Monday, March 3, 2008

The CBC: an 'unprincipled space'

From the Kootenay Western Star (circulation: 25,000), headquartered in Castlegar, BC:

Dear Editor:

... The CBC pundits who regularly play a congenial game of pitch and catch with CBC boat anchor Peter Mansbridge, were given a master class in political obfuscation by [John Manley, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae] and dutifully pounced on it.

After sputtering for weeks as to why Canadians “didn’t understand the complexities” of the US-NATO war in Afghanistan (dullards that we are) Andrew Coyne, editor of McLean’s and pollster Greg Allen (paid for the hopeless task of making Stephen Harper appear human) are now all chuffed up for at least a few more CBC ‘The National’ shows to explain to electors why it is unpatriotic not to sacrifice the lives of more Canadian soldiers and Afghan civilians for at least another four years.

One will have to search back through the years to find a more distasteful demonstration of how many over-priced brain-trusters and pundits can be packed into one small unprincipled space.

It proves once again that what unites the political elite and their minions is fear. Fear of the good common sense of the people of Canada who in their majority oppose this war.

Don Currie
Slocan BC

Don relates that the above letter was also published in the Nelson Daily News (circulation: 3,000) as well as the Weekender (circulation: 8,000), appearing in Grand Forks and Trail. (See this handy map of the area.)

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