It is now well established that the current state of the American MSM is plainly and depressingly appalling. However, the Canadian MSM has sunk as well to that same level of fatuous, superficial, insipid, fact-free and disinforming, bottom level of incompetence.
Thanks to the blogosphere, we've all been informed on how so-called serious American MSM journalists, pundits, reporters and news-heads all too often act as propagandists or dumb stenographers, aiding and abetting right-wing nuttery and far-right christianism - even going so far as to make up facts to help promulgate their own intellectual sloth-driven petty interests or ignorance-based agendas (some latest examples here, here, here, here, here and here).
In short: the U.S. MSM is all about hair cuts, manly masculinity and other assinine subjects, including outright memes/lies, all meant to establish meanings and portraits of political personalities - with a bias clearly against progressives. It is all about propaganda (many examples, such as here, here, here and here), all about enabling the warwagers, warmongers and chickenhawks, all about fawning over Da Decider/Leader, all about never calling out bald-faced contradictions or lies (examples here, here, here, here and here), all about parotting right-wing, inept pundits (more examples here, here, here and here), all about being unable (or unwilling) to be accountable to itself (let alone respecting its own ethics or acknowledging its mistakes), and all about infotainment but certainly not about information.
Not to be outdone, the Canadian MSM is apparently doing everything it can to keep pace with the American MSM in the downward race to utter irrelevance of the 4th estate.
To support this last point concerning the Canadian MSM, here are three recent examples for your reading pleasure:
Let's start with this guy at the Globe and Mail, and his piece titled "Spare the global-warming sanctimony: Hey Canadians, stop calling the kettle black - Americans are taking action and leaving you behind". This piece of rag goes on to defend the Bush administration and, of course, the equally neocon Harper government, by actually quoting false facts to support the non-reality that green house gas emissions of the U.S. have declined significantly since The Leader took office - and consequently, the Mini Leader is doing good at following in his footsteps. As I outlined previously, the Clear Skies Act of 2003 (and the 2005 proposed revised version) of the Bush Administration actually resulted in the gradual increase of carbon dioxide emissions since its passage into law. That is not taking into account the policy of the Bush administration to systematically censor, or even rewrite, the scientific facts on Climate Change.
But the final nail in the coffin for this poor excuse of a news columnist is this: the Bush administration itself, in March of this year, had no choice but to admit that emissions by the U.S. of gases that contribute to global warming will grow nearly as fast through the next decade as they did the previous decade!
How's that for irony? The problem is that fools like this so-called journalist remain oblivious to their utter incompetence. The really scary thing is that he is not alone at making up facts to either support a thesis or in the act of defending neocons in power (whether Canadians or Americans).
Here's another example: my very own (neocon) Minister of the Environment, John Baird, likewise made factless, non reality-based statements to defend the (non)record of BushCo on the environment - without being called on it by anyone in the MSM.
And last, but not least, let's read a single quote (among many others) from this guy, also of the Globe and Mail : "(...) certainly Al Gore's film has been criticized for basing a lot of his warnings on predictions that have only a small percentage chance of coming true in the distant future. I'm not a scientist, but my own sense is that certainly there are some citizens — sometimes children — who now wrongly fear many cities will soon be under water etc." (Emphasis mine).
How's that for blatant truthiness? He and the rest of his vapid ignorance-based incompetent clowns are not scientists, yet they believe the "truth from their own sense (or guts)" that the predictions in Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth "have a small percentage chance of coming true in the distant future". Too bad this idiot did not bother to read the very newspaper he works for, let alone actually search the (so-easily available) facts, before pontificating as he did.
In any case, Q.E.D.: the Canadian MSM is as rotten as its American counterpart.
The question is, how can we change things when the MSM won't even report on conferences aimed at analyzing its (pathetic) performance?
But more importantly: how is it that our MSM (Canadian and American) is such a hack for neocons while, not coincidently, both the U.S. and Canada have neocons in power?
There is not a single day that I am not thankful for the blogosphere at having taken up the torch as the truly competent, alert, discriminating, analyzing, fact-based and fact-checking, 4th estate.
Otherwise, we would be done with our democratic societies already.
(Cross-posted as a DKos Diary and at Diatribune)