10.01.2010 08:20 AM

Media blah blah blah

Blah and blah and blah.

Shorter version: “We may be subsidiaries of very powerful, unelected, super-rich corporations, but we like to propagate the mythology that we are the vox populi, the grubby and populist voice of the lumpen, without whom democracy would fail.  And we are unadulterated hypocrites, naturally, because we pillory politicians all the time for being prejudiced and/or non-factual, but when we are prejudiced and/or non-factual, well, that’s okay, because we are The Media, and the rules that everybody else has to observe, most days, don’t apply to us.  Because we are the media.”

And so they do expensive and silly redesigns, thinking it’s about form, when the problem is – and always has been – content. And, you know, honesty.

Blah Blah blah.  They’ll never change.


  1. Richard says:

    Why are you so down on the venerable “Mop and Pail”, Warren? I subscribe to it. Don’t you?

  2. Paul R. Martin says:

    I am more down on the Red Star than the Globe and Mail. It seems to me that the Red Star has been very dishonest in its coverage of the municipal election. There are also several columnists on that paper who I refuse to read.

  3. Lance says:

    I agree 110% This is exactly why I’ve stopped watching “the news” a few years ago. It is instances like these that justify my preference for blogs like these, even though some might be on a different political track then my own.

  4. David says:

    Free speech is a bitch. Isn’t it?

  5. Robin says:

    It always startles me when people think that the Star or MacLean’s or the Mop and Pail are the vox populi: all papers, tv, etc. are owned by super-rich douches that have nothing in common with anyone that posts on this forum. We don’t have a left or right media in this country, like most think it to be the case. Most, if not all, large media corporations are on the right with very slight differences among and between them. We just imagine that there is some differences, and how stupid does that make us?

  6. Cath says:

    Here’s a challenge for you. Read the blogs first THEN the Newspapers – Makes the BS easier to digest. It also make blog owners (present company included) more trusted than some of those tabloid-type journalists when it comes to weeding THROUGH the BS and get to something folks can relate to.

  7. Pedro says:

    It has always been this way.
    Isn’t it so frustrating when those who have a public voice express things you never thought of.
    My, my, progressives (?) never thought there was an opinion of worth beyond their own.

    • Namesake says:

      “Pedro”: The Most Inappropriate Name for a Conservative in Canada.

      Ah, you’re right… it’s most enlightening and liberating to be able to give unencumbered voice to anything that comes to mind.

      But, sorry, the “Politicians are corrupt” meme hardly qualifies as a mind-expanding new thought.

      And your generalization about progressives being close-minded has even less evidence than Maclean’s “QC is the Most Corrupt Province.”

      And it’s hardly ‘frustration at enountering novel ideas’ that the critics are voicing on this: it’s disappointment and annoyance about making irresponsibly divisive and poorly founded public assertions, and not owning up to that when given the chance to retract.

      And that — apologizing for a mistake, to contain the damage — is hardly a new idea, but unfortunately it _does_ seem to be an alien one to the current federal government and some of its most die-hard supporters, and that _is_ frustrating.

  8. Paul R. Martin says:

    “Namesake” is a very inappropriate name for anyone. Why are you afraid to use the name your parents gave you?

  9. David says:

    Dear pot,

    Please meet the kettle. I believe you’ll find you’re both black.

    Thank you.

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