"However, the operation of a newspaper is a public trust and its overriding responsibility is to the society it serves.
"The newspaper plays many roles: a watchdog against evil and wrongdoing, an advocate for good works and noble deeds, and an opinion leader for its community.
"The newspaper should strive to paint a representative picture of its diverse communities, to encourage the expression of disparate views and to be accessible and accountable to the readers it serves, whether rich or poor, weak or powerful, minority or majority.
"When published material attacks an individual or group, those affected should be given an opportunity to reply."In my experience, Postmedia Newspapers choose to be unaccountable to the readers it serves. The Vancouver Sun editorial page discourages expression of disparate views. The paper provides a direct pipeline to ideologues favored by the editors, most particularly the Fraser Institute. The Sixth Estate described this well in an earlier comment at Northern Insights:
"The proliferation of think tanks over the last decade -- MEI, AIMS, Frontier Centre, Macdonald-Laurier Institute -- implies a diversity of views, but in reality they're all dependent on virtually an identical small base of donors and are expressing more or less the same views."Recommend this post