The Crumbling Mainstream Press and Media In Canada. Part II.
written By Robin Mathews April 2014
Newspapers and conventional media are losing readers, listeners, and viewers simply because people use personal electronic devices of many kinds. For convenience.
Newspapers and conventional media must, it is true, face and deal with the new “social media, etc.” - which add an exciting dimension to communication and publication. But the established communication sources are losing ground for quite another reason – which they will not whisper about in the dark or admit is even a vague possibility. In short, they are the (owned) servants of big corporate capital, and they serve it … first, last, and always. They not only serve the One Per Cent. They are the One Per Cent.
The Globe and Mail doesn’t even seriously inform Canadians of Harper and PMO secrecy, of his refusal to hold open press conferences, his purposeful suppression of information that belongs to the public. The Globe and Mail (as a public information source) should declare open and unending war against a prime minister and party who – daily – do everything they can to prevent Canadians from being informed about government in Canada – working, in effect, to destroy democracy in Canada. The Globe and Mail, one might say, colludes … by its repeated and continuing failures. (That might be the statement summing up the whole Mainstream Press and Media in Canada.)
As if to prove the point, the same Globe and Mail issue has a page-and-a-half spread on Goldman Sachs, featuring Gary Cohn, No. 2 in the Goldman Sachs hierarchy (pp. B4, B5). Called “Goldman Opens Up”, the article features a large photo of Cohn, laughing like a PNE clown. Between Rod Erman (writer), Cohn, and editors, the Globe and Mail gives less information about Goldman Sachs than a person could squeeze from a drunken PNE clown at the end of his shift. Something to laugh about ….
Among almost all serious commentators about the financial crash and burn of 2008, Goldman Sachs is fingered as one of the most destructive. The Globe and Mail article tells a reader … nothing, but that Mr. Cohn made $12.5 (U.S.) million in 2012. (The fact that payoffs are still so high tells it all. Little has changed in that corrupt world.)
The article builds around the allegation that the 2008 crash wasn’t good for Goldman Sachs … and how it has had to refurbish its image. Nothing is said about WHY that is necessary. Nothing is said about its participation in the economic collapse of Greece or other international and national depredations. Not a word is said about what Goldman Sachs is alleged to have done to contribute to the crash and to the loss of savings and security of millions of people. Not a detail or a piece of information is given about the huge con-game of creating (in layman’s terms) fake investments that melted like snow in hot sun when fairly examined.
All we get is that “We have reduced the lab where we used to have all these people creating and engineering these things”. (REDUCED the lab?) Taking care not to explain clearly that operations like Goldman Sachs (in layman’s terms) loaned money that didn’t exist and sold “securities”without traceable records… and on … and on, the reader is simply told “that banks [must] reduce the use of borrowed money, the key in ‘levering up’ returns”.
In short, someone who doesn’t know the lingo and needs clear information is told nothing that matters about Goldman Sachs – which Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone called a “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”.
Maybe we can stop there. Readers get almost no information about Goldman Sachs in what looks like an elaborate page-and-a half “infomercial” for the corporation by the Globe and Mail. But if readers google Matt Taibbi and the new ‘The Intercept’ blog site, they can find in-depth, serious examination of the gigantic and multi-facetted con-jobs engaged in by the vampire squid community … people we might call “the globalizers”. Readers WON’T get that kind of information from The Globe and Mail.
In that same Globe and Mail issue, apparently investigative journalists Justine Hunter and Ian Bailey look at politicians and entitlement. (S1, S4) To show the virtues of a “good guy”, the journalists focus on present B.C. minister of finance Mike de Jong and his personal push to cut expenses, to drive a twenty-year old car, to refuse VIP transport, and to urge such virtue upon others. All that is reported to show up those others who appear to swill at the public trough … and have been exposed lately… and who seem to emit the faint odor of corruption … which, apparently Mike de Jong is free of.
Except …except … there’s Mike de Jong and the BC Rail Scandal. What is never said and has never been approached by anyone at the Globe and Mail is that the (lily-pure and independent) Special (Crown) Prosecutor - (appointed in 2003) in the 14 year saga of the BC Rail Scandal investigation, pre-trial, and trial - was illegitimately in the position. Appointed under the Attorney Generalship of Geoff Plant, his partner and colleague for seven years, that Special Prosecutor had also been partner and colleague of the Deputy Attorney General (Allan Seckel) for eleven years. Buddies, you might say.
The Report by Stephen Owen never mentions the BC Rail Scandal Special Prosecutor appointment. The Report is a pumped up whitewash of the process. The Special Prosecution appointment process, readers are led to conclude, was made in heaven and the name of each appointee is delivered to the Attorney General by an angel with golden wings. So much for Mike de Jong. (Don’t Globe and Mail writers do ANY research?)
The two Globe and Mail columnists on the story during the four-year long BC Rail Scandal pre-trial and trial (known also as the Basi, Virk, and Basi trial) were (award winning) Gary Mason and Mark Hume. They were in the courtroom frequently. When the Special Prosecutor’s illegitimate appointment was reported upon, the blog world lit up with the information. The Mainstream Press and Media refused to touch it, to investigate the facts, to do … anything. Gary Mason and Mark Hume never published a word.
Sylvia Stead, Public Editor, Globe and Mail, writes: “the role of the media in a democracy [is]: to think, to challenge, to question, to include the facts and not just to accept what is said. And to do it regardless of which party or leader is in power.”
The Globe and Mail, demonstrably, does not do what Sylvia Stead says it must do in a democracy. Serious Canadians, then, should ignore (and more and more do) the organ of sleazy corporate propaganda called the Globe and Mail.
Canadians, more and more, seek information from almost any other source than Canada’s Mainstream Press and Media, and, especially, from any source other than their flagship institution, called – we all know – Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe and Mail.
Written by Robin Mathews
(The examples Robin has noted are only but a few, British Columbia`s media has become a putrid sewer, bias corporatism, a bowing to the elites, columnists and reporters polishing BC Liberal jackboots.....Cowards, Keith Baldrey thinks Twitter followers count as status, those with few are treated as lepers....
Some idiot with 9 followers insults me and demands I ANSWER HIM NOW! Too funny. Applies to many other twits. You know who you are.
You see, that Keith Baldrey Tweet...Keith Baldrey could have said.....Some idiot wants me to respond to him, but no, Keith Baldrey thinks the person is beneath him because of the amount of Twitter followers he has, ...Baldrey did the same thing months ago with me, in a private message...Keith Baldrey has never broken one big story, or one scandal in his entire political career, nothing, he`s a paid stenographer, a pathetic little man with an inflated ego.....A cowardly slug who couldn`t hold a candle to 90% of those who blog and report....!
Vaughn Palmer with his fluffball Voice of B.C. Government press release no tough questions zero follow-up inquiry bootlick dog n pony show...Billy Good and his Friday political panel, now known as..The Yawning Edge of the Ledge..
Just in the last few weeks alone, A big scandal in our ambulance service, ignored, Laura Millar scandal, ignored, Amit Virk and the devastating Kwantlen college scandal, all but ignored because it involves BC Liberals, Christy Clark`s lobbying for big oil with her sex partner Mark Marissen, ignored, yet a tired old failed ex premier Mike Harcourt with either a bad case of dementia or revisionist history syndrome makes a statement borne out of anger over Adrian Dix`s feeble and fatal electioneering is plastered on front pages, a lead news item on Global, as well as endless drone on radio, a nothing story pounded by media on orders from corporate headquarters......
Pathetic, and the media knows it, the columnists and writers know it, patting each other on the back while pretending they mattered, or made a difference when clearly they did neither, complicit by compromise, by concession by concealment and of course, collusion....Grant G)
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