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.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.
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!