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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friends of the Canadian Taxpayer
Liberals tend to prefer Thomas Jefferson’s vision of religious liberty to the one actually enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, so here’s one for them, from his bill for religious freedom in Virginia: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”
NPR has fired Juan Williams for the sin of confessing that he sometimes feels fear when he sees a Muslim in obvious religious garb seated near him on an airplane. Williams made his confession on Fox News, a private network. Those who find the opinions expressed on Fox News abhorrent are free to turn it off, depriving it of viewers and transitively of ad dollars. But those of us who believe that NPR propagates a worldview we do not share, and that it furthermore has treated Williams abhorrently, are nevertheless compelled to keep on providing 16 percent of its member stations’ operating revenue.
Sixteen percent, eh? Try sixty percent. That's how much of the CBC's revenue comes from you and me, whether we watch the remnants of Peter Mansbridge's hairline or not. When will the CBC die? My guess is within days of Don Cherry announcing his retirement.
There is a beautiful irony that such an engine of Leftist propaganda has been held aloft, for two decades now, by a seventy-six year old Horatio Alger reading conservative monarchist. His favourite historical figure? Lord Nelson. I'm not much of a hockey fan, but I've always been a fan of Don Cherry. Hockey and Grapes are the only reason a sane man would watch the CBC.
Posted by Richard Anderson on October 30, 2010 | Permalink
Any doubt about what he would have said to tax payers being obligated to fund abortions, gay pride and various cultural events?
Posted by: Alain | 2010-10-30 7:24:02 PM
Indeed. The incident with Juan Williams and NPR is deplorable and should be subject to public review and consideration of pulling public funding for NPR. Williams, whom I often do not agree with, is a literate, consideration, and knowledgable black man, was sorrowfully mistreated by NPR. Why? Because he did not cow-tow to their Leftist/statist agenda like a good Uncle Tom? I propose that it is the NPR who is racist.
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2010-10-31 12:57:26 AM
In comparison to Stephen Harper, Don Cherry is a fricken genius. Why does the CBC tolerate him? Because the second Cherry is fired, he goes to TSN and takes the entire HNIC audience with him. As much as the statists don't like to believe it, Cherry is an icon of the first order and loved by billions. They must live with him...or perish.
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2010-10-31 1:02:21 AM
Yup, AB Patriot - But perhaps it is a Western thing.
Posted by: The LS from SK | 2010-10-31 8:25:57 AM
Cherry is a loud mouthed wind bag , but he is our windbag and hockey would not be the same without him. And those clothes....the USA has nothing to compare.
I think Juan Williams was fired because he was seen as being friendly to Fox news and that was a sore point with the far left NPR.
Posted by: peterj | 2010-10-31 4:28:36 PM
Cherry is universal. It's like his comment back when Patrick Roy was embarrassed by the coach of the Canadiens, forced to stay in net with goal after goal slipping part him. What was the point of that? No thinking coach would have kept his goalie, even someone as great as Roy, when it was clear he was broken. It was personal, and the coach hated Roy. He hated Roy because Roy was great at what he did. Roy hated Montreal (He would have preferred to play for the Nordiques) and the coach was just rubbing it in. Roy walked off the ice, went to the GM, and demanded he be traded the next day or he quits. Cherry called the treatment of Roy disgusting, and even said the coach was jealous of Roy. Too bad for Montreal. Roy went to Colorado and won the Cup. Montreal may never see another Cup again. Of course, that cesspool doesn't deserve it. Cherry is smarter than everyone, that is for sure.
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2010-10-31 4:33:58 PM
I find interesting that CBC ran a long television documentary days before the 2 November 2010 U.S.A. elections excoriating the Republicans for using dirty tricks in previous elections. This, IMHO, was a blatant attempt to throw support to the Democrats. How can the CBC justify public funding after this. Oh, yeah! They are eastern Canadian liberals.
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-11-02 9:52:17 AM
CBC trying to throw support to the Democrats? From who? The Don Cherry crowd? As a public broadcaster, CBC walks a very dangerous cross more often than not. While privatizing it is the only option, there's not a chance that it will survive. It will likely devolve into a community access channel, with a viewership of a dozen.
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2010-11-02 6:03:03 PM
CBC feeds off the public teat, just as many of us do. Therefore it will survive; at least as long as Canadian Health Care and the Old Age Security do. How could any political party, under usual circumstances, do away with those?
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-11-03 12:49:22 PM
HA HA!! I loved the post!! Your wit and humor is too good! Keep it up!!
This is Joshua from Israeli Uncensored News
Posted by: Joshua | 2010-11-04 1:41:09 AM
Where went the Western Standard? Was it something I wrote? Is someone ill?
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-11-04 2:20:49 PM
Only a sane man would watch the CBC? Are you kidding? How many government cover ups and abuses have they revealed or been the major light towards? Walkerton? The Roman Catholic abusive priests, the Liberals sponsorship scandle, the crazy conservative chick mp? Where else would you acutally get news about Canada as a whole? Its cheaper and more profitable to give celebrity news 24/7 or do spin about the lastest products that sponsors are making/doing (ie CTV/Global). CBC bites the hand that feeds it - as should all good journalist programs. Ya lets go back to a Hurst situation - watch "DeadWood" on HBO, a good capalistic drama for you wiht not much good to say about that . . .
Posted by: Magnus Bond | 2010-11-04 9:57:55 PM
Agha , this it what happens when you let sadists like Shane Matthews and 419 take over the comment section.
Posted by: don b | 2010-11-05 10:31:33 AM
Magnus, as long as the CBC is beholden to the state, it will only bite so hard. Kind of like a dog that knows what it's master will do if it plays too rough. Let people watch whatever they want, just don't make me pay for your viewing preferences.
Posted by: TM | 2010-11-05 11:09:46 AM
you misspelled " fascist "
Posted by: 419 | 2010-11-05 2:06:18 PM
The per capita cost of funding the CBC is what? 30 bucks a year plus change? The per cap cost in SK of funding free loading rural conservative welfare bum farmers is over $700 per annum. Until you right whinge hypocrites are up to addressing the latter, don't whine to me about the CBC.
Posted by: phil | 2010-11-05 2:10:50 PM
phil, that doesn't make sense. Both the $30 and $700 per year matter. Strictly speaking I shouldn't be paying for either.
Posted by: TM | 2010-11-05 5:08:13 PM
don b: Some are masochists.
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-11-05 5:36:40 PM
Is this the end of the Shotgun?
Posted by: John Chittick | 2010-11-06 11:34:44 AM
Phil do you support having the public funded CBC?
Posted by: StanleyR | 2010-11-06 12:05:10 PM
Not only do I not support having the CBC on the taxpayer dime I wish that the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Periodical Fund, Canada Film Feature Fund, Canada Music Fund, Musicaction, Development Information Program, Canadian Council of the Arts and all other subsides and government programs relating to media and the arts cease.
Posted by: StanleyR | 2010-11-06 12:15:34 PM
Is it too late to make a donation to keep WS going ??
Posted by: peterj | 2010-11-08 9:26:46 PM
Please make all checks payable to the Publius Retirement Fund. Mail to PO Box 2045, Toronto, Ontario.
Posted by: Publius | 2010-11-08 9:55:45 PM
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