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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
CBC conspiracy theory
CBC's The Fifth Estate—sorry, the fifth estate—is to air a disturbing documentary on the nefarious activities of global warming deniers: Call
them sceptics, deniers, or naysayers. They are scientists that see
themselves as keepers of the truth about global warming: that it is a
theory only, not a scientific fact, some even call it a hoax. Who are
they? They may be small in number, but they have rich and powerful
allies—the oil industry and the U.S. government.
Call them hypocrites, fascists or crushers of free debate. They are J-school graduates that see themselves as arbiters of all scientific matters in which they have no expertise: that anyone who disagrees with them deserves to be shunned, that those in relative denial could possibly be spawned from Lucifer himself. Who are they? They may be bloated in bureaucracy, but they have rich and powerful allies—Al Gore, David Suzuki and the whole of Hollywood.
Call them sceptics, deniers, or naysayers. They are scientists that see themselves as keepers of the truth about global warming: that it is a theory only, not a scientific fact, some even call it a hoax. Who are they? They may be small in number, but they have rich and powerful allies—the oil industry and the U.S. government.
In an act even more heinous to contemplate, the fifth estate will do all it can to deny global warming skeptics any publicity by—dum, dum, DUM!!!—secretly burying the doc in a broadcast schedule to ensure it receives the lowest audience share possible:
There are probably more Canadians who complain about CBC television than actually watch it.
The public network, which was already in ratings free fall before its month-long 2005 staff lockout, has seen its viewership numbers drop even faster since. On a typical evening, under 700,000 Canadians tune into the Ceeb for any part of prime time, down from about 900,000 prelockout and over 1.5 million a decade ago.
Ratings both for original CBC programming and programs bought from abroad are pathetic.
I'm on to you, you bastards!
Posted by Rob Huck on February 27, 2007 | Permalink
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We can only hope that Harper gets his majority in the next federal election so he can level the political playing field by leveling the CBC to "raise your own funding" public TV.
The CTV is not much better. That old corpse known as Count Floyd who delivers the left side of the news should soon have his casket closed .. at least we can hope.
Perhaps if we took him out into the light of day he would disintegrate into dust like Christopher Lee in his famous role as Count Dracula.
Why can't we have some Canadian equivalent of the Fox News Channel? Perhaps Ezra can get to work on that one. Doesn't Jim Shaw live in Calgary? Can't they get a Canadian Standard channel going?
Back to the Communist Broadcasting Corporation ... they will lose even more next year when the hockey franchise finally moves to ... I think it's TNN? I don't watch that crap either, but I guess it's good for the beer industry. Anyway, little by little it will go away and some of their viewer will have to start thinking for themselves. If that's possible.
Posted by: John | 2007-02-27 9:48:23 AM
I say that the CBC's budget should be used to pay for Kyoto.
That way we can get rid of two nuisances.
But it is better that a large amount of carbon emissions be released into the atmosphere as the CBC is burned to the ground for its fascism.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-02-27 9:54:37 AM
Bev Oda was on Rutherford yesterday and it sounds like there's a review going on about the CBC's purpose.
Unless I heard wrong, Oda said there were 16 CBC ‘services' that had to be sorted out.
The taxpayer subsidy, apparently, is to deliver a signal into places that do not receive signals. Uh, huh.
Should be interesting to see the fallout.
Posted by: Set you free | 2007-02-27 10:02:30 AM
Stopped watching the CBC decades ago. CBC NB is the best source of classical music all day. But on the whole CBC is pathetic. It should be disposed of.
CBC news is frequently the focus of Honest Reporting
(Tel Aviv,New York,Toronto) for their biased and dishonest reporting -only one worse, BBC.CTV is not worth watching either. Lloyd the corpse looks like he was embalmed by the same guys that did Lenin,
the international net provides "the news" Donating the CBC Budget to "global warming" sounds like a
great idea. What could they say "no?" Cheers, MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-02-27 10:26:47 AM
It would be interesting to know just how low their
ratings are. We all pay but we aren't privy to such
information. Pretty good guess it's not good.
CTV is right there with CBC, both bad and getting
It will take a Majority Conservative government to touch CBC.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-02-27 10:38:54 AM
Touch CBC? Yecccch.
I'd rather torch CBC.
Posted by: Set you free | 2007-02-27 10:50:42 AM
The Collective Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is just another conglomerate only it is financed by tax dollars. The other two BIG conglomerates who control the "free enterprise" media are not averse to propagandizing the "news" as well. That's how, I have to laugh when I hear awards for "best newscasts" when they nearly all operate out of the same "news" stables. Not much to pick from eh?
Posted by: Stephen Gray | 2007-02-27 10:51:18 AM
Is it futile to resist?
Posted by: Set you free | 2007-02-27 11:19:10 AM
The CBC aired this in November. Way to stay current, WS.
Posted by: john | 2007-02-27 11:22:44 AM
I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of the CBC. Think of all that high quality, richly culturally nuanced and hilarious Canadian Entertainment that would be foregone. Think about not being able to see "Air Farce" with its clowns, mugging the camera with wide eyes telling us when we should laugh at the delicious humour?
And what about Peter? Peter. The man who when he is listening to an interviewee, looks very, very grave, and touches his forefinger to his upper lip, like Rodin's thinker might do if he came to life and became an interviewer?
Think about that rich, rich cultural tradition, Hockey night in Canada, with Harry, and Bob. Two cultural icons, steeped in the venerable history of our national sport and love-affair? And what about Don Cherry and that politically correct little goof that he berates?
No, good people. To lose the CBC would be to lose what it is that makes us "us". The world would be just thaaaat much poorer without the state organ that tells us how we ought to think.
Posted by: DCM | 2007-02-27 11:44:00 AM
CBC stands for the Communist Broadcasting Corporation.
If Canadians really really wanted to have their own Publically funded Broadcasting corporation, then those who do, should pay for it in the same manner as PBS does in the USA.
Oh, we do not have the supporter base, you say?
Every single experiment on earth that has ever provided the kind of monies, with little strings attached, has always ended up with a watered down standard and little or no objectivity. We have seen it time and time again, where the CBC journalists have caved into the leftists, or the extremists, or whatever other nasty creepy little group out there, that they think ought to have some voice forced down the throats of Canadians.
Oddly enough, it is really not the funding aspect that bothers me so much -- even though it does, as the cowardly cowing they do, attempting to reason with those who wish to force their submissive agenda's down our throats, as if they are supreme and we mean nothing at all.
And, we pay for it.
Getting rid of CBC will never pay for Kyoto.
Besides, if there were to be jobs from Kyoto, you can bet your buttocks all those jobs would be in central Canada, with a small department that has a big name in Quebec.
We thought the long gun registry was a rip off. Well, according to my estimates, costs associated with the long-gun regaistry, which are about 2 Billion, are nothing in comparison to the costs that will come slamming down onto Canada from the implementation of Kyoto.
The only good part about Kyoto, is that we do not really have to do it.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-02-27 12:07:10 PM
John, I totally agree with your comment and it's something that's been my opinion for some time that we need some BALANCE in this country in our news media.
"Why can't we have some Canadian equivalent of the Fox News Channel? Perhaps Ezra can get to work on that one. Doesn't Jim Shaw live in Calgary? Can't they get a Canadian Standard channel going?"
Posted by: Cathy | 2007-02-27 12:08:45 PM
john (with a small 'j')
The documentary was shown on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last night.
If it's current enough for the ABC, it's current enough for the WS.
Posted by: Rob Huck | 2007-02-27 1:32:00 PM
The squabble over the CBC will probably continue for many years.
Yes, I am looking forward to it.
Now, while reviewing some material, I came across something that appears to be quite a shocker, yet puts a spin on ideas.
You will never guess.
Apparently, according to Wikipedia, Stephen Colbert is not, I say NOT a Republican.
Don't believe me, you can read it yourself.
So, why, I say why one earth would that have anything to do with the CBC?
Well, as you know, The Colbert Report is a satire. Yes, an excellent one at that. Maybe CBC has been a satire all these years and yet no one has known about it, as it has been a well kept secret filled away under Top Secret Liberal Protocol.
In other words, Stephen Jr is not really American. He is Canadian. And the reason why he came here, was to mix and mingle with all the other Canadian Bald Eagles.
Underneath the comedic exterior of the CBC, therefore, is none other than a right-wing broadcasting Corporation, that is dieing to come out.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-02-27 1:36:40 PM
"Call them sceptics, deniers, or naysayers. They are scientists that see themselves as keepers of the truth about global warming: that it is a theory only, not a scientific fact, some even call it a hoax. Who are they? They may be small in number, but they have rich and powerful allies—the oil industry and the U.S. government.
Call them hypocrites, fascists or crushers of free debate. They are J-school graduates that see themselves as arbiters of all scientific matters in which they have no expertise: that anyone who disagrees with them deserves to be shunned, that those in relative denial could possibly be spawned from Lucifer himself. Who are they? They may be bloated in bureaucracy, but they have rich and powerful allies—Al Gore, David Suzuki and the whole of Hollywood."
Rob, I love the mirroring. Well done.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-02-27 5:24:18 PM
It is time that the CBC was either reigned in and subjected to strict controls, or disbanded entirely. There is no longer any reason for the CBC to exist. The $1b wasted annually could be put to so much better use - like anything, even Kyoto.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-02-27 5:47:53 PM
The CBC should be sold to Conrad Black for a dollar since he has a proven track record of making media that works and he deserves some compensation for the persecution he has suffered at the hands of self-righteous bureaucrats and nasty but powerful liberals.
Although most people would consider the opportunity to buy the CBC for a dollar a burden rather than compensation, Lord Black would probably enjoy the challenge.
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-02-28 12:01:04 AM
Does anyone remember when the conservatives had to talk the liberals into believing there was such a thing as acid rain?
Posted by: Steve Tsuida | 2007-02-28 4:42:27 PM
I do, steve.
I remember It was a subject of disussion in the neiborhood when I was a youngster.
Sad thing they turned to the other extreme.
Oil was not the fools' gold back in the days in Canada.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-02-28 4:57:02 PM
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