This is from last year, but it still has “bite” and “traction”. Remember, Fox News was caught using footage from Athens, labelling it as being from Moscow (palm trees in a Muscovite winter… I think not!). At present, Fox is claiming that Romney’s ahead… no responsible foreign outlet seconds that. In short, Fox lies, yet again. God have mercy on the ordinary folk who get taken in by such obvious propaganda for the Barracuda Free Market… and on those taken in by Fox’s alter-ego in the Corporate Media, CNN. Both manipulate the news, both aren’t worthy of cred.
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 the Wisconsin border. Fox News won’t be moving into Canada after all! The reason is that, last week, Canadian regulators announced they’d reject efforts by Canada’s rightwing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news. Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news”. The provision has kept Fox News and rightwing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. Because of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987.
Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism… concepts that have pretty much disappeared on the American airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish the anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him, fearing that their tradition of honest non-partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased, and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper’s proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, “Sun TV News”, which Canadians call “Fox News North“. Harper, often referred to as “George W Bush‘s Mini-Me,” is known for having mounted a Bush-like war on government scientists, data collectors, transparency, and enlightenment in general. He’s a wizard of all the familiar tools of demagoguery; false patriotism, bigotry, fear, selfishness, and belligerent religiosity.
Harper’s attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking isn’t an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial élites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public. In the USA, Fox News and talk radio, the sock puppets of billionaires and corporate robber barons, have become the masters of propaganda and distortion on the public airwaves. Fox News’ notoriously biased and dishonest coverage of the Wisconsin’s protests is a prime example of the brand of news coverage Canada has smartly avoided.
11 March 2011
Robert F Kennedy Jr
Reader Supported News
Stephen Harper is PM of Canada only due to the slo-mo realignment taking place up there. The Liberals (the “Grits” in CanSpeak) are dying… the New Democrats are taking their place as the major opposition party (the Liberals may end as a pro-federal Francophone bloc after all the dust settles). Because of this, and Canada’s “first past the post” election law (a candidate need not gain a majority, only a plurality of the votes cast), the Conservatives have won the past two elections (that is, they won a minority of the vote, but a majority of the seats). However, the New Conservatives (the old PCs died with Joe Clark and Mulroney… the New Conservatives are mostly the old Alliance bunch) won’t last… in Canada, things move more slowly than in the USA, as Canadians are more truly conservative than Americans are. After all, Canada is the home of the “Loyal Americans”, the United Empire Loyalists… reflect on that.
There is NO conservatism in the USA… it’s the home of the first of the Three Great Humanist Revolutions, after all. Reflect on that one, too…