The News Forum is a Canadian English news media firm that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of the company have not been publicly announced. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also owns and runs The News Forum. The twin companies, Trillie Media (ownership is the same), also own and operate the popular MySpace and Vevo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel. It provides information to its readers based on Canadian politics, economy, education, business, health and sports, as well as pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve the news-loving public. They are keen to share the latest information and discuss with their subscribers. Their motto is “You will not see an old horse.” They wish their readers to be current with the latest developments in politics, industry, and pop culture. They also desire Canadians to take part by providing them with information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of an established “news” media outlet that also provides an information service. This is a positive thing for Canadian citizens as they have an information provider they can trust. However it has also led to a bit of a brain drain for people who are part of it. The News Forum has succeeded in reaching their goal of providing information, but without letting participants actually think or talk about anything. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought many of their own flaws.
First, Canadians have come to depend on their Information Service providers to provide them with a counterbalance to the information they are seeing on the News Forum. They rely on the knowledge and skills of the Forum administrator to counterbalance the biased information being presented to forum members. This means that even although the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), has a reputation for providing balanced reporting throughout the day, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does a better job of being more fair than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) however, they rely on one person (the writer) as a counterbalance to biased information that is posted on their websites. Canadians receive more precise and varied information from their News forums than ever before, but they are often receiving information that isn’t as precise or thorough as they expected. It is frustrating that Canadian citizens must rely on one source for information and that source has mostly been their government, in order to stop the biased information they find on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not make mention of the fact that Hindi is his mother tongue. Even so, Mr. Lindsay purports to be proficient in speaking and understanding Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able write or read in either of these languages. This begs the question: If he cannot understand or speak either of these languages, how can present news items on Tueday, a conservative Canadian news channel that are biased and filled with incorrect, inaccurate or outdated information? Does this mean that he isn’t aware of his own history and background? It’s unlikely, given his American university graduation (with a 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcasting in Texas.
This isn’t the only occasion of a newscast discussion lacking its time or addressing its topic in a way that is appropriate. 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 and sister, friend, and a wife, as well as what it is to be a woman. However, she did not discuss employment opportunities or the fact that many women in similar situations don’t have a job that is highly paid. The segment also had an exchange of words 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 nice and never putting any blame on the various people in the interview room who she felt made comments to her about the way she presented herself and discussed issues pertaining to work-related violence and employment.
As a result, a large portion of the news focus and audience for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been on the positive side of the story. These two examples of in-depth news reports are just two examples of how a news forum could be able to provide a more balanced and accurate coverage of topics that appeal to a wider audience. These forums also allow for an array of political figures, experts and experts 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 a broader source.
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