On news programs you will often hear references to the Fraser Institute
and the C. D. Howe Institute. These are both right-wing organizations and
their pronouncements are always the same, slash expenditures and lower
taxes. This means slash social programs and reduce the taxes paid by the
rich. The Fraser Institute hired Mike Harris when he left office as
An acquaintance, who is a news broadcaster, told me that he received
constant messages from the Fraser urging him to use their right-wing stuff.
I think that news programs, if they use the stuff at all, should preface the
item as being from a right-wing institute. I have complained to stations a
couple of times but perhaps more complaints would help.
To just broadcast the statements by these institutes without revealing
their slant give them a sense of authenticity which is misleading.