Friday, November 19, 2004

Those polite Canadians

One of the great outrages of modern times, second only to those liberal racists who dare to criticise St Condi of Palo Alto, is the fact that the Fox News Channel is not available in Canada. How that country has managed to carry out even basic functions (e.g. flu shots for all) without a daily diet of Brit Hume, Fred Barnes, and Bill O'Reilly, we'll never know. But the problem has now been solved:

[WSJ, subs' req'd] Canada's broadcasting regulator gave the country's cable-television companies permission to add the Fox News Channel to their digital services, after concluding that the popular U.S. channel wouldn't undercut Canada's all-news stations.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission noted that Fox News "offers little or no Canadian coverage" and said the network's "news/talk programs are more focused on editorial opinion and discussion" than those of Canadian channels CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet.

It's nice of those regulators to say that Fox News doesn't undermine Canadian news channels because it's actually an opinion channel -- leaving us to extrapolate what kind of opinion they mean.

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