BOOM! A few days ago it was as if someone had set off a stink bomb as the Canadian progressive blogosphere roiled and recoiled with revulsion and dry heaves at the prospect of a Canucki version of Fox News. Obviously, the purpose of this sinister new channel would be to poison the innocent minds of credulous Canadians too dumb to discern Truth (seemingly the exclusive preserve of the CBC) from the regurgitations of right-wing propagandists. Do not adjust your set, but maybe adjust your tinfoil hat:
Quebec billionaire Pierre Karl Péladeau is attempting a major shakeup of television news in Canada, with plans to launch a 24-hour cable channel modelled on the right-leaning U.S. network Fox News.
And bloggers aren’t the only ones vexed about the idea of a Fox-style braaaaaahhhdcast:
The first time I met Kory Teneycke, he told me that Canada needed a Fox News channel of its own.
I impolitely told him what he could do with the idea and we didn’t speak again for four years.
Ouchie… you know an idea has gone over like the proverbial lead balloon when it’s met with four(4) years of stony silence.
But not from me. It seems like a pretty simple concept: if it’s a good idea and people want it, it will succeed. If it’s not, it won’t. And if people want it, who am I to say they shouldn’t have it if private enterprise will provide it?
Some are concerned about propaganda — Woohoo, all Stephen Harper all the time! (Zzzzzzz) — and its potentially negative effect on wider discourse. Stateside, Fox has done more than its fair share to poison the political climate — some of its talking heads are so deranged that they’d be better off neutered and caged in a zoo for the Criminally Insane to serve as horrible warnings about the dangers of overmedication and untreated syphilis. But somehow I doubt that Fox’s stable of inveterate bullshitters and bawling madmen would be taken seriously here in Canada, or at least not for long.
And after all, we got the supposedly left-leaning Al-Jazeera, so why shouldn’t conservatives get Fox Lite if there’s enough of them to make it viable? Let us Celebrate Diversity, even in broadcasting! (Or braaaaahhhcasting, whatever the case may be.)