Canada is a high trust society; the US not so

Paul Bédard writes in the Washington Examiner. He cites the Pew report as saying:

The U.S. is also one of only a few countries where governing party supporters are less satisfied with their news media than are non-supporters. In most countries, people who support the political party currently in power are more satisfied with the performance of their news media than those who do not support the governing party,” said the study.

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Barry Thompson

With respect, “trust” can be used as an index of how duped we are. As bad as the American press is, isn’t Canadian journalism worse? Didn’t they collaborate with Warren Kinsella and the Liberal Party to dismiss Stockwell Day as a future leader simply because he had a religious faith? Didn’t they convince the besotted public that Stephen Harper was a cold and mean dictator?

Have they written one article that was negative to the so-called Human Rights bureaucracy?

We may be in one of our good moments now, but it is probably because Andrew Scheer is an obvious loser with the political instincts of a gnat. They can be mildly critical because they perceive no threat.

High levels of trust in the modern media is like a national intelligence test.


I agree Canadian media is much worse than the American counterpart. At least they have a rigorous conservative press which can publish counterpoint to the accepted liberal party line of WP and NYT. Here not only do we lack such outlets, but the taxpayer is forced to subsidize a broadcaster loyal to one and only one liberal viewpoint.
And only in Canada would we see an internationally acclaimed author and PEN representative leading a fight against a conservative news network, seeking inclusion in a government controlled cable preference system. In a sense advocating against free speech for fellow writers and broadcasters.

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