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