Monday, April 04, 2005

This Is Why We Need The Media

Loads of blog posts (and even entire blogs) have been devoted to pointing out the "warts" of our media. As bad as they are, though, we need them. Even if they are dominated by a particular variety of politics that doesn't agree with ours, we need their voice to be independent of the government. Recent events in Canada point that out. Canadians are being kept in the dark about testimony in a huge scandal, because it involves a lot of current elected officials paying millions of dollars to ad agencies for little or no work, and part of the money was kicked back to the officials' political party. Canadian broadcast media are government-owned, so the government can impose a ban on broadcasting the damning information in the testimony. (Read more here.)

I'll take a leftie reporter over a gagged reporter any day.