National Post Exposes Media Bias
In her reaction to Budget 2010, the Winnipeg Free Pressâ€™s Frances Russell quotes the following: Larry Brown, national secretary treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees; Erin Weir, an economist with United Steelworkers; Armine Yalnizyan, an economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Brian Topp, executive director of ACTRA; that is all. We wonâ€™t bother summarizing Russellâ€™s conclusions – weâ€™re sure youâ€™ve already worked them out from that not-very-diverse cast of characters.
Basically, I think that any day the Post feels compelled to respond to left-wing economists is a fairly good day. However, this response is pretty feeble.
Russellâ€™s column obviously puts forward a certain point of view. It was an opinion piece, after all. Does each column printed in the Post (or other newspapers) typically encompass a diverse range of views?
News articles, by contrast, are supposed to be balanced. But they often quote a bunch of bank economists, maybe with someone from the C. D. Howe or Fraser Institute thrown in for spice.
Hereâ€™s what Tom Flanagan wrote a week ago about the Canadian media:
Our situation in Canada is very different from the USA, where the national media are definitely liberal (except for Fox News). In Canada both the Sun chain and the CanWest papers tend to be sympathetic or at least open-minded toward the Conservatives. The Globe and Mail sometimes indulges in quixotic crusades against the government (e.g., prorogation) but is pretty fair overall. The Toronto Star is relentlessly hostile, but nobody ever said you could make friends with everyone. I would say that, compared to most countries with which I have any familiarity, the Conservatives in Canada actually have friendly media to work with.