Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Mike De Souza and the Buying of the Media
Mike de Souza is arguably the best MSM environmental reporter in Canada. A hardworking newshound who has exposed many grubby dealings between the Cons and Big Oil. And is no doubt a thorn in the sides of both of them.
Or should I say he was.
Because today along with a number of Postmedia reporters he was laid off.
Which is depressing enough, because if any country needs good environmental reporters it's Stephen Harper's sinister petrostate.
But what makes it really disturbing, is the just revealed apparently intimate relationship between Postmedia and Big Oil.
According to Postmedia's proposal, newspapers would work in partnership with CAPP to put the spotlight on Canada's oil industry. "What really drives Canada's economic engine? Energy, of course," the presentation says.
"While Albertans may be acutely aware of this fact, the rest of the country often fails to grasp the fundamental role the energy sector plays in building and sustaining economic prosperity. Postmedia and CAPP will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation."
Because it can't help but make me wonder whether De Souza was laid off because Postmedia is desperate to save money? Or because he didn't fit into these pretty pictures?
And the larger and even more troubling question is, whether at a time when so many newspapers are struggling to survive the transition to digital, they are becoming more and more vulnerable to being manipulated by big corporate interests?
Because it's not just Postmedia and Big Oil doing the tango together. The other day I went to watch a video by the Toronto Star's Rick Salutin, on the controversy over Porter Airline's plans to allow jets to land at the Island Airport.
But before I could watch it I had to watch a Porter ad plugging its proposal.
And the problem is that nobody has deeper pockets than Big Oil. You can't put on a TV set without being hit by one of their ads, which pump millions of dollars into struggling television stations all over the country.
And the question that must be asked is, are they trying to brainwash us? Or are they trying to buy the media?
Even as the Cons spend hundreds of millions of dollars of OUR money on similar ads, suppress reports, muzzle scientists, and burn books...
And if you think that the CBC, the public broadcaster might save us, think again.
Because thanks largely to the savage cuts the Cons have inflicted on the corporation, they're also desperate.
An internal memo to CBC employees warns of "dark clouds on the horizon" for the state broadcaster, QMI Agency has learned. CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix sent the ominous note last Friday.
We are working hard to confirm the bottom line," he said in the memo. "However, it's clear that tough and more fundamental decisions will have to be made to establish a longer-term, sustainable, financial model for our corporation."
So they're not likely to bite the hand that feeds them, not when the Cons have tightened their control over the corporation.
Great eh? Watch the video, sign the petition.
And then watch this video to remind yourself what happens to those in Harperland who dare challenge Big Oil's agenda.
And what kind of country we are becoming....
Because if you remember, that was the ad the CBC refused to run.
And then fight Stephen Harper and his Cons harder than ever.
And shout out the questions others won't or can't ask.
Before the lights go out.
And we are lost in his mad darkness...
Please click here to recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers.