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September 2, 2008

Greg Cook just posted the following as a comment:

For Labour Day celebrators, here is a copy of my letter that the TJ did not choose to publish:


The Telegraph-Journal appears to be running a campaign against dissenters.

First there is the largest close-up photo – like a police mug shot – that I can recall ever seeing in my 10 years of reading the paper. That was Patty Higgens, facial pores and all, who voted not to accept the majority view of City Council on the proposal for an Irving Oil headquarters on Long Wharf.

Then I read that MLA Abel LeBlanc is conducting an “insurgence,” and the paper calls on the Premier to fire Abel for doing what democracy permits and expects – no matter on which side of the legislature one sits.

The paper continues union bashing by reference to The International Longshoremen’s Union Local 273 as “protective of its turf.” Are The Telegraph-Journal and Irving interests not protective of their turf?

I do not understand that LeBlanc is advocating or inciting violence, although I believe he is aware of a history of labour violence in the Port City. Is The Telegraph-Journal in denial of that history?

If one “thrives off the energy of political protest,” does that make one culpable of a crime against democracy?

One Comment
  1. September 2, 2008 9:56 pm

    For a look back at what I call the “non-competitive” media role of the empire in New Brunswick go:
    Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 24, No 4 (1999)
    The Irvings Cover Themselves: Media Representations of the Irving Oil Refinery Strike, 1994-1996
    Erin Steuter
    Abstract: This article focuses on the media coverage of a strike at the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, between 1994 and 1996. A variety of central issues are examined, including: monopoly ownership of the New Brunswick media by the Irving Group of Companies, the ideological presentation of strikes in general, and the representation of changing labour relations in a postindustrial, globally oriented society. The four New Brunswick English-language daily papers as well as selected English-language papers elsewhere in Canada were analyzed for their representation of the strike. The paper argues that the media coverage reinforced an ideology of defeatism and aided in the increased legitimation of a “roll back” orientation in our society.

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