. . . . and the news is bad.

I’ve written before about media concentration and the problems that ensue. When so many people rely on “the news” for guidance as to what’s important, and how to make sense of it all, it is troubling when the messages are narrow and controlled as they are here in Canada.

We are lucky to live in an age when a vast diversity of opinion and information is out there. Still, what’s in the news matters, because not everyone has access, time and resources to do the necessary searching, or to wade through source documents. This is one role of quality journalism — but it seems we are losing that focus from lots of our newspaper outlets, which include the Sun and Province here in Vancouver.

And we’re all poorer for it.



“I think ownership matters and that through a series of rather bizarre events… we’ve ended up in the situation where the control of this chain is in the hands of people who not only don’t know much about newspapers and don’t have any evident expertise or concern for the future of newspapers, but are also strangers to Canada and uninterested, as far as I can tell, in public discourse up here,” observes Ken Whyte, the National Post’s founding editor.

“And I think it’s an unfortunate situation when such a large share of the newsgathering capacity in Canada is subject to that kind of ownership regime.”