Oh Canada.

7 Mar

There are many reasons to admire the Canadians. As a nation they have not started any wars. Their racism seems of a low wattage variety and their attempts to right the manifold wrongs done to their First Peoples are low on the disingenuous scale (certainly lower than their Southern neighbors—actually the further south in the this hemisphere you travel,the more criminal[read genocidal] the treatment of Indians). Canada has recognized the need for (affordable) universal health care and in general the country seems an extremely congenial place to visit or live. And it cannot go without mention that Canada brought the world the non-pareil Schmenge brothers. At the moment the only thing that besmirches my pro Canadian sentiments is the large place that hockey seems to occupy in the their culture. (On the other hand they are big on curling.)

Now comes a report by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.( one of those Kennedys who works for a living—as President, of the Waterkeeper Alliance and a professor at Pace University) with the headline

Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada

Apparently, Canada has a law called the Radio Act which requires that “a licenser may not broadcast….any false or misleading news.” And that provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada. You have to love Kennedy’s rhetoric as well as his conclusion:

…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’s notoriously biased and dishonest coverage of the Wisconsin’s protests is a prime example of the brand of news coverage Canada has smartly avoided.

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One Response to “Oh Canada.”

  1. Pierre Lourens March 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    My envy of the Canadian people knows no bounds. It’s cold there, though.

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