The Globe & Mail:
Canada's broadcasting regulator has abandoned its attempt to change a regulation that prohibits the dissemination of false or misleading news.
The decision from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission followed a meeting last week of Parliament’s joint committee for the scrutiny of regulations, which ended its 10-year bid to get the regulation to comply with the law.
But the CRTC's call for public input on the proposal resulted in a tidal wave of angry responses from Canadians who said they feared such a move would open the door to Fox TV-style news and reduce their ability to determine what is true and what is false.
...which was preceded by this story:
Then, on Jan. 10, the commission announced it was seeking comments on a proposal to change the wording of the regulation to say that it applied only in cases in which broadcasters knew the information was false or misleading and that reporting it was likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public. The cut-off date for public input was set at Feb. 9.
NDP MP Charlie Angus noted that the proposed change precedes the start of Sun TV, a network that has been shepherded in large part by Kory Teneycke, the former director of communication to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“We all know our Prime Minister well enough to say we don’t have to be in the realm of conspiracy theory here,” Mr. Angus said at a news conference on Monday. “We can draw our conclusions and they are pretty clear."
Now, in the service of remaining clear, '...Although there is no corporate connection between Fox and Sun, there is a visceral one. In March 2009, CP has reported, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lunched in New York City with Murdoch, accompanied by Fox news president Roger Ailes and then- Harper communications director Tenycke.'
So, to sum up - Our Canucklestanikazh© Conservative minority overlords (the nice polite version of the GOP), hankering to git that sweet, sweet corporate spooge all over their mugs and earn those electo-bucks the oldest-professional way, wanted to make it legal for TV talking heads to spout right-wing lies in our faces all day long - just like they do for you down U.S.A. way, my dear American readers.
And they failed.
Oh, and f*ck you again, FOX.
I have a man crush on Charlie Angus.
Lucky friggin' Canadians...you've got polite conservatrons. We just get the bat shit insane ones.
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