Is Canadian media changing the country
Are either the Senate of Ford issues really news or happenings that can be assigned to keep reporters, editors and issue analyzing journalists busy with issues that can be reported and commented upon? Another question might be asked is whether the unimportant issues are a manipulation to keep the media away from asking questions and writing about more important matters. Subjects that will undoubtedly have an effect on the short and long term future of the country.
Sensationalism seems to have replaced common sense media attention to the everyday items that should be reported to the public. It is difficult to determine if news editors are under pressure from publishers and maybe even owners and their corporate boards to control the reporting on the issues or that the competence level of the media has simply declined.
The sensational Senate shenanigans and the idiotic Rob Ford adventures would formerly have been items reported upon to fill space in newspapers or air time on television. Today for some reason the important things such as dogging the government with regard to enacted or pending legislation, new trade issues, dealings involving Federal/Provincial needs desires and direction need to advance the country in the world seems to be a thing of the past.
It is difficult to establish where the fault lies. Have the newly graduated journalists been taught to avoid anything that might embarrass superiors. Not just the news editor but the publisher and corporate board members that might have important connections to the government? That is one scenario. Are the publishers and corporate owners the people responsible for news direction? That idea might be worth exploring if someone wanted to get back to real news reporting.
Although Canada appears to be the nation most dedicated to the new direction of reporting news it is possible the world or at least the country has changed. Possibly news reporting is now meant to be controlled by the corporate sector that can dictate almost any change and manipulate any situation might affect the bottom line. The idea is similar to the George Orwell novel 1984 published in 1949 that predicted six corporations would be powerful enough to control the finances and direction of the entire world. Change is inevitable. Maybe that change is now established in the Canadian news media and will spread to every sector of society. Gas, oil, financial programs, lotteries, taxation, food and housing costs are all pretty well controlled by corporations and government. Citizens can still vote for change but even that function, making democracy the world's best system to date, is under attack with a lack of cooperation between the various levels of government as was normal in the past..