Friday, December 30, 2011

Vancouver Sun practices conscious deceit

Elmer Derrick and Enbridge VP pose in her longhouse
Commentary by Merv Ritchie, Terrace Daily, Dec. 11, 2011
This is the claim recently made in a commentary Elmer Derrick submitted and had published in the Vancouver Sun, “Elmer Derrick is the hereditary chief of the Gitxsan Nation.” This is quite a claim to make. The question is, after accepting upwards of 20 million dollars from the BC Government to run the Gitxsan Treaty Society, does Derrick truly believe this to be a fact, that he is “The” Hereditary Chief?

The Vancouver Sun, and most of the mainstream media, has done a great disservice to all British Columbians. When the 61 First Nations issued a declaration of opposition to the Enbridge project the announcement did not get a bold and prominently featured front page headline. But when one man, Elmer Derrick makes a declaration he supported the Enbridge project, it became exactly that; a front page 'full page spread' declaration of First Nations support for Enbridge.

The same thing happened in late November when most of the mainstream media reported the executive director of Coastal First Nations, Art Sterritt, declared they might consider supporting Enbridge. This was a twist of the truth and caused Sterritt and the Coastal First Nations to issue their own News release reaffirming their opposition.

This is the great tragedy of allowing the Media to remain unchallenged in their mis-representation, and unfair presentation of the truth and the facts. Canadians become mis-informed and then confused on the truth. When did it become okay in Canada to have lies allowed to be printed as truth in our Nations newspapers and broadcast on the airwaves?

Elmer Derrick is not “The” Hereditary Chief. The truth is he has been involved in a court case for years where a number of Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs have been suing Derrick and the Treaty Society demanding he stop making the claim that he even speaks on behalf of the Hereditary Chiefs.

The Vancouver Sun should know this. All media present at the news conference when Enbridge and Derrick announced their new agreement to the world were listening as reporter after reporter asked Derrick where he got his authority and what Gitxsan members supported him in this position. They all heard how Derrick could not answer. They all heard him say, “[I know the Gitxsan support this] just by talking to people.”

Read the entire article at Terrace Daily.

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  1. The Vancouver Sun should censured for this deliberate bit of propaganda, but no, not in Canada, where lies, deception, and yellow journalism.

    The mainstream media in BC and Canada, largely prints what it is told to print by their owners, cronies of politicians. The media in Canada has turned into a parody of itself, where mostly invented news, sprinkled with real news and anti-NDP rhetoric (I maybe left leaning and a bit of of a rebel, but the NDP leave me cold as death) is peddled as news.

    In Vancouver, that the city is again number 1 in some list or another is deemed far more important than gangland murders and the uncontrolled drug wars. Propaganda is blurred with fact in such a way that it would amaze George Orwell himself.

    Lies, damned lies and statistics is the new credo of the Sun.

  2. We do not have a main stream media any longer and have not had for some time; I sincerely wish people would begin to realize this and refrain from characterizing things as mainstream media.

    There are, of course, things that still appear to be media outlets, but these places have rid themselves of any critically thinking, or independently thinking, investigative reporters.

    What we have left is places that give the appearance of media outlets, but are staffed with poodles that spend time retyping corporate media releases for the sheeple to soak up like idiotic little sponges.

    The majority of our population is lazy in the extreme; everyone sits around waiting for the next guy to fix the problems so that the majority can get going with their pathetic lives once again. Nobody wants to get their hands dirty; nobody wants to get down into the ditch and sling the mud, nobody wants to challenge any of the ways things are very clearly going.

    And this is why Canada is the place it is today; because every single one of us is waiting for someone else to make the move.
    With less than half of the population going to the polls time and time again, abandoning the democratic process many fought and died for, the message this sends to the elite is VERY CLEAR; do what you want we don’t care….and so, therefore, they do….and their media poodles tells us how and what to think.

  3. I have to agree with Dan. He has stated the problem very clearly.

  4. I can get even more base with Dan's post, BC and Canada are mirroring 1920's Germany. I see history repeating itself, with a new age fascism, abetted by the "born again" Christian cult.

    I see and hear and creeping antisemitism all through the blogosphere, manifesting itself in many ugly ways.

    Added to the "born again' Christian cult is an unabated hatred of Islam and Muslims. The bile and venom spent on this issue is nothing sort of appalling.

    I do not agree with Israeli government policy vis a vis the Palestinians (reminiscent of our own dealings with first nations), but i do not blame it as a Jewish problem.

    What is worse, Canadian voters tend to vote for the 'strongman' and not the man who has well thought out policies or solutions to our current woes.

    Attack ads, once the purview of the electorally desperate, are now a tool of winning politicians.

    We are letting new age fascists and their ilk run our lives - Big Brother is alive and well in BC, because we let him.

  5. i have copied this to the editor in chief of the Sun...please do the same.

  6. 2012 should be the year where the blogoshere names and shames the financiers of anti-democratic movements. For example, if you don't like the Fraser Institute, don't shop at London Drugs because billionaire owner Brandt Louis is a patron of Canada's ugliest think tank.

  7. Well,

    I believe the significant problems we observe with the traditional media today have been developing for some time; moreover it will take an equal amount of time to reverse the trend and to repair the damage created if that is a possibility at all.

    Some interesting writings below; what is interesting for me are the dates of these observations;

    "There is no such thing in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it...
    The business of the Journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify;
    To fawn at the feet of mammon and to sell his county and his race for his daily bread."
    -John Swinton, newsman and former editor at The New York Times. Twilight Club in New York City on April 12, 1883

    Part 1: "There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand they would never appear in print..."-John Swinton (1830-1901), Editorial Page Editor, The NY Times, 1860-1870 & Editorial Page Writer & Chief of Staff, The NY Sun, 1883.

    Part 2: ...I am paid $150 a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, like Othello, before 24 hours, my occupation would be gone."-John Swinton (1830-1901), Editorial Page Editor, The NY Times, 1860-1870 & Editorial Page Writer & Chief of Staff, The NY Sun, 1883.

    “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values.... Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen." -Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970, pp 72, 83

  8. I read history and I believe history is a valuable tool is shaping how our society lives.

    Four famous quotes that should send alarm bell ringing every time a government ushers in a new policy or law.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Joseph Goebbels

    “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

    Joseph Goebbels

    False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.


    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

    George Orwell



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