Musings —04.26.2013 02:49 PM—
As you may be aware, I am the House Communist© at Sun News. I write a couple columns for them a week, and I go on their TV network a couple times a week.
It’s unlikely you’ve ever seen me on the network, given that it is nestled up near channel 682 on your dial. After the foreign-language channels that you pay for.
I don’t, of course, agree with 99 per cent of what is said on the Sun News Network. In fact, I go on there to gleefully rebut it. I also go on to defend just about every single misdeed and misstep that progressives make, real or perceived (usually perceived). I enjoy it.
I’m a Liberal from Alberta, so I am used to being surrounded by conservatives. They don’t scare me. At Sun News, in fact, they’re pretty good to me. With the exception of one celebrated incident, they let me say and write whatever I want. That hasn’t ever happened to me at any other media joint, including the ones owned by self-described progressives.
Anyway. The CRTC hearings about Sun News have been of more than passing interest to me, even though I’m just a Sun contributor, not an employee. Mainly, I’ve been interested in the Sun opponents who have been invited to appear. Here’s a short summary of some of the ones who are showing up.
- Gustavo Ruiz: Gustavo is kind of angry. He wants Stephen Harper charged with treason. In his missive to the CRTC, Gustavo said, after he eyeballed Sun News, he felt “like taking a shower in a desperate effort to clean off the filth.” Wow! He also says Sun News “should be banned from the public airwaves” because we have a “fascist ideology.” Holy smokes! In my punk rock youth, when I wrote songs about smashing the state, I would have punched Gustavo in the face for that. In my old age, I just wonder: “Why would the CRTC invite a charter member of the tin foil brigade to testify?”
- Jeff Hanks: Jeff is an Occupy guy, and I kind of like that. Anyone who read Fight The Right knows I liked the Occupiers. In his missive to the CRTC, however, Jeff said he didn’t “want this offensive garbage on cable filling Canadians with propaganda from gov’ts and corporations. The future of a Canada that is equal, environmentally minded, socially just is at stake. If these people are allowed on cable it will be very harmful to people that do not have a lot of education and are vulnerable to their ideas that are setting back Canada 20-30 years.” Hmm. What I found a bit offensive, there – and quite un-Occupy – was Jeff’s apparent suggestion is that you, the public, are morons and automatons, who believe every damn thing you see on TV. That’s silly. So, possibly, is Jeff.
- Dimitri Lascaris: Dimitri is a lawyer and a seemingly accomplished fellow. In his request to appear before the CRTC, he said that Sun news is “a propaganda organ and is designed to mislead and manipulate the public into supporting an agenda that is decidedly pro-business.” Like Jeff, above, Dimitri is implying that Canadians are uncritical, unintelligent empty vessels, into which the evil Sun News overlords pour Satanic thoughts. Believe me, Dimitri: if we could do that, we’d be doing that to get you to buy expensive stuff you don’t need, not just watch a TV show.
- Kevin Donaldson: Kevin is 18 years old, but he wears ties and vests in public. That alone should result in him being banned, not Sun News. Bow ties are worse than vests, but not by much.
- Matthew Hays: Mr. Hays is journalist, and – as such – he works for lots of different news organizations. Ie., Sun News’ competitors. In that way, he’s like Glen McGregor, except more accomplished.
- Tod Maffin: Tod is kind of like Matthew, above, but way worse. Tod’s actually the CBC’s “national technology columnist.” He’s paid by the CBC to do his thing. He says Sun News is “garbage,” “absolutely biased,” and: “[Sun News] should NOT be allowed on Canadian television. I am appalled that the CRTC is even considering adding this channel to basic cable. Please, toss Sun “News” off the air.” It is so obvious it doesn’t even merit saying, but here goes: the views of someone paid by a competitor are, well, the views of someone paid by a competitor. They’re what you’d expect. Pepsi vs. Coke, Tory vs. Grit, Hatfield vs. McCoy. Does anyone really listen to what one side says about the other? Well, no. Duh.
- Michael Sona: He’s the guy who is facing charges by Elections Canada. My suggestion that some other folks accused of breaking the law – Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen – be brought in by the CRTC have, so far, gone unanswered. How come? Not fair!
Anyway, I’ve had some fun, but you get the point, I hope. CRTC, by all means, do your job. Hear from both sides.
But, for the love God, can you get a better crop of opponents?