A Postmedia News editorial opinion in the Toronto Sun is more than a little ironic, if not hypocritical.
The editorial urges Canada’s Liberal government not to overstep on its threats to increase regulation of social media over the undefined concept of “fake news”.
Rightly, it argues that the government should not be the arbiter of truth.
However Postmedia News is one of the Canadian media organizations currently lobbying for additional financial and other regulatory privileges of benefit to it and other established media.
What government subsidizes and/or regulates it must control.
The special treatment of print media in Canada is ostensibly to preserve its “Canadian identity” and content in the North American economy. That’s effective control.
It may be “soft power” but it’s palpable. If you doubt that you merely have to tune in to the public broadcasting juggernaut of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Passive consumers in Canada quickly learn to be anti-American, chauvinistic advocates of universal healthcare, gun control, multiculturalism, egalitarianism and all things with a Liberal or New Democratic Party imprimatur. Oh, and of course hockey, which is not such a bad thing.