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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Coren gets the hook

Michael Coren, no stranger to Western Standard readers, has resigned from Toronto's CFRB 1010 rather than be fired for politically incorrect comments about fat, err obese, people, LifeSitenews reports.

General Manager Pat Holiday expressed concern about Coren's choice of targets. Coren: "picked on a group of people" (fat people) and "said things you just don't say on the radio," LifeSite quotes Holiday as saying.

LifeSite sees this as another attempt to push social conservative commentators to the margins, citing another politically incorrect WS columnist, David Warren, who called similar voices 'dissident journalists' and lamented the state of conservative commentary outside of Alberta. It isn't just socially conservative voices that get steamrolled in Canada. Indeed, the most famous case is the loss of CHOI-FM's licence due to (really) politically incorrect comments by shock-jock Jeff Fillion during his hugely popular morning show. We covered this story here, interviewed Fillion (you can listen to the recorded conversation here in WAV format), and Pierre Lemieux ripped into the idea of censoring for "Canadian values' " sake here.

What don't you say on the radio? Ever since the CHOI-FM decision, quite a lot. When the Supreme Court sided with the CRTC in yanking their licence, radio programmers' ears must have perked up.  The Radio Regulations of 1986 get a broad reading. Those regulations include this gem: "a licensee shall not broadcast... any abusive comment that, when taken in context, tends to or is likely to expose an individual or a group or class of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability." Since eating a mountain of pork and hohos for breakfast is now considered a 'disability,' you can't fault Holiday for worrying about the sensitivity squad coming down hard on CFRB. In Canada's radio universe, after all, you either say nice things, or you say nothing at all.

LifeSite suggests we send polite notes of concern to Holiday at his email address: [email protected] WS supporters probably should send a note or two, keeping in mind that Coren says he would love to be back at CFRB, and messages should be geared to helping his plight.

Coren, as an aside, debated Karen Selick on the issue of censoring radio here. Take a look, it's germane.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on November 26, 2005 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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If you want good radio listen live to CFRA, Ottawa

Especially Steve Madely, Lowell Green, John Counsell (an evangelical pastor!) and Nick at Night.


Avoid Michael Harris.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-26 12:56:34 PM

Even better, you can tune into Western Standard radio with Ezra and John every Monday over the internet. There's little hope of the two of them collapsing under the pressure of political correctness.


Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2005-11-26 1:05:47 PM

Toronto radio insiders are suggesting that the whole thing (interview, outrage and departure) are a complete fabrication.

There seems to be a trend in Toronto radio. Controversy gets desired publicity that ad dollars could never achieve.

Posted by: Buddy | 2005-11-26 1:15:17 PM

A couple of weeks I signed up with Sirius radio, the digital satellite service...not the Canadian version, but the grey-market American version, which costs the same to subscribe to...three classical stations, dozens of pop, talk etc. Great quality. Good bye CBC ... I'll listen to local stations for the weather and get my news on line. There must be tens of thousands of these sold now. The Canadian version is supposed to be on sale in a couple of weeks...CRTC mandated stuff....will be interesting to see how it sells...

Posted by: BillBC | 2005-11-26 1:17:52 PM

Mark Collins

When you say, “avoid Michael Harris” I find that interesting because I’ve had trouble making up my mind about him.
I listen to CFRA along the 401 every couple of months when I make the long trek between Mtl and Toronto. I sometimes find Harris very sensible, e.g. he certainly goes after Librano$$ corruption aggressively. But he hates Harper- hates him! Is that because he’s gay? Is he like Andrew Sullivan? Sullivan is sensible until he gets onto SSM then that topic trumps all rationality. Likewise, would Harris like to be a conservative? But because the CPC, unlike the duplicitous Librano$$, allow their split opinions on SSM to show. Consequently Harris turns on Harper for not buying off the urban vote with solid support for SSM.
Anyway can you tell me why Harris seems to be such an enigma? Thanks.

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-26 1:22:53 PM

Time for Pirate Radio? I find it quite ironic that we send people to other countries to try and instill democracy yet stifle our own through oppression of free speech, media control and political correctness. Substitute political with religious and what makes them any different than the Taliban?

Posted by: AsISeeIt | 2005-11-26 1:37:25 PM

nomdenet: No reason to think Mr Harris is gay. His hatred for Harper is based solely on Harper's support at the time for the invasion of Iraq. Harris is also anti-Bush (and often anti-American thought he denies that) to the point of obsession.

He really is not even a small-c conservative but rather a populist of the Diefenbaker sort--he has great sympathy for former PC members who call him to bemoan the swallowing of their party by the Alliance.

He is very firm on toughening up the justice system. Mainly, I think, out of feeling for victims.

He too often lets his emotion over-ride his intellect, and fails to think things over--but his heart is good. And at least he also hates Liberals.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-26 1:50:22 PM

Thanks Mark, that explains a lot. I should mention that I'm not at all confused about where Lowell Green stands - a great show!!
It would be nice to have that show patched into CFRB here in TO where it's mostly mush. I actually prefer Buffalo talk-radio when in the car. I guess I have to get Sirius.

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-26 2:03:44 PM

What outcome do you expect from the January federal election?
Majority Liberal government
Minority Liberal government
Majority Conservative government
Minority Conservative government
Total Votes: 2972

Live on the 'net also.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-26 2:32:37 PM

nomdenet: I believe Lowell was actually on CFRB in the early 90s.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-26 5:24:04 PM

Well, that bit about the war in Iraq is interesting Mark. We can expect Harris to trash Micheal Igentiff - the Liberano rising star, who I heard on CTV, was running for the Liberanos. Mike I. supported the war in Iraq. Maybe he is in the wrong party or at the wrong party? How could the likes of Carol tolerate that "warmonger"?

Posted by: jema54j | 2005-11-26 5:58:20 PM

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