The prospect of Canadian news watchers getting another choice in the form of Quebecor’s proposed all-news network is getting left-wing pundits’ knickers in a knot—folks like former CBC broadcaster Don Newman seem to believe Canadians should be protected against what Newman refers to as Kory Teneycke’s “new right-wing ‘news’ channel.” [See Newman’s view here]
I notice that when Newman refers to the Liberal-New Democrat merger talks, he calls them “a merger of the centre-left [emphasis mine].” But always he refers to Quebecor’s news network and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives as “right-wing.” In other words, he seldom acknowledges the overlap at the political centre between the Conservative and the Liberal parties. I notice too that Newman places quotation marks around the word “news” when he used it in his reference to what he called the new right-wing “news” channel. I gather from that he only considers left-wing channels capable of being real news channels.
In Newman’s view:
“In the U.S., Fox News has been hugely polarizing. It specializes in drive-by attacks and misrepresentations, and is positively Orwellian at times, claiming to be ‘fair and balanced’ while implying that its competitors aren’t.
“The reality is that it mainly spews out propaganda that is dangerously misleading and often factually wrong.
“The parts that aren't wrong are, in some ways, just as dangerous, since they tend to make people comfortable in their prejudices.”
Not a single example is offered by Newman to support the veracity of his screed, however. Is this fair journalism by any reasonable standard? Or is Newman guilty of just plain yellow journalism, that is, biased opinion masquerading as objective fact.
Apparently, the mere fact Kory Teneycke is a conservative seems to have prompted Newman’s comment, “Obviously we [he and Teneycke] didn’t click.” I say this because Newman writes further on, “I have found him [Teneycke] professional and affable.” For what other reason was the fact “we didn’t click” so “obvious” to Newman?
But this sort of thing is typical of the culture at the CBC. To CBCers like Newman, left-wing “progressive” views are accepted as right-minded and reality, while conservative views are, of course, “propaganda,” “dangerously misleading” and “often factually wrong.”
“Do they [Conservatives] really need a right-wing news channel urging them to be more rabid and stirring up the party’s hard-core base….”
Can you believe this man? Conservatives will be urged to be “more” rabid? How “rabid” are we normally?
This is a perfect example of why conservatives believe the CBC is biased against them.
Don Newman was with the CBC’s parliamentary bureau for nearly 20 years and was Senior Parliamentary Editor and the host of the Newsworld television show Politics. Did he suddenly acquire such vehement anti-conservatism after he retired in June 2009? I doubt it. He has probably held those extreme views for years. And anyone who sees ordinary conservatives as “rabid” could not possibly hide his bias—which, apparently, borders on bigotry—from his on-air interviews and commentaries.
To answer Newman’s rhetorical question, “Do they really need a right-wing news channel…?” I say possibly not, but Canadians really do need a news channel staffed by real professionals who do not allow their personal biases and bigotry to cloud their ability to deliver a fair and balanced view of the world. At this point, they don’t have one.