CANADA’S “INDEPENDENT” MEDIA
Is only one of the many issues affecting Canadians. The Corporate Media lies to you by omission.
The following is an article by a former New York Times journalist , John Swinton *1 who was asked to give a toast before the New York Press Club. Even though Mr. Swinton died in 1901, what he states is true to this day.
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinion, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly to keep my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinion to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country…for his daily bread. You know it and I know it; and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
Thank God for the few honest and brave journalists that we had back then and now. An article by one of the good ones made it’s way to me and I would like to share his article with you.
*1 Appeared in American publication “The Journalists” in July 1993
“WHY IS STEPHEN HARPER STILL SO POPULAR”
By Jack Etkin from The Bridge – March, 2011
“First the corporations removed the Paul Martin government from power in 2006. They did that by using their corporate media to create the ‘sponsorship scandal’ that Mr. Martin probably had nothing to do with. The corporate media called it the biggest scandal in Canadian history, which was absolute nonsense. They hammered away on it for months, and destroyed Paul Martin with it. It is a very dangerous situation when big business can eliminate the federal government virtually at will.
The media then had Mr. Harper elected and he has given them a never-ending series of tax-cuts and corporate free-trade deals. He has done everything Big Business could possible want in terms of environmental destruction with the TarSands and climate change, salmon farms, clear cut logging, removal of safety regulations, and everything else. There’s been little or no criticism from the corporate media as he has done his job of destroying our plant in order to maximize corporate change; and we are one of the words in using and promoting genetically contaminated foods, which is a nightmare yet to come. Mr. Harper is an enemy of the planet, so is much loved by corporate Canada.
He has given them the corporate war they want in Afghanistan, a war being fought over natural gas and pipelines and US power, while the media pretends it is all about democracy and helping women and children. What a pack of lies, but they are good at spreading it.
Mr. Harper is very likely a war criminal. In Afghanistan, he has forced Canadian troops to give innocent civilians to the Afghan police to be tortured. That is a war crime, but it is never mentioned by the corporate media.
Last year Mr. Harper gave us the largest deficit in Canadian history, over $50 Billion, all of which we are going to have to pay back with interest, but not a word of criticism. That deficit was caused by tax cuts for the richest people and biggest businesses in Canada, put in place by Liberal and Conservative governments over the past 20 years. Unemployment is up, NO CRITICISM. Poverty and homelessness are growing NO CRITICISM. Canadian soldiers maimed and killed, NO CRITICISM of the man who is keeping them there. Australia is under water, but barely a mention of the words climate change or global warming. People dying while waiting for health care; but NO CRITICISM of Mr. Harper who is allowing the destruction of public health care so it can be privatized and taken over by big business crooks who intend to make Billions from it; and this has been going on for the past 20 years under various governments.
Stephen Harper is a corporate prime minister. He works 100% for big business; and they keep him in power to continue the job of attacking and selling out the rest of us. It is certainly long past time to get rid of this traitor, but can we do it when corporate power is so very great?
ARE MOST CANADIANS GOING TO KEEP ON REPEATING THE SAME MISTAKE OF ELECTING EITHER PARTY A OR B?
ARE YOU BRAIN DEAD?