Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The CBC on the Chopping Block is No Surprise to Anyone
There is a bit of angst over the future of the CBC, with poor Stephen Harper losing sleep over the country's finances.
At least that's the way the story is being sold.
Anyone who read his speech at the Reform Party assembly, more than two decades ago, stumped to thunderous applause; know that the CBC was history from the day he was named prime minister.
Although, I believe they wrote their own death warrant the first time they called the Reform-Alliance Party, 'Tories'.
They helped Harper keep up the facade, and are now worried that his success, means their demise.
They should have thought of that. Public broadcasting, belongs to us, the public, and CBC is no doubt looking to the public to save them. But where were they when we needed saving?
Evan Solomon went so far to the right, he may be too radical for Fox News, and after Lloyd Mansbridge's infomercial for Harper during the last election campaign, what is there left for us to fight for?
Another right-wing entertainment station? We need an alternative to Fox News North, not an instant replay. The only thing I watch on CBC now is the Rick Mercer Show. Everything else is just blah, blah, blah.
I am very sad about this, but I'm also mad as hell. The majority of Canadians do not support the Right-Wing Revolution, yet we have no one speaking for us. A few columnists now and then, but their work is lost in the drone of the same old, same old.
"Harper wore out another pair of shoes today. He's got to quit walking on water".
For anyone interested, in Harper's speech he promised to also get rid of EI, The Canada Pension Plan (already shot through the heart by Jim Flaherty), Old Age Security, the Canada Health Act ....
Everything put in place to help Canadians.
I will sign a petition to keep the CBC alive, but only on the condition that they start acting like a "public" institution, and not another Harper communication vehicle.
We need a program warning Canadians of our Religious Right, especially since most of them are American based. We need a program promoting progressive ideas. We need a program raising awareness to the income disparity that is hurting the most vulnerable in our society.
If the CBC can provide that kind of programming, I'm in. If not, count me out.