If you don’t want to read it, why should you pay for it?
Having been unable to compete in the market, Canada’s newspapers are now chasing after your wallet.
And though they’re trying desperately to avoid using the word, it’s clear that the establishment media is asking for a taxpayer-funded bailout.
It’s a terrible idea.
And yet, Canada’s government is considering it.
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has said she is looking for ways to help the Canadian news industry, and wants to foster “diversity” in the media.
CBC is the big problem
Here’s the irony behind all of this. One of the biggest reasons – behind bad business decisions – that Canada’s private media corporations are struggling is because of the massive amount of taxpayer money that goes to CBC.
CBC gets private ad dollars, and government funding. They have ventured into opinion articles, they cover news, they cover sports, and they get a massive budget to do so.
That has given CBC the power to crowd out their competitors, robbing private media of ad revenue and views. CBC is destroying the diversity Minister Joly says she wants.
What makes this all so ironic is that some people think the solution to this problem is more taxpayer funding of media.
The problem is not enough taxpayer money. The problem in the first place is taxpayer money going to CBC at all.
If Canada’s government wants to “save” private media, than slashing CBC funding would be the way to go about it.
No bailout for Canada’s media – if you can’t compete, you go out of business
With all that in mind, it’s no surprise that Canada’s newspapers are asking for money – your money – to transition to digital media. They are desperate, and rather than take responsibility for their own business failures, they are asking for more of your money.
In reality, they should lobbying for big cuts to CBC’s budget, not trying to rob you of your tax dollars.
And really, those companies should have made the transition to digital years ago. Why should taxpayers pay the price for the business failures of the media?
There are plenty of independent blogs and news sources – like the one you’re reading right now – that are connecting with readers and growing their audiences. That is what the future of media looks like, not the old monolithic establishment sources that used to be in control.
Why should some media get favoured over the others?
My website shouldn’t get taxpayer money. If you like reading it then you’ll spread the word. Success will lead to further success. Why should I force you to pay for it? The same holds true for outlets like the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, or the National Post. They should succeed or fail on their own merits, not by getting a big taxpayer bailout.
Government money leads to government censorship
Make no mistake, if the government starts “helping” news organizations with a bailout, that will lead to more censorship and weakened government accountability. Canada’s media organizations are already very stuck inside the box of old establishment thinking, and it would get far worse if they were dependent on government money for survival.
They would be too afraid to heavily criticize the government, and would just become propaganda machines.
Why should we bail out organizations run by the super-rich?
Canada’s newspapers are owned by some of the richest people in our country. Why should struggling taxpayers – already being crushed by taxes and fees – give money to a billionaire’s company?
The owners of Canada’s establishment media can put their own money into their newspapers if they are so desperate to save them. If they aren’t willing to invest in their own newspapers, why should Canadian taxpayers be forced to?
There must not be a bailout for Canada’s media. Taxpayers deserve more of our money back, and the last place it should go is to the failing establishment media.
Share this article and contact your MP to let them know that you are against a bailout for Canada’s media.
Photo – Twitter