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Updated November 25, 2011
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PM Harper takes communications strategy to new level
There are an estimated 1,500 communications staffers working in ministers’ offices and departments, including 87 in the PMO and PCO
By Laura Ryckewaert
November 21, 2011
(...)Soon after Mr. Harper won power, the Prime Minister’s staff started deciding which reporters could ask questions, skipping those they suspected weren’t in the government’s favour. Media access to the Prime Minister and his caucus, in general, has become minimal, with MPs and ministers kept on a short, silent leash. (...) Interestingly, Mr. Harper’s new ball game, which has changed both political and departmental communications, seems to contradict the government’s stance stated in multiple Throne Speeches and the government’s own communications policy, introduced in 2006.
The Hill Times


Media propaganda techniques
or political propaganda techniques?
July 2011

The (Sun) Media Watch Facebook page
This Facebook page is a spinoff from the Media Watch page from
(Sun) Media Watch exists to dispel myths perpetrated by ideologically driven reporters and sensationalist media (read "Sun News") in Canada, and to c
orrect the record - reminding media that facts matter.

The latest (Sun) Media Watch Facebook posting links to the following article in about 14 propaganda techniques used by Fox News in the U.S. to spread their disinformation. The posting from Sun Media Watch invites visitors to "substitute 'Fox News' for 'Sun News' - it's as if this piece was written with Canadian SunTV in mind."

Now that I've read the article below, I'd invite visitors to substitute "Fox News" for "Conservative Party of Canada". It's uncanny how easily one can remember Harper Government™ examples of almost every tactic in the list below --- Heck, you can probably paste John Baird's name next to most of those techniques...

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox
"News" Uses to Brainwash Americans

July 2, 2011
"There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship - the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace. Thus, to the degree that access to quality information is willfully or unintentionally obstructed*, democracy itself is degraded. It is ironic that in the era of 24-hour cable news networks and "reality" programming, the news-to-fluff ratio and overall veracity of information has declined precipitously."
* [Can YOU say "Census long form questionnaire?"]

My favourite line: "The good news is that the more conscious you are of these techniques, the less likely they are to work on you. The bad news is that those reading this article are probably the least in need in of it."

The techniques include:
1. Panic Mongering.
2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem.
3. Projection/Flipping.
4. Rewriting History.
6. Conflating Violence With Power and Opposition to Violence With Weakness.
7. Bullying.
8. Confusion.
9. Populism.
10. Invoking the Christian God.
11. Saturation.
12. Disparaging Education.
13. Guilt by Association.
14. Diversion.
[ Click the link above for more info on each of these.]

Truth-out. org
Truthout works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on under-covered issues and unconventional thinking. Harnessing the expanding power of the Internet, we work to spread reliable information, critical thought and progressive ideas.
We are devoted to equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe in the power of free speech, and know that democratic journalism can make the world a better place.

CBC contributes $3.7B to economy: study
June 15, 2011
CBC/Radio-Canada contributed $3.7 billion to the Canadian economy in 2010, according to an economic impact study by Deloitte and Touche.
The study, commissioned by the CBC and released Wednesday, attempts to measure the value of having a publicly funded broadcaster in Canada. CBC president Hubert Lacroix says the report helps prove Canadians are getting value for their tax dollars.


CBC News


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