The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated, the company whose directors have never been publicly disclosed. The founder, Tore Stautland, is also the president of Trillennium Media Group, a company that owns and operates the News Forum. Trillie Media, a sister company, has the same ownership and also manages the popular MySpace and Voo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel. It offers information to its readers that are based on Canadian politics, economy, education, business, health as well as sports and pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve news consumers. They are eager to provide their customers with up-to-date information and discussions. Their motto is “You won’t find an old horse.” They want their readers to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the fields of politics, industry, and pop culture. They also desire Canadians to take part by providing them with relevant information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of an established “news” media organization with an information service. This is a positive thing for Canadian citizens as they have an information source they can trust. However, it has also created some kind of brain drain among people who are part of it. In other terms, the News Forum has been successfully reaching their goals of being a source of information without having participants actually think, talk about or even learn anything. However many of the flaws of the News Forum have been revealed.
First, Canadians have come to depend on their Information Service providers to provide them with a counterbalance to the information they read on the News Forum. In other words, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they are relying on the experience and expertise of one person (the Forum administrator) to provide an alternative to the biased information that is given to forum members. This means that even though the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for its fair and balanced coverage throughout the day, and while the Globe and Mail newspaper often is a bit better in being more fair than the two national news media however, they still rely on a single person (the writer) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is presented on their websites. The result is that although Canadians receive more diverse and complete information than ever before from their News websites however, they often are left with information that is not more precise or thorough than what they were led to believe it to be. It is a pity that Canadian citizens have to depend on one source of information that has in the majority of cases been their government to stop the biased information they find on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not even mention that Hindi is his mother language. Despite being unable to write or read either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able speak and understand Hindi and Punjabi. This raises the question: Given that the man is unable to understand or speak either of these languages, how does present news stories on Tueday the conservative Canadian news channel, that are biased and filled with inaccurate, incorrect or outdated information? Does this mean he isn’t aware of his own history and background? Surely not, especially given that he graduated from an American university (averaging just over a 3.0 GPA) and worked in broadcast media in the U.S. state of Texas for the last 15 years.
This isn’t the only instance of a news feature discussion lacking its time or not addressing the topic in a manner that is correct. In the same episode, The Canadian Justice reporter Jennifer Paget was interviewed by Stephen Lewis. Ms. Paget gave a beautiful speech on women’s empowerment. She spoke about being a mother, sister, friend, and a wife, and what it is to be a woman. She didn’t talk about employment opportunities, or the fact that many women who find themselves in similar situations don’t have a lucrative job. The segment also included a brief exchange between Ms. Paget with one of the guests in the studio. Moderators pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticised for being too nice and never putting blame on other people in the interview who made comments regarding her presentation and the discussion of work-related violence and employment.
The positive aspect of the story has been the attention of a large part of the audience for news and the news coverage at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These are only two examples of in-depth reports that show how news forums can help provide balanced and realistic reporting on topics of interest to a wider audience. These forums also allow for an array of experts, personalities and politicians to share their thoughts and perspectives on specific issues. By using this venue, Canadians can get the best of both worlds by getting the information they need from an all-encompassing source.
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