In addition to leaving comments at the CRTC site until Feb 9, there is now a petition circulating. If you would take a moment to sign it, I’d appreciate it! Sign here.
As many of you know, I am a Canadian. And if you read any of my political writing, you know I tend to lean left. I have railed against the ridiculousness of US politics and felt particularly angry about how Fox News operates.
For those of you who don’t live here, we have a regulatory commission that oversees broadcasting in Canada. This body is called the Canadian Radio and Telecommunication Commission. I recently became aware of a long-standing rule that this commission has and it surprised me. It states that broadcasters ‘shall not broadcast any false or misleading news’.
Cool huh? Clearly and pristinely stated.
Well, shock me to death to hear that this rule, a bastion for truth in broadcasting, is waiting on approval of a change. Yes you heard me right. They now want to change the rule to say that they can’t broadcast any false or misleading news when it endangers lives. So now they want to allow broadcasters to have the options to lie to us at will.
WTF???? Are you kidding me? What the hell would this rule change possibly buy anyone? Who would want this?
You may recall awhile back I mentioned SunTV in Canada wanted to create a sort of Fox News North. Now they didn’t get the changes they wanted from the cable companies but they are going to go ahead with changes apparently.
So we have a conservative Prime Minister in office who is well-known for message control. We have a commission that is making a very strange rule change. And we have a broadcaster that wants a right wing focused station. Now, I’ll leave the math to you.
Do I know the Prime Minister’s Office is colluding with SunTV and the CRTC to make this happen? No. But you have to admit this series of events looks mighty suspicious.
I’m just at a loss for words that anyone could want to knowingly change the broadcasting rules to allow deliberate falsehoods to be delivered as truth without some sort of clandestine agenda. Call me a conspiracy theorist. It’s all I can see in this case.
If this story offends you in any way, feel free to write the CRTC, who is accepting comments until February 9, 2011. You can find the comment page here. This references submission 2011-14 at the site. Read the rules carefully.
Here’s the original article I read, here.
Please also take a few minutes to express your outrage to the following people:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff: Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca
NDP Leader Jack Layton: Layton.J@parl.gc.ca
Bloq Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe: Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca
Thank you for listening whether you participate or not. Any comments sent in are greatly and thankfully appreciated. And I mean that even if you disagree with me. It’s important we all participate in our democracy and exercise our freedoms!