Canada: Stop "Fox News North"
Old 09-02-2010, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Prime Minister Harper is trying to push American-style hate media onto our airwaves, and make us all pay for it.

His plan is to create a "Fox News North" to mimic the kind of hate-filled propaganda with which Fox News has poisoned U.S. politics. The channel will be run by Harper’s former top aide and will be funded with money from our cable TV fees!

One man stands in the way of this nightmare -- the Chairman of Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Konrad von Finckenstein. He's rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let's urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper's pressure. Sign the petition below and forward this email to everyone -- we'll publish full page ads in Canadian papers when we reach 100,000:

Harper hatched his scheme in a secret lunch last year with media-mogul Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News. Harper's top aide Kory Teneycke also came to the lunch, and then left the government to head up Sun Media Newspapers and the new "Fox News North".

Fox News fuels hate. While constantly claiming to be “fair” and “balanced”, it allows hysterical anchors like Glenn Beck to compare Obama to "Lucifer" and "Hitler". Bill O’Reilly, another anchor, has threatened to boycott Canada, and Anne Coulter says Canada is “lucky the US allows it to exist on the same continent.” The network has calculatingly spawned the tea party movement in the US, a mobilisation of the fringe right which threatens violence upon its opponents and wears guns to political rallies.

This is a fight for the soul of Canadian democracy. Our media is not perfect, but a ‘news’ network that slavishly serves a political agenda through mass manipulation and fear threatens the fabric of our democratic society.

The CRTC is part of our democracy -- it was made an independent commission precisely in order to protect against this kind of government manipulation of the media. Harper knows that he must bully his way through this institution in order to create Fox News North. And there are dark rumours in Ottawa that if von Finckenstein will not leave his job, Harper will simply force him to give in. Von Finckenstein is upholding the best tradition of Canadian democracy and civil service in the face of a full scale attack on that tradition. Let's show him, and Harper, that Canada stands with him.

"Fox News North" is Harper's long term strategy to make radical conservatism the political centre in Canada, tearing down the country we love to make us look like the U.S. Thankfully, Konrad von Finckenstein and the CRTC are standing in his way -- let's stand with them.

With hope,

Ricken, Emma, Iain, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources:

Globe and Mail, “Is Harper set to move against the CRTC?”:

CBC, “The absolute last thing this country needs”:

Globe and Mail, CRTC refuses Sun TV's bid for preferred status on dial

The Star, “Harper’s foxy luncheon”

Mediaite, “Canada and Ann Coulter: a volatile relationship”

Media Matters, “Glenn Beck compares Obama to Lucifer”

Media Matters, “Glenn Beck smears Obama’s 11 year old daughter”

The Examiner: “Bill O’Reilly again confuses facts about Canadian health care system”
I've just signed a petition to the CRTC urging them to stand strong and resist the PM's calls for a conservative propaganda news network. Whether you belive this story or not, if you're against a news organisation like Fox existing in Canada, please join me in signing:

Canada: Stop "Fox News North"
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shouldn't the public decide what to watch and what not to watch? I'm not in for censorship. I'm not for publicly funded broadcasters either. Especially ones that profit off of Hockey.
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Shouldn't the public decide what to watch and what not to watch? I'm not in for censorship. I'm not for publicly funded broadcasters either. Especially ones that profit off of Hockey.
The airwaves are public. They belong to all of us. Or should we privatize the air? At what point do I become wholly owned by corporations? Count me as someone that wishes to be a citizen before being counted as the stereotypically disgruntled taxpayer.

And news programming with a blatant political agenda is poisonous to civil discourse. Bias in reporting and presenting information is one thing: it's unavoidable to a degree and can be recognized and balanced out by seeking out multiple viewpoints. Starting with a biased viewpoint and molding news presentations strictly around promoting it is an entirely different matter. It's garbage and should not be given any chance of presenting itself as credible, or fair and balanced.

Oversight of these sorts of things exists for a reason, in the same way that cases that do not meet a certain standard do not go to court. Mucking up the system for the benefit of a single ideological movement is not a great idea, and the way this has come together speaks to motivations to do just that.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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why is it "American style hate media" when 60+ countries have biased news agency's
if its private dollars then he can put it on and the audience will decide to watch it
if people arent watching it, it will lose money and go off the air
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why is it "American style hate media" when 60+ countries have biased news agency's
if its private dollars then he can put it on and the audience will decide to watch it
if people arent watching it, it will lose money and go off the air
Actually there is a thing called the CRTC. The airwaves are ours, and should be regulated as such, and not just rented out to the highest bidder. The fact that the CRTC is facing political interference in order to allow the PM's buddy to get this through should worry anybody and everybody.

And how will it lose money if we pay for it through our cable fees? Whether it is watched or not will not effect it's profitability. It's the way the capitalist system works when you start off at the top of the food chain. Brilliant huh?

If this was just a matter of biased news that would be one thing. It's actually mostly opinion, with news coverage being a very secondary concern after the promotion of specific ideological viewpoints, and the support of the most extreme conservative politicians. The Republican Party once had a wide range of representatives and thinkers in their ranks. Now if you say something that does not fall in line with the FOX talking points, you will lose your job and lose your support and be tossed out of the party altogether. Just ask David Frum.

Our political system already suffers from the injection of extremists from the US as advisers to the PM. And the attempt to make the political system generally unworkable has already succeeded to a large extent. To go to further extremes is not something that should be taken lightly as a case of laissez faire economics.

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Its just to balance the scales against he left wing propaganda media that we pay for....the CBC
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Shouldn't the public decide what to watch and what not to watch? I'm not in for censorship. I'm not for publicly funded broadcasters either. Especially ones that profit off of Hockey.
I agree with you, and that's why I don't care much for the CRTC. At the same time, if these are the systems in place to regulate the air waves, then it fundamentally does not make any sense for the Prime Minister, of all people, to circumvent the existing regulatory framework.
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Its just to balance the scales against he left wing propaganda media that we pay for....the CBC
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my issue with this has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the underhanded way it is being implemented. staffing the key position within sun media with a former harper spokesperson, and threatening to fire the crtc head for not giving them the license - when it is not available through the usual regulatory framework - is blatant tampering by the pmo in an area where they should have no influence. this is just more media control from our pm, and a very dangerous sort.
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my issue with this has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the underhanded way it is being implemented. staffing the key position within sun media with a former harper spokesperson, and threatening to fire the crtc head for not giving them the license - when it is not available through the usual regulatory framework - is blatant tampering by the pmo in an area where they should have no influence. this is just more media control from our pm, and a very dangerous sort.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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funny, I dont see Harper as far right as fox news

but with a name like von Finckenstein, I feel like I should support him

and fyi, Media Matters is headed by a democrat, wrote The Republican Noise Machine and gets money from a democratic foundation
but somebody needs to keep tabs on Faux News
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here is some background that is worth reading. although i'm sure the globe and mail will be accused of being a socialist propoganda machine for pointing this out:

Is Stephen Harper set to move against the CRTC? - The Globe and Mail

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Last year, as revealed by The Canadian Press, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lunched in New York with Roger Ailes, president of Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch, who owns it. Kory Teneycke, Mr. Harper’s former spokesman, was also present at the unannounced event.

Mr. Teneycke later became the point man for Quebecor’s Pierre Karl Péladeau in his effort to create a right-wing television network modelled along the lines of Fox News. The new network is a high priority for Mr. Harper, for whom controlling the message has always been – witness his government vetting program – of paramount importance.

In this regard, he scored a fantastic coup when Mr. Teneycke became head, courtesy of Mr. Péladeau, of Sun Media’s political coverage. It’s not every day that a prime minister sees his one-time spokesperson taking control of a giant media chain’s coverage of his government. What, one wonders, will our journalism schools be telling their students about that?

As remarkable as it was, it received scant attention because the focus was on the TV bid. That bid hit a roadblock last month when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission declared that the top-category type of broadcasting licence being sought by Quebecor would not be available – if at all – until Oct. 1, 2011, at the earliest.

Observers of Mr. Harper have long noted that he doesn’t take kindly to commissions or agencies or anyone else who tends to get in the way of his wishes. It’s only necessary to look at what happened at, among others, Rights and Democracy, Elections Canada, the Nuclear Safety Commission and Parliament.
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The CRTC chair is Konrad von Finckenstein, and his term doesn’t end until 2012. But insiders report that Mr. Harper now wants him out well before that date and replaced by a rubber stamper. The independently minded Mr. von Finckenstein, who did not respond to queries on the matter, is reportedly being offered judgeships and ambassadorships, one post being Chile. So far, he’s not biting. But the bait might get bigger.

In addition, CRTC vice-chair Michel Arpin is being ushered out the door. His term expires at the end of the month; he’d like to stay on, but his request is not being granted.

Names being floated as a replacement for either the chair or vice-chair include none other than Mr. Péladeau’s long-time right-hand man, Luc Lavoie. Mr. Lavoie is a competent fellow but, given his Péladeau ties, the idea sounds far-fetched, positively galling. But, then again, when has galling ever stopped Stephen Harper?
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Mr. Harper is benefiting very nicely from the Péladeau connection. When Mr. Teneycke took over Sun Media’s political coverage, one of his first moves was to unload columnist Greg Weston. Mr. Weston, one of the most straight-shooting and incisive columnists around, broke the fake-lake story before the G20 summit. His reward? The noose.
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The CRTC is supposed to have some independence. It is supposed be at arm’s length. But, in this government, arm’s length has a different meaning, as in knuckles’ length.

Among those hearing about the pending CRTC shakeup is Ian Morrison of the advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. As he correctly points out, the integrity of the CRTC has to be defended. “You can’t have the Prime Minister handing out radio and TV licences.”
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Fox News should come on Canadian networks hand in hand with Al Jazeera. Lets just get views from every media machine. Its only fair the public decides.
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Canada has no term limits for PMs....I was completely oblivious to this :facepalm:
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Fox News should come on Canadian networks hand in hand with Al Jazeera. Lets just get views from every media machine. Its only fair the public decides.
I want to audition for the part of Canadian Glen Beck
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Few things of note here...the CRTC is run by a bunch of political junkies with many many many ties to the Liberals on parliament hill. Secondly they are counter productive to business in this country and allow big companies with members on their board to continue to deprave Canadians of real technology and competition.


And before you kill me, I am not just a CRTC basher, but I'm also a client, and member.

Why can't be easy and just let the Canadian people decide what they want to watch. Or are we too stupid that the gov't and crtc need to hold our hands and tell us what is or is not good for us.


A plague on both their houses.
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if you can name a situation in the past where a crtc staffer was threatened with the loss of his job prior to the term coming to an end because he let the legitimate process of regulation come between the pmo and direct support of a media outlet i will concede your point.

putting 'political junkies' in gov't agencies when vacancies come up is one thing. disposing of people before the end of their term when they have done nothing but enforce the regulations that it is their job to enforce is quite another.

also, it should be noted that von finkenstein was appointed to his position in january 2007 by the harper government. it's not like he is a liberal crony.
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if you can name a situation in the past where a crtc staffer was threatened with the loss of his job prior to the term coming to an end because he let the legitimate process of regulation come between the pmo and direct support of a media outlet i will concede your point.

putting 'political junkies' in gov't agencies when vacancies come up is one thing. disposing of people before the end of their term when they have done nothing but enforce the regulations that it is their job to enforce is quite another.

also, it should be noted that von finkenstein was appointed to his position in january 2007 by the harper government. it's not like he is a liberal crony.
I dont need to name a specific situation for you. I can name about 50 where in the last month where they have completely ignored process and regulation and awarded spectrum to Bell/Telus only to see them shelve that spectrum so competition can't use it a,llowing them to continue to charge Canadians whatever they damn well please while not allowing for a fair market.
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i'm not suggesting that the crtc is without fault. but i suppose if their choices suit the powers that be, no one need worry about their employment. that's pretty much what i've been saying.
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i'm not suggesting that the crtc is without fault. but i suppose if their choices suit the powers that be, no one need worry about their employment. that's pretty much what i've been saying.
Er Go.... "A Plague on Both Their Houses
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