Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I have a special place in my heart for Canada. And this report only makes my affection for our neighbors to the north even stronger:
Fox News' Lies Keep Them Out of Canada By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported News
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 will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canadian 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.
Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result 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 that have pretty much disappeared on the US 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 is 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 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. In the Unites States, 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.
If only we were as kind to our citizens as Canada is to hers.
HERE IS A VIDEO THAT DOCUMENTS THE LIES AND DISTORTIONS OF FAUX NOOZ:
FAUX NOOZ's Bill O'Reilly in an interview with Mike Tobin, a reporter for FAUX NOOZ, talked about union violence and the protests in Wisconsin while FAUX NOOZ ran a tape of unruly and violent protesters. But get this: O'Reilly and Tobin are talking about Wisconsin demonstrators while FAUX roles a tape showing disruptive demonstrators WITH PALM TREES IN THE BACKGROUND AND PEOPLE IN SHIRT SLEEVES!
More deception and misrepresentation from FAUX NOOZ!
Watch it here.
h/t FOK News Channel
And speaking of FAUX NOOZ, be sure to check out Keith Olbermann's new not-for-profit blog: