While I'm not here to argue about Canadian politics or annoying news broadcasts, I have to say that the very idea of trying to ban news stations that spew out lies and propaganda is something worthwhile. While as an American and someone who believes in basic human rights, I do agree that people should have the freedom of speech/expression. However the news is a service above anything else and should be treated as such.
When people want to know about what is happening in the world or what's going on in certain events and such, then we have the right to actually know the truth. The mass media never the less has power. As stated above, they see themselves as the so called "Kingmaker" which is very true. People listen to the news daily, form opinions based on it and form favoritism when the mass media showcase people.
While people you meet on the street or even your friends and family might tell lies to you, they usually aren't obligated to tell you the truth down to the very most minute detail, and whether you believe it or not is up to you, however when lies go onto a national, or even multinational scale, then more people are going to hear it and more people will believe in the lie. And yes I understand what Librarium said before;
The truth doesn't get viewers. The truth is boring.
Originally Posted by Librarium
While the the truth is boring, nothing good comes from lies. Food companies and restaurants must always make sure they don't serve poisonous products or else they face legal issues (please don't bring up fast food I'm just trying to make a point for the moment), so why can't mass media be put under check to prevent the spread of misinformation? While it there's no law (that I'm aware of anyway) that says people can't what they want, nor one that says people can't believe what they want, those who provide information should be liable to get in trouble if they feed people poison, just like with food companies and restaurants.
Of course it is impossible to enforce this on everything, especially the internet or some small companies no one cares about, but big name news broadcasts should be able to be kept in check. Shouldn't it? Or is it okay for people to lie and spread propaganda for their own benefit?