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Truth and 'modernization'
A government in its death throes 'Friday news dumps' its latest act of mission creep.
Here’s everything you need to know about the bombshell Trudeau-CRTC attempts to "modernize" podcasts: it was Friday news-dumped on a Liberal-made bank holiday during the state’s alleged four-day period of Indigenous self-reflection.
That, dear reader, is not how governments share good news.
And comms don’t get much more craven than that.
But hey, at least this time Trudeau didn’t hang ten on this supposedly-most-solemn of occasions.
Only, the soft bigotry of
low no expectations can no longer cut it for a flailing quasi-banana republic increasingly drawing dumbfounded looks from the foreign press and even the world’s most intrepid billionaire.
There’s a reason even erstwhile former CRTC vice-chairs have broken out the popcorn, and are sitting back to watch the fireworks, every legitimate expert that sounded the alarm on the Trojan Horse designs of Bills C-11, C-18 — and who weren’t compromised or beholden to increasingly irrelevant media lobbies tasked with keeping a dying industry on life support — understands that this is only going to continue to get worse before it has any opportunity to get better, via a resounding Conservative victory.
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As it so often does, the defence of the absurdity of such an undertaking has fallen on the last of the Liberal wine aunts, who, after spending the past four days lecturing centre-right Indigenous Canadians for not bein’ good little natives in support of the single dad they so covet to brighten up Grey Gardens, appear to have been given but one talking point to hang their ammonia-blanched hats upon:
“Well, it only covers media outlets with $10M+ in revenue.”
As Chris Selley points out, “the fact it’s less unreasonable to inflict these conditions on big companies than individual YouTubers is not a reason to inflict them.”
The obvious targets for speech coercion are clear:
Rogan; Peterson; Networks giving host to a new age of prolific, uncensored comedians, scientists, and commentators, who have feasted on the once fat and happy carcass of legacy media, amassing independent wealth thanks to good old-fashioned elbow grease, authenticity, and providing a product that Canadians and Americans actually want.
In other words, everything these tax-and-subsidize Liberals hate.
If even *checks notes* Canadian parents are now “far-right” in the eyes of Trudeau and his servile bureaucrats, these entrepreneurs and influencers must look like Augusto Pinochet.
As with the federal government’s failure to extort Meta (and soon, Google) to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for the right to share Bruce Arthur columns enjoyed by tens of den mothers who narced on their neighbours during Covid lockdowns, this too shall fail in its explicit attempts to shake down an entire industry, but may very well buy the dinosaurs who make up the Canadian media lobby an additional year or two, before the Poilievre asteroid arrives by 2025.
In the meantime, might I suggest “formally registering” the CRTC to kiss your, well…
Or, at the very least, a VPN?
Alexander Brown is a writer, comms director, and part-time politico. Acceptable Views is made possible thanks to the generous support of paid subscribers.
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