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Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canadian regulators announced, in February, they would reject efforts by Canada's right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.
Harper's attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking is not an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial elites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public. In the Unites States, Fox News and talk radio, the sock puppets of billionaires and corporate robber barons, have become the masters of propaganda and distortion on the public airwaves. Fox News' notoriously biased and dishonest coverage of the Wisconsin's protests is a prime example of the brand of news coverage Canada has smartly avoided.Read it all here. 'CEPT IT IS HERE ANYWAYSFox News North Here HERES WHAT FOX NEWS NORTH SAYS ABOUT COREN WHO DEBUTS ON TUESDAY
Michael Coren agrees there is a fine line between being sensitive to issues and aggressively pushing for answers — and with his new show, he consistently plans to cross that boundary. The Arena, which debuts on Sun News Network on Aug. 30, will see five guests on each show wax poetic about everything from international politics to sexuality, to faith and morals.
“We’re grown up. We have a right to speak our mind,” the 52-year-old British-born host, who recently left Crossroads Television System for this new position, says. “Few things offend many people,” he says. “They offend a small number of people who know how to speed-dial the Human Rights Commission and their MP.
“I will cross what you probably think is that line,” Coren says. “But I’ll never be hateful or ill informed or irresponsible, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be provocative and to some people, offensive.”
Slotted at 7 p.m. between David Akin and Charles Adler, the show will begin with a 3 1/2 minute monologue before heading straight into interviews. Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan is scheduled to appear each week in a debate with freelance writer David Menzies, which Coren assured, will “drive people crazy.”
“There will be people on the right that will say you shouldn’t let him on,” he says. “That’s what the left have done to the right for years now. All opinions will be heard and you can decide who’s right.”
Coren pulls no punches when it comes to defining who he is: Catholic, pro-life, supportive of Israel, not anti-American. That puts him in a small minority in Canadian media, but one many viewers are hungry to see more of.
“I’m not going to allow any fluff or padding,” he says. “The new Canada is going to be far more religious than it was in the past. Is Islam compatible with North American pluralism? We have to ask that question.
“We think humour is Rick Mercer being cuddly with some prime minister or league in the opposition,” he says. “A Canadian comic is supposed to be frightening — you’re not supposed to be in bed with these people, sometimes literally.”
As for SNN, that’s the whole reason he left his “comfortable” gig at CTS. He says he saw the potential change the network could make in hum-drum Canadian programming.
“The whole station is different. We’re edgy,” Coren says. “They assumed people wouldn’t watch Sun News? One of the reasons I left was I saw the ratings and how well this station is doing.”
Coren was advised to hire security because of the anticipated controversy of his show, however, he joked one of his best friends who is a European Judo champion and professional bodyguard may be watching the show.
“I’m not intimated easily,” he says. “We have TV. Let’s get it right, and we haven’t gotten it right so far. If you’re offended by it, don’t watch it.” HERE IS THEIR LINE UPTHE BYLINE
The Byline showcases irreverent journalist Brian Lilley as a cultural warrior, a connected journalist who is on the side of Canadians who value their individual freedoms and responsibilities over intrusive government. Enough already! "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"? Give us a break! Think the debates over abortion and same-sex marriage have peaked? Think again. Tune in for insight, opinion and long-overdue discussion of topics that matter to average Canadians.THE SOURCE
Your go-to for controversially Canadian content, The Source is set to be the most provocative and thought-changing multimedia show in Canada. What are the foundations of our freedom, and where are those freedoms under siege? In answering these critical questions, professional pundit and provocateur Ezra Levant turns conventional Canadian values and beliefs on their head with a cultural counter-spin you won't find on any other network.CHARLES ADLER
It's just a little conversation with the nation and everyday as renowned conservative pundit Charles Adler delivers his own style of water-cooler sensibility. Canada's "everyman" moves beyond the mainstream to search out the most interesting talkable topics in the world.THE ARENA
Can an author and an intellectual be controversial and provocative? Michael Coren proves it to be the case on The Arena, where all ideas, opinions, and issues are considered, and the only people not invited to the debate are the boring ones. Politics, foreign affairs, religion, social and moral issues, arts and culture, are all analyzed by someone who refuses to be limited by establishment thinking and the usual, tired television.