Devoted to politics and media in BC


“Verification, which is crucial to journalism, means nailing down assertions with verifiable facts. Verification in reverse is taking established facts and manufacturing doubt about them, which creates political friction, and the friction then becomes an energy source you can tap for campaigning. It’s a political technique.

Now: how should political journalists stand toward this technique? As savvy insiders who know how the game is played and need to maintain their innocence? If they do that, and verification in reverse grows and succeeds, it will be the equivalent of running over the press with a truck. Journalism will become superflous. “When we act, we create our own reality” wasn’t so much a boast as a taunt. It was an operative telling a journalist, “you don’t count.” We can create our own reality and you guys can’t stop us.”

Media analysis by Jay Rosen. Thanks to Paul Ramsay for the link. Please read the whole thing.

6 thoughts on “Devoted to politics and media in BC”

  1. When the hell is the “non mainstream” press going to finally understand that Postmedia and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) have a formal mutual masturbation agreement while the Vancouver Province has a formal partnership agreement with Resource Works to support Woodfibre LNG’s application for a plant in Squamish?
    Postmedia papers have, by deafening silence since 2003 supported the Liberals IPP policy.
    The NDP is hopeless, the Greens, sadly, worse and since Postmedia has not, does not, and will not oppose the Christy Clark government and if they won’t, who will?

    1. We will Rafe.. we will. I think you are too hard on the opposition, both NDP and Green.. but never mind. We will.
      The point you make about the Sun and Province being in a direct conflict of interest with these industry partnership agreements is absolutely true. And it’s demonstrated almost daily in the slant of reporting and the advertorials. “I miss journalism”. That was a three word comment on a news site I saw once. It’s stuck with me.

      1. You, Rafe, Norman, Harvey, RossK, Bob, Laila, and a number of others are doing an excellent job holding the BC “Liberal” Party to account, but what would it take to convince AGT to chime in leading up to the next election?

  2. Regarding the Glentypeguy discussion, really interesting comments and insights, particulary about media bias and disingenuity. Would love to read a summary of the discussion here on your blog.

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