That the Canadian federal media slush fund is a bad idea is an understatement. It’s immoral and allowing a government to interfere with the press is the manipulative.
But when you have an industry that is arrogant, ignorant, and mentally lazy, they are going to seek it. Actively. They want the paper crown and the delusion that they have power and control. It will be parasitic — to take a concept from Thomas Sowell — and so long as they can keep up the pretence, they misuse the conception of journalism to justify their con games.
So to read this editorial is a real knee-slapper. What do you mean the fund will stifle innovation? Canadian journalism shuns innovation because they are not there to inform — but perform. It is a sham. Journalism lives in a fantasy world where they fancy themselves as movie characters who are valiant knights — people in power will every once in a while leak things to them — but they never uncover things by themselves.
So the industry was never created to innovate — you need an alternative to it in order for any real change to happen…