Sunday, November 23, 2014
Shelly Glover and the New Con Assault on the CBC
I have to admit that when I heard that the Con Heritage Minister Shelly Glover was warning the CBC to boost its ratings, or ELSE, I thought of her former profession.
And of what some bloated foreign fascist, who may or may not have been Hermann Goring once said:
"When I hear the word culture I feel like reaching for my revolver."
“CBC/Radio-Canada is attracting fewer viewers than before, despite the fact that it is receiving more than $1-billion in direct subsidies from taxpayers each year,” Ms. Glover said. “The changes [at the CBC] are a result of that decrease. It’s up to CBC/Radio-Canada to deal with it.”
Because let nobody who loves the CBC and this country misunderstand what Glover means.
“Changes” in this case is a euphemism for cuts, including the 400-plus pink slips the bleeding public broadcaster issued to employees just last week. Ms. Glover’s not-so-subtle message to the CBC’s executives is simple: Boost your ratings or suffer the consequences.
She is threatening to cut the CBC budget even further. Even though those brutish Cons have already done it so much damage.
And even though contrary to what Glover claims, those "changes" or savage cuts have NOTHING to do with the CBC's ratings, and everything to do with the Harperite cult's foul ideology.
And the depraved desire of its monstrous leader to destroy everything good and Canadian...
And the only reason his Cons want the CBC to spend more time entertaining us, rather than informing us, is also only too obvious.
One senses that the Conservatives would be perfectly happy to see the CBC gut its news operations and spend what’s left of its scarce cash feeding opium to the masses in the form of inoffensive and (especially) apolitical entertainment. The Tories are fine with a broadcaster that dishes up wholesome servings of Murdoch Mysteries. Smart reporting on politics and policy, not so much.
They want to muzzle, cripple, or kill the only independent news source in this country that is not beholden to the Con corporate agenda.
Have us watch more trashy TV, or episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, Stephen Harper's favourite show...
The sinister twisted leader who after crippling the CBC is now demanding that it should run faster on its one remaining leg, or he'll amputate the other one. As only he could.
When in fact the CBC shouldn't be focused on ratings, it should be focused on QUALITY. On challenging us and raising us up, rather than dumbing us down further.
And in a country as rich as this one, it should receive enough money to do that, rather than having to lower its standards, and go grubbing for advertising dollars. While dying the death of a thousand cuts.
Because while it is flawed...
How could it not be when it makes "stars" out of teabaggers and bullies?
And it does have useless managers.
A senior CBC manager who sought to punish Linden MacIntyre for indelicate comments he made comparing Peter Mansbridge to disgraced radio host Jian Ghomeshi was forced to back down Thursday after her bosses reversed an unusual directive she had issued barring the fifth estate journalist from appearing on the network’s cable news channel.
Who would rather fight themselves, or tarnish the reputation of a GREAT Canadian journalist like Linden MacIntyre...
For the "crime" of telling the TRUTH.
Instead of standing up to the Cons, and defending the higher principles of public broadcasting.
But despite those flaws, the CBC is still a precious national institution. It does still help hold this big country together. Its news and documentary service is still second to none. It is still worth saving.
And what the Cons are doing to it is a crime against Canada. For let there be no doubt, any more cuts will KILL IT.
It is high time for all Canadians to realize that this precious resource, this essential national institution, their voice and their eyes and ears on the world, is truly in danger of disappearing forever.
And all I can say is how low have we fallen?
And you better believe that we shall also use this against them in the next election. When we ask Canadians to decide what country they want to live in: Canada or Teabagistan.
And in the meantime would Shelly Glover, the police officer masquerading as a Heritage Minister, please stop talking about culture. Because it hurts my ears eh?
And because I know what the Cons mean by culture, or NOOZ...
I can't help feel like she's waving a revolver in my face, so much does it offend me.
Could she also please stop calling savage cuts "changes." When thousands of mostly young CBC employees have been thrown into the street.
Because that's practically OBSCENE.
And while we're at it, would she also please refrain from taking her foul Con talking points from the alien place we know they come from...
You know, Stephen Harper and his Con teabaggers think that by destroying the CBC they can help destroy OUR Canada, or change it beyond recognition.
But I believe exactly the opposite eh?
I believe that if we defeat the Cons, and save OUR CBC.
We can still save this country, and still demand better...
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