Democracy is under assault in Canada. This is a headline that you might expect to hear Elizabeth May or Lisa Laflamme utter. But my message differs.
My fear is Canadians are not able to access unbiased, unspun, balanced news reporting about our Conservative federal government. Over reporting, under reporting and spun news stories now fill the broadcasts.
It has always been a fact of life that sensationalism has helped television news ratings. But over the years, Canada has lost a major television news voice that used to be unbiased. A desire to create dissatisfaction with the current federal government is in the interest of media giants that also happen to own wireless netwoks.
The Harper government has openly stated there should be more competition in the wireless phone market and in so doing has made enemies with media giants.
Do not expect any real balance in your news reporting when an angry owner is dictating what is reported.
Citizens do not even realize their opinions can be so altered by daily news bombardment by our major news sources.