Alberta’s Notley was only going where some obscure Quebec minister went before

Further to Notley and her thugs back off for now, see

A while back, I wrote a note on how a government can gain control of the Internet (by criminalizing the hyperlink). Here’s another way: By making new rules that discriminate against blogs, vs. other sources of news. That’ exactly what the Canadian province of Quebec proposes, according to Franklin Carter at the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee:

In Quebec, Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre is proposing to create “a new model of regulation of Quebec media.” Public consultations will be held across Quebec this fall.

She wishes to distinguish in law between “professional journalists” who are committed to “serving the public interest” and “amateur bloggers.” State-recognized professional journalists would enjoy unspecified “advantages or privileges” over other writers and reporters.

She has the support, of course, of the legacy media journalists who have enjoyed an incestuous relationship with government for years.

I mean those cozy boozefests with Top People where everyone knows there are Stories You Don’t Write, because those top people might not benefit. In the meantime, they’ll give you lots of face time for some pap like the “Celebrate Diversity in the Workplace” program.

What’s happening is obvious: Bloggers break up media rackets big time. Media rackets? Sure.

I’ve been to some of them and never went back. The food is great, but the price – silence – is too high. More.

Reality check: The Big Sisters’ll all be back. News gathering is way too important a job to be left to news media.

See also: Major media are not written or broadcast for the audience anymore

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  • What a racket.

  • Every time we score a victory another fascist pops up. They’re like freakin whackamoles.

    • Exile1981

      Well they seem to have just keep coming back….kind of like herpes. You know the old saying – A night with Venus means a lifetime with Mercury.

    • vimy

      At least with wack-a-mole you get a prize

  • Exile1981

    The day is coming soon when governments will ban anything that is not pre-approved propaganda. I see already that the legacy media seems to publish stories across competitors that are nearly identical and tell the same lies; I assume it’s because they were each handed a story by the government that was written for them and all they had to do was personalize it and publish it.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Kinda like anything that features Thomas Walkom’s by-line. What a frigging WHORE that man is! But he comes CHEAP….

    • Alain

      While I think you are correct in your first sentence, I find the rest is wrongly attributed to the government instead of the marxist ideology of the media. A good example was what we were fed non-stop for over nine years by the media which was presenting everything and anything that the Conservatives did in a biased, dishonest and negative way.

      • Exile1981

        I agree with you that the corrupt media did everything to miss report and undermine the conservatives. I’m pointing out that since the federal election their lap dog reports on the liberals and ndp have been more in sync than their attacks on the conservatives where. This makes me think that the Liberals are feeding them stories to publish; something that I noticed during the lead up to the election as well.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It’s only a matter of time before the mainstream media takes legal steps to prevent blogs from hyperlinking their news articles unless they pay a fee.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Why hyperlink when you can “block and copy” their garbage selectively without infringing on copyright. Plus the MSM is full of shit anyway, so who hyperlinks to shit?

  • The Animal remains shocked, as he had thought that Clinton was the last word in irresponsible big government. I wrote back to say, linking this item: And it will happen again. The smaller countries are easier:

    But keep in mind, it didn’t actually work.

    The Canadian media are not so far down the drain as to go along. Remember, Canada isn’t Latin America. Nobody is afraid of Il Generalissimo or “El Lupe,” or whoever. There aren’t any such people here.

    Letting Notley do that to competitors they don’t like would just mean letting her do it to them too in turn, *and then she would no longer need to reward them for their co-operation.* They’re hardly so stupid as to fail to see that.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I do not share your optimism. Your take on the Canadian MSM is rather Pollyanna-ish, I’m afraid. But I wish you were right, I really do! 😉

      But you aren’t! 🙁

  • canminuteman

    I am optimistic on one hand and pessimistic on the other. I am optimistic because I think this is like the UBER debate. People should be free to give ride to and take rides with strangers. Technology has found a way to avoid the government shakedown of regulation. I think technology will find a way to get round any regulation the government can throw up. I am pessimistic because there are so many people who have spent so long in public education institutions run by the left that they think it is perfectly reasonable that the government should run everything.

  • Surele Surele

    Ezra is everywhere! This morning on 640 AM. You could not buy this kind of publicity. Let every lefty attempt on freedom of speech backfire big time.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ezra Levant makes me feel proud to share Canadian citizenship with him.