This is still relevant today….Everywhere Across our Nation

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/features/2003/11/10/freedom_of.html

 As I’ve been reading an old copy of John DeMonts’ book titled…CITIZENS IRVING I came across a few interesting quotes related to a senate examination of KC Irving and newspaper business which peppered the rocks of New Brunswick and thought that still today some 25 years later that these ideals have still not lost their meaning. They’ve just never been incorporated that’s all.
 A vivid description of the entire statement can be found on page 108 of the book.
 “The kind that prints news releases intact, that seldom expends journalistic enterprise beyond coverage of the local trout festival, that hasn’t annoyed anyone important in years. Their city rooms are refuges for the frustrated and disillusioned, and their editorial pages a daily testimony to the notion that Chamber-of-Commerce boosterism is an adequate substitute for community service. It is our sad impression that a great many, if not most Canadian newspapers fall into this classification. Interestingly enough, among them are some of the most profitable newpapers in the country.”
 Frankly I feel this is completely and totally relevant when it comes down to most news that one reads in the papers.
 Then the report goes on to say…..
 “Concentration of ownership can also – but not necessarily- lead to a situation where the news(which we must start thinking of as a public resource, like electricity)is controlled and manipulated by a small group of individuals and corporations whose view of What’s Fit To Print may closely coincide with What’s Good For GM, or What’s Good For Business, or What’s Good For My Friends Down At The Club. There is some evidence to suggest that we are in that boat already”.
 Literally, we ARE still in that boat, will continue to be for a long time, and sadly will always have a poor idea of what is going on in our comunities as long as content is provided in the manner that was described above.
 Read the book. It’s interesting enough to get through it, and does offer a limited insight into the character of one of Canadas’ historical figures.
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