Friday, June 11, 2010

Right Wing Network Would be a Playground for Quebec-Bashers

Word coming out this week about Pierre-Karl Peladeau's plans of setting up a "Fox News" type network for Canada. This is worrisome. There are many people out there who are just waiting to hear that it is good to hate someone.

Peladeau of course knows what side his bread is buttered on. After all, there is no doubt that such a station will pander to big-spending corporate interests... with the side benefit of converting more poorly educated working class people into raving Reform Cons who will line up like lemmings to vote against their own best interest.

I think there are two possible means of neutralizing it, if it were to become a serious proposal or reality.

1. to mount a massive letter-writing, Facebook, whatever campaign to the CRTC, just pointing out the obvious:

* Fox News isn't News it is propaganda - it is an institution set up specifically with the goal of brainwashing Americans in mind. We don't need that in Canada.

* Despite the myth that our media is biased against the right, a guy whose core political/social views are probably only shared by less than 10% of the population has succeeded in taking power - that is plenty of evidence right there that the media is balanced and responsible.

2. Establishment of an equally well-funded counterpoint network ~ not a "Mr. Nice Guy" intellectual counterpoint such as "The Daily Show", PBS or "Air America" ~ but a rip-roarin', braindead, incendiary, propaganda purveyor of venom that will appeal to the same demographic as Fox News (white, less-educated, church-goin' males) Something more along the lines of Bill Maher, but again, he is far too intellectual, too logical.

HOWEVER, and it's a big however, I have serious doubts that this will all come to pass in Canada.

Why? Because any such network in Canada, in the course of its daily existence, will, by definition, become a gathering place for anti-French rhetoric and provocation.

Likewise, a far-right network in Quebec will be the mirror image - a place to spew rabid anti-English hatred.

Hopefully, this pointless, useless and destructive exercise will be avoided.


The Mound of Sound said...

It might not be such a bad idea. The Harper neo-cons have gone to extraordinary lengths to depict themselves as moderates and they've lulled a lot of voters with that. Could it hurt to let them show their lunatic "red meat" side for what it is? That might also drive a long overdue wedge between the far right and their water carriers in the MSM, outfits like CTV and CanWest.

ck said...

Quebec bashing from shows off a channel owned by a long established Quebecois company. Is it just me? Or does anyone else see the irony in all of this?

A 24/7 infomercial for the Harpercons. How frightening is that? I'd be very afraid. Why we already have something resembling Glenn Beck; Ezzy Levant.

I dunno check the facebook groups, check the web for on line petitions; write the CRTC; We must at least let them know how we feel about Harpercon infomercials all the time.

Next thing we know, we'll have our own Harpercon version of Glenn Beck's 9/12--the Canadian tea-bagger hit parade

Anonymous said...

re: point #2. You wouldn't need to establish a new network. You already have the CBC.