Surprised to see this from the pro-liberal left CBC? Maybe they feel bad that they were shut out of more taxpayer’s dollars and are finding themselves becoming irrelevant in the mass public eye. At least they are calling attention to what will be nothing short of a disaster and more waste of our money. This is simply a sad attempt to hold state control over the media with this ‘bribe’.
Making a list of State Approved Media Outlets For Purposes of Getting Public Money was always going to be a Pravda-y sort of business.
The general expectation was the Liberals would follow their established script for these sorts of things and find a widely respected and reasonably non-partisan public figure to head it up. Maybe a former Governor General or retired Supreme Court Justice could be cajoled into doing it, though a former newspaper publisher or head of a journalism school might do in a pinch. In any event, the icky politics of the gig would be laundered through some eminence’s reputation.
Instead, Rodriguez has handed deciding the membership of the panel over to eight associations, a group that includes News Media Canada (a newspaper industry lobby group), a handful of press councils and professional organizations, and two media unions including Unifor, an organisation whose leadership has actively campaigned essentially on behalf of the Liberals.
The panel will be staffed by pretty much the same legacy news organizations and vested interests that have spent the last three years demanding the government bail them out in the first place.
Our voices have to get louder, and our votes have to send a resounding message! Just one more reason to make sure the Liberals, and Trudeau, are voted into irrelevance in this upcoming election.
Blatant bias, and Canadians need to respond at the ballot box.