The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company owned by The News Forum Incorporated, which is a company whose board of directors has not been publicly announced. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also owns and runs The News Forum. The sister companies, Trillie Media (ownership is the same), also own and operate the well-known MySpace and Vevo web sites.
This company is an Internet news channel that gives its subscribers information that are based on Canadian Economy, Politics, Business, Health, Education, Sports, and pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve news consumers. They are eager to share the latest information and discuss with their subscribers. Their motto is “You’ll never see a dead horse.” In the same way, they would like their readers to be current with the latest developments in industry, politics economics, and pop culture. They also desire Canadians to participate by providing them with information.
The News Forum has become a unique hybrid of a conventional “news” media organization and an information service. This is a positive thing for Canadian citizens because they have an information provider they can trust. However it has also led to a bit of a brain drain among people who are part of it. In other words, the News Forum has been successfully in achieving their goal of being a source of information without having participants actually think, discuss or even gain knowledge. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought many of their own shortcomings.
First, Canadians have come to depend on their Information Service providers to provide an alternative to the news they see on the News Forum. In other words, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they depend on the expertise and knowledge of a single person (the Forum administrator) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is offered to forum members. This means that even though the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for providing balanced daily news coverage, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does better at being more even-handed than those two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) but they rely on one person (the writer) as a counterbalance to biased information on their websites. The result is that although Canadians get more diverse and thorough information than ever before from their News forums, they are often left with information that is not more accurate or precise than what they were led believe it was. It’s frustrating for Canadian citizens to rely on a single source of information, which for the most part has been their own government to give a different perspective to the biased information portrayed on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not mention that Hindi is his mother tongue. Even so, Mr. Lindsay purports to be capable of speaking and understanding Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able read or write in either of these languages. This obviously begs the question: if he cannot speak or understand either of these languages, how do he think he is able to present news items on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are slanted and stuffed with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date information? In addition, since he fails to mention his mother tongue when talking about his heritage and background, does this mean that he is not even aware of his own background? It is unlikely, given his American university degree (with an average of 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcasting in Texas.
This isn’t the only example of a news feature debate that did not have its time or its topic properly outlined or discussed. In the same episode, The Canadian Justice reporter Jennifer Paget was interviewed by Stephen Lewis. Ms. Paget gave a beautiful speech about women 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 are in similar situations do not have a job that pays well. The segment even had an exchange between Ms. Paget and one of the guests in the studio in which the moderator pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticized for being too friendly and never blaming those in the interview room that she believed made comments to her about the manner she presented and discussed issues pertaining to work-related violence and employment.
The good side of the story has been the main focus of a large portion of the news audience and the news coverage at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These two examples of news stories that are in-depth are just two examples of how a news platform may be able to help provide a more balanced and realistic coverage of topics that appeal to a wider audience. Additionally, these forums provide a platform in which a range of experts, personalities politicians, artists, and many other people can share their perspectives and opinions on specific issues. Through this forum, Canadians can get the best of both worlds by obtaining the information they need from a broader source.
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