César Fernández-Stoll

César Fernández-Stoll
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

RE: Canada: Stop "Fox News North"

From: Cesar Fernandez-Stoll [CesarFStoll@gmail.com]
Sent: September 4, 2010 9:19 AM
To: 'avaaz@avaaz.org'
Cc: 'HarpeS@parl.gc.ca'
Subject: RE: Canada: Stop "Fox News North"

From a very good friend I have received your invocation to manipulate the CRTC in favour of Canadian Main Stream Media, an even if it is to be found ‘impressive’ that 50,000 people might have signed such a petition; the hope is in that it is nothing but 50,000 of the over 30 million Canadians that actually believe in this nonsense.


I do not know really if Harper, the Prime Minister I suppose, is really trying to bring to Canada, the type of Fox News it is in the United States, to Canada, but I do happen to follow very close the developments of the politics in our southern neighbour and truly it is my hope, not that Prime Minister Harper had anything to do with bringing freedom of the press to Canada, because that is a basic and fundamental right we all have which comes with freedom of expression, but that the media, particularly the ones listed below, which incidentally, have more to worry about their readership, perhaps the reason for some for the assault on our liberties; the media in Canada, in the Canadian establishment, is trying so hard to monopolize and keep monopolizing. There is not wondering the CRTC looks to you as a ‘democratic’ body, or as an expression of democracy.

As far as the Main Stream Media in the US, I think is more of the same as the one here in Canada. It is over-polluted, hyper-contaminated, with the cancer that is trying to make of the world a globalize dictatorship and so, no matter of what Barack Hussein Obama (Barry Soetero) does or is,  as it does not matter what Michael Ignatieff or for that matter Jack Layton or even the Parti Quebecois is, because all of them are working, with you, to collectivize our planet and destroy family, marriage and life, while enslaving the world to your purposes; a very selective country club of elitists with self appointed prerogatives.

As far as Stephen Harper and his gang of wanted-to-look-conservative; I think they have fooled themselves in believing in the ‘good’ intentions of the opposition and have fallen into their path-of-good-intentions, directly to hell. Let’s hope that they do react on time like down south the Tea Party movement is and bring some honest leadership to our own movement for the removal of the Canadian establishment from our lives and future, bringing individuality and dignity with the protection of life and freedom as the only genuine tasks of government.

I think is a bit futile to talk to you in terms of faith and truth or even life, because none is worth anything to you, as long as do not serve a purpose in your agenda (see above). Nevertheless, I feel compelled to ask you to look at the truth of what you are trying to invoke here and reason on its cause and of course, its consequences as this ‘campaign’ all it is seeking is to perpetuate what collectivism has already done to this country through many decades of dreams to reproduce heaven on earth, while making hell available to all.

I wish Fox News keeps open to all lines of thought as I can see from the fact that there is in their payroll products of every flavour and inclination, political and not, and more than that, I hope the Canadian Main Stream Media sees the light and starts bringing new brains and ideas if not ideals to their staff and for once since very long time ago, try to look, at least look, more serving the public and not the interests of these lost souls of collectivism that now contaminate and are bringing down their readership.

The problem is not Fox media, as to them, is clearly their survival in the market and so it is their business decision to do it so by being inclusive to all sides. Surely some will be more successful than others and in these times, it seems the people in the United States at least, is finding that their freedoms are being invaded and interrupted in front of their own eyes and so, how to blame Glenn Beck, or the others when it is the people, the market who is reacting positive to a reasonable proposition?

Take a look to a CBC, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, and lately even the National Post, and see that the only differences between them is just staff and target. There are no contradictions between them, let alone controversy, the bread and butter of the business of journalism.

When I came to Canada 34 years ago, it was almost usual and refreshing to see competition going on between the media outlets, something that in my country of origin, Peru, had been then, not now, then, suppressed by decree, something like what you are trying to accomplish here, because a communist military dictatorship did not want to read or hear ‘bad news’ about the truth of their own ‘progress’ into destroying Peru freedom and democracy. So many years later, Peru is once again in reasonably good financial shape and with a very good GDP, but not thanks to the collectivist society, but rather by the power and relentlessness of their individuals which are now allowed to compete, not just the media but the industry and trade and you can see middle class emerging again, dignified by their own individuality. Of course there is still, lots and lots of misery in Peru and lots and lots to be done, the former product of the collectivism the people was forced to live under, the latter, only achievable by the courage and decisive action of their individuals, not nanny governments. Hopefully they know better now and they learned that nannies are only good for nurseries and it is not the role of any government, however sweet and attractive their words of enticement appear to be.

I hope you made this far and for that matter the whole audience I am including in the note to you, including your proposal below and it will be only their responsibility, the one condition that makes freedom worth having, to follow you or live free enjoying their individuality and with it, freedom of expression.

César Fernández-Stoll

From: Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org [mailto:avaaz@avaaz.org]
Sent:
Thursday, September 02, 2010 4:17 PM
Subject:
Canada: Stop "Fox News North"

Wow - in just 36 hours almost 50,000 Canadians have signed! Margaret Atwood has signed too and the media is buzzing, with Sun papers running attack pieces on Avaaz. Let's get to 100,000! Forward the email below to everyone:

Dear friends,

Prime Minister Harper is trying to force American-style hate media on
Canada. Sign the petition to support CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein (above) and encourage him to protect Canadians from a "Fox News North" channel funded by our own cable TV fees:

Sign the petition!
Prime Minister Harper is trying to push American-style hate media onto our airwaves, and make us all pay for it.

His plan is to create a "Fox News North" to mimic the kind of hate-filled propaganda with which Fox News has poisoned
U.S. politics. The channel will be run by Harper’s former top aide and will be funded with money from our cable TV fees!

One man stands in the way of this nightmare -- the Chairman of Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Konrad von Finckenstein. He's rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let's urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper's pressure. Sign the petition below and forward this email to everyone -- we'll publish full page ads in Canadian papers when we reach 100,000:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_fox_news_canada/?vl

Harper hatched his scheme in a secret lunch last year with media-mogul Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News. Harper's top aide Kory Teneycke also came to the lunch, and then left the government to head up Sun Newspapers and the new "Fox News North".

Fox News fuels hate. While constantly claiming to be “fair” and “balanced”, it allows hysterical anchors like Glenn Beck to compare Obama to "Lucifer" and "Hitler". Bill O’Reilly, another anchor, has threatened to boycott Canada, and Anne Coulter says Canada is “lucky the US allows it to exist on the same continent.” The network has calculatingly spawned the tea party movement in the US, a mobilisation of the fringe right which threatens violence upon its opponents and wears guns to political rallies.

This is a fight for the soul of Canadian democracy. Our media is not perfect, but a ‘news’ network that slavishly serves a political agenda through mass manipulation and fear threatens the fabric of our democratic society.

The CRTC is part of our democracy -- it was made an independent commission precisely in order to protect against this kind of government manipulation of the media. Harper knows that he must bully his way through this institution in order to create "Fox News North". And there are dark rumours in Ottawa that if von Finckenstein will not leave his job, Harper will simply force him to give in. Konrad von Finckenstein is upholding the best tradition of Canadian democracy and civil service in the face of a full scale attack on that tradition. Let's show him, and Harper, that Canada stands with him.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_fox_news_canada/?vl

"Fox News North" is Harper's long term strategy to make radical conservatism the political centre in Canada, tearing down the country we love to make us look like the U.S. Thankfully, Konrad von Finckenstein and the CRTC are standing in his way -- let's stand with them.

With hope,

Ricken, Emma, Iain, Laryn and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources:

Globe and Mail, “Is Harper set to move against the CRTC?”:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/lawrence-martin/is-stephen-harper-set-to-move-against-the-crtc/article1677632/

CBC, “The absolute last thing this country needs”:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/10/f-vp-newman.html#socialcomments#ixzz0r6MC4p46

Globe and Mail, CRTC refuses Sun TV's bid for preferred status on dial:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/crtc-refuses-sun-tvs-bid-for-preferred-status-on-dial/article1641654/

The Star, “Harper’s foxy luncheon”:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/851510--mcquaig-harper-s-foxy-luncheon

Mediaite, “Canada and Ann Coulter: a volatile relationship”:
http://www.mediaite.com/online/canada-ann-coulter-colleges/

Media Matters, “Glenn Beck compares Obama to Lucifer”:
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201008040051

Media Matters, “Glenn Beck smears Obama’s 11 year old daughter”:
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201005280025

The Examiner: “Bill O’Reilly again confuses facts about Canadian health care system”:
http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/video-bill-o-reilly-again-confuses-facts-about-canadian-health-care-system


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