The discovery last week Postmedia was trying to cash in on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s promised $30-million anti-environmental “war room” at the same time it has its hand out to Ottawa for a federal bailout has rather surprisingly turned out to be a story with legs.
The irony of a down-on-its-luck but still influential media corporation controlled by and heavily indebted to U.S. venture funds trying to cash in on the United Conservative Party Government’s effort to give credence to a conspiracy theory about Americans bankrolling the environmental movement was just too much to resist, I guess.
As many observers of the Canadian media scene have noted over this May long weekend, Postmedia has already played a highly dubious role in its one-sided coverage of the energy and global climate change stories in Canada.
Readers are advised to keep their eyes on this developing story, though – not that they’ll get much help from Postmedia.
That’s because there’s much more to come than just the shabby remnants of the once mighty Southam newspaper empire proving that what journalists used to call “the separation of church and state” – that is, the metaphorical wall between the editorial and advertising departments – is nothing more than a fond memory at English Canada’s largest newspaper chain.
What to watch for? First, look for what private-sector firm gets to run the generously funded boiler room – and it will…