Let me get this straight, Margret Atwood told the Globe and Mail that she supports censorship of a potentially right leaning Canadian news organization because of "what she sees as Mr. Harper’s pattern of silencing the voices of his critics". She wants to silence voices that have a different opinion than she does about politics because of what she perceives as our Prime Minister silencing the voices of those who do not agree with him. If that is not a steaming heap of hypocrisy, I don't know what is. The creation of a news network that favours one party over another is not silencing any voices, it is creating more voices. There will be more opinion in the public sphere, and artists should be encouraging free speech instead of demanding censorship just because they disagree with an opinion. There are plenty of voices favourable to the Liberal Party in the national media. I don't hear Margie demanding that their voices be silenced.
This network would create more jobs for media members and more competition in the media market. When the establishment blowhards like Don Newman come out attacking more voices in the national conversation, it isn't about principles it is about ratings and competing for audience share. Isn't it bad enough that the CRTC mandates that people must get the CBC? Subscribers have to have the CBC in their cable packages. That's the law. They make you buy it. But giving people the option to purchase a product that they want watch because it is more likely to be consistent with their opinion; suddenly the sky is falling?
Why are "artists" supporting censorship?