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More Fuel for BC’s Sliding Trust in News Media


But the way journalism gets made is too complex for simple conspiracy theories.

By Shannon Rupp,  Contributing Editor,      July 31 2017
   Former Global TV reporter Jas Johal, now a BC Liberal MLA: How cozy was he with BC Liberal communications team?.

For media watchers, the recent revelations published on The Tyee about the 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster, which came through a freedom of information request, also came with a bonus: the glimpse of an apparently cozy relationship between government, the energy industry, and then Global TV reporter, who is now a BC Liberal MLA.

Jas almost certainly refers to Jas Johal, who so far has neither confirmed nor denied it’s him.

Then again, it might have just been Chin subtly bragging to his own boss about his close relationship with a reporter at a major outlet.

But it’s also a fact that Johal did decamp for a PR gig at the BC LNG Alliance shortly after that mine disaster. And he is the new BC Liberal MLA for Richmond-Queensborough and mulling a run for the party leadership.



  1. Well lets see…….24/7 for 9 months of RUSSIAN MEDDLING…….nothing but BASH TRUMP with CKNW. That is all they do.

    Not a WORD about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her Pakistani cronies who were bleaching/destroying Clinton laptops/blackberrys. Not a word……

  2. Now that things are beginning to unravel, first with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, her connection to the murder of Seth Rich. The corruption stinks to high heaven. Shame on radio stations like CKNW who continue to cover up these stories, and for who? Not you and I, the listener. NW intentionally ignore these stories, and continue to take U.S. corporate media voice clips who have it in for Trump. In all my years, I have Never seen or witnessed such political bias, in particular with local radio. Roundhouse isn’t much better. Why in hell doesn’t Roundhouse put a NEW SPIN ON NEWS, that is tell the TRUTH…can you imagine? but with Stirling doing mornings, after his constant attack against Trump while doing recent talk shows on CKNW, I don’t put up much hope. One can always dream Stirling could lighten up on the NW News DRIVEL he became indoctrinated in while working part time in the Black Tower, maybe, put on a conservative, at least a Libertarian hat, or even a face, during the morning show. Oops sorry, I just woke up, to the dreadful thought this is not all a dream, but a nightmare in reality

  3. I don’t listen to Roundhouse because they’re little more than a commercialized version of CBC and they too, like CBC and NW, are on the Trump-bashing bandwagon. Roundhouse simply has nothing that’s worth catching, or keeping, my attention.

  4. which brings up the question, who in their right mind would even listen to Roundhouse. What do they have to offer, but very liberal left slanted views in the commentary of their on air staff, or some of them. I agree with Roger, what has Roundhouse got to lose by presenting the truth in news reporting, especially when it comes to the truth about President Donald Trump and what his administration has done and accomplish in just 6 months. Its Incredible. This man is truly going to be recognized as the greatest president of all.

  5. I was rooting for Trump as well, considering what the Clintons have been up to for years.
    However, as the farce at the WH enters it’s 9th month, I’m hard pressed to understand what Trump & Co. have achieved.
    Perhaps you can enlighten me Kelly…

  6. Ahem…aren’t we ignoring the guts of the Tyee article? As Webster used to intone: “Y’er off the topic!”

    Even in the good old days, journalism was rife with reporters playing footsie with sources. One would have to review Jas’s coverage of the Polley disaster to see if he pulled any punches. My recollection is that all MSM beat up on the mining company, its generous donations to the BC Liberals and the government’s shrugging response to citizen complaints and written engineer reports that tailings were rising to dangerous levels in the reservoir/pond.

  7. Quite frankly I’m dismayed that Canadian TV and radio do as much as they do on Trump and US politics. The last time I checked he isn’t the President Of Canada. I laugh when I see people getting all upset at what he does, and when people emphatically cheer him on. Message to both the pro-Trump, and anti- Trump crowd; you live in Canada, and judging by his thoughts on NAFTA, he could care less if you love him or not when you aren’t Americans yourselves. He said he was making America great again. If you aren’t American, then I suggest you don’t get all upset about it one way or the other. You probably have better things to stress out about.

  8. I think the reason many Canadians cheer forTrump is that, being obsessed with maintaining our politically correct image as such “nice people”, we are constantly being seen as suckers and easy marks by people like Omar Khadr, many “refugees”, and the rest of the world in general. We realize that we will never get any politicians that will stand up for us before we lose our cultural identity – been through Vancouver airport recently where Chinese apparently has become our third official language and caucasians are as rare as balanced news outlets? We’re hoping that maybe Trump will do what we don’t have the cajones to do.

  9. I wouldn’t trust what the Tyee has to say either. For a site that claims to be “alt-media”, they’re really as much part of the liberal media as the CBC, Vice Media, CNN and MSNBC in that they’re every bit as much Left-biased and slanted toward fake news and SJW propaganda.

  10. Alan, you describe the Tyee as a “left wing rag that nobody takes seriously.” Wrong. It has been around since 2003 and has won numerous awards. If nobody took it seriously then it wouldn’t survive. What you meant to say is; “I disagree with its politics therefore it’s a piece of shit because I cannot tolerate anyone who expresses a viewpoint that is different than mine.”

    From Wikipedia:

    In 2007, The Tyee was recognized nationally with an Honourable Mention in the category of Excellence in Journalism for Small, Medium, or Local Media.[5] The category includes all Canadian online journalism with fewer than 500,000 unique visitors a month. In 2009, the magazine BCBusiness also placed The Tyee as ninth of their list of the province’s ten most innovative companies.[4] The Tyee was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Association in 2009 and 2011.[6] It was the only Canadian news organization to be honoured for the national (North America-wide) category in 2011. It was also runner-up for the 2011 Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

  11. Ah Alan, the old ad hominem attack. If that’s all you’ve got then I leave you with this:

    An ad hominem attack against an individual, not against an idea, is highly flattering. It indicates that the person does not have anything intelligent to say about your message.

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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