and other media considerations in order to promote their Economic Action Plan. Estimates range in the $120-$150 million per year.
If you’re a watcher of the CBC, you’ll know that they’ve been relatively absent with this network.
In effect, one might argue that the Cons have indirectly paid reporters and news anchors by giving their employers multi-million dollar promotional campaigns to push through their network of viewers. Of course, I can’t make the accusation directly, but just a couple of years ago, the CTV, Quebecor and Canwest were all going to the federal government to beg for up to $120 million to keep them afloat after the auto crisis. They got this amount and some in the years to follow.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Jane Taber’s reaction sums up my feelings nicely.
It’s possible to imagine that they might retain a moderate sense of objectivity in this campaign (or any other), but it’s more than likely that they simply won’t bite the hand that feeds them. I’ve yet to see a serious critique of the criminality of the Conservative Party of Canada and the level of corruption that goes right to the top of this party and leadership. If I’m wrong, show me and I’ll gladly eat my words.
Even the CBC has lacked the appropriate ‘teeth’ required to expose the depths of amoral attitudes that walk the halls of the PMO and other cabinet offices. Peter Mansbridge had the opportunity last week to nail Harper to the ice, but didn’t take the shot. We all wanted to know why he was found in contempt of Parliament, but we didn’t get to see him squirm.
But here’s a reminder of what we DO know: Stephen Harper cannot be trusted because he was found in contempt of Parliament, not because he was filibustered as a result of a lame budget or Liberal ambition. In fact, the Liberals were languishing in the polls and the last thing they would have wanted was an election that would possibly see them emerge with even fewer seats than in 2008.
There’s SO MUCH riding on this election. I really don’t believe that it’s an understatement to say that our future is riding on it. But don’t expect that story from the mainstream media.