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Montreal Simon: Pierre-Karl Péladeau and the Sun News Separatists

Well it wasn't a total surprise, but it was still a stunning sight. Pauline Marois and her new star candidate Pierre-Karl Péladeau Pierre-Karl Péladeau, controlling shareholder of the Quebecor media empire, on Sunday announced he will run for the Parti Québécois, saying his top motivation is to make Quebec independent. “My joining the Parti Québécois is tied to my most intimate and profound values and that is to say I want Quebec to become a country,” he told supporters in the riding of St-Jérôme, just north of Montreal, where he will be running in the April 7 provincial election.Read more »

LeDaro: Sun News cancels Rob Ford and Doug Ford program after one broadcast

That did not last long.

“The Globe and Mail is reporting that Ford Nation was a huge ratings success, pulling in about 155,000 viewers—that counts as a success for Sun News, which reaches only 40 per cent of Canadian homes—but is being binned anyhow because of “the Fords’ relative inexperience with the medium.” Apparently, yesterday’s episode took whopping five hours to shoot and another eight hours to edit. That’s a huge amount of resources for the fledgling Sun News Network. The economics just couldn’t support keeping the show on the air.“

Bill Longstaff: Sun News and sewer journalism

When Sun News hires the infamous Ford brothers to do a TV show, decent people cringe, but they shouldn’t be surprised. Aping Fox News, as Sun Media are inclined to do, it is simply pandering to the lowest common denominator, and the Fords are masters at pleasing that crowd.

An argument can be made that even the benighted among us deserve a mass medium that appeals to their passions and

Let Freedom Rain II: Protester farted in my face: Sun News reporter Faith Goldy

Another case of “she who smelled it, dealt it?”

So shouts Fox News North. Or, Faith Goldy to be exact. Goldy spoke about the incident on The Source, saying, “”I’m just minding my own business, when all of sudden something putrid emerges in the air. So I gaze from my phone and there before me is one of the bottoms of one of the Line 9 protesters.” 

“So they farted in your face? That’s what you are saying,” Levant replied. 

“That is exactly what happened, Ezra,” Goldy said.

No video or photo exists of the alleged Line (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Long Slow Death of Fox News North

Uh oh. Somebody call a plumber, or a mortician. It looks as if Sun TV News, also known as Fox News North or Harper TV, won't be able to make us pay to keep it on life support. Sun News Network has been denied a guaranteed spot on basic cable TV packages in a CRTC ruling released today.Maybe.But the CRTC suggested Thursday it isn't happy with the status quo and proposed "a new approach" regarding the distribution of Canadian national news services.Which has Kory Teneycke, Harper's old flak, clinging to hope that his stinky fish might survive… Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station that should not even (Read more…)

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Trashy's World: Maybe I’m wrong, and there really IS a God!

At least, this news is tantamount to divine intervention in my books!!! Fox News North does NOT have to be offered on basic cable… a victory for those Canadians everywhere with IQs higher than the length of Pierre Polievre’s nose, in centimetres. (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Apology Song

Well I'm glad to see that Ezra Levant has apologized for his hateful comments about the Roma.Although it did take him forever to put his lips together and spit out the words I'm sorry.And knowing him, I'm pretty sure he's even sorrier that he had to write this formal apology. Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!:

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV!

Canada’s Sun News Network (aka the Scum “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation) has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for mandatory carriage on cable and satellite TV.

That means if you are a cable or satellite TV subscriber in Canada, you will be forced to pay for that fake news channel even if you don’t want it. The politically biased Sun TV (owned by Quebecor) has applied for this favoured status because they aren’t getting enough

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Montreal Simon: The Unspeakable Horror of Sun News

You have seen them on their grubby channel assaulting the decency of Canadians.Attacking the weak and the vulnerable, like a pack of filthy cowards.Smearing native people, Muslims, the Roma, even those who would defend bullied children in our schools.Now they're begging for money, trying to force the CRTC to make us pay for their ugly, evil programming. And look who is answering their desperate call. Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed…

Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed and big-mouthed

Anyone who doubts that racism and religious bigotry are alive and well in Canada in 2013 simply needs to read the online comments for articles about natives or Muslims, or listen to the callers (and sometimes the hosts and guests) on AM radio talk shows. The same applies to a certain Canadian opinion-based TV station that falsely calls itself a news network.

The popular scapegoats have varied in different times and locations, but in the past few years, Muslims – specifically Arab Muslims – have taken the brunt of the

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Sun News Network: Hard News, Straight Talk, Random Gunfire…

Desperately seeking content for its weekend broadcasts, Fox News North turns to SHAW TV rejects the Beasley brothers, who will travel the nation and kill stuff for no apparent reason.  Which raises the question: if you slaughter a deer on Sun TV and nobody watches, is it really Venison?

Politics and its Discontents: More Hypocrisy from the Far Right

To say that the extreme right is often hypocritical is tantamount to saying that when the sky is clear, it is blue. Nonetheless, I can’t help but feel more than my usual disdain when that hypocrisy is especially overt and egregious. This morning, w… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Hypocrisy from the Far Right

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stehepn Harper quotes P6: Miscellaneous

Part 6 of underlooked Stephen Harper quotes. Part one, two, three, four and five here.  Reform-Alliance takeover He [Stephen Harper] credits Manning for at least calling for a united alternative but notes the option is ‘seriously flawed’ because it is essentially a Reform to take over the Conservative Party.

04/1998

Harper knows what’s up.

Criminals in the government “We’ve been skeptical about whether someone convicted of anything while sitting in the House should continue to sit, if anyone in our caucus was convicted of something, they would certainly be asked to resign.”

The ultimate irony.

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Politics and its Discontents: Do You Have What It Takes To Write For Sun News?

Please note: no journalism degree needed or wanted.

YOU’RE CONSCRIPTED! JOIN THE SUN NEWS TEAM

Do you think differently? Have you dreamed about working in the media but couldn’t stomach the thought of the group think therapy sessions? If you’re on a relentless pursuit of the truth, we might have just the opportunity for you.

As we grow and expand Sun News Network, we need people like you to make it all happen. People who are independent thinkers, strong writers and communicators — black sheep who have a genuine passion for the real news.

No need to have a journalism

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Politics and its Discontents: The Sun: Demagoguery, Not Critical Thinking

As a contrast to my earlier post about the Star and critical thinking, take a look at this poll and readers’ comments about Omar Khadr from Sun readers.

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Liberal Justin Trudeau brings in biggest ratings ever for Conservative Sun News

But Fox News North is still Fox News North. No more Liberals and never a Dipper. Watch the ratings slip again back to next to nothing.

Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads

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.

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Con who called cops on reporter has harassment complaint dismissed

Man, these modern conservatives are such wimps. I thought it was just the Sun News dandies. But these conservative politicians sure are such pantywaists!

What are they so afraid of? Palin, Bachmann, Ford, Burke, Harper. They’re all so afraid of being asked questions and having to actually answer them.

We all know why but still, you’d think these prima donnas would have the self respect to at

DeSmogBlog: Canadian Environmentalists: Tree Hugging Terrorists or Just Concerned Citizens?

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The Canadian Federal government’s new counter-terrorism strategy has been ruffling feathers in the environmental community since it was released by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews on February 9.

The report says that the Federal government will be vigilant against domestic extremism “based on grievances – real or perceived – revolving around the promotion of various causes such as animal rights, white supremacy, environmentalism and anti-capitalism.”

Admittedly, Blake Bromely and Syed Hussan are right to complain that the media coverage has been swamped with the report’s single mention of environmentalism, largely overshadowing concerns around the document’s actual

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Perfect combo: Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant on Zombie Muhammad. Sharia!

I was scouring Memorandum last night and I see Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller is posting about her convo with Ezra Levant on Sun News (she calls it ‘Sun TV’). The subject is a topic I blogged about earlier: a Pennsylvania judge dismissed charges against a man for assaulting another because the victim, an atheist, . . . → Read More: Perfect combo: Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant on Zombie Muhammad. Sharia!

Perfect combo: Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant on Zombie Muhammad. Sharia!

I was scouring Memorandum just now and I see Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller is posting about her convo with Ezra Levant on Sun News (she calls it ‘Sun TV’). The subject is a topic I blogged about earlier: a Pennsylvania judge dismissed charges against a man for assaulting another because the victim, an atheist, was mocking Islam at a Halloween parade. (Note that there was also an atheist

Leftist Jab: Twitter Wars: Ditchburn vs Levant

Pictured: Ditchburn (left) and Levant (right) Who knew Canadian Media Twitter Wars could be fun? Who knew that was even a thing?!

Well it is. And it’s spectacular! Let me set the scene. Jennifer Ditchburn, who works for the Canadian Press, writes a story about government bureaucrats posing as new Canadians for an Oath of Citizenship ceremony. There are some compelling questions that remain

Toronto Sun: "Feds apologize to Sun News"

“I apologize to the ‘state broadcaster’ for the bullshit we have hoisted on you.”

I know, I know. I’m just the feeding the beast which in turn feeds on publicity. It doesn’t have to be good publicity for Sun, that’s not the point.

The question is: how can one apologize to oneself? And where the fuck is Kenney? Coward.

My god, it’s only 11:30 PST and already the wingnut bullshit meter is off

Leftist Jab: "Let’s do it. We can fake the Oath" Sun News

Sun News Oath of Citizenship Ceremony There’s nothing quite as inspiring and patriotic as watching Canadian bureaucrats fake the Oath of Citizenship for a Sun News photo op and propaganda news segment. It was Jason Kenney’s staff that “directed departmental officials to add a last-minute citizenship ceremony at the network to their list of scheduled events”. Between the Conservative political