fuck fox news

the following is an e-mail message i received earlier today. sign the petition — you know you want to.

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From: C
Subject: Is Fox ‘News’ your kind of news?
Date: September 2, 2010 5:18:36 PM EDT (CA)
To: CHARM

Hi friends, C here, asking:

Want to sign a petition against Fox News North?

If yes, read on.
If no, you know what to do.

Canada: stop “Fox News North”

Prime Minister Harper is pressuring the Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to approve plans for a ‘Fox News North’. If successful, this would bring American-style hate media to Canadian airwaves, and be funded by our license fees!

I’ve just signed a petition to the CRTC urging them to stand strong and resist the PM’s calls for a conservative propaganda news network. Please join me in signing:

CLICK TO SIGN PETITION!

Here’s the original email I received:

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Dear friends,

Prime Minister Harper is trying to push American-style hate media onto our airwaves, and make us all pay for it.

His plan is to create a “Fox News North” to mimic the kind of hate-filled propaganda with which Fox News has poisoned U.S. politics. The channel will be run by Harper?s former top aide and will be funded with money from our cable TV fees!

One man stands in the way of this nightmare — the Chairman of Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Konrad von Finckenstein. He’s rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let’s urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper’s pressure. Sign the petition below and forward this email to everyone — we’ll publish full page ads in Canadian papers when we reach 100,000:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_fox_news_canada/98.php?CLICKTF

Harper hatched his scheme in a secret lunch last year with media-mogul Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News. Harper’s top aide Kory Teneycke also came to the lunch, and then left the government to head up Sun Media Newspapers and the new “Fox News North”.

Fox News fuels hate. While constantly claiming to be ?fair? and ?balanced?, it allows hysterical anchors like Glenn Beck to compare Obama to “Lucifer” and “Hitler”. Bill O?Reilly, another anchor, has threatened to boycott Canada, and Anne Coulter says Canada is ?lucky the US allows it to exist on the same continent.? The network has calculatingly spawned the tea party movement in the US, a mobilisation of the fringe right which threatens violence upon its opponents and wears guns to political rallies.

This is a fight for the soul of Canadian democracy. Our media is not perfect, but a ?news? network that slavishly serves a political agenda through mass manipulation and fear threatens the fabric of our democratic society.

The CRTC is part of our democracy — it was made an independent commission precisely in order to protect against this kind of government manipulation of the media. Harper knows that he must bully his way through this institution in order to create Fox News North. And there are dark rumours in Ottawa that if von Finckenstein will not leave his job, Harper will simply force him to give in. Von Finckenstein is upholding the best tradition of Canadian democracy and civil service in the face of a full scale attack on that tradition. Let’s show him, and Harper, that Canada stands with him.

{http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_fox_news_canada/98.php?CLICKTF

“Fox News North” is Harper’s long term strategy to make radical conservatism the political centre in Canada, tearing down the country we love to make us look like the U.S. Thankfully, Konrad von Finckenstein and the CRTC are standing in his way — let’s stand with them.

With hope,

Ricken, Emma, Iain, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team

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2 responses to “fuck fox news

  1. I think fox brings out the interesting subject of entitlement programs and sheds light on it better than most.Martin Luther King was a republican,his father and grandfather were republicans.The only reason he changed into a democrat was because when he was in jail,Kennedy got him out in return for the black vote.King is rolling over in his grave.He didn’t want a hand out,he just wanted a fair shake for the black folks.Well we have a black president so get over it.We need to let the rich people who really run this country keep their money.That way poor bricklayers like myself could brick their houses.They would hire people to cut their lawns,baby sit their kids,clean their houses,etc..While at the same time they would buy new cars,go out shopping in our malls,hire more people for their businesses.Taking money from them and giving it to us uneducated and more than likely none deserving people doesn’t create wealth,it destroys it.By the time any money passes through our corrupt,bureacratic government us poor people are left with peanuts anyway.Despite all of the spending and taxing the free people in this world will prevail.If Obama likes socialism why doesn’t he just move to Europe.This country was founded by free men and the constitution will be upheld by people who want to remain free.We way out number people who have a distorted notion of what this country stands for and who we are.So Fuck you!!

  2. Mr. Pinter

    I find your point of view and the points of your argument to be quite interesting. However I think you’re maybe straying off topic here. This is about Fox News, not Right Wing vs Left Wing. We’re not saying, down with Fox News, let’s make the NDP News. We don’t want any biased news channel. You might say that we already have news channels that have a leftwing bias, and you might be right, but it’s a relative thing. Fox News is by far the most extremely and obviously distorted news product that I have ever seen. I don’t appreciate distorted news. Ideally, news is just facts, not opinions. Tell me what happened, and I’ll decide what to think. Now that’s really hard to find. I think in all news there is distortion. Even if they are just telling you what happened, which stories they choose to tell you about effects your view of things. No news channel is perfect, but Fox is probably THE worst.

    You say you like freedom and dislike the government? I’m right with you there dude. But when you say what this country stands for and who we are and you’re talking about Canada I’d like to think that part of that is a levelheadedness/rationality that would recognize and reject the intellectually poisonous content of Fox News. I’d love it I were right about that. It would be another big reason to be proud to be Canadian.

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