Thursday, April 29, 2004

Sly like FOX News

Paul Wells makes the only point that need be made about whether the CRTC should permit FOX News in Canada or not:
It's a false debate. The way technology is evolving, any day now the CRTC will be powerless to stop it.
Exactly. And that day is a couple of years ago.

Back when I was at McGill, I used to eat lunch quite often at a certain restaurant in the Student's Union Building (a.k.a. the Shatner Building). That little resto had a satellite dish and three televisions on at all times: One displayed CNN, the second broadcast FOX News, and the third one seemed to always be tuned into Black Entertainment Television.

Watching FOX News while chomping on a panini didn't scramble my brainwaves. My general position on TV news, especially 24/7 news channels, is that they are all silly bunk. FOX News was just sillier and bunkier. Which is why I watched it much more often than CNN...

When they put in a smoking lounge in the restaurant last year, the sign they put up initially read "SMOOKING LOUNGE." I can't say for sure that it didn't have something to do with the cryptofascist propaganda of FOX News. But it was pretty funny, anyway.

Post-script

And now, the concluding episode of The Globe and Mail's TV critic John Doyle's wrestling match with FOX News' Bill O'Reilly.

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