Foreign-owned news network Postmedia endorses Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives
In a surprise to no one, American-owned news outlet Postmedia endorsed the Conservatives in newspapers across the country.
Postmedia is owned by Manhattan-based hedge fund, Golden Tree Asset Management, which bought the chain in 2010 from Canwest.
Postmedia has faced controversies over the direction of the political coverage. Canadaland reported how the company was reorganizing and taking more control over the editorial direction of the newspapers by reducing their independence and pushing a more Conservative slant to their coverage.
The endorsement comes at an awkward time for Conservatives as they rally against unsubstantiated claims of foreign influence in Canada’s energy sector.
If social media is any indication, Canadians are not happy with the endorsements.
"Are you centralizing or controlling editorial strategy?"— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) October 19, 2019
Postmedia CEO, Oct. 4: "This has absolutely nothing to do with the centralization of editorial strategy.…we want to make sure that we offer a wide range of voices that aren’t always represented in the media landscape." pic.twitter.com/f3zAGYFcef
US-owned Postmedia is endorsing a man who lied about his credentials, work history and education, hid his citizenship, and tried to undermine NAFTA2.— Timothy Anderson (@AndersonBooz) October 20, 2019
Well, is that foreign influence or not?#cdnpoli #elxn43
The media company that owns most of the newspapers in Canada is running the same pro-Conservative editorial in all of them. pic.twitter.com/ZMv0m2gOd6— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 19, 2019
In the week when Postmedia endorsed Andrew Scheer because “he is a man for whom what you see is what you get,” the Conservatives were further exposed for dirty tricks and a mounting number of campaign falsehoods. #elxn2019 #cdnpolihttps://t.co/Lez0rQ8Lkl— The Tyee (@TheTyee) October 20, 2019