- Why was Chief Spence's partner paid so much per day?
- Why did they buy a new Zamboni when they already had one?
Questions About Attawapiskat - Answered..., Attawapiskat.org
How Ottawa Spent $90 Million at Attawapiskat..., National Post
Financial Statements..., Attawapiskat.org
It means that Sun News Network makes no pretense at being a news organization. Everyone in the political arena is already aware of this -- but the man or woman on the street doesn't. Basically, whenever the public gets uppity and starts complaining about the Harper Regime, Ezra Levant and Sun News Network jump out with blatant propaganda meant to deflect and discredit.
This was done with the so-called Ethical Oil campaign - an astroturf (faux grassroots) organization created to generate propaganda in support of exporting tar sands oil and building pipelines to do so. This was widely discredited by online social media participants but I'm sure many non-political people are not aware.
All of this leads to a pair of important conclusions.
- The government has a propaganda arm which may or may not be operating at arms length from various people and departments -- as high as the PM or PMO itself.
- We know that whenever the Sun News Network is attacking something with intent to discredit that the Harper Regime is likely concerned about the public attention it is getting.
From a political point of view we need to find ways to disarm this propaganda. The government should not be engaging in propaganda against its own citizens. This is unabashedly wrong. How do we stop this tactic from being effective on the non-political public?
From an ethics point of view -- how come people, news outlets and a certain political party can maintain any aspect of credibility when they use such tactics. Can we make the general public aware of these things - is it as simple as spending money to run some ads that make these behaviors publicly visible?
What's the playbook on these things? Can I simply put up a donate button and describe what I'll do with raised funds and expect anything to happen?
Please leave a comment (anonymously if necessary) if you have any ideas to share. I want to find a way to do things about this type of activity. It is damaging to democracy and our entire country - not to mention our international reputation.
UPDATED: Some additional links concerning Ezra Levant: On Being Called Anti-Semitic, Ordered to Pay $25000, Court Decision against Ezra Levant, Ezra Ordered to Pay Additional $32500, On Ezra's Blatant Gypsy Racism, and Ezra Levant Investigated for Hate Speech.
UPDATED: Here's a nice discussion on the politics of wages from the rabble.ca site.
UPDATED: I just watched an exchange on Twitter detailing how those big scary stock holdings that Ezra refers to are in a trust fund with the beneficiary to be the people of Attawapiskat. Such insinuations are recklessly and act as an incitement for racism and bigotry. It's shameful.
NOTE: To avoid hammering the Attawapiskat.org web site I've taken the liberty of uploading the answers PDF to a shared Google Docs file.