Are our mainstream media corrupt or naive?

Frank Touby —

In the past I always felt good about the objectivity of Canadian news media versus those in the U.S. when it comes to independent reporting. But lately not so much and now, after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, not at all. I’ll get to President-Elect Donald Trump in a moment.

Three recent news issues really signaled to me that some invisible force is harnessing the minds of editors and reporters and holding them to constrained and possibly fraudulent story lines.

The first sure indication was how the major media treated the issue of vaccines. They all proclaimed the line that “vaccines are safe and effective.” Yet there is considerable controversy about whether that’s true and there are medical experts who straddle both sides of the line. Some cite what they allege is evidence that the seeming epidemic of autism among young people might be attributed to the fact that brain-killing mercury and toxic formaldehyde are used as preservatives in vaccines that are pumped into human blood streams, and thus their brains, especially those of newborns.

But pharmaceutical companies are huge advertisers—dominating the network news programs in the U.S.—and in a time of economic depression such as we have endured since 2007, any advertising revenue source is to be cherished by all media lucky enough to have made the sale.

The next indication to me that our mainstream media in Canada are in lockstep with some higher power was when Russia kicked invading Ukrainian troops out of Russia’s only all-weather seaport, Crimea. As if Russia would gaily resign itself to becoming a secondary military power.

As one, all four Toronto dailies lamented the “invasion” by Russian troops of “Ukrainian territory.” Keep in mind that Crimea was always a Russian territory with a Russian population and was only lumped in with Ukraine during the Soviet Union era when Moscow ruled that entire sphere, including Kiev. So despite the fact Crimea in those days was, for accounting purposes, part of Ukraine, it was Russian to the core and Russia is right to claim it as its own now that Ukraine is a separate nation which was hijacked by the U.S. when it sponsored a colour revolution that overthrew its elected President Viktor Yanukovich.

Then there is the knee-jerk reaction that Syria is ruled by a brutal tyrant. Yet Bashar al Assad was lawfully elected in a fair and internationally monitored election, according to reports you don’t see in the lame-stream media.

It really started to dawn on me that Canada, too, has a lame-stream news media and, sadly, it’s all our major media:

Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and National Post, the TV networks, Macleans Magazine (which is among the best journals in the English language) all lean toward the common U.S.-led consensus on major international issues.

In Syria the attempt is the same. As we watch the destruction of nations around the world where the U.S. sponsors “regime change” mandates, it grows increasingly obvious that the big winners are the military-industrial complex (“a permanent armaments industry”) against whom the U.S. was warned in the exit speech of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

For there to be a thriving armaments industry, there must be ample deadly conflicts around the world. What greater incentive for permanent warfare can there be than a massive industry that would shrivel without it?

The shock of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President caught everyone ill prepared. Hillary Clinton, a war monger who is responsible for the slaughters of millions of human beings in many nations, was eliminated.

Was it really sexism? Were the male chauvinist pigs responsible for her defeat? Couldn’t it be the horrors that woman has sponsored, including the abuse and murder of Libya’s Muamar Gadhafi? He was tricked during the bombing by U.S. authorities into riding in a vehicle to surrender at a prearranged site. The vehicle was trapped by “rebels” who tortured him, sodomized him (including with a bayonet) and murdered him Oct. 20, 2011.

And before him it was Saddam Hussein.

Watch this opinion of him expressed by U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump at about 4:40 into this RT interview: