How the federal Liberal regime is speeding up journalism's rot.

Old school media owners in Canada should have been very careful what they wished for.

If they actually did research, they would have known the worst people to get involved in your business if the government.

But John Honderich was always a sheltered himbo, The white boy ditz made a deal with the devil and the devil gave what he wanted in the worst way.

And now that Trudeau’s regime has hijacked newspapers out in the open, they are really screwing things up.

The National Post’s Andrew Coyne isn’t very happy. Smart man. The bailout is more than just politicized: it has been overtly and openly propagandized. You do not beg the government to help you when you are a media product. They see everything as something that is owed to them, and they are brutes and thugs who meddle by default.

The Conservatives are worried, but they shouldn’t be. Unifor is a useless union. They couldn’t stop Doug Ford from gaining a majority, nor did they managed to do anything but babble and spew ineffectual dreck as they keep losing war after war.

They have no power or control. Neither does traditional journalism.

They all marched lockstep against Doug Ford, who has a majority government, and wisely made big cuts early so the vitriol comes out sooner, only to be forgotten by the time the next election rolls around.

Journalists thump their chests, and have no power or control to alter events — not global ones, national ones, or even local ones. Ford won by bypassing the press and using social media.

Even if social media were to shut down tomorrow, traditional media wouldn’t get its clout back because people have had their brains rewired and now demand their own say on things. Germany’s sore losers can decry free speech all they want, but they were always arrogant sots who never could actually assess reality. The days of making royal decrees are done. Social media is irrelevant now: the match has been lit, and it is the freedom to express that is now more important than deferring to an authority.

The governments of the world have realized this too little, too late — just as have journalists. At this point, you can shut down social media, but nothing would change.

Because you cannot put a genie back into a bottle. The Left still think they can manipulate, use proxies, shame, and use propagandistic narrative to stop their detractors. Your detractors know who you are and how weak your power is — and they are not going to cave in one inch.

The Grits in this country cannot stop their losses — and everything they do makes things worse. They will rid themselves of Trudeau no matter what happens: he is an easy figure to despise, and he is politically expendable. They are already floating various names to see who will gain traction.

You cannot go back to the horse and buggy in the world of cars. I have been pointing out the rot for years, and will continue to do so, but the Grits are arrogant and think they can fool all of the people all of the time — but they are only fooling themselves in the bargain as they speed up the decay of Canadian journalism. Well played, children!

The federal Liberals turned the dead corpse of journalism into its slave? You don't say!

Andrew Coyne has a very interesting and must-read column, and may be the only other person in Canada who sees something rotten in giving the dead profession of journalism government money:

Andrew Coyne: It's when you read details of media bailout that the chill sets in

If this goes through, everything will be subsidized: print, broadcast, the works — a whole industry of CBCs. You couldn’t do a better job killing the news business

You don’t say!

Beggars can’t be choosers, and what the beggars got was a chain around their necks. They are now the minions of the government who now will not only call the shots, but can make threats to take away designations on a whim.

The industry should have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own body of governance, and then reinventing themselves with radical empirical changes instead of being passive, arrogant, and whiny paupers looking for a handout.

John Honderich was hellbent on getting free government money, and if anyone in the business had an ounce of sense or survial instinct, they would have shown him the door, forget those self-aggrandizing “J-talks” and gotten down to serious work.

Now, you are all little propagandists shilling lies for the government — and you motherfuckers better do a good job of it, too. Look what happened to Jody Wilson-Raybould when she tried to follow the “Rule of Law” and not His Majesty’s Sketchy Decrees.

I cannot stress how needless the collapse of journalism was. I wrote books outlining the problems — and then offering very workable solutions.

When Journalism was a Thing was a book that showed where the problems were, and even then, how to break the shackles, but because I am Writing While Female and am not a Luxury Brand Name, not only do I get ignored, but people try to rip me off.

There is already a publisher who I found out is trying to pull off such a gambit, and it is the reason I put my book proposal up on Amazon. You will notice Amazon was kind enough to remove the “Look Inside the Book” function — something they don’t usually do, but they understood my plight and cooperated with me.

That’s the blueprint of the solution. That would be how to reinvent and resurrect that kind of profession.

The actual workings and details are not in there for a reason as well. Just the blueprints. I am not some deluded loon or some victim you can feast on at my expense. Fuck you. My entire adult life was researching this to the very last detail.

The profession had a choice: they could have listened to me, and give me credit and the outlet for me to do what I do best, or fellate the Jive Turkey so he can turn them into his worthless minions.

And guess what they chose?


But I knew they would…

Starting over in a Post-Journalism World, Part Forty-One.

The Toronto Star’s John Honderich is at it again, using a news product to lobby the government to give the dead profession free money with this noxious column:

Where is Ottawa’s help for Canada’s newspapers?

Where is Ottawa’s help? Memo to John Honderich: they don’t owe you any money. If you are unable to connect with people, that is your problem. We have homeless youth littering the streets of Toronto, and the federal government owes those children salvation.

You blowhards are adults who had a million chances to get yourselves up to code. You didn’t, and now you want someone else to enable your delusions with cash. Forget it.

This passage is interesting:

Yet in the past decade, at least 137 community and local newspapers have folded or ceased publication. This, in turn, has led to the creation of “news deserts” where some communities are left with no news outlet at all. Many others are struggling desperately to stay afloat.

Give me a break. This is such a distortion of facts that it isn’t funny.

I worked for newspapers here in Canada, the first being the Burlington Post. The stories in those local newspapers were happy, happy soft news junk. It is not as if local papers were in the habit of uncovering real items. They covered photo ops of local corrupt politicians. They never bothered pointing out the open affairs they were having and how they rewarded their mistresses with patronage appointments, for instance. There is a casting couch in politics, and one I had witnessed as a j-school student, no less. Reporters gossiped in the corridors of City Hall about a “Council Bunny”, but none of them actually reported on it or named names.

Social media wasn’t around back then, but even in the mid-1990s, you couldn’t give local papers away for free. People were not going to spring for happy advertorials and soft news.

Social media came along and supplanted that dreck, and people informed themselves, making those newspapers useless and they shut down because that “news poverty” and “news dessert” was happening long before social media. The difference is that local businesses had no other venues to advertise, and funded those empty shells. Once those same businesses could crowdfund and advertise on Facebook and Instagram as well as Google, Trip Advisor, and Yelp, they finally had an out. Classifieds were replaced by Kijiji, and an antiquated system was dropped for something far more effective.

It is a Darwinian world. Survival of the fittest, and newspapers weren’t fit. It is a natural law, and dura lex sed lex still applies. Journalism’s de haut en bas attitude blinded the profession from seeing the obvious, and now they are paying the price.

The government is already bailing out countless anemic industries in this country; they don’t need to bail you out as well. Journalism is replaceable, and no government should fund it because the government is the most powerful and corrupt of all our institutionalized monsters, and we don’r need their meddling in it.

The alternative cannot be dependent on the government or beholden to it. Canada has always had difficulty taking actual risks without a safety net. The alternative must be done by bootstrapping alone: using whatever resources you have to make it happen.

In the US, many successful people who broke out that way advocate it, and bootstrapping is a concept that would serve journalism’s alternative well: when you owe no favours, it is that much easier to get rid of our filters and speak the truth unedited...