We continue to register that the local mainstream media largely remains in the comfy pockets of their advertisers from the real estate industry.
An ‘article’, ‘Housing market to remain strong in 2010: Re/Max’, 3 Dec 2009, from the Vancouver Sun ‘by’ Kim Covert [joke ghost pseudonym? -ed.] is essentially written by Re/Max. (Full article reproduced in comment section.) Gobal Canwest Channel 2/7 news also ran this as ‘news’.
These relevant posts from discussion at vancouvercondo.info -
Limey 4 Dec 2009 2:16 am – “I don’t want to start picking on the Canadian mainstream media, or the state of BC journalism in general. But in other parts of the world, if you wrote an article about RE, and where it’s going in the next year, and only used one source, and that source had a suspiciously high level of investment in the RE industry, it would be regarded as some sort of joke. What’s next? “Cigarettes found to extend lifetime: Marlboro”? I mean, for christ’s sake – it’s pathetic. Where’s the objective discussion questioning the status quo? Am I being naive? I thought this is what newspapers are supposed to do – not re-write advertisements for large corporations.”
Carioca Canuck 4 Dec 2009 10:05 am – “Last night we were watching GLOBAL/Canwest Channel 2/7 news, which is sponsored be REMAX. Their latest fluff piece that is linked here was front and centre masquerading as a “news” article. ROFL !!! The wife looks at me and says “This is bullshit….” Pretty interesting comment coming from someone who just moved here 6 years ago from a foreign country, and has only started closely watching the mess that is our RE market, over the last 24 months.”