How does corporate news distort climate coverage? : in the news this week

body. logo You'd think that with Postmedia's near media monopoly on Canadian news outlets, it'd be at least slightly easier to keep track of how the corporation's pro-pipeline bias distorts mainstream news, especially environmental coverage.

So what to make of the recent editorial in the Edmonton Journal urging Alberta's UCP government to keep the province's carbon tax? Does it have anything to do with criticism Postmedia had faced, days earlier, for planned lobbying efforts to join the UCP's "war room" on pro-pipeline propaganda? David Climenhaga wonders.

In related coverage, we welcomed our new blog, "Greening the Media" by Robert Hackett. Hackett's inaugural post, "Alternative Media Versus the Exterminist Economy" argues that stronger support for independent, progressive, "alternative" media would facilitate a more balanced debate about Canada's climate policies and energy future. Because climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, David Suzuki writes, should be top headline news.

In other media news, John Miller writes that Bill C-97, which would enact measures proposed in the Liberal government's budget to create government funds for news outlets deemed "qualified" by an ostensibly independent panel, is dangerous. But Canada's publishers are lining up at the trough.

Miller, who appeared before a Senate committee examining the funding last week, writes that if the legislation fails to address crucial questions of transparency and journalistic independence, "we risk squandering what lies at the basis of all journalism -- trust."
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