Canadians are increasingly critical of our national media because of perceived political activism and bias. That was even before Canada’s largest media union made it obvious that, in 2019, they would be supporting the federal Liberals in the election.
Last week, the Liberals did a quid pro quo, promising compliant media outlets $650 million over the next 10 years. Past governments have supported media funds. But not like this. The Liberals propose to allow media outlets to register as charities, take donations, give receipts, and represent their donors’ interests. And, there will be special tax credits for ‘acceptable’ media outlets.
A government panel will determine who qualifies for these. This just reeks of political interference and payback.
The biggest issue facing the news media today has to do with its perceived lack of balance and its credibility. Canadians have become ever more cynical and convinced that their news coverage is inherently biased. The recent moves by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will only intensify that anxiety.
David Anderson, MP