The captain of the the MV Zuiderdam tells Michael Coren, right, to fetch him a cup of Starbucks. Sun News Network tour group hosts may not appear exactly as illustrated. But you’ve got to admit it’s a pretty good likeness! Below: a sample of unethical oil.
Call me Ishmael!
Would you pay $8,679, or even $2,952, to be trapped for nine days aboard a boat, even a very large boat, with Ezra Levant, Michael Coren, Brian Lilley and a host of other sorry reruns from the Sun News Network commentariat, not to mention the communications vice-president of the Canadian Association
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ahoy there, matey! Talk about maritime disasters! Trapped on a CAPP-sized banana boat with Ezra Levant!
Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen has some new viewer numbers for the Sun News Network. They are very sad:
Who is the Monkey King, you ask?
In any case it looks like Brian Lilley is out-pointing Ezra these days. ratings wise. Gotta be the hair.
Fraudulent phone calls and misremembered $21,000 cheques
Sun News, the media wing of the Conservative Party of Canada, through its Parliament Hill Senior Correspondent Brian Lilley “scooped” everyone when they pinpointed the source of the fraudulent robocalls in the 2011 election: Michael Sona.
Small problem with that scoop: it wasn’t true.
In defence of Brian Lilley, journalism is
According to Brian Lilley from Sun News, he is the guy who first broke the Mike Sona = Robocaller story back in February, 2012. Mr. Sona has recently stated that Brian Lilley did not attempt to contact him before making the Sona = Robocaller accusation. He has further suggested that Lilley admitted on air that he had indeed not attempted to contact Sona before making the accusation. Lilley has denied this, but his denials have been vague and a bit cagey. That is, he’s not making clear just when Sun TV first attempted to make contact with Sona.
Well here’s the
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Michael Sona Vs. Brian Lilley: The Tale Of The Tape
…from Brian Lilley, the man who found Peter Mansbridge’s lost chair.
But I bet it can’t all be that exciting.
On Friday, Sun News commentator Brian Lilley interviewed Rob Anders, the Member of Parliament who has drawn condemnation for conflating transsexual and transgender people with sexual predators in a petition he has been circulating on his website, and to at least one church in his riding. In “Children’s bathroom bill reaches Parliament Hill,” both doubled down on conflating trans people with sexual predators, and suggested that granting human rights inclusion will somehow enable and legally absolve predatory acts. Anders claims there is “all sorts of examples of this going on.” Which is news to anybody else.
. . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: MP’s trans predator fearmongering escalates.
Communist physician Norman Bethune, left, and a comrade from the Red Chinese Army speak with Canadian Treasury Board President Tony Clement, right, in a vignette as imagined by Sun News Network. Below: Dr. Bethune, looking weirdly contemporary with a fashionable goatee; far-right ideologue Rob Anders; the real Mr. Clement.
Is the bizarre brouhaha over who stood up for the Chinese national anthem and what its words are evidence of a serious ideological split within Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ruling Conservative Party of Canada?
If you think stuff like that only matters in places like Communist China and North Korea, maybe
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Does Bizarre Bethune brouhaha signal ideological rift within Harper Conservatives?
From the CHRC page detailing with access to info requests:
Logically, the only people on the planet who would care would be the folks named in the request itself, desperately trolling about for something to be fake-outraged about. It appears, however, that they haven’t found anything useful, as Fox News North is apparently down to hassling hippies at the Occupy Toronto campsite again.
Ol’ Brian is livid, I tell you, boys ‘n’ girls, just livid! He must be still smarting from Justin Trudeau showing Senator Brazeau who’s boss in the boxing ring last week-end. Nah! He’s always been that wingnutty. Brian’s latest beef at the silly Lilley pad? A large Planned Parenthood complex being built next . . . → Read More: Brian Lilley Apparently Has Problems With Women Having Access To Health Care
Word is it will be a Canadian production.
From Montreal Simon
OK. I didn’t see the fight. My cable co. doesn’t carry Sun News. But I watched the tweets. Won a Tweet TKO of my own over Monte Solberg. And marvelled at Justin Trudeau winning in enemy territory.
From what I can gather the broadcast was 40% climate change denial, 40% CBC dissing . . . → Read More: Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads
Professionally angry midget Kathy Shaidle attempts to explain who’s who in the hinterland of Canadian “conservatism” to Sun News host Brian Lilley:
Heh. By my estimation, Shaidle just slagged off about 90% of the “Bloggin’ Tories” in one form or another as not being REAL conservatives; at least that is, according to her quirky and peculiarly incoherent definition of the species.
So, suck on that all you “tedious” tax-averse conservative men that are overly tolerant of diversity; you “culturally retarded” SoCons that don’t own TVs; and wacky libertarians that are effectively enabling the hordes of drug-addled “parasites” corroding society…
. . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Canadian Conservatives Defined
X-posted at Let Freedom Rain
Brian Lilley reads prepared remarks from Conservative party while Krista Erickson ponders the good ol’ days
Judging by Lilley’s employer’s ratings, I’d say his statement is more than a little ironic, especially when you consider that Sun TV News serves at the exclusive pleasure of the ruling Conservative party. Plus, its ratings are in the toilet.
But I guess ‘tough’ is a relative term.
Alright, I’m a bit late to this. Warren K carves Brian Lilley a new one in this Sun TV interview. Notice though how hard it is to cut through an ignorant asshole’s (Lilley’s) stream of bullshit. Many progressives think it can be done via elegant erudition. It can’t . WK knows you gotta be there for the whole 15 rounds, or six plus minutes or so, and keep pounding them. Politics isn’t like chess, where you check-mate ‘em. It’s like WWI, where you slowly crush their will to resist.
Too bad this interview didn’t happen on
I’m beginning to think that John Doyle is Canada’s best social critic. His job may be to cover TV but his columns cut through the bullshit of so much more. It’s as if he’s talking for those of us on the outside without any national voice, a voice currently dominated by the very people Doyle skewers. He covers all the annoying curmudgeons – well, let’s just say it outright – assholes who occupy
From the Owen Sound Sun Times:
… it’s long overdue, says Lilly, whose personality, lively style and opinions — and hairdo–resonate with viewers. He’s the highest-rated TV host on the Sun News Network.
The Ez won’t like hearing that, but its roughly in accord with Bureau of Broadcast Measurement numbers from late June, which were, generally speaking for the new network, crap.
In any case, Brian’s previous work experience stands him in good stead, given the perilous state of the floundering station:
Born and raised in Hamilton, Lilley is actually a jack of all trades — from bricklayer, painter, cook and
Assorted content for your afternoon reading.
- pogge rightly questions the Cons’ continued efforts to have decisions made by ministerial fiat rather than through public debate.
- Glen McGregor eviscerates Brian Lilley’s thoroughly inaccurate attack on Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.
- Murray Mandryk suggests that Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party needs to remove the “democratic” part of its identity in choosing a new leader. But I’m not sure how the concept of a top-down “leadership vetting process” is supposed to be seen as an improvement from a vote among members, especially as a response to a leadership campaign where
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links
John Doyle has been doing a yeoman’s job of mocking Fox News North. Today’s gem is rife with true comedy, for which Doyle has a talent unlike his Sun News counterparts’ unintentional comedic style:Why, recently, Conservative MPs on the House of Co… . . . → Read More: John Doyle: Sun News is Conservative Comedy Central
I haven’t had that much exposure to Fox News North but from what I’ve seen there’s obviously something fishy happening at that network which is symptomatic of a bigger issue with the North American right-wing male of the species. Listening to Brian Lilley’s chipmunk voice or recoiling from Mark Bonokoski’s lispy spittle or . . . → Read More: Sun News Network and the emasculation of the North American right wing . . . → Read More: Sun News Network and the emasculation of the North American right wing
Love ya Al, but the background?Watch the Fox News North snippet of the interview. Brian ‘The 50′s worked for Elvis, why not for me’ Lilley thinks Al Gore is comparing Climate Change deniers with racists, a meme he no doubt picked up from the far right … . . . → Read More: Subliminal message in background of Al Gore interview? Bonus: Fox News North Elvis impersonator FAIL.
Dawg posted a video tonight I wish I had never seen. No, not a clip from the latest slasher flick. Worse. Michael Coren, using the meme begun by disgraced ‘historian’ David Starkey that it’s ‘not racism, it’s culture’, went on a riot of his own on Fox News North with Brian Lilley gleefully cheering him on. His rampage . . . → Read More: Michael Coren: “It’s not about race. It’s about culture”. Bullshit. . . . → Read More: Michael Coren: “It’s not about race. It’s about culture”. Bullshit.
I was just reading a comment on Dr. Dawg’s Blog that makes reference to a recent appearance by Michael Coren on Brian Lilley’s show, Byline. In an interview about the London riots, Coren makes a racist comment that violates both Canadian Broadcast Stan… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Michael Coren Violates CRTC Rules On Sun TV With Racist Remark
Dan Gardner calls this an “indecently enjoyable read”. I wholeheartedly agree. Too bad there is not more reporting like this about Fox News North (it really is).
The summation (emphasis mine):
Oh, and remember the news about Conservative Transportation Minister Denis Lebel being a Bloc Québécois member? I asked the folks at the media monitoring service Infomart . . . → Read More: Who knew Sun TV News was such a welfare queen? . . . → Read More: Who knew Sun TV News was such a welfare queen?