Thursday, December 9, 2010

We aren't holding a gun to your head, stop bitching

**Corrections from last post**

**1. Melissa Martin has said the following about the story in question:

The long story short of that is because the only evidence I, and several other reporters far more talented and experienced than I, could find came from an individual with a vested personal interest in seeing Ross Eadie lose the election… and this person would not go on the record.

We can’t put serious allegations in the paper unless we have strong evidence to support them. The stronger the allegation, the stronger the evidence needed, for obvious reasons. Parroting allegations made by an anonymous source with a clear and undeniable bias, along with some untraceable complaints, is not strong evidence.


**2. Bartley Kives did look into the Ross Eadie accusations. In my previous post I stated that "he did nothing." I take it back.

**3. Melissa Martin spoke to Red River College journalism students about reviewing, and entertainment reporting, and nothing about news.


*** New Post ***

For some the idea of human rights is difficult to understand. We live in North America, a place that by and large, consider themselves to be above and beyond human rights, as if it is in the past, that these things no longer happen.

To many, not having "freedom of speech" means nobody holds a gun to your head. It means that because there are other avenues to pursue, your "right to free speech" can be taken elsewhere. Like the internet.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was passed in 1948. I'm pretty sure the internet didn't exist then, or in Al Gore's infant brain. If The Great Canadian Talk Show had been cancelled in 1949, today, the same people ridiculing me in my comments would be saying "well you can still stand on the sidewalk and shout."

The facts here, remain. The truth is all we've got in the end. TGCTS existed for 4 years under the leadership of RRC President Jeff Zabudsky, who declined to act on political pressure, or Winnipeg Free Press pressure, to cancel the show. Within 3 months of new leadership, Stephanie Forsyth was bending to the pressure of the Winnipeg Free Press, to cancel another show, by leaning on two members of a non-profit executive. The reasons for the show's cancellation are bogus. We can all see through that, regardless of whether or not you are a fan of the show.

That, is interference. That, is silencing a voice of opinion and expression. Because one has other avenues to pursue, such as standing on a soap box with a megaphone on Portage and Main, does not make the accusation empty.

Choking off options and eliminating something that gains steam and has influence, is part of controlling information. If something becomes a threat to your existence in one medium, it does not mean that influence is transferrable. TV and radio have the ability to gain the most attention.

Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of the Press, are necessary to hold government to account and keep the truth from being swept under the rug forever. With an American-style attack ad campaign for next year's provincial election already ramping up, Winnipeg, and Manitoba, are worse off with even just one less alternative voice.

4 comments:

minivan-megafun said...

I can see where you're coming from and you make some great points about human rights. However, just to put another perspective on this, at least Marty wasn't thrown in jail and detained for no reason and no explanation like so many were at the G8 summit in Toronto this past summer. How a government can get away with doing those things to its own citizens and still lead in the polls leaves me absolutely flabbergasted.
Marty may be off the air, but is definitely not silent. Has he considered moving TGCTS to another community station like UMFM or CKUW?

minivan-megafun said...

*sorry, G20.

Alonso said...

If Bart 'looked' at the accusations what did he see? Did he talk to Eadie or the 'committee'? Looks like he did do nothing.
Seems the Freep doesn't want to rock the NDP boat and all those yummy advertising dollars.

Graham said...

@minivan

True, though the arbitrary arrests during the G20 were not necessarily "freedom of speech" breaches. Yes, human rights, but different aspects of it. At least the Ombudsman has released a very damning report about some of those shenanigans.