EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Labelling the media: CBC is evil
the Far Lane
It’s interesting to see the perspectives
different people have on the media, but Canada’s news
outlets seem to be relatively easy to define.
In the United States, a lot of people refer to the media as
liberal or left wing. Naturally, left-wing media critics view
the U.S. media as corporate- controlled or right wing.
While in the U.S. there is FOX news and then everybody else,
north of the border it almost seems like everything fits into
its own slot (a bit simplistic, but true).
First, there’s CanWest, which owns Global TV and the
National Post. Sympathetic to America and Israel, and thus
generally viewed as right wing, (the Post’s columnists
include Ann Coulter and others of her ilk), the Asper-owned
media empire has an ideology nearly as transparent as Rush
Then there’s Bell Globemedia, which owns the CTV network
and The Globe and Mail, and is typically viewed as middle-of-the-road,
politically speaking. Unfortunately, The Globe features columnists
like Jeffrey Simpson — people who talk about everything
without saying anything.
Finally, there are media outlets like the Toronto Star, which
is so far to the left it should be printed in pink.
Most disturbing however, is the CBC. Government subsidized
and often full of crap, the CBC news is nearly as slanted as
a certain famous piece of Italian architecture.
The CBC features news anchors afraid to use correct terminology,
for example they say militant instead of terrorist. Peter Mansbridge
was practically weeping in joy during Paul Martin’s coronation,
but has led panel discussions (featuring Star reporters) on
different ways the new Conservative Party is evil.
This is the same CBC that keeps Don Cherry on and then censors
him when he says something “inappropriate,” as
if the executives don’t know by now the guy has a big
When Cherry spouted off on the Iraq war last year, the CBC
was quick to give him a slap on the wrist. In an American radio
interview, Cherry referred to the network as “government
owned,” a statement CBC execs quickly rebuked.
But if it weren’t for public money the CBC wouldn’t
survive, so Cherry wasn’t far off the mark. If CBC execs
don’t want to be referred to as government owned, maybe
the CBC should stop taking government money.