“I’m not in politics, I’m in ratings. We’re winning.”
Roger Ailes of Fox News, January 31, 2010
The Dean of Sun News reporters, Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun, cites Fox News as the template for Sun TV News. He’s presumably not one of the “critics thowing stones” that Kory Tenyecke complains about. As reported by the Canadian Press:
Peter Worthington, writing in The Sun, part of the Quebecor Media empire, welcomed the Canadianized Fox News channel. “Unless one views Americans as mostly mindless, rightwing nutbars, since around 2002 Fox News has dominated rival channels and has earned the title ‘Fair and Balanced’ that once went to CNN,” he said.
Kory Teneycke on the CBC, April 8, 2010
He lauds Glenn Beck, Fox’s anti-government conspiracy theorist, and makes note of a National Enquirer headline about “Obama Cheating Scandal.”
“The Enquirer has a remarkably strong track record on these stories of late… Tiger Woods and John Edwards. We shall see …” writes Teneycke.
And his edgy, controversial humour shines through: “To the pot heads who keep sending me crazy, profane emails: I hope (imprisoned pot activist) Marc Emery enjoys group showers as much as he enjoys pot. Three cheers for the DEA.”
More about Marc Emery here.
This didn’t take long. Kory Teneyke has apparently been saying for years that Canada needs a Fox News. Now that the analogy has people alarmed, he’s claiming it’s merely “critics throwing stones.”
The Sun TV News Wikipedia page:
Kory Teneycke, a former chief spokesman to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who will head the network in his capacity as Quebecor’s vice-president of development, dismissed the “Fox North” comparisons as critics throwing stones . . . .
The first time I met Kory Teneycke, he told me that Canada needed a Fox News channel of its own.
James Hansen describing the censorship he was subject to during the Bush years on 60 Minutes
On this date in 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural resources that it was 99% probable global warming had already begun.
He was of course 100% correct.
It’s 22 years later. Look how little we’ve done to address the problem. A major contributing cause is corporations like Koch Industries which fund global warming denialism.