Magazine article Canadian Dimension

The F Word

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

The F Word

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OCTOBER, 2014 and the winds--let's make that the breezes--of revolution blew in the air high over the ugly chaos of world affairs. Canadians, ever guided by the media watchtower, busied themselves with the fear of advancing Ebola and the possibility of random beheadings by terrorists at the local mall. Nevertheless, the breezes of positive change stirred.

In the softest of languages, the Synod of Catholic Bishops formally admitted that the Church might have been wrong in its ancient view that homosexuality was a depraved concept, appearing to welcome these sinners at last into its bosom with all the others already there. And in Toronto, the media heart of Canada, in equally delicate language, corporate media leader CTV suggested that Canada's prime minister might be a fan of ... fascism. Jaw-dropping events, both of them.

There is nothing revolutionary about these positions, of course, already embraced by multitudes, but in a strange symmetry, both these institutions have opened doors that, surely, cannot be closed again.

Don Martin, host of Power Play, CTV's horse in the 5pm political ratings war, was the first MSM journo to strike the "F" note, exposing Heritage Minister Shelly Glover's otherwise quiet move to secure blanket media copyright exemption. It will allow political parties free access to use any form of news coverage for rebroadcast during an election campaign.

Martin argued that what might be called "the cheap shot" provision (our name for it, not his) will further degrade the electoral process in Canada, and in time for the election of 2015.

There can be no doubt that it will. Cost-free access to news clips and footage is bound to produce a new flood of all-party attack and counter-attack ads, which we know increase political cynicism and voter alienation. Since this material can and certainly will be rebroadcast out of context, it's also likely to intimidate electronic journalists who know they might eventually see themselves in political ads appearing to say what they did not intend to say. …

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