Fox News' Lies Keep Them Out of Canada
CRTC ditches bid to allow fake news - The Globe and Mail
With the Middle East and other big stories taking the spotlight, this little big story flew under the radar even in Canada last week, but it deserves mention. Perhaps this thread belongs in Media/Culture, but since it was instigated and pushed by the Prime Minister in Canada, it goes beyond a simple media or culture issue.
Conservative PM Stephen Harper made a push recently to have communications regulators ditch the part of Canadian law that says a media outlet can not give "false or misleading" news.
You have the freedom as an individual to lie to other individuals or groups of people, but not on the airwaves in Canada, and Canadians quickly rose up and let their voices be heard loud and clear that they would not stand for a repeal of that law.
The CRTC (Canadian Radio/TV Telecommunications Commission) held up their regulations last week and quickly ditched any plans to review that clause, in keeping with the majority of Canadians wishes to not have to endure crazy-talk on the radio and flat out lies from a bid to try to get Fox News expanded into Canada or at least for some kind of Fox News-style of broadcasting that depends on alluring weak-minded people into believing things not based on facts.
It says something about the right-wing even in Canada that they knew they'd have to repeal the law against lying in the media in order to get some kind of Fox News Canada up here, or to open the doors on Canadian airwaves to hatemongers like Rush Limbaugh.
Canadians are very proud of the CBC and CBC Newsworld, which are non-partisan and offer a degree of journalism akin to the BBC and Al Jazeera worldwide with reporting on matters that matter more than constant Charlie Sheen coverage or talking heads who sit around telling themselves things that aren't true and then making up their minds to believe those things must be true.
Journalism akin to al Jazeera!?