As a Canadian citizen, I’m used to disappointment when I look to my nation’s news organizations in a seemingly futile attempt to stay informed. With the recent events and stories surrounding the Wikileaks scandals, my level of disgust with the Canadian media has risen to those reserved for the likes of Fox News.
So what should I expect from Canadian media outlets like the CBC, CTV, and Global? The truth would be a good start. Unbiased analysis of the facts would be a close runner-up. At this point I’d even take a completely bias analysis IF the truth were first presented in such a way that the people are able to form their own opinions as well.
What we have received from the Canadian media is simply nothing more than echoes of the tightly controlled media from our neighbor to the south. Some know him as Uncle Sam, but these days it seems Big Brother may be a more fitting title. We have been given lies and inflammation. We have been given implied opinion without facts. More than anything else, we have been given silence. Unfortunately, most Canadians are forming their opinions of the Wikileaks scandals based upon what they see in the American media. Worse yet, the majority of the people I have spoken to in the last month, don’t even know what Wikileaks is or what all the noise is about.
We have been told that Wikileaks has indiscriminately dumped over 250,000 classified cables when the truth is that there have been less than 2000 released, that they are not all classified, and were released only after careful review and redaction where appropriate. We have been told that Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, et al have ceased doing business with Wikileaks, but didn’t mention that our Charter Right to free speech includes the right to donate funds to any legal organization. They did not question or investigate any possible pressure on these organizations from the US Government. Nor did they inform us that the US Government strongly supports Visa and Mastercard in foreign markets and has used its diplomatic influence to the benefit of these corporations. We have been told that Julian Assange has been accused of rape, when in fact he is only “wanted for questioning” in relation to what seems to amount to little more than a broken condom, and did not question the appropriateness of solitary confinement or being denied bail. We have been told that Wikileaks revealed secrets critical to functioning world governments, but the truth is that Wikileaks has revealed the lies our governments have been using to keep us compliant.
We have long suspected that the Canadian government is completely corrupt. We have long suspected that multi-national corporations run the US Government. We have long suspected that elections were no longer relevant and that we live in an oligarchy powered by ignorance and fear. It’s a completely separate matter when we see it in print.
It has become clear to me that the Canadian mass media is happy to serve their corporate masters to the detriment of all. Watching CBC news has become an exercise in futility, proving only that state-sanctioned media is no different from the private sector – both are corrupt and complicit in the misinformation campaigns our governments are waging. If a free press is the fourth pillar of democracy, we need to wake up and do something, because this house of cards is starting to collapse.
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