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I’m smellin’ a Pulitzer!
— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) February 3, 2017
I guess this is why taxpayers fund the state-owned CBC to the tune of in excess of $1.5 BILLION per year. It’s stories like this. So proud. So proud. And so informed!
But in defence of actual journalism, let’s be like their Justin Trudeau and try to figure out the “root causes” of this — this example of state media news or journalism malpractice.
Did the state-owned media launch an exercise in investigative journalism trying to find examples of anti-Trump hatred? Surely not. That wouldn’t be fair and balanced, which the CBC claims it is.
OK so let’s say that the Yoga studio sent their ever-so newsy information to the state-owned media, or a local resident or a customer sent it in hoping (or knowing) that CBC would run with it to help advance their anti-Trump political agenda. If so, is the state-owned CBC now seen by some on the left as just another one of those left-wing anti-Trump blogs like Huffington Post, rather than a supposedly serious and fair and balanced and extremely subsidized state-owned news organization which would never go with such biased nonsense? Seems so. So that’s weird. How’d the CBC get that reputation amongst lefties?
Either way, the CBC decided to run with this “news” story.
The lengthy CBC “news” story about this on their state-owned website strains to explain that it’s really just about avoiding “stress” in the yoga studio with all the political talk as a result of President Trump’s fast-paced action, with several direct quotes from the yoga studio boss to that effect. The photo of the studio’s “trump-free zone” notice does depict the unambiguous political position of the owners however. Amidst their quest for calm and political (or at least Trump) silence, they point out that they support Planned Parenthood and other lefty organizations. So they are unambiguously left-wing, as if I had to tell you. Or as if they had to tell you. They didn’t have to tell anyone that. They wanted to. So they did. Now the rest of y’all, shut it — if I understand correctly.
But this is not so much about the yoga studio owners, who I’m sure are very nice people who simply want to create a nice environment for their yoga classes. It is about state-owned CBC “News” deciding to post this as a news story. It seems tendentious to say the very least.
I wonder how they’d depict a pro-Trump shop or business office if they were ever advised of one. Because I am pretty sure they wouldn’t treat it with quite so much deference as they did the yoga studio owners in this story. I think they’d be treated as heretics and zealots and nutbars. But I don’t think we’ll ever know how they’d write up a news story about a pro-Trump business.
So the “root cause” is that the state-owned CBC implores you to see the world as they do: anti-Trump. That’s a media with a left-wing agenda. And you can’t trust a media with an agenda. In this case you have to pay for it, but still, you can’t trust it.
I wonder if there are any CBC-free zones. https://t.co/v5AIV2zQ8F
— Joel Johannesen (@JoelJohannesen) February 3, 2017
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A “think” tank called Public Policy Forum, wherein the word “think” apparently means “socialism,” has pooped-out a large “public policy” turd, which will appeal to all progressives — liberals, socialists, communists, the Canadian news media alike: it is to give taxpayer money to the Canadian media “to deal with the financial crunch in the media industry and the ensuing perils to Canada’s democratic institutions.”
Huh. Sounds lofty. Also stupid.
By the way, they got federal funding to come up with this gem. Seriously.
A major report on the crisis in Canada’s media industry is recommending changes to Canada’s tax system and to the CBC’s revenue model to boost funding for private and non-profit news operations, in addition to calling for a $100-million federal investment in the creation of a new Journalism & Democracy Fund.
The Fund would also receive annual funding derived from tax changes to digital advertising, giving the new body annual funding of $300- to $400-million a year to distribute among Canadian media organizations.
But at least they recommend killing the left-wing state-owned and state-funded CBC, right? Ha. No, don’t be so silly. They do not suggest dismantling the state-owned and massively taxpayer-funded CBC, or stopping its taxpayer funding in order to quash the “financial crunch” which that behemoth has obviously caused the media advertising and subscriber market in Canada. It seems the thinkers in the tank (so to speak) didn’t even study that possibility for some reason. Apparently they take as a given that state-owned, taxpayer-funded media is a good thing, and the free market (or what’s left of it in Canada) should just essentially join them in being state-funded, if only to a lesser degree.
The Canadian news media generally seems to be for all this. If they weren’t, they be in high dudgeon and smearing it with at least 86 “news” stories and editorials, just as they do daily to relieve their hate-on for President Trump. They also join the thinkers in supporting the CBC, notwithstanding their own ruination caused in large part by the CBC. I see practically no editorial stand taken by the private Canadian media against the CBC as a general matter. Which is just weird, unless they really do appreciate socialism.
As if suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, none of the news media covering this story includes this bit of the thinky report, which I found on page 25 (after waking myself up several times):
Among traditional news and advertising vehicles, only radio, with its hyper-local orientation (crime news, traffic, weather, hometown sports) and no revenue competition from CBC, has managed to hold its revenue position. And then there’s the CBC itself, the main alternative to daily newspapers as a producer of civic-function news across the country. Despite the budget cuts it experienced (a hole plugged in Budget 2016 by the Liberal government), in relative terms, the CBC has fared well over the past decade. In the first six months of the current fiscal year, CBC’s revenue is up 14.5 percent over last year, including a $45-million (40 percent) leap in ad revenue.
As I was reading the Globe & Mail’s utterly uncritical story, which might well have been published in Soviet-era Pravda, I was listening to liberalvision CTV “News” Channel and the state-owned CBC News fiasco network in the background. Between them they presented me with at least 6 vehemently anti-Trump “news” stories — in a row. Seriously. It went on for nearly an hour. Perhaps a “think” tank should have studied that phenomenon and its effect on the market, and profitability.
Maybe (and I know I’ve said this at least once before), the liberal-left Canadian media could switch it up a bit, and try a new thing — start an experiment where they try to tolerate conservatives and conservative thoughts and ideas, and don’t just mock conservatives and Republicans all day long, every day. Their taxpayer-funded 100-page “major” “report” doesn’t even suggest trying anything like that, notwithstanding the immense success Fox News Channel found in the U.S. in market share (they are number one by far), and their profits, and thus their sustainability.
Page one of my (free) report is this headline: Sell and Stop Funding the CBC. Enough said right there. So actually it would end at that headline on page one. Nobody would fall asleep, lose any more tax dollars, and Canadians would actually save huge amounts of tax dollars and get better media too.
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I used to present these charts or lists all the time, but I haven’t for a long time. It’s English Canada’s TV viewing habits in a snapshot.
This is the Canadian (english-language) viewership ranked from number 1 to 30 for the week of November 14 to November 20, 2016.*
1 BIG BANG THEORY – CTV
2 BULL – Global
3 NCIS – Global
4 SURV:MILLEN VS GEN X – Global
4 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – CTV
6 CRIMINAL MINDS – CTV
7 LUCIFER – CTV
8 GREY’S ANATOMY – CTV
9 HAWAII FIVE-O – Global
10 HNIC PRIME EAST – CBC
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – Global
12 THIS IS US – CTV
13 CTV EVENING NEWS – CTV
14 MACGYVER – Global
15 AMER. MUSIC AWARDS – CTV
16 BLUE BLOODS – CTV
17 MURDOCH MYSTERIES – CBC
18 CHICAGO PD – Global
19 THE FLASH – CTV
20 CHICAGO FIRE – Global
21 MADAM SECRETARY – Global
22 BLINDSPOT – CTV
23 CONVICTION – CTV
24 TIMELESS – Global
25 HOW TO GET AWAY/MURD – CTV
26 CTV EVENING NEWS WKD – CTV
27 GOTHAM – CTV
28 BIG BANG THEORY(RERUNS) – CTV
29 DAVID BLAINE – CTV
30 CFL PLAYOFFS – TSN+
As you can see, the state-owned media is almost utterly ignored by most Canadians. Just why it is that so many Canadians insist on paying for it anyway — is beyond me. Logic flies out the window on this one.
The CBC pops up on line number 10 but it’s a hockey game. You can make your own mind up as to whether we need to provide $1.5 BILLION per year to the state-owned CBC in order to broadcast hockey games. Others can do it just as well or better I think.
If there were no hockey game, the CBC would have to wait until you got down to line 17 with MURDOCH MYSTERIES. That’s a show which started on Rogers’ CITY channels, and was later picked up by the state-owned CBC to run in competition against citizen-owned CTV, Global and the others. The CBC did not create this show, they merely pay for the right to broadcast it, just as the other Canadian channels all routinely do — and did — to get onto this ranking list. But of course the private companies did it with their own money rather than with taxpayer cash.
So also note that almost every single show on the list is an American-based and American-created show, which Canadian channels buy. Canadian news does rank in the top 30, and the CFL playoffs sneaked in at number 30. Apparently I was right when at age 14 I figured out that the state cannot social-engineer a state-sanctioned “Canadian culture,” and that it’s actually something that evolves organically — and among the people individually, rather than from the government down to the masses.
It’s not that there aren’t Canadian shows out there. There are. It’s just that nobody watches them. Here’s a personal anecdotal tidbit: Corner Gas (CTV) was a good show until the star, Brent Butt, who I used to think was funny, started seriously slamming religion — all religion generally — on Twitter, in light of the radical Islamist jihadist terrorist attacks in Kenya. He used the hashtag “#yayreligion”. Brent Butt tars Christians with the exact same brush as radical Islamic terrorists, so I stopped watching his show. His show is cancelled now but is in reruns still. I won’t watch it. I watched Corner Gas and those sorts of shows — like NFL football (Go Seahawks!… unless you go all “Black Lives Matter” on me before every game), to get away from left-wing politics. I think a lot of people do, which might help explain the CBC’s dismal ratings.
Finally, note that the CBC News is not on the list. Canadians prefer the privately-owned CTV News by a huge margin. I call CTV “Liberalvision.” The CBC is even further left. I think I’ll call them “Alt-Left.” I think that may be why nobody watches CBC News. I’m surprised Global doesn’t show any news presence here. Global might want to try a conservative-tolerant model, which seems to appeal to Americans — if Fox News Channel’s #1 ratings are any indication and I think it is. For years, FNC almost constantly beats CNN and the far-left MSNBC by double their numbers – combined. Sometimes, they have ranked as the number one cable channel period — not just cable news, all of cable.
The list goes as far as 30 and CBC News is obviously somewhere below that rank. It could be number 31 or 81 — I don’t know. But if they can’t ever crack the top 30, it seems quitting the news business might be the best option for the state-owned media, strictly from a financial standpoint, as the network news business is extremely expensive, and they’ve obviously utterly failed after all these many years and countless billions in taxpayer dollars. I guess you could and should say the same for the rest of their network. They’ve clearly failed. And there are other reasons aside from the purely financial for the state to remove itself from news and politics and entertainment which always skew left or far left — “Alt-Left” as I now call it. For example, the state shouldn’t compete against its own citizens in business for profit and their livelihood and that of their family. There are other examples.
* Information courtesy of Numeris
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So much CBC nuttery.
The Globe & Mail’s guy who sits on the couch all day and watches TV — mostly CBC, if we are to take him at his word about the importance of it to humankind, preaches the same old CBC line. Yes it’s a repeat.
It’s time for another episode of “Canadians Are Rightly Questioning Having a State-Owned Taxpayer-Funded Media Behemoth Like the CBC, and are Getting Slammed as Wretched Cranks in the National Media for Doing So.” It’s a sitcom in the North Korean genre.
The ideas about the CBC being put forth by Conservative leadership candidates Kellie Leitch (whose model I agree with) and Maxime Bernier, are summarily deemed by the Globe & Mail’s official expert to be “horse manure” — insulting and yet queerly anodyne language he might have picked up on CBC TV in the late 1950s.
But to Doyle, it’s “horse manure,” in exactly the same way as “the screening-immigrants thing” is. Which pretty much proves he’s a CBC watcher. His whole column mixes his alt-left politics and his loved for the state-owned media. Just like the CBC does! No wonder he loves it.
Alt-left aside for a moment, why such language restraint? On the hipster state-owned CBC they go right ahead and say “shit” anytime they want. Does Doyle not get that their sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” is an ever-so folksy play on the word Shit? And the libertine envelope-pushing goes on and on at the CBC all day long: they don’t shy away from showing full frontal nudity and showing videos about waxing one’s balls (yeah I mean young men’s testicles) and pickles coming out of a girl’s ass. Talk about shit!
All of that CBC fare on the state-owned media is just fine with Doyle — it’s Leitch’s position on the CBC that he finds “shameful and an embarrassment” — missing the irony completely, possibly because he’s clueless.
Leitch and Bernier are clueless. Television is the most important, influential storytelling medium of our time.
Huh? I don’t think Leitch or Bernier want to cancel television. This is like trying to argue the importance of toe jam by stating as your opening premise the ever so controversial argument that the human body is the most important and influential toe jam medium of our existence. We don’t want to eliminate human bodies. It’s the confounded toe jam that concerns us. Nobody likes it.
During his post-U.S. election hangover, Doyle reported on November 9 that nobody was watching the CBC:
Meanwhile, over on CBC, Peter Mansbridge was dozily complimenting Adrienne Arsenault on the trees near the White House that acted as a backdrop to her report. Not that anyone cared about CBC coverage.
It may also be worth mentioning that the CBC isn’t just the toe jam of television — it’s also all over the radio, satellite radio, and all over the internet.
Doyle seems to suddenly remember we’re only talking about cutting the CBC and not all of television, and then becomes unhinged (my bolding):
The idea that CBC television and radio is a frivolity, sucking up vast amounts of money to make bad TV and irrelevant radio, is the position of a small number of well-off cranks in Toronto and Montreal, aided by a number of other cranks who, one imagines, stave off personal wretchedness by ceaselessly pointing out that the CBC gets funding to make TV and radio, while they don’t.
Well that turned ugly quickly. So guess what, we’re all just a goddamn basket of… cranks, who are all trying to “stave off [our] personal wretchedness.” There goes his language restraint. Let me be an “important storytelling medium” for you:
adj. wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est
1. In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable: “the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages” (George Orwell).
2. Characterized by or attended with misery or woe: a wretched life.
3. Of a poor or mean character; dismal: a wretched building.
4. Contemptible; despicable: wretched treatment of the patients.
5. Of very inferior quality: wretched prose.
[Middle English wrecched, from wrecche, wretch; see wretch.]
Move over Hillary Clinton, you’ve been trumped — pun intended — by an even bigger, more insulting, more out of touch, elitist, bigoted ass than you. And like you, he’s the opposite of Donald Trump. Hilariously, it’s John Doyle, in his other capacity as a smug, condescending left-wing political guru, who advises — as if in Bizarro World — to all the misguided, unlike him:
If they’d all paid attention to the reality-TV dynamic used by Donald Trump to win an election, they might not have woken up one recent morning in puzzlement about how and why Trump was the president-elect.
Right back atcha. I wasn’t in puzzlement, I was still drunk with happiness. But then I don’t watch the CBC if at all possible, and I do watch Fox News Channel, so that might explain that.
The John Doyles of the world are people in a liberal-left bubble so tight they have no idea that this following bit makes no sense to most Canadians:
Understanding it and why it has impact is rather necessary information to have, prior to denouncing any area of it. In the specific matter of CBC TV, to cite one example, Kim’s Convenience is not forgettable, irrelevant, or badly made; nor is it, in Bernier’s phrase, an example of “bad Canadian copies of popular American shows.”
What’s “Kim’s Convenience?” The basic proposition about being “forgettable” is that you know what the thing is in the first place.
I had to look it up. Kim’s Convenience is a CBC TV show (also on the state’s YouTube Channel). It’s another vital sitcom. (Thank you benevolent government for the vital state laughs!) It’s the story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto.
Episode #1: entitled “Gay Discount.”
Description: “after being accused of homophobia, Appa decides to offer a store discount to gay customers during Toronto Pride Week.”
Of course you deplorables hicks in the small towns outside of the enlightened Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal is who this is really for. And you love it so, so much. To wit:
Outside of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the CBC is a vital presence, providing local coverage and Canadian content, which, though diminished, is vastly appreciated by residents of cities big and small and in rural areas.
Except that it isn’t. Reason number 146 for nixing the state-owned CBC is: “Nobody watches the CBC.” (146-B: “Root cause: Because it’s horse manure”).
Doyle’s bottom line:
Dismantle it or reduce it to the begging-bowl status of PBS and all of that is gone.
All of what?
But Doyle explains it so well here:
You have to live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.
So I’m part of the well-off establishment. I did not know that. Actually, it’s struggling taxpayers who fail to see why we should fund something so irrelevant. I’d say nice try, but it wasn’t even.
Doyle’s own bottom line about the CBC came directly out of his bottom. By which I mean it’s full of shit. Human shit. This I learned by watching other channels and having a clue.
State-owned media — and all state-owned business in which the state competes against its own citizens — should be banned in this country, and that notion should be enshrined in the constitution.
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Hey remember that state-owned, socialism-reliant CBC that I’ve been writing negatively about for a decade and a half, here? And remember how I repeatedly write that the CBC is literally the state competing against its own citizens?
Well don’t worry, the Globe & Mail’s on the case today. After 65 years. They should call themselves an oldnewspaper.
Actually it’s not even the Globe & Mail itself that has awoken from its CBC-luvin’ stupor, but at least they allowed a columnist to go off the reservation for five minutes. Today Konrad Yakabuski chimes in on the socialist lunacy that is the state-owned CBC (he calls it neither socialist nor lunacy nor even state-owned, of course, proving he’s got a mile to go yet). Here’s his big breaking news (by which we mean news to him):
… Ottawa is pumping an additional $675-million into the CBC at the very moment the country’s leading private media outlets are struggling to stay afloat amid fragmenting audiences and advertising dollars. Something about this picture just isn’t right. …
You don’t say. And actually, you all didn’t say anything, for 65 years. In fact quite the contrary. Here’s what Yakabuski wrote exactly a year ago, regarding how the appointment of Mélanie Joly as the new Liberal government’s minister in charge of the CBC felt, to him:
It also felt like glasnost at a public broadcaster that had spent a decade under the thumb of an oppressive Conservative gulag.
The irony (to say nothing of the insult) of referring to glasnost and “gulag” in connection with Conservatives and the state-owned media — seems lost on Yakabuski. The Gulag was the former Soviet Union’s agency that managed forced labour camps during the reign of the socialist/communist mass murderer and dictator Joseph Stalin, until the 1950s. Stalin also ran the state media. He wasn’t really known to be that fiscally conservative actually, and didn’t fancy capitalism and private enterprise much at all. He’d have loved the CBC as much as today’s Liberals do, although he’d likely have hacked their idiotic budget way back.
But you know, with these people, the “oppressive” conservatives are either running a gulag, or we’re Nazis.
But the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its gulags and state-owned media having been mercifully rendered a shitstain on world history, let’s go back to today’s Yakabuski column:
“We don’t think that we compete,” CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix insisted, incredulously, before the House of Commons Heritage committee last month. “There is nothing in the [Broadcasting Act] or in our mandate that prevents us from delivering these services to Canadians in the most effective way – on the contrary.”
So change the mandate. The latter currently does not explicitly prevent the CBC from competing with private media. It should.
So change the mandate you say? Stop it from competing with private media? That’s hilarious. Why now, suddenly, comrade?
… Canadians do not watch them, forcing an already bloated CBC to seek advertising revenue elsewhere.
Hence, the CBC’s push into digital opinion content. Compared to dramatic programming, this is a low-cost venture that might actually turn a profit – and kill off a few already dying newspapers in the process.
Well now they’ve gone too far! Get me one o’ them “neo-cons” on the horn!
Yakabuski seems to have suddenly realized that the ever-growing, socialism-reliant CBC is just being progressive — and thus the creeping socialist giant is now threatening him personally, or professionally, more and more. This is as it is supposed to be. Yakabuski is starting to “feel the Bern!” from a state-owned “business” competing against him and his livelihood — much as we’ve warned for nearly 20 years — and he doesn’t like it. Boo hoo.
He’s all about reigning in that CBC now.
Instead of using the cash infusion from taxpayers to improve core services, particularly regional news operations, the CBC is using some of the money to expand its digital footprint into yet more areas where it competes directly with private media for the same advertising dollars.
Oh I’m in tears for him. Tears of laughter.
Forget ad revenue. Yakabuski doesn’t mention the CBC also competing for attention to its left-wing messaging, as the CBC spends money (ours) and advertises itself all over every type of media simply to try to get you to pay attention to them instead of any of the competition. That is another another missed clue.
I’ll give Yakabuski some credit: Today he is all concerned ‘n stuff, because of the public interest, see.
But if a bigger, more predatory CBC only kills off private competitors, how does that serve the public interest?
Yeah. Exactly the point we’ve been making — but you haven’t — for like 20 years. Too bad you didn’t spend more time reading ProudToBeCanadian.ca instead of watching inane CBC “comedy” fare and giving the CBC a pass (or worse) all these years. Forgive us if we don’t think you really give a hoot about “The public interest” vis-a-vis the CBC.
Hey here’s some more breaking public interest news: For the past 24 years, the state-owned Canada Post has owned one of Canada’s largest courier companies, Purolator Couriers, which competes directly against all the private citizen-owned companies. As we’ve been telling you. You could use all of the same arguments about that abomination as you could for the CBC abomination — even invoking your grand “public interest” canard.
So break your own apparent mandate. Write-up a breaking news column decrying the state-owned Canada Post owning Purolator. Include your laments about all the dozens of other market and career and business-wrecking state-owned “businesses”. Yeah we know they don’t affect your livelihood directly like the CBC does, so do it because that would actually be in the public interest.
Yakabuski’s column, entitled “The CBC has lost its way,” is ironic if nothing else. The CBC is growing exactly as it has been for 65 years. The only people who are lost are those who are just now realizing the damage that has been done and is continuing to be done –when the state competes against its own citizens.
CBC/Radio Canada asks for $400M in increased government funding to go ad-free. Would equal an additional $12 per Canadian per year.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) November 28, 2016
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CBC News (@CBCNewsBC) tweeted this out, this morning:
— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) November 25, 2016
Note that it was CBC News (@CBCnewsBC) that tweeted the link to their article. The article began like this:
Donald Trump’s victory was the most dramatic demonstration yet that liars can win elections. All he had to do was demonize reason and fact as the province of hated “elites.”
This is scary, for all countries and for reasons beyond the frightening contents of the Trump platform itself.
It’s an opinion piece. It’s not a news story. But I do understand your confusion given it’s from the CBC News. So do they. They know exactly what they’re doing. They were trying to confuse you. Have you heard the term “Rick-rolled?” It’s a lie, really, but in this case an especially egregious one because it’s the state-owned media who’s doing it to its citizens. It’s either that or they’re all utterly bereft of any understanding about what real fair and balanced and honest journalism is, which after all the money we’ve given up to them, they should better understand by now, don’t you think?
For all the writer’s haughty talk of Trump’s “lies,” it’s a tad ironic isn’t it?
Oh and why does state-owned media even have political opinion pieces — especially when they’re almost universally left-wing opinions? Who knows?! That’s the only thing I find “scary” and “frightening,” to use the writer’s own words about Trump.
Anyway, it’s written by someone (Kate Heartfield — “for CBC News,” mind you) who is apparently (to me, anyway) a Trump hater. Read on, and you’ll find she’s just as suspicious of Canadian Conservatives too, warning them and all of us, thusly:
Perhaps there’s a way for the Conservatives to honour both head and heart – to appeal to values without abandoning reason and embracing bigotry. The Conservatives can say “no” to a lazy dependence on slogans, on the nearest convenient enemy – a dependence they know full well encourages racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. They can try to come up with a less destructive appeal to “common sense.”
Sounds like the “Basket of Deplorables” crap all over again. I’m quite sure the state-owned CBC would adore the moniker “Basket of Deplorables – North.”
But back to the bigger point, which is that the deplorable CBC and its left-wing opinion contributors might want to summon-up a modicum of honesty and at least take a cue from their bible, the New York Times, who, even though they likewise lie all day long in their reporting and columns and op-eds, do try to sometimes differentiate their opinion pieces from the news with a separate Twitter OPINION account. Here’s an example wherein they smear Trump, as usual, because that’s all they do, but at least they’re not trying to fake you out like the CBC:
Mr. Trump had no problems with telling lies about what he could accomplish https://t.co/HrbTPE2IWF
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 25, 2016
With that, we have no trouble understanding it’s more anti-Trump whiney-crap bloviating — and go ahead and avoid it. Again I do understand your confusion when reading anything from the left-wing media today, inasmuch as it’s mostly lies and left-wing bias whether contained within their “news” stories or opinions.
State-owned media should be banned in this country, and that notion should be enshrined in our constitution. That’s truth.
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I’ll give the Globe and Mail credit for at least breaking from their Donald Trump smearing obsession for five minutes today, to mention one of our nation’s biggest stories (and one that’s true, too!). They’re suggesting today what could be massive political corruption, in our country, associated with the Trudeau Liberal Party. Yes, them, again. (Don’t worry, they still smear Donald Trump plenty today, with delightful lines like this line in a hard “news” report: “…Mr. Trump’s simplistic and angry campaign rhetoric may be much more difficult to accomplish…”).
Here’s their cover story, which continues way back on on page 15 (anti-Trump stories first, doncha know).
The Globe and Mail’s effort today is a lot more than I can say for the National Post or Trudeau’s state-owned CBC division, which mentions not one single word about what really could be a huge story of nation-changing political corruption.
It’s all very Clintonian.
But like the Clinton’s corruption and the media’s response (“yawn, wink”), I suspect the liberal media here will give their beloved Trudeau an absolute pass as well. Which makes the liberal media as corrupt as the Liberals.
For the record, the left-wing Toronto Star and liberalvision CTV also fail to mention one word about this, even though it’s about potentially enormous political corruption affecting the governance of our country, to say nothing of a major election promise being smashed to smithereens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraiser at the mansion of a wealthy Chinese-Canadian business executive in May. One of the guests at the event was a well-heeled donor who was seeking Ottawa’s final approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada’s Chinese community.
The Globe and Mail has learned that wealthy Chinese businessman Zhang Bin who, with a partner, donated $1-million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal Faculty of Law weeks after the fundraiser, also attended the event. Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.
Chinese Business Chamber of Commerce chair Benson Wong played host to Mr. Trudeau and 32 other people at his Toronto home. Among the donors was insurance tycoon Shenglin Xian, the founder of Wealth One Bank of Canada, and several Chinese billionaires…
There are no lines in the news story like “Mr. Trudeau’s simplistic and angry campaign rhetoric was obviously a lie and was obviously much too difficult for him to even pretend to give a shit about…” But at least they wrote something. Now they can go back to Trump-bashing. Hey maybe Ivanka’s dresses are too summery or something! And surely that makes her a racist!
So yes I think it’s important to think about why virtually none of the other news media in Canada is covering this story of potential Justin Trudeau/Liberal Party political corruption (again). Even if this latest revelation were exclusive to the Globe and Mail, other media can certainly report on the Globe and Mail’s findings. The Globe and Mail does that all the time. They all do. God knows if a story about Stephen Harper ever appeared in the Toronto Star as an exclusive, every single other news media reported on it. Just like they do with Trump stories.
The fact that they have chosen not to in this case needs to be investigated. Especially the failure of the state-owned CBC, since we pay them $1.5 BILLION per year to do…. whatever it is we pay them to do.
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“CBC IN CUBA: Cuban activist thinks Trudeau visit will help chip away at state control.”
Yeah…. I’m not so sure Trudeau is your man to “chip away at state control.” Especially as reported by the state-owned, and Trudeau backed, CBC. In fact I’m sure of it. And if I’m honest, while I’m sure the Cubans desire it (Cuban exiles all voted for Trump), I’m not at all sure the CBC or Trudeau desires any such “chipping away at state control.”
I can’t stop chuckling whenever I see the state-owned CBC referring to anything in the socialist/communist world which is “state-owned” or “state-controlled.” I always think they must be cringing every time they are forced to reconcile with themselves that they too are state-owned and state-controlled, and I wonder if they’re embarrassed being in the same state-owned boat as institutions in Cuba, North Korea, or any number of other socialist/communist failed states.
And then I wake up, and realize that of course they’re not embarrassed and of course they don’t cringe. It’s exactly what they want.
When Justin Trudeau comes home, assuming he will come back from his grand outreach to the communists, he will carry on chipping away at our personal responsibility, individual control, private enterprise — and building-up state control. The CBC will flourish.
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OK that headline is a joke. A dream for me, but alas, a joke.
No matter how badly things are going — no matter how many FAILS they are forced (by the likes of me but never the news media) to face up to, they will continue to do the same thing, double-down, even, and make the same mistakes, over and over. Call it what you want, but Einstein called that insanity. I just call it liberalism.
For example, over at their own state-owned CBC division, this headline today will be utterly ignored by all liberals and the even further leftists:
If it isn’t already obvious, the FAIL we’re talking about this time is the summer youth employment program. Another of the 8,000 government programs to help Canadians survive life.
It’s a story of government failure, but they run this pictures atop their story:
I think I might have gone with the one below, and maybe they would have if the state-owned CBC weren’t such Trudeau/Liberal suckfaces:All leftists — progressives, liberals, socialists, communists — believe the only way to fix a problem in society (even right inside your house, including buying your house) is for the government to take over responsibility, and for the government to fix it, which always, always, always, involves throwing more government money at it, and more big government policy. If any government program is failing, they throw more government money at it, citing as the only problem the notion that there wasn’t yet enough money being thrown at it. In this case, as I alluded in my opening, they are literally doubling-down on their stupidity.
Last spring, the Liberal government doubled the amount of money available to subsidize student wages under the Canada Summer Jobs program [which was already $107.5 million].
But despite the boost, Statistics Canada found student summer employment rates for 2016 stuck roughly where they were in 2015.
What’s even funnier (I’m not bipolar, but I’m never sure if I should laugh uproariously, or cry like a baby over these things) the sub-headline reads like this, which I paste here without one bit of editing:
‘There’s a real danger in artificially creating jobs,’ youth employment chair says
He went on, “That’s generally not sustainable … We need employers making their own hiring decisions.”
We on the right have been saying that for decades. For example, in the last election campaign! So now we see, in other words, that conservatives were right all along. And the Left was always and still is — in fact ever more so — wrong, and this proves it? Well yes. But this is the eight millionth time we’ve proved it.
Now don’t do as I did and assume the “youth employment chair” is one of those shouty hipster Trudeau “youth” who, along with (most of) the rest of today’s youth, tongue-bathed Trudeau’s face during the entire 2015 election campaign, and “got out the vote” (wink! — it’s to vote only for Leftist candidates! Vote for… more programs! More subsidies! More free stuff! More government!)
No this is a middle-aged guy who chairs a U of T program which studies the issue of youth employment. (I won’t even get into the fact that the U of T is a federally-subsidized university, and yet the federal government apparently failed to ask this guy anything, which could have saved the taxpayer well over a hundred million dollars in literally five seconds.)
After saying “There’s a real danger in artificially creating jobs,” he added another layer onto the cake: “Are students taking the job of someone else who could do the work?”
So in other words, it’s likely even worse than it looks, since some of those wonderfully taxpayer-bought jobs likely resulted in someone else not getting a job which wasn’t bought with taxpayer dollars.
We’re not done yet:
Recently tabled responses to questions put on the House of Commons order paper by both Conservative and New Democrat MPs reveal how $107.4 million in new money was allocated across Canada. (Employment and Social Development Canada says the difference between this and the $113 million announced is the cost of administration.)
In other words (and yes I do have to highlight this for you since the state-owned CBC fails to do its job and merely puts the tidbit in brackets as if to try to hide it), the government administration cost — just for spending that extra $107.4 MILLION, was $5.6 million. So $5.6
million in extra government cost, to spend that extra $107 million, which achieved exactly NO increased benefit.
So, to complete the work the state-owned CBC failed to, a total waste of taxpayer cash, and an utter annihilation of liberal-left policy and ideology. Worth a story or two? Maybe at least a sub-heading? Yes, but not to the leftists and their media as we can see here.
Do you understand, liberals, why conservatives keep railing on about the inefficiencies of government — and about the left-wing bias of the media? (Yes, they do understand, and this is why leftist ideology — this leftist experiment they’re conducting on you — is so pernicious).
The rest of the article then simply skips over the fact that the Trudeau liberals doubled the taxpayer’s cost — the budget — and got zero in return; returning instead to their comfort-zone: tongue-bathing liberalism, using more reliably left-wing university economists and their bon mots about how wonderful government-bought jobs are in general for the economy.
University of Ottawa labour economist David Gray says the effectiveness of the program is about more than the unemployment rate.
This spending is a “tiny drop in the bucket” of the total Canadian economy, he said.
Thanks. Great job, teacher at a federally subsidized university.
Still not done:
Public sector, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply…
Public sector employers are among those “businesses” eligible to hire students under the program. Hello? Taxpayer-funded jobs for taxpayer-funded government departments?
A taxpayer-funded program to subsidize taxpayer-funded government departments: this is the progressive Left’s dream come true.
Would I cut off funding for youth employment programs like this? Would I fire the government employees and cabinet ministers responsible for this disaster including Justin Trudeau? Faster than I’d sell the state-owned CBC.
I’ll leave you with this Tweet from the National Post:
— National Post (@nationalpost) October 6, 2016
Three guesses as to what the action-plan will be from the Trudeau Liberals.
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Too much talk of Hillary Clinton being ill (and more to the actual point, lying about it) has caused a giant panic attack at the state-owned CBC. They did an official state media “Analysis” about this concern.
Don’t worry, ALL U.S. presidents have ALWAYS had HIDDEN health issues!
Here’s how the article begins:
Some critics have questioned Hillary Clinton’s fitness to be president of the U.S. because she came down with pneumonia. You gotta be kidding!
The state-owned CBC starts a supposedly serious “analysis” in this way, and WE’RE the ones who “gotta to be kidding?”
Even without a state-financed analysis of the situation, the CBC knows only too well the problem is not pneumonia (or even “the ‘flu,” as Bill Clinton tried to lie it off) — it’s Hillary and Bill Clinton’s (and team’s) constant lying and covering up. That’s the far bigger sickness. The CBC has no idea what other health issues (or other issues) she’s lying about or covering up. The CBC just takes it on faith that there’s nothing else, in spite of evidence of his and her past lying and covering up as a chronic problem.
The CBC knows they’re wrong on the very premise of this thing. And the really sick thing is that they know they’re wrong and go with it anyway, to try to infect you, the reader.
So here we have the state-owned media actually stepping up to protect liberals with a joke of an analysis — and put down her political opposition. Sounds un-Canadian to me — more like North Korean. But that’s just my analysis, and it wasn’t paid for with tax dollars so take it with plenty of water on an empty stomach.
Among the 43 U.S. president who they discovered through their exhaustive analysis to be just the same as Hillary Clinton are these six (yes six): Reagan, Kennedy, Cleveland, Wilson, Lincoln, and Washington. No that’s it’s not “always,” but if you expect a fair “analysis” from the CBC on a political matter, you gotta be kidding.
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The fact that these “man-made global warming” or climate-change nobs still have the gall to fly off to these fancy places several times per year in large pollution-spewing passenger jetliners (after a ride to the airport in gas-powered cars) — all at taxpayer expense — is perfect. It doesn’t surprise me one bit. Hypocrisy, arrogance, elitism, misplaced pedagogy, entitled to their entitlements, I could go on. And I will!
When they’re not riding around in chauffeur-driven fancy cars and not riding around in European Airbus A320s, which is never, they’re riding our butts about all our travel habits like getting to (actual) work every day in our evil pollution-spewing Chevys, and going on a once-every-five-years vacay in evil jetliners which, they isist (usually from an exotic climate-change conference in Tahiti), is literally killing us all and, of course, our entire planet.
They don’t even blush when travelling around the world in jets themselves, getting driven around in fancy cars, and wasting all manner of resources, to say nothing of the wads of scarce taxpayer cash. And therein lies this point:
This is the intermediate tally prepared by Global Affairs Canada as of late January. It warned that more invoices might push some of those figures higher.
Overall bill: $973,995.42
Hospitality charges (entertaining guests): $12,595.42
Meals and incidentals: $129,423.74
Additional wages and salaries: $11,537.44
Stakeholders (typically, members of environmental groups or industry associations): $72,000
I said before that they don’t even blush. But it’s really the opposite — they’re proud. See here:
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent $6,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.
Or as Akin put it,
That said, McKenna herself was on the hot seat Tuesday for what she admitted was a $6,600 bill for a French freelance photographer who followed her around the summit taking pictures of her.
They actually want this established on the historical record. “Pictures are an important part of how we transmit our message,” she smugly explained to the dopey masses back home.
Liberals are always pedagogical like that. They think they have to be. They think we’re stupid, they’re smarter than us, and we’d be lost without them and their big government answers to all our problems. The irony flies right over their heads. But I’d like to know how the good professor McKenna knows “Pictures are an important part of how we transmit our message,” given that this is her very first job in government, and this is a fairly new government. She is obviously mishandling her role and showing incompetence, yet she deigns to instruct us as to the way “we” do things. This is a liberal in action.
And by the way, don’t people in the privately-owned news media still take pictures? And what about PM Selfie? He seems to know how to “transmit our message,” at least when aided by the media’s massive (and free) connivance.
I understand from liberals who must have told me this at some point, that we’re well into an era where it really is technologically feasible to have video conferences, and communication by cell phone, and by private email server, and I’m sure all the liberals are using the SnapChat, and there’s any number of other non-polluting means.
Until these “man-made global warming” nobs step up and live by the hideous rhetoric they spew, and stop jetting around from all corners of the earth to all other corners of the earth, and start living according to their own rhetoric in every single way, I will laugh in their faces, emitting no end of “dangerous” greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide. They are a farce. They make the state-owned CBC seem almost legit. (And by the way, the state-owned CBC was there, taking pictures, and lengthy suck-up video interviews, whose costs are not included above.)
UPDATE (Aug 24 2016)
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:00PM EDT
More than $17,000 has been spent photographing Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and her staff since the Liberals took office less than 10 months ago.
The “Conservatives” did it too. Not as bad, but bad. Thus the quote marks.
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A Conservative Party with a sense of humor. In today’s email:
** CORRECTION **
Last week we told you about the Liberals getting up to their same old tricks.
The Liberal Health Minister was caught red-handed doling out more than $7,000 in taxpayer dollars to one of her Liberal insider friends that worked on her election campaign.
We have an important update though!
When it was reported that Minister Jane Philpott was charging taxpayers for limo service around Toronto at an obscene rate, the Liberals moved quickly to ensure everyone got the story right, and pointed out that it was actually a Lexus, and not a limousine.
So to be clear: it wasn’t paying over $7,000 in taxpayer dollars to her insider friend’s limo company for a limousine rental – it was over $7,000 in taxpayer dollars to her Liberal insider friend’s limo company for a Lexus rental!
When we originally called Minister Philpott a Limousine Liberal, we should have called her a Lexus Liberal.
The confusion is understandable. We figured charging taxpayers $1,700 for a one day ride around Toronto from a limo company owned by her campaign worker was obviously for a limo.
We stand corrected. It was, in fact, $1,700 for a one day ride around Toronto from a limo company owned by her campaign worker – in a Lexus.
We regret the error.
Apparently the CBC gets these emails too.
Almost as quickly as the opposition Conservatives took to the offence and drove their email-list putt-putt to their subscribers, the Liberals’ state-owned CBC division got behind the wheel of one the mammoth taxpayers’ trucks and drove it right over the Conservatives and tried to kill ’em in a hit and run — apparently unaware that their hideous Liberal sycophancy is painted all over the side of the state-owned truck.
The CBC is smugly playing the silly-bugger here, just as the Liberal minister is — both of them on the taxpayers’ dime. They set about “reporting” not on their Liberals’ waste of taxpayer cash and their hypocrisy and possibly lies and certainly their overt lack of transparency, but focus instead on whether the Conservatives are justified in calling Liberals “Limousine Liberals.”
The crack CBC team of investigative journalists went into action, simply repeating the minister’s own words in explaining whether or not this chauffeur-driven Lexus is, in fact, a “limousine”:
Philpott’s office has repeatedly refused to tell reporters what kind of vehicle a Toronto limousine service used in shuttling the minister around, saying only that it wasn’t a limousine.
Again, whether it’s called a limousine or not is not the point, and they all know it. But your trusty CBC continues to mow down the Conservatives, purposely missing the actual point. Reminder: they are being serious here, not joking:
While it can often be found in the fleets of limousine services, the Lexus ES 300 does not generally fall into the category of limousine.
Well thanks for that dynamite research on something utterly immaterial. But again, they’re playing on the false notion that what matters is whether or not it is a limousine, rather than the huge dollar amount blown, and the principle, and the hypocrisy, and lack of transparency….
They then try… to again continue to fake you out and make out like it’s all about whether it was a limo or not, using actual investigative journalism-looking techniques like using a special subheading within their report just to make their point, which is actually utterly immaterial (I had to use a screenshot here just because it is hard to believe):
Well they already instructed you previously that the “Lexus ES 300 does not generally fall into the category of limousine.” So this lecture is just getting boring.
But since the state-owned CBC failed, we come to your actual rescue:
Dictionary – Limousine
1. Any of various large passenger vehicles, especially a luxurious automobile usually driven by a chauffeur and sometimes having a partition separating the passenger compartment from the driver’s seat.
(And also, that’s exactly not the point, and they’re hypocrites, they’re unprincipled, they lack transparency despite their campaign promises… there, you’re rescued.)
The limousine science sides with the Conservatives. The CBC could have just looked it up. (Oh right…so they probably did look it up!). Can we agree it wasn’t a staffer driving her around in a Dodge Dart, or a taxicab — a Prius or Corolla driven by a taxi driver and costing $129, and instead it cost many thousands of dollars? No! They are stuck on stupid, or spurious.
And the CBC seems to realize that they can’t convince anybody about the veracity of either the Liberals’ claims or their own, so they just go right after the Conservatives directly, instead of going after the Liberals at all:
However, the promise to write a cheque and the revelation that the vehicle was a luxury Lexus hasn’t silenced the Conservatives, who have dubbed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government “Limousine Liberals” in fundraising pitches to party supporters.
Imagine those Conservative hacks not being “silenced” and continuing to call them “Limousine Liberals” — and trying to make money off this — when the CBC has already stated quite clearly that the “Lexus ES 300 does not generally fall into the category of limousine.”
More stuff not covered in epic CBC investigative journalism:
Just in case you don’t know, a Lexus car is fancy. Liberal fancy. Most cost $60-90,000. Their top-of-the-line SUV goes for well over $105,000. Lexus is a Japanese car, and the ES300 is made in Japan. Not in Canada. So watch for the eight-part Passionate Eye series on how the Liberals hate Canada. Also, Lexus has a hybrid ES300 model called the ES300H. The environmentally-obsessed Liberals allowed their minister to drive around all day in non-hybrid car? Someone get Suzuki on the horn! That’s an abomination worthy of at least three weeks of reporting outrage about how the Liberals hate the environment. Or at least it would be if we were talking about a Conservative minister.
UPDATE (Aug 24 2016)
… “The issue of getting caught and paying the money back is secondary to the larger issue that ministers of the Crown are obliged to follow very clear rules on ethics to make sure that they’re not being seen to be giving preferential treatment to friends and insiders,” [NDP MP Charlie] Angus said.
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CBC’s execrable columnist Neil Macdonald published an article today (Feb 18th, 2015) about the tragic case of a White man shot to death while his hands were raised in surrender by a White police officer among a phalanx of other White officers, so of course the author had to lead with…
“White privilege didn’t protect John Greer. That’s not to say he didn’t have it.”
He then goes on to describe a situation with absolutely no racial component other than the one he injects himself at the beginning of his article, an article in which “White Privilege” is never mentioned or hinted at again after those first two sentences.
The fact that a Leftist ideologue like Macdonald is paid by the CBC out of the public purse, with no corresponding contrary voice from the Right, is all the reason Canadians should need to demand defunding of the CBC.
Martin R. Green is from Whitby, Ontario.
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