The News We Deserve
The Transformation of Canada's Media Landscape
Marc Edge is a former reporter and editor who holds a PhD in Mass Communication and has taught in journalism schools around the world. He has published numerous articles on the media and three books, most recently Greatly Exaggerated.
The News We Deserve documents the most under-reported story in Canadian news: the behind-the-scenes takeovers, mergers, share swaps, regulatory maneuvers, and private ambitions that have reshaped the content and business models of today’s print and online newspapers to privilege corporate profits and political influence over the goal of informing citizens. A generation of laissez-faire government attitudes toward media ownership smoothed the way for the stealthy transformation of Canada’s mainstream press from its old ideal as fearless expositor of truth, as epitomized by Woodward and Bernstein, to a partisan, activist press that openly advocates certain outcomes.
“Marc Edge is one the most prescient and provocative observers of the Canadian media scene. The News We Deserve is a compelling book showing how money, policy, and education have aligned to give Canadians poorer journalism than they deserve. Anyone concerned about the role journalism plays in Canadian politics, culture, and society will ﬁnd his critique unsettling.”
— Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford