Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fox News Is Not Coming to Canada - For Now

Really great news from Canada:
As America's middle class battles for its survival on the Wisconsin barricades -- against various Koch Oil surrogates and the corporate toadies at Fox News -- fans of enlightenment, democracy and justice can take comfort from a significant victory north of Wisconsin border. Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canada regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada's right wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.
In your face, Harper! In your face, Fox News! Yay for my fellow Canadians who have proven yet again that they deserve the name of civilized, progressive people.

Just consider how bankrupt today's Conservatives are if they freely admit they need lies to support their agenda:
Harper's attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television is a stark admission that right wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking is not an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial elites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public.
I'm glad that Canadians showed Fox News exactly where it can stick its ridiculous propaganda. Of course, now we have to prepare for yet another assault on Canadian laws guaranteeing that newscasts are limited to broadcasting news instead of spreading lies.

Thank you, Angie, for sending me the link to this hopeful article!


eric said...

Today America, tomorrow the world!

Patrick said...

Of course, now the Liberal Lying Networks (CTV, Global & CBC) can distribute propaganda against the conservatives without a whimper of opposition.

Of course, Liberals refuse to believe they could ever misrepresent anything. They are incapable of lying by virtue of their progressive nature.

Clarissa said...

Patrick: you can't seriously compare any other newschannel in North America to Fox in terms of lying, can you?

And if you have caught CTV and CBC shelling out straight lies, I understand it that you can seek a remedy under the laws of your country. Why not do that?

Patrick said...

Propaganda by it's very nature isn't lying - it's the omission of truth.

Canadian media is all over the the Federal Conservatives for overspending during the 2006 election. Big News! How EVIL!! Their senators are doing their job and killing bad legislation. HOW EVIL!! HOW BAD!!

Look at the coverage of the Mulroney kick-back scam. He was vilified. Compare that to the coverage of the Sponsorship scandal (where Liberal supporters walked away with BILLIONS) - Chretian was portrayed as a hero.

It's not about 'lying' as much as it is about not telling the truth.

Look at the reaction to my comment on your Ohio post - you would say I'm lying because I believe a fetus is alive. I think your lying when you deny it.
In a conservative society, we get to debate it. In a liberal progressive society, I'm 'lying' and need to be censored.

Clarissa said...

There are many different definitions of propaganda.

Fox News deals in outright lies. That, I think, is indisputable.

It is also indisputable that a fetus is not dead. Ergo, it's alive. You are not positioning yourself as a newschannel, so you can lie as much as you want. :-)

I have a feeling you are not talking to me here. I never said that you lie, that fetuses are not alive, or that you need to be censored. It's difficult to have a discussion when people assign some strange beliefs to you and then debate them.

Anonymous said...

You're a puppet of an imaginary boogeyman, Clarissa. :P

Facts are not up for debate, Patrick. News networks are to report truth, not present misguided opinion as fact, and that is what Fox does. It's an opinion machine.

Clarissa said...

"Some people say" is also not a reliable source of information. On my blog, I have not used it a single time. Everything I report is accompanied by a link or a quote. Fox News, however, repeats the mantra of "some people say" like a crazed parrot.

Patrick said...

Brittany - if you think you ever got 'truth' from the the news networks, then you are sadly deluded. EVERYTHING is viewed through the prism of one's own prejudices and experiences - thus there is NO FACTS. Only interpretation of evidence.

Clarissa said...

I saw a report on the news yesterday about a tornado we had passing through my area. The tornado seemed like fact. Especially given that I witnessed it myself. :-)