Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Postmedia's Failing War on Justin Trudeau
Somewhere in the heart of the dilapidated Postmedia empire, its big boss Paul Godfrey must be growing increasingly desperate.
Desperate to bring down Justin Trudeau, before Postmedia goes down like the Titanic.
For how else to explain that his scrawny scribblers are still grinding out story after story with the same basic headline?
JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS BREAKING HIS PROMISES!!!!
That must be about the twentieth one I've read in the last three weeks. Like all the others it's just wishful thinking and hot air, with a stench of desperation.
And sadly for Godfrey and his Con gang, it's just not working.
Trudeau is more popular than ever, the runaway choice for Newsmaker of the Year.
He scored a stunning come-from-behind election victory, became the first offspring of a prime minister to ascend to the top job himself and the first federal leader to vault his party straight from a distant third place into office, circled the globe and created an international sensation. All in the last three months of 2015. And now he's been selected as Canada's Newsmaker of the Year.
While Postmedia is the one whose time is almost up, and is heading for a hard landing.
And as Andrew Mitrovica writes, Godfrey has only himself to blame.
What it all points back to is Godfrey himself — a well-connected Conservative supporter who sees nothing at all wrong with using his platforms to try to browbeat readers into supporting his pet politicians.
Bootlicking the party in power isn’t a long-term strategy to grow readership; its 12 leading dailies lost 179,868 paid subscribers in just the three years to the end of 2014, while its revenues dropped by about a quarter over the same period. The chain has continued to liquidate staff and consolidate operations as its business model implodes.
Godfrey has led his demoralized troops to the verge of economic disaster.
Earlier this month, The Globe and Mail’s media reporter, James Bradshaw, turned the knife on his newspaper’s chief rivals by noting that Standard & Poor’s had downgraded Postmedia Inc.’s credit rating “to the same grade ailing Greece.”
And him and his grubby scribblers are the last ones who should be complaining about Justin Trudeau's deficit problems.
Postmedia Inc. isn’t facing a “sea of red” — it’s more like an ocean. The irresistible irony here is that this media chain is home to the nation’s leading free-enterprise editorial cheerleaders — people who have spent their careers lecturing the lefties on the importance of keeping the books balanced. Do as we say, not as we do.
When they don't know what they're doing, and neither did their beloved Stephen Harper...
Who they always forget to blame for the mess he left behind.
In the manner you would expect from those who serviced that depraved leader so well, and for so long, in such a shameless manner.
You know, when the definitive history of Harperland is written, and historians finally agree on why the Con regime went down in flames...
I'm pretty sure they'll conclude that Stephen Harper could never put the needs and feelings of Canadians ahead of his foul right-wing ideology.
And I suspect they'll say the same thing about Postmedia.
Godfrey and his Cons never understood their own people.
They thought they could brainwash away their hopes for a more decent Canada. Or bury their dreams.
So they missed the bus to the future. They went down with the dictator.
And like him they destroyed themselves...
Oh well. I guess that's life eh?
Warm your hands and your hearts with the warm glow of the Con media.
And don't forget to bring the marshmallows...
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