The Conservatives’ Hidden Agenda For Public Broadcasting And Cultural Sovereignty

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

There is a huge and troubling gap between Stephen Harper’s words and deeds regarding the CBC and Canada’s cultural sovereignty, as well as a continuing pattern of contradictory statements, both from Harper and from other Conservatives:

  • In the lead up to the 2004 election, on May 19, 2004, when Stephen Harper was asked by a a CBC reporter in Winnipeg to comment on his plans for CBC, he said: “I’ve suggested that government subsidies in support of CBC’s services should be to those things that are not…do not have commercial alternatives.” He then added: “When you take a look at things like main-English language television and probably to a lesser degree Radio Two, you could there (sic) at putting those on a commercial basis.” (www.friends.ca/News/Friends_News/archives/articles05190403)
  • Several months later, Harper contradicted that comment in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters when he stated that “we would seek to reduce the CBC’s dependence on advertising revenue and its competition with the private sector for these valuable dollars, especially in non-sports programming.” (www.friends.ca/news-item/6480)
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The Silenced Majority

The media propaganda model lives on

How mass media consistently produce news that favour corporate interests.

By Tor Sandberg

EXCERPT

Noam Chomsky, who gave talks on the final day of the conference, emphasized in a panel discussion how the propaganda model illustrates the mass media’s shaping of perceptions of truth.
“The more educated are the main targets of propaganda,” said Chomsky, highlighting how the framing of stories plays a large role in this perception-shaping. As an example, Chomsky noted a case where a manufacturing sector was calling for some kind of a health policy, but the media dismissed the idea “as not politically possible.”
In this way, the corporate media effectively dismissed the entire idea of universal health care by claiming there wasn’t support, when, in reality, as Chomsky put it, “most Americans want some kind of [universal] health care found in other countries.”
Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the flow of information out of Ottawa has slowed to a trickle. Cabinet ministers and civil servants are muzzled. Access to Information requests are stalled and stymied by political interference. Genuine transparency is replaced by slick propaganda and spin designed to manipulate public opinion.

Part of the Hart House debates, Chomsky spoke at the University of Toronto on April 7, 2011 about class warfare, the State-Corporate Complex, the way in which corporate power is married to to state power and, how these factors represent a great threat to our freedom and survival.  LISTEN TO PODCAST

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Make Democracy Actually Matter

Re-printed with permission from Richard Weald

Make Democracy Actually Matter

Elections Canada says that “Voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.” I just want to express how totally I disagree with this in the light of our latest federal election.
Voting should probably be one of the hardest things for you to do. To understand issues, do your own research and to really make an informed decision, a person has to spend hundreds of hours learning, reading , listening— whatever. Being informed is hard and it takes a lot of effort. When (if) you go out and vote in the next election, please make sure you know what you are really doing when you put a mark next to someone’s name. Don’t do it because that’s what your parents do, or what your friends do, or because that’s what someone else told you to do. Don’t do it because you feel guilty about not voting or because you have a vague affinity for particular party and their buzz words— do it because you have real conviction and you actually believe in something. Read more of this post
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