December 08, 2016

REVEALED: Chretien secretly ordered CBC comedy show to ridicule Stockwell Day

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

It's presented as a funny anecdote, but a story about Liberal PM Jean Chretien, in a new book by PM Tony Blair's top aide, accidentally reveals the prime minister ordering the CBC to air an attack on one of his opponents...

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commented 2016-12-10 02:03:24 -0500
Well color me a cynic Mark for I have my doubts. Your answer seems far too polished, but your post is indeed an interesting read so for that I thank you. You cannot claim “No big deal…" which came across as defense of the CBC and then in the next breath state you want it privatized. It is one or the other for it cannot be both.

CBC does not produce satire, their brand of alleged satire is a crude form of propaganda which is more insulting than humorous. Another prime example of their alleged satire was the attack on Harper by Mary Walsh.

I agree with Nnaumbua further investigation is warranted, but it will be swept under the rug like so many other things, buried and forgotten.
commented 2016-12-09 22:18:14 -0500
Or maybe Mercer is lying. Again, further investigation is warranted.
commented 2016-12-09 22:15:16 -0500
Mark Sutherland, as written, Mercers comments don’t refute the claim by the Blair spin doctor. Maybe Mercer did write the Doris stuff. That doesn’t necessarily mean Chreetien didn’t order the thing as claimed. Maybe Mercer wrote the material after the idea was planted in his head by someone tied close to Chretien. This warrants further investigation.
commented 2016-12-09 15:03:27 -0500
Hello Hyacinth, I’m not a troll, but I do admit to some bias over CBC as I have enjoyed some content of theirs (ours?) over the years. You never asked my current opinion of their overall operation and status of tax-payer funded, but I’ll let you know. Defund it. Privatize it. All of it. Whatever function they used to serve, they have been matched by the private sector. If they can prove some small need that’s not being met, by all means, let them prove it. But not at 1.5 billion dollars of our hard earned money and another 400 million in brain-wasting advertisement.

As for my own anecdotal attack on them. When they put out a copyright claim on that Conservative lobbyist ad that was about a minute long, that was produced in house, I thought it was the biggest injustice. This content should belong to all of us, for its entirely tax payer produced funding. Any and all use of their product in a Canadian’s name is fair use in my own opinion.

I’m long overdue for a rant over their use of biased bloggers they put on their panels as well. The Walrus, Buzzfeed and HuffPo? Since when were they a source of opinion (or collective brainpower for that matter) worth listening too? Why not throw away the chaff and just quote from Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger and Ayatollah Khomeini directly?
commented 2016-12-09 11:01:07 -0500
“No big deal. If we can’t help but continually take satire seriously, we become a laughing stock ourselves. Allowing a government insider to be in on a few jokes is no crime, either.”

Interesting that when CBC and their biased ways are exposed there always arrives a troll or two in defense of. So predictable.

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http://cbcexposed.blogspot.ca/
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/pierre-trudeaus-disastrous-record-is-finally-laid-out-for-all-to-see
“During the Trudeau era it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between the bureaucracy and Trudeau allies within the Liberal Party. Take the case of Pierre Juneau, a long-time Trudeau friend. In 1968, Juneau became the first chairman of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC), where he led Trudeau’s mission to increase Canadian content over the airwaves. Trudeau brought Juneau into his cabinet in 1975 as minister of communications before winning a seat in the House of Commons. Trudeau opened up a riding for Juneau by appointing the member from Hochelaga, Gerald Pelletier, to become Canada’s ambassador to France. But Juneau lost what was considered a safe seat in the by-election and was forced to leave cabinet. Juneau then moved into the public service as undersecretary of state. In 1980, he became deputy minister of communications, and in 1982, the president of the CBC.”
commented 2016-12-09 07:29:13 -0500
Nnaumbua Farrell and anyone else interested in Rick Mercer’s word on the subject is in luck. It just so happens he replied on Twitter about it: https://twitter.com/rickmercer/status/805798082894069760
“@<a class=“tweet-url username” href=“http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=neiljedmondson”>neiljedmondson @ezralevant False. I wrote the Stock Day/ Doris Day stuff w Luciano Casimiri. And stock used Que Serra not Libs" . A little surprised to see Ezra run with this without mentioning Mercer’s fairly prompt reply. Like I said on Twitter, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chretien was just taking credit for it out of hand. Or Campbell simply misremembered the precise facts about the story.

As for my opinion, I agree with AtokenConservative about this. No big deal. If we can’t help but continually take satire seriously, we become a laughing stock ourselves. Allowing a government insider to be in on a few jokes is no crime, either. Did we forget Rempel’s F A R T moment already?
commented 2016-12-09 07:29:13 -0500
Nnaumbua Farrell and anyone else interested in Rick Mercer’s word on the subject is in luck. It just so happens he replied on Twitter about it: https://twitter.com/rickmercer/status/805798082894069760
“@<a class=“tweet-url username” href=“http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=neiljedmondson”>neiljedmondson @ezralevant False. I wrote the Stock Day/ Doris Day stuff w Luciano Casimiri. And stock used Que Serra not Libs" . A little surprised to see Ezra run with this without mentioning Mercer’s fairly prompt reply. Like I said on Twitter, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chretien was just taking credit for it out of hand. Or Campbell simply misremembered the precise facts about the story.

As for my opinion, I agree with AtokenConservative about this. No big deal. If we can’t help but continually take satire seriously, we become a laughing stock ourselves. Allowing a government insider to be in on a few jokes is no crime, either. Did we forget Rempel’s F A R T moment already?
commented 2016-12-09 03:10:07 -0500
Just out of curiosity Jay Kelly: – What has your little anecdote about Stockwell Day have to do with the issue at hand?… Or are you just farting in the wind again?…
commented 2016-12-09 01:51:46 -0500
Jay Kelly some CBC reporters idiocy did not make the moment a bad one.
commented 2016-12-08 23:40:35 -0500
I think it would be interesting to get Mercer on tape to discuss how exactly this arrangement went down. This is big and the CBC would love for this to be forgotten. Now, I’m not saying The Rebel should break the internet by crashing an episode of the Mercer report or something…

;)
commented 2016-12-08 23:23:01 -0500
Stockwell Day stood in well for Canadian Conservatives. He was not up for the job, but he went along for it.
His best performance was when he won the leadership and had a news conference the next day.

This was the news conference when he arrived on a Sea-doo. He appeared from the water, and afterward he vanished into the water. It was a nice scene, if it had worked out.

I was watching the report with a couple of older gentlemen. They could hardly stop laughing.

Joe Schlesinger of CBC was the reporter. After the news conference Stockwell Day got on his Sea-doo and sped away.

Unfortunately the spray from the Sea-doo shot straight up from his ass, making Joe Schlesinger comment: “He looked better coming; than going.”
commented 2016-12-08 22:12:06 -0500
Sorry Atokenconservative, gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. To understand the seriousness of this, Just replace “Chretien” with “Harper” and imagine the (rightful) freakout of a politician using his power to make a publicly owned (and therefore presumably non partisan) broadcaster attack an opponent. This is not on. Pursuing this to the max can be a stone , no meteor, that hits both the CBC and the Liberal Party of Canada right to the core and validates every conservative suspicion for the last 16 years. This may actually go beyond the level of collusion I thought was going on. I thought the CBC was just naturally doing what was in the interest of the Liberal Party because of the personally held political views of CBC executives and employees. Direct involvement of the Liberal Party changes everything.
commented 2016-12-08 21:54:07 -0500
I gotta admit when I first heard of the Doris campaign it gave me a good chuckle. I was seriously into the conservative camp by then, but it was a good way to poke fun at a candidate in a light-hearted way. I seriously doubt anyone changed their vote because of it. I still think today that nobody on the right wing should really take it seriously, or ever should have. We should have thicker skins than that. I saw the naked Harper thing as way more insulting. Now, was it an “order” from the “boss”? Maybe. Maybe Chretien used some strength in it’s mention, and it came across like “do it or lose your job”. Or maybe it was just suggested as a comedy idea and someone thought it was a funny thing, and ran with it. This is pretty small, IMO. We’ve got bigger issues.
commented 2016-12-08 21:35:19 -0500
Well well well. The truth comes out eh? Ezra, PLEASE send a reporter down to the CBC Toronto building to ask about this. I wonder if this broke any laws. Do some ATI requests and confront EVERYONE involved in this Liberal project at the time. I think Mercer admitted his involvement. It’d be great to get this Blair spin doctor on for an interview. This is huge.
commented 2016-12-08 17:01:04 -0500
The gloves are off. Good find Ezra.
commented 2016-12-08 13:09:55 -0500
Remember “Little Mosque on the Prairie”?
You don’t think that was rigged?
commented 2016-12-08 11:30:04 -0500
Peter – I should say no public backlash, with the exception of TheRebel’s traveling billboards. We need to do that more often, and sit right across from the CBC, CTV and Global news stations, and educate the public about how they operate as wings of the liberal party of traitors.
commented 2016-12-08 11:16:09 -0500
Peter – spreading lies and deceptions to destroy their targets is how the liberals and left-wing owned MSM works. It’s their favourite MO. They use it on everyone and anyone who opposes their lies. It’s used globally to destroy their targets and to instill negative impressions on a public, that isn’t paying attention. The attack on those publicity opposing the NDP’s carbon tax had the same treatment. What we need to do is start picketing the liars offices, in addition to the legislature. So far they say whatever and I don’t see any public backlash.
commented 2016-12-08 11:02:40 -0500
@ Deborah – " I wonder how his critics would feel, if they were constantly attacked for every perceived flaw. I don’t think there are many that could have withstood the constant character assassination, that he faced daily by the press and opposition parties. "

Yes, he was constantly viciously attacked daily.

The worst was when the CBC and the rest of the main stream socialist media would accuse him of something, and then when the accusation proved false the MSM dropped the issue without apology nor a retraction and then went on to the next accusation.

The resultant effect left in the minds of the public was that Harper was guilty of all of the things of which he was accuse because no retraction was ever made by his accusers. The accusations accumulated tin the minds of the people to the point where the people that did not pay too much attention to politics would begin to wonder “why do we have this PM in office when he does so many things wrong”. It was a very dirty, filthy thing for the MSM to have done.
commented 2016-12-08 10:52:12 -0500
@ James – Yes, if you do not have to be a good PM if:

1) if you have the media covering for you,
2) if you have the federal and the majority of the provincial civil servants covering for you,
3) if you have the judiciary activist left wing judges supporting you,
4) and you have the majority of the senate passing your bills into law supporting you,

then yes it is not hard to be PM.

However, if you have all of those I listed above against you as did Harper and still he managed to lead the country well, then you would have to be a strong willed competent PM as Harper was.
commented 2016-12-08 10:38:35 -0500
@peter
Actually Justin Trudeau proves that you don’t need to be competent to become PM. So long as the Liberals have CBC to collaborate with and a poster boy who they can cover with glowing tributes of nothings.
It will take people’s voices and Rebel.media to inform people of the truth.
commented 2016-12-08 10:31:38 -0500
It seems the only farce the CBC ever produced was the illusion of being an impartial news media that represents all Canadians.
commented 2016-12-08 09:39:31 -0500
Peter – I agree, Harper had a backbone and he missed some opportunities, as he is only human. I wonder how his critics would feel, if they were constantly attacked for every perceived flaw. I don’t think there are many that could have withstood the constant character assassination, that he faced daily by the press and opposition parties. Hands down my favourite memory of him, is when he spoke against the UN. I’ve never been so proud of a Canadian PM in my life. And now that we are on the road to hell, under another commie Trudeau, I know I will have to hide the pride that I felt for my country, as I no longer recognize it.
commented 2016-12-08 09:18:24 -0500
I am just frustrated that there really are no competent Conservatives to take office and at present it seems like that preening little twit will be in office forever.

The only Conservative in recent decades that had any semblance of a backbone was Harper.
commented 2016-12-08 09:15:33 -0500
Even rather Have Harper right now in office than any of the current batch of Conservative candidates, even if Harper shoulda done this and shoulda done that.
commented 2016-12-08 09:14:09 -0500
Yes, yes, Robert. Big bad Harper didn’t do this or that or the other thing, but where the rubber meets the road, I would rather have Harper with all his faults in office right now than that preening little puppet head fool we have now.
commented 2016-12-08 09:07:15 -0500
The chance to shut down the CBC came and went with Harper.