Monday, October 16, 2017

The Con Media's Outrageous Assault on the Liberals

As you know I have very little respect for the corporate media in this country, for its right-wing bias couldn't be more shabby or more blatant.

With only few exceptions, it's little more than a propaganda outlet for the Cons.

Its mission is to return them and their creepy leader to power as soon as possible.

As this new Con video makes only too obvious.

During the long and dark years of the Harper regime, the Con media couldn't say enough good things about its depraved leader...

Now they can't say enough bad things about the Trudeau government.

It's practically a gang bang, with the CBC, Global News, CTV, and of course Postmedia, competing to see who can bash Trudeau the most.

And reporters like John Ivison and Andrew Coyne even competing against each other...

In a desperate attempt to please their boss Paul Godfrey, who made it abundantly clear where he stands during the last election campaign...

With a front page ad endorsing the Cons and attacking the Liberals.

And what makes all of this even more disturbing, is that the same thing is happening in Britain, as the Guardian columnist Owen Jones points out here.

Britain’s press is not an impartial disseminator of news and information. It is, by and large, a highly sophisticated and aggressive form of political campaigning and lobbying. It uses its extensive muscle to defend our current economic order which, after all, directly benefits the rich moguls who own almost the entire British press.

Whether it’s the Sun, the Telegraph, the Times, the Daily Mail or the Daily Express, that means promoting the partisan interests of the Conservative party.

As the media bosses take advantage of the precarious state of their media empires, to force their employees to toe the corporate line. 

Or else...

Which in Canada means attacking the Trudeau government for daring to raise taxes on the rich.

By making it look as if the Liberals are going after the poor.

Which couldn't be more deceptive.

And makes what John Ivison is doing totally pathetic. 

Begging the Liberals for money, so him and his friends can keep attacking them like a pack of rabid hyenas.

While claiming that saving his job is in the nation's interest.

Now a disclaimer: I am clearly not disinterested in this policy. I have the requisite qualities for journalism — once defined as “rat-like cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability” — but no aptitudes that might transfer to the real world. Yet, there is a public-policy issue here beyond keeping me in the Lagavulin to which I’ve become accustomed.

As the mood at Postmedia grows ever more desperate...

But while I realize that a democracy needs a strong media, our Con media betrayed our democracy a long time ago.

So shed no tears for any of them, especially Postmedia.

Let new arise from the ashes of the old.

Let the Cons and the fake news go down together.

And drown in their own excrement...


  1. Anonymous8:59 AM

    So strong media is only the ones that agree with your biases. Simon, you more transparent than Bill lies about his villa in the South of France.

    So you really are the prefect Lieberal.

    1. Anonymous11:57 AM

      Reality has a liberal bias. You're entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. The right-wing noise machine is dedicated to preserving the status quo for those who already benefit from it the most. The only way they can do that is through "alternative facts," as Kellyanne Conway who does Newspeak the "con way" says. A reality distortion field -- like "reality television." Propaganda and nothing else. They distort, they decide.

    2. Anonymous2:38 PM

      The reality is that Justin will lose the next election and will most likely get a job cleaning Morneau’s French villa.

    3. HI anon 8:59 AM....I'm a "prefect Lieberal?" I actually was a prefect once (look it up in the dictionary) But I've never been a Liberal. I voted for the NDP in the last election, but I defend Justin Trudeau's government because I think he's done a great job, and my sense of justice is offended by the disgusting way the Cons and the grubby stooge media attack him. As for Morneau's villa you do know that he pays taxes for that to the government of France?

    4. Hi anon 11:57...yes, that's a good way to describe it, the "right-wing noise machine." Just like they did during the sewer years of the Harper regime, they believe that if you repeat a big lie enough times, others will believe it. The Harperites spent billions trying to brainwash Canadians into voting for them, only to fail miserably. Most decent Canadians know who those Con artists are, and they want nothing to do with them...

    5. Hi anon 2:38....nope, I'm sorry, Justin is going to win not lose the next election. Which is just as well, because if Morneau needs somebody to clean his villa in the south of France I volunteers!!!

  2. Anonymous10:22 AM

    This bias was there during the campaign and the Liberals got through it with a strong comms game which has gone missing for the past year.

    1. Hi anon...yes that's true, the Con media did their best to elect the Cons. But we were able to use social media to fight back, and thwart their plans. And you're right, the Liberals need to dramatically step up their communication's game...

  3. Anonymous10:39 AM

    What a crock. The media in Canada is super progressive and left wing. Refugees this, immigrants that, oh look at Trudeau's cool socks.

    1. Anonymous11:52 AM

      So what? The news isn't supposed to post a human interest story here and there? I find your lack of compassion disturbing, that you would put stories about the humanity of refugees and immigrants on par with "fluff" like Trudeau's socks. The media is only superficially "liberal" except when it comes to brass-tacks issues, or should I say brass tax. You're forgetting that the Conservative B├╝llsh!t Corporation has a majority of Harpercons on its board. Everyone knows the Harpercons, like the G.O.P., have no other mission in life than to hoard as much filthy lucre as possible for themselves and tear apart anyone who threatens to get in their way. All the better for them as a personal victory if it's the son of the hated Pierre Trudeau.

      Never in my life did I think that an otherwise progressive (at least by American standards, who've gone so far to the right since the Koch brothers took over the Republican party after St. Bonzo kicked the filthy socialist carpenter out of America's temple of moneylenders) country like Canada would recoil in collective horror at the word "tax." A "big, liberal monster" as Alex P. Keaton (about as dissimilar a personality from the actor who played him as you can get) once said.

      Trudeau's sunny-ways outlook and harmlessly "geeky" personality are a welcome change from the dour, dictatorial Harper, and certainly a breath of fresh air compared to the Nazi monster Trump. We had eight years, as Ta'Nehisi Coates says in the title of his new book, of a man who was vilified for having a tan (birthday) suit -- and now we've got a pumpkin-headed beast with an orange face who's emboldening the Brownshirts in white sheets. So what if Trudeau is colorful, if he wants to hug a purple unicorn or wear a pink shirt or wave a rainbow flag. Better that than the party who's only focused on how much green they can make by resorting to yellow journalism for the blue party about the Grits running the budget in the red.

      Sorry Anon, but your true colors are shining through...

    2. Hi anon you're wrong, the media in this country is at least 80 percent Con. How could it not be when Postmedia is such a big player? Are you suggesting that just covering refugee or immigrant stories makes a media outlet progressive? If so how do you explain The Rebel, that spends about 70 percent of the time going on and on about those groups? And please don't mention Trudeau's cool socks. Not after Scheer is selling a pair of his own for $10 bucks, and they are so uncool they're hilarious. Or just sad...

  4. No no anon. That should be ' honest ' where you wrote ' strong '.

  5. Postmedia is a bust up, and they want to take Canada down the drain
    as the mob cash in.

    1. Hi, now, please don't call that American hedge fund the mob. My representatives are talking to them, and when Postmedia is worth about $50 bucks, I intend to launch a takeover bid. Although I am willing to go as high as $60 bucks if I get to personally fire Rex Murphy...

  6. Anonymous11:36 AM

    The fourth estate has become a fifth column. Same with the US, where "liberal" CNN has the gall to offer it up for debate whether Jews are people and hire Trump-sucking hacks like Jeff Lord, while MSNBC demotes two black women for the atrocious Foxbot Megyn Kelly.

    Britain and Australia have Murdoch to contend with too, and the US also has local TV and radio affiliates run by the noxious Sinclair Media. Les Moonves of CBS betrayed his country for "bigly ratings" and said so plainly: "Trump may not be good for the country but he's been great for CBS." Not surprised in the least that Canada has con papers and TV outlets sharpening their long knives to go after Trudeau. Corporatism run amok is the vampire cons' life blood, and they will seek to destroy anyone who threatens their sacrosanct "energy source" aka revenue stream. Party and profits before country.

    Shame on them, and shame on the social media CEOs like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's Eric Schmidt, for being similarly indifferent to hate spreading around their networks just so they can cash in on clickbait and rubles. The people are being made into unwitting guinea pigs for a massive psy-op, and they won't know what hit them until the cons are done picking from what's left of the carcass of Western civilization.

    About the only thing Trump ever said that made sense is that we need to find the off-switch for the Internet and that we have a lying press. That's about it for the broken cuckoo clock being right twice a day, though. 'Course, he only thinks they're liars on the few occasions they tell the ugly truth about him.

    "There is no truth in the news and there is no news in the truth." -old Soviet saying

    1. Hi anon...yes, you're right, it has become a sewer and a fifth column. At least in the U.S you have some reasonably good big players. In this country we have none. Although of course both countries share Facebook, and the more I read about its role in the last election, the more horrified I am. I decided not to join FB a long time ago, just to keep my exposure to social media under control, but these days I feel I can brag about it, and appear at least to be incredibly prescient....;)

  7. Anonymous9:43 PM

    Postmedia is a zombie corporation formed by the merger of two bankrupt media companies and funded by debt likely siphoned from people saving for retirement. The ideal Con empire funded by savers, dictated by the highly rewarded elite who have none to little personal investment at risk and and supported by workers with no voice or pension plan. The end was written at the outset... a few rich hogs will make out like bandits leaving everyone else in the trash bin. MAGA-nomics 101 the great American nightmare coming to a Canadian location near you.

    1. hi RT...well if you put it that way, I can hardly wait. ;) I read a few month ago that the end was supposed to come sometime in November, but I must admit I'm growing impatient. I can't wait until it slips beneath the waves, and all those Con stooges are made to pay for their crimes against journalism...

  8. Anonymous10:52 PM

    The MSM in this country as a whole, is a joke. The Sun has devolved into The Rebel and the rest of Postmedia's "gems" are consistently attacking the Liberals over any little thing. Something they never did with Harper and now with Scheer.
    I seldom read an article anymore, the headline and writer is all I need to know whether to read it or not. I doubt many millenials read the Con bullshit either.
    Postmedia's epitaph will be short and sweet once they and their ilk are finally put to rest, "Never deliberately distort facts or context, it put us here."

    1. hi JD...I feel the same way you do. Just reading the MSM can sometimes make me feel physically ill. I expect that from the National Post or the Globe, or the Sun. But when I see the same kind of nonsense from the CBC, which would be dead if Harper had been re-elected, it disgusts me beyond belief. Can you imagine what it would have been like if Harper had won the last election, and our shameless MSM was now singing his praises? Oh well, thank goodness he didn't, and by disregarding the views of most Canadians who are not Cons, the Con media is only digging its own grave...