Review the Times & Transcript

Edited version of a Times & Transcript editorial this morning. Just for fun I took Al Hogan’s latest rant against the CBC and made a couple of, shall we say, modifications for your morning chuckle:

The Irving in charge of the Times & Transcript, if they had any sense, would be preparing a long overdue review of the mandate of the Times & Transcript. The T&T has grown increasingly irrelevant to Monctonians and New Brunswickers – and it is reflected in the continuous dumbing down and editorial bias of the news.

Monctonians should vote by not buying the T&T but unfortunately, there is no option for English language news. However, the T&T is out of whack with the reality that the service is failing to meet the needs of the public. I would like to think that in today’s world of a wide wealth of communication, information and entertainment choices, the T&T would have become unnecessary and outmoded. But people still prefer to read the newspaper, and a monopoly on local and provincial English language news is no longer acceptable.

The bottom line? The T&T is long in the tooth, speaks the important facts to very few, and is so run like a dictatorship and notoriously biased it is unable to get beyond it even when it tries very hard to do so. A thorough review of its mandate, its future, the T&T should be doing is long overdue.

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0 Responses to Review the Times & Transcript

  1. Anonymous says:

    Amen to that. I read the offending editorial and I have to be honest here, Charles Leblanc’s rants about “old Germany” just don’t seem so incredulous when you read stuff like this. The world has literally gone insane to hear propagandists talk like this.

    As a participant in BBM’s latest ratings collection, I can tell you there is simply no way to tell how many people watch a show, or listen to a channel.

    Plus, of course, the reality has long been that people don’t listen to CBC on their radio, they hear it on their computer. I can switch between any CBC station in the country. But it’s pretty clear why Irvings don’t like them, they show just how badly Irving does news-but how well they do propaganda.

    Actually, the CBC does miss a lot, they simply don’t have the money to do more, and they are too tied to the government. But gee, does that describe any other media company I can think of (except the money part)

    The important thing is never even how many hear what is really going on, but what those that do, do with it. That’s Irvings real fear, since by reading their papers and radio, you simply are not supposed to do anything. Either everything is just fine, or else there’s nothing you can do about it.

  2. David Jonah says:

    Commentary on newspapers, any newspaper gets my attention, even when it my local early morning introduction into reality.

    And there in lies the problem, tackled by Blogger Campbell with his tangential tongue barely in his caustic cheek. Our definition of and defining of our reality perception by the Irving T & T.

    The principal role of a newspaper is to prepare their readership for the social change that is embracing their immediate community as it navigates it’s sequential waves of changing circumstance.

    When a newspaper, any newspaper and particularly when only one community voice exists, it is critical that the content of the coverage be complete and comprehensive.

    Because, when you create a black hole of coverage of a community’s reality, because of a fear of the financial resources involved in terms of an owner whose capability to terminate your ability to sustain your mortgage payment, then insidious thought and perception persuasion abide.

    Perhaps flourish.

    Absence of facts does make the heart grow fonder, it simply leads to a false assumption upon which you make decisions strategic to your life, or your family, or as a community; your focus for problem solving.

    Deprived of an accurate method to gauge the true reality of a community, then decisions, both personal and corporate are made.

    Decisions that are based on an incomplete or compromised understanding of what the community’s financial, social and economic growth components are, and potentially clouds the reader’s understanding, comprehension and potentially competence in decision making.

    So this black hole theory of self censorship, over even selective editing leads to developing community’s with a blind spot in their economic development pathway.

    I appreciate that the Irvings are here in New Brunswick and their unintended consequence of a stolid New Brunswick economy employing thousands, is a wonderful thing. As global companies pack up their stumpage access and beneficial crown land holds and leave; the only capital player continuing in the forestry industry will be “the Irving”.

    A New Brunswick without North America’s most advanced, eco-product friendly petroleum products and the products of wood strips, fiber and paper for international markets, would be a dismal economic backwater.

    However, the downside in the ownership concentration of weekly, and daily newspapers, not to mention even the perceptions of the drinks and dalliance set of youthful mating in urban lifestyle Here Magazine, is that there is more to be known by what is not published than by what is included.

    I assume that at Newspaper Conventions like I used to organize there is a fount of wisdom that says running a watered down Star magazine quality gossip column on the front page of Metro Moncton’s Lifestyle section; is relevant to Moncton, and good for building circulation.

    I fail to see it and pine for more context about what it means to be ‘a Moncton” resident in a New Brunswick that even the kindest political commentator would agree is de-constructing in front of our eyes, if not our future pensions.

    Your comments are exactly right on and to complain about the CBC, which continues to offer an interesting, if not safe alternative view of what the social change is that we are confronting now, is a strange topic indeed.

    I thought about letting this joust go by without comment, but New Brunswick needs a clear eye and no black holes right now, because the topic and timeliness of the attention to plan a new economic reality is too important to allow flawed understanding to flourish.

    Your satire is both timely and in the spirit of court jesters, knaves, fortunate drunks and Shakesperian wise fools; spot on.

  3. David Campbell says:

    DJ,

    You always continue to inspire, old friend.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “A New Brunswick without North America’s most advanced, eco-product friendly petroleum products and the products of wood strips, fiber and paper for international markets, would be a dismal economic backwater.”

    What do you think it IS? What do you think this blog is about?

    Do you know what an oxymoronic statement “eco friendly petroleum products” is?

    The oil and gas, natural resource and paper industry employs only ten percent of the population. Structured along the lines of India or native forestry practises it could easily employ FAR more, we have proof of that elsewhere.

    The reality is that NB IS an economic backwater, and partly because of the structure of natural resource practises. Simply put, giving two corporations carte blanche over entire sectors scares away any investors who wouldn’t be existing primarily off taxpayer subsidies such as Irving and the gang.

    Sorry if the above quote was meant as satire, it caught my eye and frankly I couldn’t understand a sentence of that entire posting.