My Poynter: Assessing the Importance of ‘The Tyee’

The Tyee Logo - Large - Photo

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by Connor Foote

Lotus Land Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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I’m not really too leftist. I’m liberal, but I like money. (Does that make sense?) I just thought it was important to state that right off the hop, because websites like The Tyee carry their own baggage, and it’s often baggage they haven’t asked for or packed for.

The Tyee. The Texas Tribune. The Voice of San Diego. Tunisia-Live

There is a growing bastion of locally based websites that probe and prod into their respective governments, states, provinces, and small North African countries.

(I’d include The Oregonian in this list, but it’s actually part of a chain with roots in print.)

The Tyee is a leading member of this club, and it was one of the first. It exists as a thwart to the establishment, and that’s why it has such a “hippie” reputation. Of course, real news media is supposed to thwart the establishment. It’s supposed to an institution. It’s supposed to provide for responsible government and restore the once-great practice of checks and balances.

It’s not supposed to tow the line, and The Tyee certainly doesn’t.

The Tyee will become the most important media presence in British Columbia in the very near future, if it isn’t already. Instead of washed-out plugs like The Province and The Vancouver Sun (both are the only major daily newspapers in Vancouver and both are owned by the same company, if that isn’t crazy enough), The Tyee is its own person. It’s independent. It’s owned by itself, and it works for itself.

And, Hell, it’s just really damn pretty. Right?

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The Tyee - Front Page Header Screenshot - TheTyee.ca

The Tyee - Front Page Screenshot - TheTyee.ca