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The CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, said on Monday that it would suspend operations on Twitter after it was labeled “government-funded Media.” The CBC stated that it is not “government-funded” but rather “publicly funded” through a parliamentary appropriation voted on by all Members of Parliament.

“Our journalism is objective and unbiased.” To claim otherwise is false. “As a result, we are suspending our activities on @Twitter,” the CBC announced Monday.

Earlier in the day, Justin Trudeau accused Pierre Poilievre of soliciting the assistance of US billionaire Elon Musk to undermine Canada’s public broadcaster, after Poilievre urged Musk to term the CBC “government-funded.”

Last Monday, Poilievre tweeted that he had written to Musk to request that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation be labelled “accurately.”

Poilievre, who took over the Conservative Party last year and is seeking to defund the CBC, applauded the decision on Twitter, writing that “now people know that it is Trudeau propaganda, not news.”

“Attacking this Canadian institution, attacking the culture and local content that is so important to so many Canadians, really indicates the values and approach that Mr. Poilievre is putting forward,” Trudeau told reporters.

“To attack this institution that is important to many, many Canadians, he turns to American billionaires, the tech behemoths that they continue to defend.”

Trudeau has a Hissy Fit Over CBC Classification

Meanwhile, Canada’s National Post reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is so concerned with teaching Canadians how to tell the difference between fact and fiction on the internet that his government has spent millions encouraging digital media literacy.

However, when Twitter labelled the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as “Government-funded Media” — a statement that is undeniably true — the prime minister was enraged and immediately attempted to blame the Conservatives for attempting to “attack” and delegitimize “independent media organisations.”

Of all, there is nothing “independent” about a media outlet that receives more than $1.2 billion in government funding each year. Suggesting differently is, at best, deceptive.

The dispute arose as a result of Twitter’s push to flag state-affiliated accounts, including government-funded media sources, in an apparent attempt to provide people with the information they need to determine whether they are being fed government propaganda.

In recent years, Western governments and media have taken the issue of state actors propagating disinformation through social media very seriously. However, when pressed to be truthful about their own funding models, public broadcasters pitched a collective hissy fit.

In the United States, both NPR and PBS declared last week that they would no longer use the social networking site owing to the new categorization.

In the United Kingdom, the BBC made a huge deal about being labelled as “government-funded,” and successfully urged Twitter to change its title to “publicly funded,” because it is paid by a TV tax rather than direct subsidies.

Many people wondered why our own public broadcaster had escaped being called out for what it is, thus Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rightfully called on Twitter CEO Elon Musk to hold Canadian media to the same standard.

Attacking Canada’s foundational Canadian institution

On Sunday, Trudeau accused the Conservatives of “trying to attack a foundational Canadian institution.” The CBC also declared that it is “pausing” its usage of the social network, which it accuses of undermining its editorial independence.

According to the Canadian Press, the CBC “has drawn a distinction between ‘government’ and ‘public’ funding because the money it receives is granted through a vote in Parliament.”

Twitter distinguishes between “government-funded media,” where “the government provides some or all of the outlet’s funding,” and “publicly-funded media,” which “receive funding from licence fees, individual contributions, public financing, and commercial financing.”

The CBC clearly falls into the first group, considering that roughly a third of its budget is taken straight from taxpayers’ purses. The fact that the money was approved by Parliament is a moot point, because all government spending must eventually be affirmed by a vote in the legislature.

Although Poilievre claimed that the public broadcaster had been exposed as “Trudeau propaganda, not news” — which is no more true than accusing the CBC a decade ago of being “Harper propaganda” — few, if any, are suggesting that the CBC is comparable to state media in authoritarian countries such as China and Iran.

These organisations are classified as “state-affiliated media” by Twitter, which describes them as “outlets where the state exercises editorial control over editorial content.”

CBC Quotes journalistic standards

Mother Corp is particularly irritated by Twitter’s assertion that government-funded media “may have varying degrees of government involvement over editorial content.” According to the CBC, this cannot be the case because its “editorial independence is protected in law in the Broadcasting Act,” it is subject to journalistic standards, and it has a “independent” complaints mechanism.

This line of reasoning is rather deceptive, because the Broadcasting Act ensures “independence enjoyed by the corporation in the pursuit of its objects.” Those goals are established in legislation, and while they are very wide, it is undeniably true that the government defines its mandate and can amend it at any time.

The main issue with a state broadcaster like the CBC is that its reliance on government funds ensures that its objectivity is always called into question.

A few weeks before the 2000 election, the CBC aired an oddly timed attack piece portraying Canadian Alliance Leader Stockwell Day as a terrifying religious zealot who thought humans coexisted with dinosaurs, without ever seeking comment from the man at the centre of the charges.

There was never any evidence that the Prime Minister’s Office or the Liberal war room had any control over the CBC, but everyone knew who was feeding it.

CBC Sues Conservative Party

Just days before the 2019 election, the Crown corporation filed a baseless lawsuit seeking an injunction against the Conservative Party for allegedly infringing on the CBC’s copyright in campaign materials.

The suit, which initially named two CBC journalists as applicants, was never going to have much of an impact on the outcome of the vote, but it is also not the type of thing an impartial news outlet would do during an election on which it is expected to report objectively.

Again, no one is claiming that the ruling Liberals were involved in the decision. But we also have a prime minister who has no qualms about requesting that his attorney general intervene in the prosecution of a politically favoured firm or forcing the RCMP commissioner to suppress information concerning a mass massacre in order to advance Liberal gun-control initiatives.

Few would be astonished if the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) ever pulled some strings at the CBC at a politically advantageous time.

Even if the Canadian public is assured that such a thing will never happen, and that the half of the country who believes the CBC has a partisan Liberal bias is completely delusory, there is no way to free the broadcaster from the inherent incentives that come with being reliant on the public treasury for its very existence.

The CBC will have a vested interest in preserving support for big government policies and the parties that support them as long as its financing comes from the government. As a result, we have a system in which the government takes our money and spends it to convince us of the virtues of socialism.

If we want to empower an informed and involved public to judge the truth of the multiplicity of information sources available in today’s online environment, we must be willing to call a spade a spade.

The CBC definitely receives the majority of its financing from the government. If it believes this is a terrible thing, it should support Poilievre’s vow to defund it rather than hiding behind its own spin.

Trudeau’s minority government is backed by the left-wing New Democrats, and the next election is not scheduled until 2025.

 

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Video Appears To Show Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Beating Singer Cassie In Hotel Hallway In 2016

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Los Angeles — CNN’s security footage purports to show Sean “Diddy” Combs assaulting singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel corridor in 2016, the latest in a months-long sequence of public allegations and discoveries of physical and sexual abuse by the hip-hop entrepreneur.

The footage, which debuted on Friday, shows Combs striking and kicking the R&B singer, his protege and long-term girlfriend. The video also shows Combs pushing and dragging Cassie and hurling a vase at her.

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Video Appears To Show Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Beating Singer Cassie In Hotel Hallway In 2016

The security camera video, dated March 5, 2016, closely resembles the description of an incident at an InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles’ Century City neighborhood described in a November lawsuit filed by Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, who claimed years of sexual abuse and other violence from Combs.

The lawsuit claims Combs paid the hotel $50,000 for the security footage. CNN could not specify how it received the video but did state that it validated the location by comparing it to publicly available photographs of the InterContinental Hotel.

Cassie’s complaint was resolved the day it was filed, but it prompted intensive scrutiny of Combs, with numerous additional claims filed in the months that followed, as well as a federal criminal sex-trafficking probe that led investigators to raid Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

Representatives for Combs did not immediately respond to the video, but he has previously rejected the allegations in the lawsuits, and his lawyers have stated that he rejects all wrongdoing and would fight to prove his innocence.

“The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed Mr. Combs’ disturbing and predatory behavior,” said Douglas Wigdor, Cassie’s attorney, who has filed earlier complaints against him. “Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.”

The Associated Press normally does not identify persons who claim to have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as Ventura has.

According to the lawsuit, Combs became “extremely intoxicated” earlier that evening and hit Ventura, resulting in a black eye. According to the lawsuit, she attempted to depart after he fell asleep. This appears to be the beginning of the video. Ventura can be seen walking towards a bank of elevators with a packed backpack.

The suit claims Combs awoke and began screaming at her, following her down the corridor.

In the video, he forcibly grabs her and yanks her to the ground before kicking her and throwing vases at her.

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According to the lawsuit, she managed to flee but later returned for fear of further violence. The suit claims that hotel workers pushed her to return to her apartment when she returned. She would run and seek refuge with a friend in Florida.

The lawsuit claims Combs paid the hotel $50,000 for the security footage.

It is doubtful that Combs will face criminal charges for the attack. In California, the statute of limitations for assault or battery ranges from one to three years, depending on whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

The tape was released just as Combs and his legal team began responding to the claims coming in steadily since November. They recently filed motions to dismiss portions of a complaint alleging he sexually attacked a woman in 1991, as well as the entire lawsuit alleging he and two other men raped a 17-year-old girl in 2003. According to the court pleadings, both sets of allegations are baseless.

On March 25, Homeland Security Investigations executed search warrants on Combs’ houses in Los Angeles and Miami as part of a sex trafficking investigation. His lawyer described it as “a gross use of military-level force.” The investigation is continuing. Combs hasn’t been charged.

Combs, a three-time Grammy winner and the founder of Bad Boy Records, is one of hip-hop’s most prominent producers and executives during the last three decades. He parlayed his hip-hop fame into a larger economic empire encompassing private-label spirits, clothes, and a television network. Since the charges surfaced, he has had to stand down from several of his corporate positions.

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He and Ventura started dating in 2007, dating intermittently for over ten years.

She became well-known for her hit single “Me & U,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart 2006. The song was the main single from her self-titled and only studio album.

She has acted in numerous television episodes and films, including Fox’s “Empire,” “Step Up 2: The Streets,” and “Spenser Confidential.”

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Dabney Coleman, Actor Who Specialized In Curmudgeons, Dies At 92

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NEW YORK — Dabney Coleman, the mustachioed character actor who played smarmy villains like the chauvinist boss in “9 to 5” and the cruel TV director in “Tootsie,” has died. He was 92.

Coleman died Thursday at his Santa Monica home, according to his daughter, Quincy Coleman, who spoke with The Associated Press. She stated that he “took his last earthly breath peacefully and exquisitely.”

“The great Dabney Coleman developed, or defined, in a unique way, an archetype as a character actor. “He was so good at what he did that it’s difficult to imagine movies and television in the last 40 years without him,” Ben Stiller wrote on X.

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Coleman worked as a talented but underappreciated actor in films and television shows for two decades. That changed dramatically in 1976 when he was cast as the incorrigibly corrupt mayor of Fernwood’s Hamlet in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” a satire soap opera so outrageous that no network would air it.

Producer Norman Lear was ultimately able to syndicate the show, which starred Louise Lasser in the titular character. It rapidly became a cult favorite. Coleman’s role, Mayor Merle Jeeter, was particularly popular, and film and television executives noted his brilliant, humorous deadpan delivery.

Coleman, a six-footer with an enormous black mustache, went on to make his mark in other blockbuster films, including roles as a stressed-out computer scientist in “War Games,” Tom Hanks’ father in “You’ve Got Mail,” and a firefighting official in “The Towering Inferno.

He received a Golden Globe for “The Slap Maxwell Story” and an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in Peter Levin’s 1987 small-screen legal thriller “Sworn to Silence.” Some of his most recent credits include “Ray Donovan” and a regular part in “Boardwalk Empire,” for which he received two Screen Actors Guild Awards

In the revolutionary 1980 smash “9 to 5,” he played the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” employer who harassed his underappreciated female subordinates — Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton — until they turned the tables on him.

In 1981, he played Fonda’s kind, well-mannered lover, who asked her father (played by her real-life father, Henry Fonda) whether he could sleep with her during a visit to her parents’ holiday house in “On Golden Pond.”

In Tootsie, opposite Dustin Hoffman, Coleman played the unpleasant director of a daytime soap opera that Hoffman’s character joins by pretending to be female. Coleman’s other films included North Dallas Forty, Cloak and Dagger, Dragnet, Meet the Applegates, Inspector Gadget, and Stuart Little. He reconnected with Hoffman as a land developer in Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Coleman’s arrogant roles didn’t transition so well to television, where he appeared in a few network comedies. Although some became cult favorites, just one lasted more than two seasons, and some critics questioned if a show with a lead character with no redeeming characteristics could appeal to a large audience.

“Buffalo Bill” (1983-84) was an excellent example. Coleman played “Buffalo Bill” Bittinger, the smarmy, arrogant, dimwitted daytime talk show presenter who, dissatisfied with his relegation to the small-time market of Buffalo, New York, takes it out on everyone else. Despite being cleverly written and containing a strong ensemble cast, it only lasted two seasons.

Another was 1987’s “The Slap Maxwell Story,” in which Coleman played an unsuccessful small-town columnist attempting to repair his marriage while also wooing a gorgeous young reporter.

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Other failed attempts to get a large TV audience were “Apple Pie,” “Drexell’s Class” (in which he portrayed an inside trader), and “Madman of the People,” a newspaper show in which he clashed with his younger employer, who was also his daughter.

He performed better in a co-starring role in The Guardian (2001-2004), when he played the father of a corrupt lawyer. He also liked his part as Principal Prickly in the Disney cartoon series Recess from 1997 to 2003.

Underneath all the bravado was a quiet individual. Coleman stated he was quite shy. “I’ve been shy my whole life. Perhaps it derives from being the last of four gorgeous children, including a sibling who resembled Tyrone Power. “Maybe it’s because my father died when I was four,” he told the Associated Press in 1984. “I was incredibly little, a little man there, the youngster who never caused trouble. I was drawn to fantasy; therefore, I made games for myself.”

As he grew older, he began to leave his stamp on pompous authority figures, most notably in 1998’s “My Date With the President’s Daughter,” in which he played not only an egotistical, self-absorbed president of the United States but also a dumb father to a teenage girl.

Dabney Coleman—his real name—was born in 1932 in Austin, Texas. After two years at the Virginia Military Academy, two at the University of Texas, and two in the Army, he was a 26-year-old law student when he met Zachry Scott, an Austin resident who appeared in “Mildred Pierce” and other films.

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“He was the most vibrant guy I had ever met. He convinced me to become an actress, and I went to study in New York the next day. “He didn’t think that was very wise, but I made my decision,” Coleman told The Associated Press in 1984

Early credits include television shows like Ben Casey, Dr Kildare, The Outer Limits, Bonanza, The Mod Squad, and The Towering Inferno. He made his Broadway debut in 1961 with the play A Call on Kuprin. He played Kevin Costner’s father in the film Yellowstone.

The four children Coleman had—Meghan, Kelly, Randy, and Quincy—as well as his grandchildren Hale and Gabe Torrance, Luie Freundl, and Kai and Coleman Biancaniello—survived him. Coleman had two divorces.

“My father crafted his time here on earth with a curious mind, a generous heart, and a soul on fire with passion, desire and humor that tickled the funny bone of humanity,” Quincy Coleman wrote in his memory.

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China Rolls Out New Measures To Fix Its Property Crisis, Spur Growth

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China launched a slew of new steps Friday to revitalize its struggling real estate business, as the latest data revealed that house prices had fallen over 10% since the beginning of the year.

Among other measures, the central bank said it will lower the minimum down payment for mortgages and eliminate the floor on interest rates for first and second homes.

China’s housing market has plummeted following a crackdown on excessive borrowing by property developers many years ago. This has dragged down a wide range of other sectors, including home furnishings, appliances, and construction, and delayed growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

Dozens of developers, whose armies of high-rise apartments have changed China’s metropolitan landscapes, still need to pay their obligations. Many initiatives have just stagnated, incomplete.

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He Lifeng, a deputy premier, stated that officials would implement laws tailored to each city and “fight the tough battle of dealing with the risk of unfinished commercial housing.”

“We will solidly advance key tasks such as guaranteed housing delivery and absorption of existing commercial housing,” He said during a top-level property policy teleconference, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The drive to entice more families to buy homes has gathered traction after previous moves, such as interest rate cuts and government-backed financing, failed to attract buyers when developers struggled to produce housing that had already been promised and paid for.

Housing is a mainstay of Chinese investment due to the cheap interest rates paid by banks, and many potential purchasers may be waiting for the market to bottom out before making fresh purchases. Furthermore, layoffs and other economic disruptions caused by the pandemic have made many individuals wary of spending.

The People’s Bank of China said that beginning Saturday, the interest rate for first-time housing provident fund loans for less than five years will be reduced by 0.25 percentage points to 2.35%. The loan rate for loans for more than five years has decreased by 0.25 percentage points to 2.85%.

According to the report, the minimum down payment for first-time homebuyer loans will be 15% of the total purchase price. The tax on second residences will be 25%.

According to Chen Wenjing of China Index Holdings, a Nasdaq-listed company that specializes in information about China’s real estate market, the latest efforts, which have reduced down payment levels and mortgage interest rates to historic lows, demonstrate Chinese leaders’ determination to stabilize the real estate market.

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“Reducing the down payment threshold and home purchase costs for residents will likely boost their willingness to buy homes,” Chen stated. He said that if large cities follow through with such initiatives, market sentiment would likely rise even further.

Dong Jianguo, vice minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, stated that officials should focus on ensuring that property buyers receive what they paid for, and if that is not possible, the courts may have to intervene.

“In judicial proceedings, protecting the legitimate rights and interests of homebuyers should also be a top priority,” Dong said at a news conference in Beijing.

Earlier Friday, officials from the National Bureau of Statistics acknowledged that domestic demand — spending by consumers and businesses — remained “insufficient” and said the government was considering additional ways to revitalize the property industry after housing prices fell 9.8% in January-April compared to the previous year.

“The complexity, harshness, and uncertainty of the external environment are rapidly growing. “There is insufficient effective domestic demand, high business pressure, and numerous risks and hidden dangers,” said Liu Aihua, a bureau spokesperson.

“The foundation for recovery needs to be strengthened,” Liu stated.

One of the primary measures being implemented is for local governments to buy units that have gone unsold owing to low demand and rent them out as cheap housing in pilot schemes that are national policy.

As part of the newest policy easing, the central bank announced the establishment of a 300 billion yuan ($42 billion) fund to finance the purchase of vacant homes by state-owned enterprises and local governments for use as affordable housing.

China’s economy expanded at a healthy 5.3% rate in the first quarter of this year, but this is rather slow for a developing country, and signals of fragility remain.

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On Friday, the National Bureau of Statistics said that manufacturing output increased by 6.7% in April compared to the previous year, while investment in fixed assets such as factory equipment increased by 4.2%.

However, housing starts plummeted nearly 25% yearly, while sales by floor area fell 20%. Financing for property projects declined by 25%.

Retail sales increased only 2.3% in April.

Officials predicted demand would revive as the government implemented initiatives encouraging people to sell their old cars and appliances and acquire new ones.

SOURCE – (AP)

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