It’s not that we are in a unique situation here in BC with having a dominate left-leaning media covering politics but how we are completely different as one of the larger provinces, is not having a conservative news organization for a little balance.
Every other province excluding the Martimes has the presence of Quebecor Media which most of us would more easily recognize as the Sun chain. No such luck in BC.
At best, we have centrist news outlets like Global, CTV and Postmedia moving along from there, ending up at the lunatic Left. To make matters worse, these centrist ones are full of long-time BC journos who have either become comfortably lazy in their roles ‘mailing-it-in’ or completely conflicted by having personal relationships with politicians in the BC Liberal Party. It’s easy then to see why the younger journos don’t push very hard as not only will they be going completely against the pack, they will also risk the wrath of these gate-keepers.
There is hope though of the Sun moving into BC and there have been recent signs that things might be changing highlighted by this Christy Clark announcement yesterday which created a huge media back-lash:
“In place of a formal Throne Speech, the Premier will be appearing on CKNW’s Bill Good Show to outline the government’s agenda for the spring session”
This fire-storm within the other media outlets excluded from Christy Clark’s sit-in with her friend and former co-worker created pointed shots directed at Clark and CKNW as Andrew MacLeod of the Tyee writes here and carpet-bombed by a Victoria Times Colonist editorial:
We can understand that the premier wants to carefully control her message and connect directly with the people, but her 90-minute free ride will undermine her credibility, as well as the credibility of CKNW, which now runs the risk of leaving the impression that it is the official spokesstation of the premier of B.C
Clark’s decision to use the radio waves to lay out her plans for the province is an insult to British Columbians and to the legislature. All MLAs, both New Democrats and Clark’s own B.C. Liberals, have good reason to be angry about this, and to question her suitability for the highest office. (see here)
Ouch… and don’t think that this doesn’t resonate with the others who work at this radio station and competitive news orgs, who unlike Bill Good and his fellow old-boys club members, haven’t been very well-paid over the years and close to retiring.
They all still have to worry about a career in a precarious industry holding the proverbial bag empty of credibility due to the damage done by Bill Good and his fellow retirees.