Sun, October 10, 2004
In the run up to the 2000 federal election, Maclean's magazine had a front page feature on Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day entitled, "Just how scary?"
For many, the man in that election who really was "scary" was Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who went on to browbeat bank managers into giving his friends taxpayer-funded loans, funnelled more taxpayer money into Liberal-friendly advertising agencies in Quebec, and basically ignored then Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski's abuses.
But no, it was the impeccably decent Day who was deemed too "scary" by Maclean's magazine to lead the nation.
Several months before Governor General Adrienne Clarkson took 60 of her friends and their partners on a multimillion dollar foreign junket -- again with the taxpayers' money-- Maclean's did another cover story, the basis of it being Clarkson is a Canadian icon, a woman who has enhanced Rideau Hall, and one we should all revere.
Following the scandal-ridden foreign junket there was no re-assessment of Clarkson's frightening lavish style of living at our expense or her arrogance to the Canadian people.
The Oct. 4 cover story is on the current controversy regarding the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission sandbagging of Fox News TV's entry into Canada.
You immediately get the tone from the headlines, which slap you in the face: "Rude and rabidly pro-Bush Fox News now wants to come here. Is Canada ready for Loudmouth TV?"
The slurs -- for that's what they are -- appear in overly large type with a picture of one of the network's top personalities, commentator Bill O'Reilly, pointing his finger, obviously in condemning and exasperating manner over some Lib-Left boondoggle.
Naturally, the tone of the inside articles is media magnate Rupert Murdoch's channel is not worthy of being seen by sensitive and sensible Canadians.
Although this time, the CRTC, after trying to close down a small Quebec radio station, and then allowing Al-Jazeera, the favourite Islamic terrorist network to broadcast into our country, Fox News is likely to win the battle, even with CRTC and federal Liberal disapproval.
The CRTC -- like the CBC and the Supreme Court of Canada, appears to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Liberal Party of Canada. A patronage trough for backroom Liberals.
Maclean's, too, appears to be in the same league, and if you ask why, in that case, I have a three-year subscription, my answer is the old one: Know your enemy.
Maclean's isn't quite as all-out partisan as the Toronto Star, but the pap and propaganda it churns out often makes it appear like a Liberal house organ.
The reasons Fox News' attempts to be picked up in Canada have been sabotaged is because its commentators talk about "values" and governmental responsibility to act wisely in areas including the economy, spending, taxing, making the justice system work for the innocent not as a loophole for the guilty, keeping the country militarily safe, and ridding it of the pornography and violence on TV screens and being spewed out from Hollywood.
Once prominent and articulate individuals with vast audiences start talking about "values" the Lib-Lefters start to worry that their sham world may be in danger of collapse. That's particularly so in our own country, where the past Liberal prime ministers, Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien and now Paul Martin, eroded "values" in the very areas Fox News zeroes in on.
Neither Trudeau, Chretien nor Martin had or have long-term economic and industrial scenarios.
Spending has relentlessly grown, and so have taxes. Police are hamstrung. Our military almost non-existent. Pornography floats across TV and movie screens. To have religious beliefs is seen as archaic.
If Fox News makes Canadians think about "values," the entire Lib-Left structure of our nation will collapse.
Hence, allowing Fox News to beam its common-sense philosophies into our nation has to be halted, or, delayed as long as possible.
Martin and his Lib-Left crew would much prefer us to get our daily intake of political commentary from those they can trust not to rock the boat: The CBC's Peter Mansbridge and his compliant staffers or CBS's Dan Rather.
Yet the blackout on Fox News is surely coming to an end.
Since Fox regularly beats CNN in the ratings, you can guess what it will do to the CBC, already hardly watched by anyone except its fawning Lib-Left adherents.