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CBC Cuts! Where's the leadership?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:03 am
by Oscar
Where's the leadership?

From: Shane in Wpg.
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:05 AM

The Editor,

Dear sir:

Unavoidable cuts to CBC, lay-offs everywhere, bankruptcies increasing, but no leadership from our governments!

Obviously, Stephen Harper is making the choices that most advance his political dogma and agenda, but where is the leadership at this crucial moment?

Have we heard about cuts to MP's salaries and salaries of the Senate? Have we heard about lowering of the pensions for these supposedly indispensable leaders?

As the workers in this country take hit after hit, is there any real leadership being demonstrated?

I'll believe your sincerity, Stephen, when I see serious leadership in solving the crisis!

Shane Nestruck


PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:06 am
by Oscar

Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:35 PM

The Editor
Winnipeg Free Press

Dear sir:

The cuts to CBC are outrageous!

It is transparently clear Stephen Harper is using this economic crisis to further his personal and political objectives to both maim the source of his most rational and effective criticism while muting the cultural and intellectual backbone of Canada.

If he and the other wannabe Americans in Alberta hadn't recently invited George W. Bush to visit and speak in our country it might be less clear, but his adulation of everything Republican makes this totally obvious.

Shane Nestruck

The emperor has no clothes!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:08 am
by Oscar
The emperor has no clothes!

From: Shane in Wpg.
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 3:35 PM

Peter Mansbridge
CBC The National


When you next have the 'honour' of interviewing Stephen Harper, I wish you'd ask this question. You can ask in my name if you prefer!

Mr. (expletive deleted) Harper. I consider CBC to be the 'national broadcaster' and the most important positive force in informing Canadians and maintaining our national identity... The backbone of Canadian Culture and Freedom.

Are these cuts to CBC anything more than your transparent and vindictive effort to curtail free speech and freedom of information in my country?

Shane Nestruck

Need for CBC

PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:16 am
by Oscar
Need for CBC

From: Shane in Wpg.
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:32 AM

Dear The House,

Listening to the program today . . .

CBC has proven beyond doubt that it is far more than fair to "the private sector".

It has become cowed by the private sector attackers and obsequious to the neo-liberal forces.

A few concepts kept creeping into the conversation:

'Diversity' seemed to mean to one of your guests - support for the right wing crap emanating from the USA. AND he seemed to be continuing with the covert attack that CBC is somehow biased and presents a particular viewpoint!


All over N. America (and the world), CBC has been cited as an 'independent', reliable source of news that is (was?) NOT biased and politically controlled.

So what does this guest mean?

Does he mean we need a 'balance' that includes economically biased and politically twisted propaganda?

The answer - NO!

Then there was the discussion of supporting the private broadcasters:

If you know the history of CanWest Global, you KNOW that it bought up and controlled dozens of small town TV and radio stations on its way to gaining 'market share'.

Now, WHO does CanWest first abandon...the small markets!

You would also be aware that CanWest put hundreds of people out of work, and slowly and progressively eliminated local news and local production in favour of American network programming.

OH YES - save this wonderful example of Canadian broadcasting and Canadian values!!!

The (Canadian Heritage) Minister's suggestion that CBC is arms-length is totally BULLSHIT.

Harperites have continued the Liberal cuts to CBC on the basis of so-called economic necessity and his government's refusal to give bridge financing to CBC; rejection of the suggestions of CBC management is proof beyond question that Harper is using this economic crisis to further his agenda of undermining everything Canadian in favour of kowtowing to international money!

Lastly, giving ANY credence to Ignatieff is to ignore his actions.

He has rejected supporting and working with the representatives of the MAJORITY of Canadians (the coalition) in favour of supporting Harper and the 'right-wing' economic overlords of our country.

Obviously, (perhaps not to you...Is your myopia part of the growing obsequiousness at CBC?) Ignatieff has decided to support the broken 'false majority' electoral system that has made Canadian Democracy a sham over the last 30+ years....

He is waiting until the OPPORTUNE moment to 'defeat' the Conservatives so that he can continue the hegemony the 'economic elite' have maintained in Canada for the last 35+ years ... i.e. There is really no difference between the Liberals and Conservatives - only degrees and shades of variation on the same themes.

If you need any more convincing just look at what the Liberal Party did to Dion: Iggy convinced the inner circle that Green was NOT politically acceptable to the traditional supporters of the Liberal Party and the first real liberal leader with policies that diverged from what the economic elite dictate, DISAPPEARED!

In Canada, we 'disappear' opponents to the powers that control 'our' government in ways that do little violence to the person but result in the same violence to the environment and the same violence to the wellbeing of families and workers!

If anything is proven by the recent CBC crisis/cuts, it is that the CBC is NOT arms-length and has become far too obsequious to the neo-liberal / conservative right.

Shane Nestruck

Any jackass can kick down a barn. . .

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:21 am
by Oscar
To: Shane in Wpg. ;
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: [coc-chaps-l] Where's the leadership ?

What is happening to the CBC is what the Harperites wanted to happen all along - effectively eliminate it.

They now have found an excuse to strangle it.

Destroying the result of so much labour and vision is effectively destroying the fabric of this country.

Always remember the saying by Sam Rayburn:

"Any jackass can kick down a barn,
but it takes a good carpenter to build one."