What has the CBC become under endless Liberal and Conservative Governance ?

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leftypopulist
What has the CBC become under endless Liberal and Conservative Governance ?

When I hear Rex Murphy, it's all Liberal and conservative views (the 2 parties he actually ran for). It started off when he declared Jack Layton the most overrated federal party leader, and in the years since, I've never once heard him compliment the NDP or it's policies.

According to Rex, once soldiers are sent to the battlefield, parliamentary debate about the mission must stop, otherwise we'll deflate the troops and the mission. That's a typical Republican / Conservative view.

According to Rex, Danny Williams is not to be questioned about his chosen medical treatment path. But what if Canadian healthcare has been harmed by Conservative and Liberal cuts ...... shouldn't and wouldn't that be an integral factor in the issue and in the decision of Williams ?

According to Rex, we can't overstate damage to the earth as anything related to the holocaust. Rex, again, sabotages progressive views by saying the danger is in overrating environmental damage, when in reality, Canada consistently UNDERRATES environmental damage and under Liberal and Conservative governments, Canada sacrifices the soil, water and air for short term capitalist greed. This can be seen in BC, Ontario and especially in Alberta.

Then, there's Andrew Coyne - who is more rightwing than Rex.

Then, there's Kevin O'Leary, who's even farther to the right than Coyne, and the ruthless, capitalist whacko just keeps getting more and more airtime.

So, lets just watch Don Cherry for some opposing views, eh ?

The ultimate question is, if the NDP had federally governed for the last 10 years, would there be more left-leaning, progressive views and less repetitive rightwing dogma on CBC TV ? As it is, the Canadian populace is getting a TRUCKLOAD of capitalism, militarism and social conservatism from CBC television, and I'd bet the Liberals and Conservatives haven't even taken note of it, or if they have, they've quite enjoyed it.

Sandy47 Sandy47's picture

My guess is, that if the NDP were ever to form the government, they too would rule from much farther to the right than you might expect, because that's what head office in Washington would demand, and... if they didn't do as they were asked, there would be threats of economic as well as other, less subtle, kinds of hardships to give them the incentive to comply.

Tommy_Paine

 

I think for the most part the CBC sucks up to the boss.   Listening closely in the lead up to the first Harper minority, you could hear the tone change and then the topic and speaker selection change as Harper rose in the polls.   It was both funny and pathetic. 

And yes, the NDP is always the but of jokes on the CBC, as if the Conservatives and Liberals are always dead seriously ready to govern.    The parties of Stockwell Day and Joe Volpe, no less.

 

And, it was CBC radio reports that answered the phone first from Navigator, when Bryant ran over Sheppard.

The CBC, is without question the least anti-worker main stream media outlet, one could say.  But it's not saying much, and it's not saying that the CBC is pro worker.    

And, giving O'Leary-- who is a parasite, not a capitalist-- a podium is disgusting.

al-Qa'bong

Recall that the CRBC was created by R.B. Bennett's Conservative government.  There was a lot more public diversity of opinion in those days, though.  I think the rightward shift of the CBC is caused by the gravitational pull of all the other media, none of which is remotely leftist.

Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

Pssst ... Turn it off.

NorthReport

Gotta love satellite radio!

al-Qa'bong

Frustrated Mess wrote:

Pssst ... Turn it off.

That's pretty well what the Harperites want you to do, or do you think you're penalising the advertisers by your boycott?

clandestiny

The second world war was the defining event of our modern history. much like on Nov7/00 when the people went to bed assured GORE WON the election, then awoke to be told, ahem, that the Youngster actually won it ...so get over it, hippies- well it's the same thing now we are shown that the hitler/reactionary rightwing really WON WW2, finally, and, silly hippies.. get over it! (mike stafford on AM640 thinks 'hippy' is the ultimate putdown, and uses it at least once a day) Fyi, back in old days, there was a group of Union Civil War vets called the 'Grand Army of the Republic' or the 'GAR'- george lucas stole the idea for his 'star wars' nonsense- the GAR was a power in US politics until the old Union vets all disappeared by WW1 -and the KKK etc then made its comeback: see 'birth of a nation' or 'gone with the wind' etc. In the same way, the disappearance of the WW2 vets now allows the truth that the NAZIS WERE THE GOOD GUYS all the time!) The USSR='Evil Empire, remember? So...We lost, bigtime, and the CBC is a reflection of our losing since long ago.  Mansbridge and murphy and termonti and, remember jason moscovitz? or barbara frum, who once called  Palestinians arabs 'Cipers' on a CBC tv show? The fiction that the reactionary pro corporate rightwing hasn't had a strong hold at CBC is promoted by the CBC but it's a big lie

milo204

the main problem looks like the CBC is being forced by funding cuts to become more like a private sector channel, using ad revenue to offset what they don't get from the public.  A reliance on ad revenue in every other case fosters a more conservative business and advertiser-friendly version of the world, why would CBC be any different? 

perhaps if the public bothered to organize around the issue of public programming it might change, but public attitudes show allot of people don't watch or listen to CBC and could care less about it, for much the same reasons people don't bother reading news: we don't have a politically engaged culture in canada anymore.  

NorthReport

Which is an ideal situation for the powerful vested interests in Canada.

clandestiny

question: is there a way to get a large number of 'libleft' voters to look at CBC and do something more then shrug shoulders? almost certainly, this involve some exploitation of something that exposes the reactionary rightwing to spotlight. Any focus on them causes them to lose ground, as they are vicious and brutal two bit sub human creeps-you get the idea. Saying 'the nazis actually won WW2' strikes anyone as foolishness, and can be dismissed as raving, but to emphasise the disappearing of 'greatest generation' from the scene; and attach the idea that the REACTIONARIES were scheming away the entire time, and used the natural conservative bent of older folks to neuter the 'greatest generation' until too late....surely something more then just saying 'we don't have a politically engaged culture...' anymore (which is true, but that's the idea!)  The old men fought against the very thing don cherry and kevin o'leary and tex murphy and peter mansbridge etc advocate-the reactionary rightwing 'corporate' police state. David frum's sister is a taxpayer funded senator, and mike harris gets over 30k a month paid his arizona bank acc't. Ann coulter is hailed as free speech advocate, while George Galloway, Bill Ayers and Amy Goodman are banned by harper brownshirts! I don't even care to improve the lot of the goddam public anymore, but want to see the rightwing reactionaries put on notice the evidence is on the record to hang them all. FOR FRAUD! Hitler won WW2. See it! Harper proves it. Frum in the senate proves it. Don cherry's $500k salary/a year proves it. Mike harris's millions for his gov pension proves it. Mike stafford, oakley, carrol, doyle, Mike coren, Tex murphy, tremonti, mansbridge, chantel hebert only thing on the public airwaves coast to coast etc PROVES HITLER WON THE FRICKING WAR! let them deny it, the dirty bastards.

Fidel

Hitler was supposed to takeover Europe, like when they stood by and did nothing while Franco overthrew democracy in Spain a few years prior. Chiang Kai-shek was expected to do the job for them in China, too. Western leaders and British royals thought the sun shone out of Hitler's ass there for a while. He was their man who would do what was necessary to prevent Europe from falling to control by the large majority. Democracy is the right's most hated institution. The Ceeb can be anything from propaganda-lite to a straight up pack of lies. Once in a while they have to tell the truth to maintain a shred of credibility. But it's become a propaganda tool for the elite jts.

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al-Qa'bong wrote:

Frustrated Mess wrote:

Pssst ... Turn it off.

That's pretty well what the Harperites want you to do, or do you think you're penalising the advertisers by your boycott?

Actually, I think the Harperites would prefer we stay tuned in to Conservative Broadcasting Channel where Rex Murphey and others can extol the virtue to war, sacrifice, and individual selfishness as the true and only road to financial enlightenment. As for the advertizers, they can go fuck themselves.

One doesn't need the CBC to get the weather. One does need something other than the CBC to really know what's happening at home and in the world. If all I wanted were reports from state department, I could read VoA.

leftypopulist

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one witnessing the rightwing drift of CBC television.

With Kevin O'Leary, Rex Murphy, Andrew Coyne and Don Cherry given unlimited influence over Canadian culture, the CBC executives might as well bring in Ann Coulter and Karl Rove to continue the rightwing insanity.

NorthReport

When Peter Gzowski died over 8 years ago now, the CBC died for me as well.

thorin_bane

You can ad CBC radio to this as well. Look at Kathline Petty on the house, straight our reformer, Or michael Hilinka who gets commentary while people like Jim Stanford or McQuaig have no voice anymore.

clandestiny

brent banbury. what a waste of diapers (when brent was a baby)...that guy is such a grasping reactionary stooge he don't even know it. In '03, 'Go' had a comedy bit asking the question: "name 5 reasons Al Gore lost the ohoh election' and it was rotfltbfao time at CBC radio! I emailed them horny punks at 'go' that Gore won the election, ya fricking dingbats. BUSH LOST! now...Name 5 reasons brent banbury needs his arse kicked into outer space! That would be a funny topic...

1) banbury is a space aged jackass 2) brent is an unearthly name 3) banbury can prepare space for s.harper 4) brent eats too much and 5) if there's a parliamentary voting tie, and brent's one vote decides the winner/gives mr deficit a majority, and if the planets line up wrong, then brent's being in outer space will save us from disaster! ... rofl!

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Rick (Homer) Cluff in Vancouver on CBC radio is not only right wing he knows nothing about most issues and never reads anything before interviews and it shows.  He understands sports because that is what he was before he bid into a news job out here.  

Do other CBC radio shows use the same format for issues?  Here they interview a left leaning person on an issue and attack them.  Then they bring on a right wing guest, often from the government, after the left wing person is off the air.  Strangely the right wing person is able to rip to shreds the left perspective while Homer cheers and no rebuttal is allowed.  He is so biased it is pathetic.  I have listened to the CBC for over 40 years but now most mornings I swear at Homer and turn it off. 

thorin_bane

I would like to ad that the "relationship" they now have with the financial post is also troubling. FP articles do not allow comment and it shows the tighter and tighter relationship the CBC has taken wit the business class.

thorin_bane

kropotkin..yeah it's called the house on radio one on saturady mornings with the host kathline petty. Terrible. We don't even get the luxury to hear a left perspective get ripped apart on our 2 local shows(morning and drive time) its Mike Hlinka and diane francis telling us how the government of harper is too left wing in thinking. Really? Really?

SO yeah it isn't just you. In fact I would gladly trade with you to hear a leftwing perspective. The big kicker is windsor has 2 NDP MPs, so it is completely at odds with the community.

clandestiny

We pay taxes. We're the majority (if you ink the kids, the 'left outs,' the crazed, the jailed, plus the 'passionately intense' who simply need to be clued in to realize the 'privileges of the few' isn't for them!) and the ratio probably is ... 1/3 nazipooh, 1/3 progressive, then the remaing 1/3 'centre' is NOT leftist because of the vast $$$ spent lying to them, misleading them etc! Therefore, the true ratio is ...1/3 for harper and 2/3 for....against harper... but for Jack and.. for ignatief!...!!....the anti-war anti-corporate pig, leader of the  'Liberals" which thus inks us!

omg!

leftypopulist

Seeing as how so many babblers have commented on the CBC morphing into a rightwing haven, I'd like to bump this thread to further emphasize a growing discontent with the rightwing bias of the CBC (especially CBC TV).

Did we really think decades of rightwing Liberal & Conservative government would lead to anything else ? Maybe some of us thought the CBC was intrinsically neutral...

clandestiny

the problem is: cbc is the flag bearer for lib/prog/leftist media, and damned to hell on rest of pigmedia, and IT'S really rightwing to the bone!

trippie

The CBC has never changed.

It was inacted by the state to be used by the state.

The difference now is that you are more abile to see that the state does not represent you.

Fidel

Sandy47 wrote:

My guess is, that if the NDP were ever to form the government, they too would rule from much farther to the right than you might expect, because that's what head office in Washington would demand, and... if they didn't do as they were asked, there would be threats of economic as well as other, less subtle, kinds of hardships to give them the incentive to comply.

Well we can always speculate on the unknown. But both Harper and Iggy have hinted that Canada would be in the driver's seat in the event that a trade war ever breaks out with our NAFTA partner next door. Corporate Americais heavily reliant on Canadian fossil fuels and total energy exports. And, Canada imports more manufactured and other goods from the USA than any other country for something like the last 50 years. Iows, they really need Canada.

Maurice Strong said in 2001 that Canada has an obligation to the rest of the world to help corporate America curb its voracious appetite for cheap Canadian fossil fuels. I think the NDP would do a much better job of dealing with the Americans than our two bought and paid-for by Bay Street old line parties. Canada could prosper by a fairer trade deal.

 

Michelle

I was disgusted by the National tonight.  They did this long puff piece on some cop, making her out to be a hero. They "embedded" a reporter with her to do a "day in the life" piece, completely glorifying her and her thug buddies.

And as it turns out, the cop they followed is the same one who illegally searched and stole goggles from a guy doing nothing illegal in a public park (Allan Gardens) on Friday (long before the black bloc stuff happened).

Here's the video of the CBC's heroic thug in action.  She appears partway through the video and becomes the main person talking to the activist by the end.

 

George Victor

Judy Rebick told Q's CBC Radio audience this morning that media coverage of the violence (and non-coverage of the quiet, disciplined and concerned) was the most 'outrageous"  slanting she has ever witnessed.  There were murmurs of agreement (briefly) the other panelists, but, generally, the others felt that the violent bit will always be covered.  The endlessly repeated TV shot (glad I don't hve TV) of a guy breaking a window, and the burning cruisers...had no defenders. 

CBC RADIO is still trying.  Michael Enright on Sunday morning also tried - interviewing  two former Csnadian foreign ministers , Barbard McDougall and Bill Graham, and the head of the Munk Centre (whose name escapes me) - to get at the causes of the NGOs protesting, those who are never covered.

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

I have never been quite as disgusted with the CBC as I have been over the last few days. I would seriously consider voting for a party that included in their platform a promise of political balance, arms-length funding, and a very thorough house-cleaning at the Ceeb.

George Victor

In its latest appeal for funding, the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting concedes that there is rot.  And whenever the Cons control the purse strings, we're not likely to see improvement.  We may never again see the climate for rational advancement of broadcasting that you describe LTJ...more's the pity.   I think we had best continue to try to expose the threat to all of our freedoms.

Farmpunk

It's tough to run a national broadcaster when the boss, Stursburg, has called news and current affairs programming (ie, journalism) a "black hole".  IE, something that doesn't generate revenue.

I have no clue what to do, or comment on, in regards to CBC TV.  I don't watch it, or any TV.  I don't watch it online, either, because the stream won't work for me out in rural land.   

CBC Radio still does a good job, to my ears.  There are some suckass programs, but I think radio adheres to the CBC's mandate and provides at least a space for some discussion and analysis.  However, radio is squeezed by budgeting constraints in a way that clearly the TV operations are not. 

CBC's online coverage of the G20 was awful.  I've watched a dozen videos from independants that are better than anything currently online at cbc.ca

CBC TV really is just a private broadcasting company with a big slice of annual federal funding. 

   

thorin_bane

russian tv on youtube did more media on the protester(cause thats about all anyone knows about them) than the conservative broadcast corporation. I watched Don Newman get apoplectic with Kory for calling Don and the CBC lefties. Don mentioning his fairly large number of conserfvative politic moderation for leadership races where no one thought he was unfair.(IE we are on the same team you idiot)

I pointed out to my dad about the near complete lack of anything about why the protests or the suspension of rights by McGuinty. This is a major news stroy. Your government just said FUCK YOU we are in control and no one is covering it? That is the disgrace that we should be worried about. Oh and that people are all smarm about north korea having all this propaganda. But fail to realize their citizens unlike ours know its propaganda. I have to say canadians are lacking critical thought anymore.

Think damnit. We are losing things way to quick, people aren't even struggling anymore.

George Victor

tb:

"Think damnit. We are losing things way to quick, people aren't even struggling anymore."

 

Do you think Canada's marginalized have given up on democracy or them "politishns"? The market speculators vote. Or exactly what "people" aren't "struggling anymore"?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

MCBC

 

Manufacturing Consent Broadcasting Corporation.

Daedalus Daedalus's picture

I never gave a damn about CBC television news, but I used to like CBC radio. Lately, however, I find myself tuning out in disgust and turning to NPR. It's a sad day when a Canadian has to turn to American public broadcasting to evade a torrential downpour of far right propaganda.

newshound

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Think damnit. We are losing things way to quick, people aren't even struggling anymore.

 

People are too full. We've been hoodwinked into shoving our head up our arse instead of removing it to take a look around to see what's really going on.

 

 

George Victor

newshound wrote:

Quote:
Think damnit. We are losing things way to quick, people aren't even struggling anymore.

 

People are too full. We've been hoodwinked into shoving our head up our arse instead of removing it to take a look around to see what's really going on.

 

 

 

THE fundamental question facing Homo sapiens today:  How can we reduce consumption of all things to a sustainable level...and yet maintain a level of production that employs people.

David Susuki has named his new CBC Sunday morning (11a.m.) radio program "The Bottom Line" with exactly that question in mind, and to be pursued through the summer. 

Where in the communications world do you find THAT challenge to capitalism?  In fact, where in the alternative media world do you find that question even dealt with for more than a few mutterings?  :) 

suzieq0452 suzieq0452's picture

I'm a Progressive Independent,But it will either be an INDEPENDENT or the GREEN Party that will get My Vote. The NDP have Treated Libby Davies like a Leper. SHE is the ONLY MP  in the HOC with BALLS to Stand Up for JUSTICE and Old Jack the Israeli Firster along with the "Leader in Waiting" MulClair (the Biggest Israeli Lobby  Whore in the NDP) have MUZZLEd Her .The Other  Parties'Whores that Slime Up the House  are All Chiming In to Prove that they too "LOVE ISRAEL" . Libby is the Only MP that Represents True Canadian Values or at least what I once thought Canada  Stood By.  Freedom and Justice For All. PEACE!

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I disagree Suzie because her friend and my friend Bill Siksay is every bit as brave an MP and speaks his mind on the real issues.  He of course has also been disciplined for speaking out on issues by his own party. 

So please don't include BIll in the same shit pile as Mulclair.

 

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

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I'm a Progressive Independent,But it will either be an INDEPENDENT or the GREEN Party that will get My Vote.

Then your vote will be wasted. Independents are few and far between, and as often as not to the right of Stephen Harper. The Greens remain unelectable, moreso lately with the anti-democratic Ellie May as their leader.

And as you've recognized, only the NDP has people like Libby within trying to bring justice for the Palestinian people into public discourse.

George Victor

Hey Suzie Q,  , the CBC is trying.   How do YOU respond to this challenging conundrum:

"THE fundamental question facing Homo sapiens today:  How can we reduce consumption of all things to a sustainable level...and yet maintain a level of production that employs people.

David Susuki has named his new CBC Sunday morning (11a.m.) radio program "The Bottom Line" with exactly that question in mind, and to be pursued through the summer. 

Where in the communications world do you find THAT challenge to capitalism?  In fact, where in the alternative media world do you find that question even dealt with for more than a few mutterings?  :) "

 

What do YOU think we should do in arranging our economic and political institutions to bring sustainability? That's Suzuki's challenge to economists and the Canadian populace at large!

clandestiny

let's start a petition to rename the 'Canadian Broadcasting Corporation' to 'Canada Brownshirt (broadcasting) Corporation' ...though the CBC hardly is as vile as Global etc usually is, it really really wants the rightwing agenda made the only agenda in news/info, it seems.... a publicly funded news org afraid of being populist is worse then no public paid for news, which is what we have now. Jim Travers can rant all he wants in the Star, but what the EFF does that got to do with anything, when tex Murphy's expounding on the sweet scent of harper's feces every time you turn CBC on?

kathleen

George Victor wrote:

Hey Suzie Q,  , the CBC is trying.   How do YOU respond to this challenging conundrum:

"THE fundamental question facing Homo sapiens today:  How can we reduce consumption of all things to a sustainable level...and yet maintain a level of production that employs people.

David Susuki has named his new CBC Sunday morning (11a.m.) radio program "The Bottom Line" with exactly that question in mind, and to be pursued through the summer. 

Where in the communications world do you find THAT challenge to capitalism?  In fact, where in the alternative media world do you find that question even dealt with for more than a few mutterings?  :) "

 

What do YOU think we should do in arranging our economic and political institutions to bring sustainability? That's Suzuki's challenge to economists and the Canadian populace at large!

 

Why should the priority be "employing people" or more "jobs"? People need to work - to sustain, maintain and enhance their lives, but most of the work we do these days wastes natural and human resources for a paycheck.

Suzuki isn't challenging capitalism as long as he's still promoting paid work as the only solution. Our world of employment is completely dependent on consumption. He's a sweet guy, maybe too sweet, and he's not going to make any difference with the new radio show. Maybe his listeners will recycle their books when they buy their new e-reader to save paper and ink. But mostly they're going to head out west to the tar sands because, after all, we all gotta work, don't we?

ennir

I think it is sad that the CBC doesn't seem to realize that no matter how far then bend over for Harper, Harper will get rid of them once he can,  especially since he has the new STFU channel. 

I still listen to some radio programming but less and less all the time, I tend to tune into the local university radio station which has come great stuff on it including Amy Goodman and Democracy Now.  As far as television I watch a little of it and less of the news, occaisionally I will check out what they want us to think.

Post G20 I think many Canadians have begun to realize that the CBC National news is no longer a reliable source of information.

George Victor

I'm afraid you aren't yet afraid of what continued economic growth means for the species!  Look up.  Look wayyyyy up!

Unless, of course, you don't believe mainstream science.  If that's the case, I've nothing to offer.

kathleen

George Victor wrote:

I'm afraid you aren't yet afraid of what continued economic growth means for the species!  Look up.  Look wayyyyy up!

Unless, of course, you don't believe mainstream science.  If that's the case, I've nothing to offer.

George - I am afraid. Very afraid. The point I was trying, unsuccessfully, to make was that as long as we make "jobs" the priority, we'll continue the endless consumption/destruction. We need a new way of making a living which doesn't require creating jobs for everyone. Suzuki needs to challenge the capitalist/free market system if he wants to reduce consumption and save us from ourselves. The science is clear. The way is not.

 

George Victor

Kathleen, if you have a chance to listen to Suzuki on CBC 1 this morning at 11 a.m., I believe you will find him arguing just that. 

kathleen

I listened. Same old saving whales business. Nothing wrong with that. Everybody wants the whales to survive. Suzuki doesn't exactly explain what we have to do to save them though. How we have to transform the economics of jobs. He's a sweet guy, no threat to anyone. I didn't hear him arguing anything. A gentle little reminder that we're still f-ing up royally. Gentle being the operative word.

George Victor

He's a scientist, telling us like it is. He just can't understand why our fate is not obvious, if the current rate of growth of consumption - of everything - is maintained. Of course, it's up to us all to find the formula for the saving of Homo sapiens...and all the other species.  My overarching perspective is of a command economy operating in highly a structured way...as though in wartime.  I remember the ration cards for staples.  Not much fun, but it works.  Value systems are sharply re-ordered in that way.  Yachting is out, along with 7,000 sq ft estate homes and two-storey foyers.   Might have to get a bit warmer and dryer/wetter before that would go over politically.  When I presented that vision to folks in the first year of the Green Party's life, (1983) it was greeted with shock. That would probably still be the dominant reaction, but that would have to be the direction for survival.  Oh, and zero population growth. 

There. Solved.  :)

As for the whales...don't buy Japanese, and let your world know  why. 

George Victor

A FAIR "action alet" warns us that much the same is happening to PBS:

 

 

Action Alert

PBS, George Shultz and Funny Funding
Do PBS's conflict of interest rules apply?

7/12/10

Many PBS stations around the country will begin airing a three-part, three-hour documentary tonight (7/12/10) about Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz. According to the New York Times (7/12/10), the unusually lengthy, completely uncritical tribute is partially sponsored by corporations linked to Shultz's corporate career.

The special, Turmoil and Triumph, was funded by the Stephen Bechtel Fund and Charles Schwab. Shultz was a board member at both companies, and was president of the Bechtel Corporation from 1975 to 1982.

According to reviews, the documentary takes an overwhelmingly positive, even gushing stance. The Times' Alessandra Stanley points out, "There is no mention that Mr. Shultz was a cheerleader for the 2003 invasion of Iraq while still on the board of Bechtel, a construction and engineering firm that won huge contracts that were later criticized by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction."

As the San Francisco Chronicle put it (7/10/10), "Only once in Turmoil's three hours will you hear someone disagree with Shultz"--not about his own performance, but about whether Reagan knew about the Iran/Contra arms deals. Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz (7/9/10) noted that the speakers in the film are "an exceptionally enthusiastic lot even by the prevailing standards for testimonials of this sort."

The political slant of the film is not a surprise. The company that produced it, Free to Choose Media, has had a hand in several conservative-oriented programs that have aired on public television, including 1980's Free to Choose, a special PBS series celebrating conservative economist Milton Friedman. As Greg Mitchell noted in the Nation (7/12/10), Free to Choose Media "was founded with money from the conservative Bradley Foundation and is part of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund."

 

TAKE ACTION!

ACTION:
Write to PBS ombud Michael Getler and ask him to investigate the relationship between the subject and funders of Turmoil and Triumph.

CONTACT:
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Michael Getler
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(703) 739-5290

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Buddy Kat

 

I think the employees at CBC are scared of not towing the line. They have witnessed what has happened in the past to former colleagues when the cuts come down and the door locking begins, and have made their choice.

 

I don’t think for a minute they will jeopardize their cozy positions at the CBC over political reasons. They know how crooked, criminal and corrupt the governments they have worked under are.

 

More reason for a left wing nation wide media in Canada …the CBC has been divided and conquered…and in a conflict of interest situation

Buddy Kat

 

I think the employees at CBC are scared of not towing the line. They have witnessed what has happened in the past to former colleagues when the cuts come down and the door locking begins, and have made their choice.

 

I don’t think for a minute they will jeopardize their cozy positions at the CBC over political reasons. They know how crooked, criminal and corrupt the governments they have worked under are.

 

More reason for a left wing nation wide media in Canada …the CBC has been divided and conquered…and in a conflict of interest situation

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