‘Leftist’ CBC turns corporate hack

Has Peter Mansbridge joined the Bilderbergers?
Has Peter Mansbridge joined the Bilderbergers?
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

There was a time when CBC was an honest public broadcaster, even decried by some as “leftist.”
But that is certainly not the case today.
What is the role of a national public broadcaster in a country dominated by right-wing corporate mass media committed to a corporate agenda that has been impoverishing poor, working-class and middle-class Canadians for the last 30 years?
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Afghanistan: A litany and a legacy of lies

It's time to bring our courageous troops home.
It's time to bring our courageous troops home.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

When Wikileaks published more than 76,000 secret documents on the comportment of the Afghan war this week, it laid bare the soul of the entire evil project.
It disclosed evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Coalition forces. It betrayed the fact that the American – and Canadian – political and military leadership continues to mislead the public about the reality on the ground. And it proved there is no valid rationale for continuing the sordid misadvbenture.
Let’s face it: This is a war the so-called Coalition has waged based on a litany and a legacy of monstrous lies and fatally flawed “intelligence.”
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Hayward ponders a golden parachute

Tony Hayward's life won't be impoverished by his resignation.
Tony Hayward's life won't be impoverished by his resignation.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The corporate mass media was all atwitter today with speculation that BP CEO Tony Hayward will step down as boss of the troubled oil giant.
But that same corporate mass media did not twitter about the size of the golden parachute
Hayward will no doubt get.
After all, the oil behemoth’s CEO controls BP’s board of directors and it is they who will decide how much Tony will saunter away with.
Will it be $10 million? Will it be $50 million? Will it be $100 million or even more?
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Fox News: “Jump!” Barack Obama: “How high?”

Fox talk jock Bill O'Reilly sings the tune Obama dances to.
Fox talk jock Bill O'Reilly sings the tune Obama dances to.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Fox News barked an order at the United States president a couple of days ago, and, of course, Barack Obama complied.
Ever since being elected president, Obama has constantly and consistently gone out of his way to win the approval of the dangerous right-wing lunatics and fraudsters who litter the American landscape.
The American president seems to forget that he is an African-American. He seems to forget that he is a Democrat. And he seems to forget that he was swept to power on the oft-repeated mantras of “Change we need” and “Change we can count on.”
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When ‘justice’ can simply be bought

Conrad Black gets to sleep in his own little bed tonight.
Conrad Black gets to sleep in his own little bed tonight.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

A Chicago judge’s granting of bail to erstwhile-Canadian white-collar-criminal Conrad Black today demonstrates that “justice” is just another commodity which any well-heeled and/or well-connected miscreant can purchase.
Black, a onetime global media baron, was convicted in 2007 on three counts of fraud and a single count of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years at a minimum-security resort and has served about a third of his time.
Most recently, the United States Supreme Court tossed out his convictions on the fraud charges on the basis of some arcane legal loophole that exempted him from the law.
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How and why Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke got me illegally blacklisted – Part 4

torontostarlogo1By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

So, four years after fate had caused future Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke’s and my professional paths to diverge, fate was now causing them to converge again.
With my having been hired as a copy editor by the (Montreal) Gazette without the knowledge of City Editor Cooke, who would be my boss, and without my knowing he would be my boss, we were both in for a shock. And I don’t think it was a pleasant shock for either of us.
After having warned me early on that my days at the Gazette were numbered, I still tried to settle in and hope that my job performance would assure me of some protection from the man who had hired me, Gazette managing editor (and former Toronto Star city editor) Mel Morris. Fate, once again would prove me on.
For the most part, Cooke and I avoided each other and each went about his respective business.

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Haiti, and man’s inhumanity to man

The Haitian capital is in dire straits.
The Haitian capital is in dire straits.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Today’s media coverage of the situation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, six months after it was levelled by an earthquake made me mindful of my Dad, who passed away almost 15 years ago.
My Dad was an Irish Catholic whose family was stripped of all its possessions and expelled from Northern Ireland in 1920 (when he was three years old) for supporting Irish reunification. They arrived in Canada in the dead of winter with nothing.
My Dad also struggled through the Great Depression of the Dirty Thirties and spent four years fighting on the frontlines in Europe during the Second World War.
So, by the time he married and fathered children, he had seen his share of the ugly side of humanity.
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Tawdry twins: The heart of a Neoliberal and the heart of a Neoconservative

They're two political hearts that beat as one.
They're two political hearts that beat as one.
By Henry McRandall
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Over the past 30 years, the political landscape in Canada and the United States has been blighted by the malignant growth of two giant, evil twins – Neoconservatism and Neoliberalism.
The Neoconservatives call themselves Conservatives in Canada and Republicans in the U.S. The Neoliberals call themselves Liberals in Canada and Democrats in the U.S.
And there was a time, long ago, when there was a real difference among the parties in both countries.
It meant that alternately electing the two parties in either country could be expected to bring about some meaningful changes in government policies and practices.
But no longer! Today, alternating between Conservatives and Liberals in Canada or between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. means nothing but continuation and perpetuation of the same tired, old elitist policies.
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How and why Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke got me illegally blacklisted – Part 3

torontostarlogoBy Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

So less than four years after my first fateful professional encounter with future Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke, I found myself again crossing career paths with him.
Cooke had remained at the Toronto Star for some time after I left, helping build up the British editorial clique that soon came to dominate the newsroom and currying favour with Canadian executives, especially then Toronto Star City Editor Mel Morris.
Meanwhile, events were unfolding in Montreal.
A nasty labour dispute had stopped the presses at the Montreal Star, by far the larger and by far the better of the two English-language dailies in Montreal.

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