March 03, 2015

Sick new pro-CBC ad accuses Harper of killing his critics — just like Putin does

Brian LilleyArchive

The lobby group called Friends of Canadian Broadcasting -- they really just represent the CBC -- are whining that their new commercial is being censored.

The satirical ad accuses Prime Minister Stephen Harper of killing his critics, showing a couple of one-time advisors to the prime minister being drowned because they dared to tell him to "lay off the CBC."

It's meant to be funny, but given that Russian President Vladimir Putin's best known opponent was just murdered in broad daylight, is a commercial like this really tasteful or amusing?

Yet this is how the CBC reacts to even minor cuts in its budgets:

By putting out ads equating the Canadian prime minister with the worst kinds of fascist dictators.

(Source: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting)

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commented 2015-03-17 17:11:03 -0400
The CBC has been digging it’s own grave in terms of supporters and friends. They took the world class CBC Radio Orchestra and down sized it to a string quartet called “The Violins Against Women”……the departure of Gian Gomeshie has put a veritable strangle hold on the Q…….next they will be reformatting Late Night Jazz to Give Us Back the Night Jazz…..and on it goes.
commented 2015-03-04 17:01:03 -0500
Oh well, Harper had his chance to nut and gut the CBC.
commented 2015-03-04 14:22:01 -0500
T.S. MORRISSEY, have you renewed your membership with the FBC? You must have missed it when Brian mentioned that back in 2012, a time when EVERY government department was having their budget cut…the CBC, as a percentage of their budget, took a smaller hit than the Canadian Army. I, guess in your view, the government should have cut the Canadian army even more and given that portion to the CBC to protect our ‘Canadian values’. Maybe your friends at FBC could start a fundraising drive to help out the CBC.
commented 2015-03-04 13:50:04 -0500
Yes like old Earl Camambaer (oops that was SCTV), and Knowleton Nash, gone but not forgotten. I used to listen to cbc radio all day Saturday back in the late 80s and early 90s when they had Arthur Black and Jack Farr’s radioshow. Good stuff back then. Then they went all lefty on us and, sadly, I stopped listening. Then cbc tv did the hatchet job on Stockwell Day and I got real mad at cbc-tv and stopped watching any of their news programs. And now I have to send yet another dispatch to the PM to remind him that taxpayers have better uses for that billion $ cbc subsidy. Sheesh, fighting the lefties is a never ending job, but also a labour of love.
commented 2015-03-04 12:19:33 -0500
Wow True North that’s some pretty intensive research. Thanks for sharing your findings. I wonder sometimes how many CBC “supporters” actually spend much time listening and watching the stuff they crank out today? Or are they just harking back to the CBC we grew up with in the 1960’s and 70’s that featured basic news reporting and information, some fairly bland but likable entertainers and the occasional documentary or historical feature? It was kind of nice Canadian stuff but delivered for a fraction of the current budget and didn’t involve posers and political biases.
commented 2015-03-04 11:50:42 -0500
Thank You True North for that super-human effort, you have far more intestinal fortitude than I. You are going to need help recovering from those 2 months of torture. Hopefully The Rebel will help.
commented 2015-03-04 11:50:32 -0500
“Yet this is how the CBC reacts…”
Oh right, except it’s not. It’s the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, not the CBC. As you said yourself.
And budget cuts of $100m-plus are hardly “minor” anyway. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your lazy sensationalism.
commented 2015-03-04 11:36:05 -0500
True North, thank you for such bravery above and beyond the call of duty, sparing us from such excruciating suffering!
commented 2015-03-04 11:05:03 -0500
It’s time to come clean.
I will publicly admit it. I watched as much CBC programming, TV and Radio, as I could for the last two months. It was, sadly ( he said looking at the bathroom scale) the only New Years resolution that I managed to keep.

“Why did you do it?” you might ask, suspecting some mental issues or a threat from terrorists. I did it to be fair. I am a loud critic of the CBC at any opportunity but hadn’t been able to stomach the network for a long number of years. It was only fair that I once again sample their wares and see if my abysmal impressions had changed. So every day I awoke to CBC FM. Every evening I watched CBC programming and the CBC late news. If I drove anywhere, it was CBC on the radio. If I was in my workshop, it was CBC again, despite the fact that I was operating some heavy equipment and was frequently inclined to throw myself onto the table saw.


My conclusion was that, in a word, CBC programming is ‘God-bloody-awful’. There are some who would like to point out that ’ in a word’ means just that, ‘a word’. That is why I inserted the hyphens. So here is what I found;

- If you have a sense of humour, don’t go there.
- If you know anything about national or international news stories, don’t go there.
- If you don’t want to hear elitism broadcast as news, information or the arts, don’t go there.
- If you would rather not feel like you are being smothered with a warm wet blanket of political correctness, don’t go there.
- If you would rather get your news, entertainment and information without a liberal agenda, don’t go there.
- If you are looking for television programmes or radio programmes that don’t treat you like you have been recently lobotomized, don’t go there.
- Lastly, if you don’t want to be hugely annoyed that the CBC is spending billions of your dollars to produce this biased, mindless, immature, poorly produced, uber-green, self serving, elitist garbage, don’t go there.
In short, don’t go there.

There you have it. I suffered for two months so that you didn’t have to. I put my own physical and mental health on the line so that none of you had to suffer as did I.

You’re welcome.
commented 2015-03-04 10:56:42 -0500
I wish. The CBC Pravda lost me more than a decade ago and I won’t be going back. Deeply resent my taxdollars going to support those cultural marxists and moral relativists. That stupid drowning ad is a flight of fancy for me (metaphorically speaking, of course). C’mom, Prime Minster take that billion dollar cbc pravda subsidy and use it to pay down the federal debt. The idiot cbc can then sink or swim (hopefully sink like the Titanic).
commented 2015-03-04 09:28:23 -0500
Tirst, my guess would be that Harper is just going to let them chew their own legs off. They lost Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers because their leaders have no clue how to do business in the real world. Then there was the Ghomeshi scandal which called into question why a publicly-funded broadcaster needs to create its own celebrities and how dysfunctional its management must be to allow this serial batterer to operate as long as he did. Programs that they touted as hits are dead or in the final throes. Their latest new offerings are lamentable. They’re cutting here and cutting there and lamenting about the future of “Canadian broadcasting” which is just code for CBC. No one knows what their ratings are as they don’t disclose those details. I think the loss of NHC was the beginning of the end. Why waste time and brain cells and create controversy taking it down when it will do the job itself within the next couple of years.
commented 2015-03-04 08:45:52 -0500
Donald, I think Harper realized how many Canadians swallow CBC hook,line and sinker and think its all good … I suspect he held off because he knew attacking the CBC and/or the CRTC in a big way, would open a can of worms that would never get closed again…
commented 2015-03-04 07:50:01 -0500
PM Harper was given a majority and quite frankly he lacked the courage to take on the CBC and the CRTC.
commented 2015-03-04 06:13:39 -0500
Brian, the CBC got so sickening, I really quit listening to most of it ….
There is only so much spin,twist and warp a person can take before it drives one to the point of disgust…
Honestly, I think its time to pull the plug and put the CBC out to pasture…
We need an ad of CBC drowning all of Canada in a sea of CBC bullshit.
commented 2015-03-03 23:56:08 -0500
I would say that this is a very “mean spirited” ad, but since its not from the Conservatives, it must be “fair comment”.
commented 2015-03-03 21:19:04 -0500
I think the CBC ad has it ass backwards. The CBC being a Lefty one side of the story, taxpayer funded supporter of Justin Trudeau show. Has used it’s collective taxpayer funded wealth to discredit Harper and the Conservatives at every opportunity available to them. If the CBC is going to interfere in the upcoming election by running election style adds. Then the Conservative Gov. should – should claw back the amount of money the CBC paid to produce these adds with tax payer money. The CBC is unable to stay neutral and report on the news then the taxpayers money used to help the Liberals get elected should also be clawed back.
I want a transparent CBC not a Putin style of state broadcasting.
commented 2015-03-03 20:46:53 -0500
When I first saw that ad I thought: hey, what a dull and boring ad. When it became apparent that it was connected to the CBC, I just laughed and turned the channel. The thing is lame, don’t give it any more attention then it deserves.
commented 2015-03-03 19:38:17 -0500
Brian, bringing up the CBC hits a raw nerve, as it galls me to no end knowing that part of my tax dollars, like it or not, subsidizes the liberal, progressive propaganda dished out by the CBC.
The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (misnamed because it’s really just a lobby group for the state broadcaster, CBC) ad ends with an invitation to “join the campaign to free the CBC from political interference”. Give me a break. That’s rich! Anybody with a brain in his head can see that what is really needed is to free tax-payers from having to subsidize the political propaganda emanating from the state broadcaster!
Since when does a minor cut in the CBC’s budget, introduced in 2012 to be applied over 3 years (a smaller hit than that experienced by the Canadian army according to Brian), constitute “political interference”?
FBC’s Friends’ Leaders Series, intended to include interviews with the leaders of Canada’s national political parties, reminds me of the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign, orchestrated by foul-mouthed, lewd American gay activist Dan Savage. Essentially, the message from the fawning left-wing political parties to the CBC is that if you help to get as many of us as possible elected, we will restore your budget and then some. Having a state broadcaster beholding to the national government for subsidized financing can be a dangerous thing. Why? Because through their biased reporting, I expect they will do all they can to unseat whatever government does not generously financially support it so as to bring into power a government that will throw even more cash at them through public funding – the Canadian tax payers – with that government expecting supportive reporting in return. The minor cuts in the amount allocated to the CBC encourages the CBC to be more determined to have a party elected that will be more friendly to it both ideologically and in terms of financial support. I shudder to think that were the Liberals, for example, to be elected at this year’s federal election, even more of our tax dollars will be thrown at the CBC, thus becoming even more so a taxpayer-supported propagandist for the ‘progressive’ agenda!
The CBC has long moved past what it represented in the early days of television. Time for the CBC to be removed from the public trough and privatized.
commented 2015-03-03 17:25:51 -0500
I would love to see the CBC sink like the Titanic, and more independent news organizations like The Rebel grow as a result. I am tired of reading all of the propaganda pieces written on the CBC website.
commented 2015-03-03 16:57:54 -0500
not a bad idea Valerie! personally i think all government programs should be optional. there’s a lot of stuff right now i’d rather not be paying for…
commented 2015-03-03 16:55:29 -0500
Purported to be satirical, . . . . give me a break. Good satire is witty and clever. This disgusting, evil and insidious crap seems like a hate crime if ever there was one. No doubt we can rest assured that the good folks of the Human Rights Commission are poised, ready to swing into action.
commented 2015-03-03 16:52:12 -0500
So Sun News Network can’t get mandatory carriage but it’s okay for the CBC to show people being murdered by the government?
Canadians should be able to choose whether or not they want to support the CBC. It should be right on our income tax forms: “If you want to fund the CBC, add $__ to Total Tax Payable.”
commented 2015-03-03 16:51:37 -0500
actually, i don’t think Fantin is so off base here. i’d like to see some more actual reporting. i love a good rant, but after a couple of week’s i’m starting to feel like something is missing here. also, as a Freedom lover i will always support the party that offers the most liberty and Freedom from government interference. i think the conservatives are that party, but they’re far from perfect. in a mature democracy shouldn’t we be able to criticize them as well? how about it ezra, lilley, others?
commented 2015-03-03 16:12:18 -0500
Richard Fantin, you are drawing some flack. But not on the topic.

What are your views on the topic?
commented 2015-03-03 16:09:31 -0500
Ashley Nicholas, I like to see the Richard Fantin types, critics and lefties post here. It allows us, in a Conservative-voiced forum, to hone our arguments, maybe even convince a few we are right.

The trick is keeping the debate civil. Disagreement need not be negative. It can be lively and instructive. Debate the points, not the persons.

That’s my bias. I like a good debate!
commented 2015-03-03 16:09:00 -0500
RICHARD FANTIN, you wouldn’t even read those posts because you are so caught up in your anti oil agenda that you will not take this site seriously. Your views elsewhere which state we have reached the tipping point, which was supposedly reached in the 70’s are not founded in reality. The human imagination will find the answers without the help of government.
commented 2015-03-03 16:02:34 -0500
Richard Fantin, what stories do you want covered? What laws being passed do you want discussed?
commented 2015-03-03 16:00:10 -0500
Apparently what the CBC is afraid is that Harper is going to get more control over them which if you ask me would be a very good thing.I absolutely detest the fact that my tax dollars are being wasted on this type of propaganda and I actually first saw this garbage on the cottage life channel.
commented 2015-03-03 15:59:15 -0500
The ad isn’t funny. It’s a bomb.

Its mob-hit imagery evokes not images of Harper hitting opposition but of the crazies of opposition trying to hit Harper.

Like the body parts Magnotta sent to the PM and Mrs Harper.

Like the threat the Toronto 18 made to behead the PM.

Like Zehaf-Bibeau’s attack on Parliament and Cpl. Cirillo.

CBC and friends need an overhaul.
commented 2015-03-03 15:39:05 -0500
Ron Raes, well said,don’t forget though the CBC would sell its ethics for a few dollars.