Why national media's IKEA monkey coverage overshadowed Idle No More rallies

Monday’s rallies seemed hard to miss with the drumming, chanting and marching in some of Canada’s largest cities.

(Home page photo of Blood Tribe rally in Standoff, Alta., courtesy of Blaire Russell)

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Monday’s rallies seemed hard to miss with the drumming, chanting and marching in some of Canada’s largest cities.

But somehow, for the national mainstream media, the demonstrations were invisible.

As APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot finds out, another story dominated the headlines that day.

And it pushed aside a few thousand angry Indigenous people.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

11 thoughts on “Why national media's IKEA monkey coverage overshadowed Idle No More rallies

  1. Their is a Walk the Talk Thursday December 13, 2012 to take place at Galt Gardens Park, Lethbridge AB at noon…walk starts at 1:00 pm…in support of our national leaders across Canada and Idle No More. We need to take a stand, the protests have just begun. PLEASE FORWARD
    Please support us by joining us tomarrow.

  2. First word. Next Gathering for Dec 21st (winter solstice)…will be listening for more. As noted however, if the Corps owned news are told to stay home- no matter how many press packages r sent, they will look for other non-news to keep Canadians distracted-like with other sustained movements it will be the International media who come. Invite Reuters, Democracy Now, AlJazeera, etc.Some of the National Press might just get curious. We will have to rely on the internet and social media (just like the Arab Spring). Some might say Harper is not an egyptian dictator like Mubarak, but I say a dictator is a dictator – bring him down!

  3. You no longer have reporters, you have repeaters.


    The new game began in Canada on Aug. 27, 1980. “Black Wednesday”, as it became known, was the
    day newspaper corporations across the country colluded to swap properties and
    kill competition. The Ottawa Journal and
    the Winnipeg Tribune folded, and Vancouver Province’s owner, Southam, bought
    the Vancouver Sun. The two had been in bed together since 1950s via a
    press-and-profit-sharing agreement at Pacific Press that killed the third paper
    and defended against upstarts.

    Suddenly competition for readers was no longer necessary;
    these publicly traded corporations now focused on advertiser-pleasing copy as
    the technique for pulling more ads.

    At least Postmedia has an understandable reason for changing
    standards: they’re legally obligated to maximize profits. But the fact that the
    commercial-free public broadcaster also ignores the public good suggests that
    there is a new definition of journalism.

  4. Canada’s Billionaire Media Playas

    Picking two names at random, among them is David Thomson,
    the richest man in Canada with wealth in the area of $23 billion and a key
    owner of The Globe and Mail. Thomson
    spends millions on art without giving it a second thought.

    The second individual is Pierre Karl Péladeau, the president
    and CEO of Quebecor Inc., which owns the second largest newspaper chain in the
    country. He is anti-union. Using strong-arm tactics to humble employees
    at two of his Québec papers, Péladeau forced them to accept lower wages.


  5. Corporate-owned
    media manipulation threatens Canadian democracy

    How is
    it possible that the real nitty-gritty behind the most important issue facing
    millions of people is pretty much taboo in the popular media? What has happened to our right to have access
    to fair and balanced journalism?

    the public access to vital information has a strong negative impact on the
    democratic process in Canada, just as it does in any country in the world.

    nearly all of Canada’s mainstream political and economic journalists are
    forbidden from focusing on the fundamental flaws in our system.




    Noam Chomsky, the distinguished American philosopher,
    political activist and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology, has compiled a list of the ten most powerful and
    effective strategies resorted to by the agendas “hidden” to establish a
    manipulation of the population through the media.

    e.g.: Encourage
    stupidity, promote a sense of guilt, promote distraction, or construct
    artificial problems and then magically, solve them, are just some of these



    The key element of social control is the strategy of
    distraction – that is to divert public attention from important issues and
    changes decided by political and economic elites, through the technique of
    flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.

    The strategy of distraction is also essential to keep the
    public interested in the essential knowledge in science, economics, psychology,
    neurobiology, and cybernetics. “Keep
    the public’s attention distracted away from the real social problems,
    captivated by issues of no importance. Keep
    the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to the farm and other


  7. How Rich Elite & Corporate Propaganda Hijacks Democracy

    Do you ever wonder why so many of the Fraser Institute’s
    right-wing commentaries get into Canadian daily newspapers? Perhaps you’ve been disturbed by the spate of
    articles about the inevitability of Canada forming closer ties with the United
    States. Maybe you’re troubled by the
    constant media attacks on medicare?

    Former SFU communications professor and occasional Straight
    contributor Donald Gutstein explains how Canadians are being duped by a
    sophisticated, broad-ranging, and reactionary public-relations assault financed
    by some of North America’s largest corporations.

    Wealthy Americans such as brewing magnate Joseph Coors and
    newspaper publisher Richard Mellon Scaife funded several think tanks in the
    1970s to spread a libertarian message of deregulation and lower taxes, which
    countered the consumer revolution led by Ralph Nader.



  8. Canada’s indentured press

    Why are Harper’s enablers, some of them sitting on the
    editorial board of my beloved Globe and Mail, so untroubled by the fact that
    the PM has his boot on the neck of Canadian democracy?

    Is this what happens when the Report on Business rules the
    editorial roost?

    Has editorial board policy scaled the newsroom walls on
    Front Street as the Publisher’s Office once did in the days of Roy Megarry and
    Norman Webster? Is the Globe’s zeal for a Biznocracy in Canada so keen that it
    now believes, along with the government, that the end justifies the means?

    With the anniversary of Watergate upon us, it is time for a
    little soul searching at the Grey Lady. My advice? Send a few marquee
    columnists into official government service and hire Maher, McGregor, Ditchburn
    and Naumetz. No doilies behind those heads.


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