Monday, October 19, 2015

Newspaper endorsements are just another corporate press release 

At the end of an election campaign, a newspaper's endorsement used to mean something. It used to be taken as considered and authoritative judgement by the newspaper's editorial office about that particular election campaign and that particular set of candidates.
Now? Its just another corporate press release.
The Globe and Mail started it off last week in a ridiculous editorial that endorsed the Harper Cons, without Harper, and it was widely mocked on twitter.
Then all of the Postmedia brand newspapers in Canada ran so-called "editorials" written by their corporate office supporting the Harper Cons, and the Edmonton Journal editor described it as the "right" of the Postmedia owners to do this.
Now the National Post has lost their editorial board chair, Andrew Coyne over their refusal to let Coyne endorse the party he wanted to endorse. Their corporate endorsement, of course, went to the Harper Cons.

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For the record I think newspapers/journalists should not endorse any candidate because it reduces the perception of their objectivity.

If they are going endorse, however, then the newspaper owner/employer has final say over what is published. Coyne knew this so I don't know what his problem is. If he wants journalists to have the final say then he can start a media company collectively owned by the journalists themselves.

By Anonymous Zeppo, at 2:19 pm  

Liberal media? This country is blanketed coast-to-coast with Con propaganda. You go down to the local newspaper stands here in Vancouver, it's the Sun or Post (same thing now - and our major newspapers are BOTH Postmedia - that's just wrong) and that ridiculous Globe thing. Try to get a Toronto Star here! Fuggetaboutit.

By Blogger Jim Parrett, at 3:43 pm  

The Canadian Media Guild has been anti Tory as long as it has existed. Talk about liberal media.

By Anonymous Zeppo, at 7:59 pm  

By Blogger Jim Parrett, at 3:43 p.m.

"The Canadian Media Guild has been anti Tory as long as it has existed. Talk about liberal media."

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Only a charter member of the Conservative Persecution Complex party would be so stupid as to a) believe that ridiculous statement and b) to waste his/her time actually posting that claptrap here an, no doubt, elsewhere.


By Blogger CuJoYYC, at 8:20 am  

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