Media Concentration in Canada re: The Idle No More Movement


Idle No More folks are now protesting every day at noon in front of the Brampton Guardian offices. My wikipedia-assisted analysis on Print Media Concentration in Canada in 2010 is below. This was done in January 2012 using Wikipedia’s data for the calendar year 2010. I put it on Twitter, but that tweet is long gone by now. This’ll be more permanent, I hope. By the way, the C, I and L labels are mine – not wiki’s. They represent my best guesses which, I suspect, are pretty close.

It shows that two thirds of Canada’s print media are controlled, not by lefties as the National Post would want you to believe, but by righties. In fact, less than one sixth is under liberal oversight. The rest are independents. So divide two thirds (i.e. four sixths) by one sixth and my 50-years-old math shows that four times as much rightie crap is out there as leftie good stuff 😉

And the largest proportion of our community papers are owned by Metroland Media Group, the largest division of the Toronto Star’s owner, Torstar.  So they should be leftie papers, n’est-ce pas? (Large guffaw permitted here…) Well not the Brampton Guardian, methinks.

So it seems that Torstar ownership has decided that, with community papers, they don’t want to be out in front of their readership, in terms of enlightenment. It is perhaps more profitable to keep cutting down trees to make paper for flyers and cr.., er, stuff like that and not offend their consumer-driven readership with leftie agitator editorials. I’m not saying that Torstar or Metroland interfere with editorial policy on these community papers (Shhh, I kinda wish they did) but they certainly can’t be considered as under a leftie liberal umbrella.

But, if you read the Brampton Guardian, and I confess I don’t “as often as I should,” I’m told that there hasn’t yet been anything reported on paper or on line about last Saturday’s two-hour Idle No More protest, even though they apparently sent a photographer to record the event.

Hmmm, I wonder where those Guardian photos went? Not newsworthy, or maybe the film got damaged in processing, or… Possibilities abound…

Print Media Convergence based on newspaper circulation
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Author: mytiturk

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