The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wikileaks

I find it rather amusing that the Canadian media is focusing almost exclusively on those Wikileaks diplomatic revelations which could be damaging to Canada worldwide. That horse is long out of the barn. Be assured that CSIS, the military, the foreign service, and any number of partisan interests are already combing through the release with a fine-tooth comb, looking for just that; and the partisan interests will also be looking for how the revelations can be spin-controlled or spun into a party line.

There will be no shortage of public information in these directions. This angle of journalism is just about as redundant as it can get.

Where journalism is looking not at all is for differences between the substance of the diplomatic cables and what those sources have said about those issues in the past to the Canadian public. Discrepencies here are educational, the kind of thing that the voting public absolutely needs to cast an informed vote at the next election: yet here the media is completely silent. Instead of the information we need to choose an informed future, the media keeps staring wistfully into the past.

Has the media so completely abrogated this responsibility to the public in favour of controlled information from sources with vested interests?

Then again, in a world where new evidence cannot possibly alter one's fixed opinions: does it really matter?

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