CanWest: A Case Study In Zionist Media Control
Dr. William Pierce Comments [mp3] [text]
In 2002 Dr. Pierce reported on an unusual display of chutzpah, unusual in that the late Israel Asper who owned some 60% of Canada’s media outlets at the time had actually issued a written (vs. verbal) directive instructing his newspapers that they must not print anything critical of Israel or of Zionist policies. Some Canadian reporters rebelled and there was a small protest, unfortunately most Canadians didn’t care to turn off their ball games or put down their comic books long enough to contemplate the negative ramifications that a Zionist media monopoly poses to their lives. A nation’s media is its nervous system, if you ever wondered what the hell happend to Canada or America over the past few decades we have assembled a number of historic reports on this little scandal that document just how shockingly bad the problem of Zionist media contol has been in the past and still is today, also check out Dr. Pierce’s excellent report on this story at the above links.
Canadian Media Giant Censures Editorials Deemed Critical of Israel,
Arizona Daily Star, December 29, 2001
“Canadian newspaper readers are being warned not to expect a balanced opinion from their dailies after executive orders from the country’s largest media corporation were given to run a select number of national editorials and homogenize remaining editorials across the country so as not to, among other things, reflect negatively on Israel’s occupation of Arab land. Recently, media giant CanWest Global Communications Corp., owned by Israel (Izzy) Asper and family, announced that beginning Dec. 12 one, but eventually three, editorials a week would be written at corporate headquarters in Winnipeg and imposed on 14 dailies, which include the Vancouver Sun and Province, the Calgary Herald and the Montreal Gazette. CanWest also owns 50 percent of the nationally distributed National Post, which will be subject to the new directives as well. Furthermore, in addition to the imposed editorials themselves, all locally produced editorial column pieces will be forced to conform to reflect the viewpoints of the CanWest Global corporation. CanWest last year became Canada’s dominant newspaper chain when it purchased Southam News Inc. from Conrad Black’s holding company, Hollinger Inc., for a reported $3.2 billion Can. ($2 billion) The deal transferred ownership of the 14 metropolitan dailies and 128 local newspapers across the country.”
Canadian Publisher Raises Hackles,
Washington Post, January 27, 2002
“Late last year, columnist Stephen Kimber says, the editing of his writing became more and more inexplicable. It wasn’t so much dropped commas or the introduction of errors. Sometimes he would open the newspaper, the Halifax Daily News, and find that his opinions had been removed. ‘I put up with that for a while, then I began to censor myself,’ said Kimber. ‘I would remember, ‘No, I’m not supposed to write about that.’ Kimber had been writing his column without such concerns for 15 years. But things changed, he said, after CanWest Global Communications took over his newspaper and 135 others last summer. In December, the company announced that all 14 of its big-city newspapers would run the same national editorial each week, issued from headquarters in Winnipeg, and sometimes written at CanWest papers around the country. Any unsigned editorials written locally at the 14 papers, the company said, should not contradict the national editorials, which covered such subjects as military spending, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and property rights. The decision provoked immediate complaints from journalists across Canada, who say its effect goes far beyond the editorials, imposing control on columnists and reporters as well. In the United States, the National Conference of Editorial Writers, whose members include Canadians, joined in, saying the decision was ‘likely to backfire with readers who are accustomed to editorials on national and international subjects that take account of the diversity of views in their communities.’ Many journalists say the company is breaking age-old traditions that keep reporters and columnists independent of the publications’ owners. CanWest and its owners, the [Jewish] Asper family, deny that the policy restricts freedom of expression in this way. All they are doing, they say, is exercising the legitimate prerogative of owners to influence a limited part of their publications, the editorials. They show no sign of bending. In a recent speech in Oakville, Ontario, CanWest publications committee chairman David Asper borrowed lyrics from the rock group REM: “I can say to our critics and especially to the bleeding hearts of the journalist community that, ‘It’s the end of the world as they know it . . . and I feel fine.’ ” … CanWest controls a major newspaper in every major city outside of Toronto.”
[Montreal] Gazette Reporters Protest National Editorials,
Straight Goods, December 14, 2001
“For two days last week, many reporters at The Gazette in Montreal removed their names from the articles they wrote. It was a protest against the decision by Southam News to force all of its 12 major metropolitan newspapers to run ‘national editorials’ written at the Winnipeg corporate headquarters of parent company CanWest Global Communications Corp. The first was published last week. Another is to run next Thursday. Credibility is the most precious asset a newspaper possesses. When the power of the press is abused, that credibility dies. We believe this is an attempt to centralize opinion to serve the corporate interests of CanWest. Far from offering additional content to Canadians, this will practically vacate the power of the editorial boards of Southam newspapers and thereby reduce the diversity of opinions and the breadth of debate that to date has been offered readers across Canada. CanWest’s intention is initially to publish one national editorial a week in all major Southam newspapers. This will eventually become three a week. More important, each editorial will set the policy for that topic in such a way as to constrain the editorial boards of each newspaper to follow this policy. Essentially, CanWest will be imposing editorial policy on its papers on all issues of national significance. Without question, this decision will undermine the independence and diversity of each newspaper’s editorial board and thereby give Canadians a greatly reduced variety of opinion, debate and editorial discussion. Editorial boards at each newspaper exist to debate public policy issues, reach a consensus and then present the reasoning to the public. They are designed to be largely free of corporate interests. This crucial process of journalistic debate is undermined by editorials dictated by corporate headquarters. We believe this centralizing process will weaken the credibility of every Southam paper. Last week’s first editorial, for example, calls on the federal government to reduce and eventually to abolish capital-gains taxes for private foundations. Who would blame a reader for thinking the editorial simply serves the interests of the foundation run by the Asper family, owners of CanWest and Southam?”
The CanWorld Chill: ‘We Do Not Run in Our Newspaper Op Ed Pieces that Expression Criticism of Israel,’
Electronic Intifada, December 11, 2001
“The 7 December 2001 broadcast of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s As It Happens [online link included] uncovered a disturbing example of corporate and political interference in freedom of the press. The program reported on a new editorial policy directive from CanWest Global, a leading Canadian media conglomerate, that impairs readers’ ability to make up their own minds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other issues. As It Happens reported that over two dozen journalists at the Montreal Gazette have pulled their bylines to protest a new policy imposed by the newspaper’s owners, Southam Newspapers Inc, which is owned by CanWest Global. The new policy requires the company’s main local newspapers to run editorials written at headquarters in Winnipeg by Southam Editor-in-Chief Murdoch Davis. Bill Marsden, an investigative reporter at the Montreal Gazette, noted that up to 156 times a year — about three times a week — the editorial would be imposed and that the remainder of locally-written editorials would be required to reflect the viewpoints and stances taken by the paper’s corporate headquarters … …[O]n July 31, CanWest announced its acquisition of all of the major Canadian newspaper and Internet assets of Hollinger Inc., including the metropolitan daily newspapers in nearly every large city across Canada and a 50% partnership interest in the National Post.” [The owner of CanWest Global, which owns a huge percentage of Canadian newspapers, and the second largest Canadian TV network (as well as some media venues in Ireland, New Zealand, and other countries), is avid Zionist Israel Asper].
Robert Fisk: Journalists are under fire for telling the truth,
by Robert Fisk, The Independent (UK), December18, 2002
“Let us forget, for a moment, that Fox News’s Jerusalem bureau chief is Uri Dan, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the author of the preface of the new edition of Sharon’s autobiography, which includes a revolting account of the Sabra and Chatila massacre of 1,700 Palestinian civilians and Sharon’s innocence in this slaughter. Then Ted Koppel [also Jewish], one of America’s leading news anchormen, announced that it may be a journalist’s duty not to reveal events until the military want them revealed in a new war against Iraq. Can we go any further in journalistic cowardice? Oh yes, we can. ABC television announced, a little while ago, that it knew all about the killing of four al-Qa’ida members by an unmanned ‘Predator’ plane in Yemen but delayed broadcasting the news for four days ‘at the request of the Pentagon.’ So now at least we know for whom ABC works … In Canada, the situation is even worse. Canwest, owned by Israel Asper, owns over 130 newspapers in Canada, including 14 city dailies and one of the country’s largest papers, the National Post. His ‘journalists’ have attacked colleagues who have deviated from Mr Asper’s pro-Israel editorials. As Index on Censorship reported, Bill Marsden, an investigative reporter for the Montreal Gazette has been monitoring Canwest’s interference with its own papers. ‘They do not want any criticism of Israel,’ he wrote. ‘We do not run in our newspaper op-ed pieces that express criticism of Israel and what it is doing in the Middle East…’ But now, ‘Izzy‘ Asper has written a gutless and repulsive editorial in the Post in which he attacks his own journalists, falsely accusing reporters of “lazy, sloppy or stupid” journalism and being ‘biased or anti-Semitic’. These vile slanders are familiar to any reporter trying to do his work on the ground in the Middle East. They are made even more revolting by inaccuracies. Mr Asper, for example, claims that my colleague Phil Reeves compared the Israeli killings in Jenin earlier this year – which included a goodly few war crimes (the crushing to death of a man in a wheelchair, for example) – to the ‘killing fields of Pol Pot’. Now Mr Reeves has never mentioned Pol Pot. But Mr Asper wrongly claims that he did. It gets worse. Mr Asper, whose ‘lazy, sloppy or stupid’ allegations against journalists in reality apply to himself, states – in the address to an Israel Bonds Gala Dinner in Montreal, which formed the basis of his preposterous article – that “in 1917, Britain and the League of Nations declared, with world approval, that a Jewish state would be established in Palestine”. Now hold on a moment. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 did not say that a Jewish state would be established … At no point, of course, does Mr Asper tell us about Israeli occupation or the building of Jewish settlements, for Jews and Jews only, upon Arab land. He talks about ‘alleged Palestinian refugees’ – about as wrongheaded a remark as you can get – and then claims that the corrupt and foolish Yasser Arafat is ‘one of the world’s cruel and most vicious terrorists for the past 30 years’. He concluded his speech to Israel’s supporters in Montreal with the dangerous request that ‘you, the public, must take action against the media wrongdoers’. Wrongdoers? Is this far from President Bush’s ‘evildoers’? What in the hell is going on here? I will tell you. Journalists are being attacked for telling the truth, for trying to tell it how it is. American journalists especially. I urge them to read a remarkable new book published by the New York University Press and edited by John Collins and Ross Glover. It’s called Collateral Language and is, in its own words, intended to expose “the tyranny of political rhetoric.”
Rumours of war Conflict in the Middle East has come to Canada, with Izzy Asper’s National Post criticizing the CBC’s coverage of the battle between Israelis and Palestinians,
Ottawa Sun, January 12, 2003
“The relentless Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a deep quagmire, and Canadians fear it. A recent polling of readers by the Globe and Mail [in Toronto] named Israel, not Iraq or North Korea, the world’s most dangerous hot spot by a goodly margin. Such an apprehension helps explain the federal government’s reluctance to discuss it, much less deal with it: Why jump into bottomless antagonism? But the Liberal government, and the other political parties, may be dragged into it if the Asper media empire has its way. In a recent, frank epistle in his National Post, Canwest Global chairman Israel Asper wrote of his love for his namesake. To him, Israel is a moral beacon to the world. So it is not surprising that since he took control of the Post from Conrad Black the paper has taken an ever-tougher line against Israel’s enemies and, accordingly, the CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Company] has become one of them. The Post now regularly harries the CBC for its ‘biased’ Middle East reporting. Leading the charge is Norman Spector, a former chief of staff to Brian Mulroney who was rewarded for this service with Canada’s ambassadorship to Israel. Spector’s attachment to the Jewish state seems every bit as strong as his employer’s, and if his columns are a guide, the Asper campaign against the corporation will continue to escalate. Last Wednesday Spector implied the CBC coverage fuelled anti-Semitism of the sort voiced by David Ahenakew, the former First Nations chief. Asper, Spector, and the Post accuse the CBC of mollycoddling terrorists by refusing to use that word to describe the organizations which back attacks on Israelis … Asper has previously called for the Chretien government to rein in the CBC, arguing the PM himself was being treated unfairly by the Mother Corp. The Post has just been in front of a successful campaign to have the government ban Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based radical party that sponsors attacks on Israel. If the CBC does not back down, can a demand for Ottawa to make it do so be far behind? … While Asper is a lifelong Liberal, his agitating on this issue is far from welcome. Hezbollah had few friends here, yet the government was reluctant to act. Why? Because it feared the issue might generate a national concern over the rights and wrongs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with who knows what consequences for our vaunted multicultural diversity. Support for Israel in Canada seems to have been slipping in the last few years as its military might, including nukes, and televised images from the intifada — slingshots vs. tanks — have undermined the notion Israel is simply a noble little nation surrounded by relentless, powerful enemies. Those who accuse the CBC are further undermined by their very staunch support for the Bush administration’s plans to topple Saddam Hussein — which Canadians seem to favour less and less. And it seems to me the notion that Canada must support Israel because it is the front lines of the global war on terror is being more and more rejected in Canada as simplistic, and bullying. Finally, and vitally, the CBC, unlike Hezbollah, has many friends. The anger voiced and pressed by Asper and Spector is no sham. For them the issue truly is black and white. In taking on the CBC and insisting theirs is the only legitimate interpretation in line with history and democratic values, they seem to be overreaching. And it may rebound on them and on Israel.”
Canadian Media Giants Announce Landmark Convergence Deal,
Canada Newswire, July 2000
“[Israel Asper’s] CanWest Global Communications Corp. today announced the largest transaction in the history of the Canadian media industry. CanWest, owners of Canada’s most popular national television network, Global Television, has agreed to acquire 100% of the principal metropolitan operations of the successful Hollinger newspaper chain in Canada, together with all of its Canadian Internet properties, its magazine group, most of the community publishing operations and a 50% interest in the National Post. The merged company will have complete and unparalleled national and local coverage in both electronic and print media, plus the canada.com network, a leading group of national and local Internet sites … With the addition of the Hollinger properties and the 50% stake in the National Post, CanWest will become Canada’s most comprehensive multiple platform media company, with a strong national and local profile in news, publishing, conventional and specialty television and the Internet, as well as in the production and international distribution of television entertainment programming and feature films. – CanWest will have the largest electronic and print information and news gathering capacity in Canada, with more journalists, editors and news gathering personnel than any other media operation in the country.”
Economist, March 15, 2002
“[Izzy Asper is] Canada’s most powerful media mogul … Mr Asper controls the country’s most profitable television network and a chain of more than 100 newspapers across the country, which he bought 18 months ago from Conrad Black. But he has resisted moving the headquarters of his company, CanWest Global Communications, to Toronto, Canada’s media capital. The company remains in Winnipeg, 2,100km (1,300 miles) to the west. As a result, Mr Asper has brought jobs to the city, as well as being a generous donor to local causes. But there is a more controversial aspect to Mr Asper’s devotion to making Winnipeg great again. All of his family’s papers, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, are now obliged to print company editorials, on national and international issues, written in Winnipeg. No subsequent deviation from the line they set is allowed in the local papers, which include the market leaders in most of Canada’s big cities. This has provoked howls of protest, and not just because the papers concerned were used to substantial editorial independence before the Aspers took control. Canada is a country of several distinct regions. But ownership of its media is now highly concentrated. And nobody has as much control over what Canadians read and watch as the Aspers. Mr Asper has strong opinions. He is a former leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba, and a friend both of Jean Chrétien, Canada’s prime minister, and of Israel. Journalists fear that there is now no room for dissenting views: one columnist has been fired, another suspended and several stories killed because they expressed points of view the Aspers disagreed with.”
Above Historic Exerpts Preserved At: JewishTribalReview.org
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Dr. William Pierce On CanWest
“Controlling a country’s mass media doesn’t mean just being able to exert a decisive influence on a country’s foreign policy, as Izzy Asper is doing in Canada, and as his fellow Jews long have done in the United States. It doesn’t mean just getting a country involved in unnecessary wars and subjecting its citizens to retaliatory terrorist attacks. It means influencing immigration policy. It means influencing educational policy. It means influencing social policy. It means being able to control the way most of a country’s people think about everything: about race and morality and lifestyles and other countries and freedom and the meaning of life. Most of the degenerative changes that have taken place in America and in Canada since the Second World War have been consequences of Jewish media influence. As that influence continues to grow, the chances of our people being able to throw off the yoke and regain control of our own destiny become smaller and smaller.” … (Journalists and Canadians by Dr. William Pierce 01-05-2002 [mp3] [text])
Douglas Reed on Jewish Censorship
“The censorship department, and that means the whole machine for controlling the home and muzzling the foreign Press, was entirely staffed by Jews, and this was a thing that puzzled me more than anything else in Moscow. There seemed not to be a single non-Jewish official in the whole outfit, and they were just the same Jews as you met in New York, Berlin, Vienna and Prague, well- manicured, well-fed, dressed with a touch of the dandy. I was told the proportion of Jews in the Government was small, but in this one department that I got to know intimately they seemed to have a monopoly, and I asked myself, where were the Russians? The answer seemed to be that they were in the drab, silent crowds which I had seen but which must not be heard of…I broke away for an hour or two from Central Moscow and the beaten tourist tracks and went looking for the real Moscow. I found it. Streets long out of repair, tumbledown houses, ill-clad people with expressionless faces. The price of this stupendous revolution; in material things they were even poorer than before. A market where things were bought and sold, that in prosperous bourgeois countries you would have hardly bothered to throw away; dirty chunks of some fatty, grey-white substance that I could not identify, but which was apparently held to be edible, half a pair of old boots, a few cheap ties and braces” … (Insanity Fair, Douglas Reed, pp. 194-195; 199-200; The Rulers of Russia, Denis Fahey, pp. 38-40) Source
Henry Ford on Jewish Media Control
“It is rather surprising is it not? That which ever way you turn to trace the harmful streams of influence that flow through society, you come upon a group of Jews. In sports corruption, a group of Jews. In exploiting finance, a group of Jews. In theatrical degeneracy, a group of Jews. In liquor propaganda, a group of Jews. Absolutely dominating the wireless communications of the world, a group of Jews. The menace of the movies, a group of Jews. In control of the press through business and financial pressure, a group of Jews. War profiteers, 80 percent of them, Jews. The mezmia of so-called popular music, which combines weak mindedness, with every suggestion of lewdness, Jews. Organizations of anti-Christian laws and customs, again Jews. It is time to show that the cry of bigot is raised mostly by bigots. There is a religious prejudice in this country; there is, indeed, a religious persecution, there is a forcible shoving aside of the religious liberties of the majority of the people. And this prejudice and persecution and use of force, is Jewish and nothing but Jewish.
If it is anti-Semitism to say that Communism in the United States is Jewish, so be it. But to the unprejudiced mind it will look very much like Americanism. Communism all over the world and not only in Russia is Jewish.” (International Jew, by Henry Ford, 1922) Source
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew
“The people who own and manage national impact media are Jewish and, with other influential Jews, helped create a disastrous U.S. Mideast policy. All you have to do is check the real policy makers and owners and you find a much higher concentration of Jewish people than you’re going to find in the population. By national impact media I am referring to the major news wire services, pollsters, Time and Newsweek Magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune. For example, CBS’ Mr. (William) Paley’s Jewish. Mr. Julian Goodman, who runs NBC, and there’s a Leonard Goldenson at ABC. Mrs. Katherine Graham owns the Washington Post and Mr. Sulzberger the New York Times. They are all Jews!
You go down the line in that fashion…not just with ownership but go down to the managing posts and discretionary posts… and you’ll find that through their aggressiveness and their inventiveness, they now dominate the news media. Not only in the media, but in academic communities, the financial communities, in the foundations, in all sorts of highly visible and influential services that involve the public, they now have a tremendous voice.
Our policy in the Middle East in my judgement is disastrous, because it’s not even handed. I see no reason why hearly half the foreign aid this nation has to give goes to Israel, except for the influence of this Zionist lobby. I think the power of the news media is in the hands of a few people…it’s not subject to control of the voters, it’s subject only to the whim of the board of directors.” (Former Vice President Spiro Agnew) Source
This page is indicative only.
The CanWest Global group covers –
The Canadian broadcasting network Global Television reaches over 94% of English-speaking Canada and like Australia’s TEN Network has not been known for high production standards or what used to be known as ‘moral uplift’.
Major stations include –
The Global Television System Ottawa
CIHF-TV2, Saint John
99.1 Cool FM (Winnipeg)
There are other television stations in Hamilton, Victoria and Montreal, CBC affiliate stations in Kelowna and Red Deer, and specialty channel Prime TV.
broadcasting in Australia and other countries
The group’s overseas broadcasting holdings include
Australian television broadcaster Network TEN (Ten) – 16% voting interest, 56.6% economic interest
70% of TV3, New Zealand commercial television network
70% of TV4, a second commercial network operating from TV3’s Auckland studios
a 45% stake in the TV3, Eire commercial television network
70% of More FM (More), a New Zealand commercial FM radio network with 5 stations
a 90.5% stake in RadioWorks NZ Ltd, New Zealand’s second largest radio group with four national and 27 local stations.
CanWest was the largest single shareholder in Ulster Television (UTV), with a 29.9% stake, from 1997 to 2004.
In the UK it has 95% of Solent radio station The Original 106.
In 2000 CanWest Global acquired all the principal metropolitan operations of the Hollinger newspaper chain in Canada, along with Hollinger’s Canadian internet properties, its magazine group, most of the community publishing operations and a 50% interest in the National Post (the remaining 50% was acquired in August 2001).
The deal included 13 large metropolitan English language dailies, around 136 daily and weekly newspapers in smaller communities, and 85 trade publications and directories. A number of titles in Southern Ontario were subsequently sold to Osprey Media Group.
Major papers include
The St. John’s Telegram
Halifax Daily News
Regina Leader Post
Southam magazines include
Automotive Service Data Book
Southam Medical Lists
The Drugstore File
Canadian Health Facilities
Le Body Shop Directory
Service Station and Garage
Rehab Services Guide
Canadian Medical Directory
Jobber News Annual
American Mines Handbook
Canadian Mines Handbook
Canadian Mining Journal
Mining Source Book
Northern Miner Newspaper
Canadian Consulting Engineer
Architectural and Design Solutions
Dental Practice Management
New Technology Magazine
Back to Work Petroleum
Nickels Energy Group
Daily Oil Bulletin
Canadian Occupational Health & Safety
Canadian Oil Register
Energy Information Services
Canadian Plastics Directory
Structures Buyers Guide
Environmental Industry Convention Reporter
Hazardous Materials Management
Les Papetieres du Quebec
Solid Waste Recycling
Pulp & Paper Canada
Scott’s Government Index
Mutual Fund Source Book
Canadian Source Book
Scott’s Directory of Canadian Associations
Statistical Centre Magazine
Gifts and Tablewares
Ontario Insurance Directory
Canadian Industrial Equipment News
Laboratory Product News
Laboratory Buyer’s Guide
Canadian Transportation Logistics
Canadian Transportation Guide
film distribution and development
CanWest has followed the traditional path of new broadcasters by buying film libraries, trying to break into the distribution business and developing a film/video production presence. (For Australian experience see writing about moves by the 7 and Ten Networks to buy MGM or other production/distribution houses during the 1990s.)
The highlights are
- licensing of the Endemol (game show and ‘Big Brother’) library
- Fireworks Entertainment, Toronto-based film/tv financier and developer
- Fireworks Pictures, Los Angeles-based feature film distributor
- Fireworks Television, also in L.A., television program developer
- Fireworks International, London-based television program distributor
In the Hollinger purchase CanWest acquired some of Canada’s leading internet portals,such as canada.com and faceoff.com, along with newspaper portals.
Closer to home the performance of TEN Ventures, the new media subsidiary, has been underwhelming, with negative results from online entertainment and leisure destination SCAPE (a 50% investment with Village Roadshow).
Network TEN has a 100% interest in Eye Corp., Australia’s second largest outdoor advertising company, which competes with an APN subsidiary.
Eye has a network of outdoor signage, airport advertising, visual merchandising, and shopping centre advertising in Australia and has been seeking to extend its presence in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Pictured: Leonard Asper heir to the CanWest controlled media monopoly.