A long-time reader, Matt, sent me a link to a web page set up by the state-owned, state-run regulator of what we’re allowed to watch on TV and what we’re allowed to listen to on the radio, and in what proportion of French and English and what proportion of “Canadian” (?) and “foreign” (meaning American), and so on — the CRTC. It’s asking for your comments right now, regarding the application for the state-owned, taxpayer-funded CBC‘s license renewal, coming up in September.
If this all sounds like a bit of an old Soviet Union-style government-run-amok idiocy, you’d be spot on.
But it’s all about ideology. And mine’s different than the Soviet Union’s or any of those Arab states currently embroiled over battles for freedom with their own citizens, who no longer want to have to compete against their own state. I suspect yours is too. Or is it?
When I tweeted during the past Canadian federal election that the state-owned CBC should be banned in Canada (as I do at least once per week), one socialist candidate running for the NDP in Ontario in the last election (he lost badly) demanded of me in a Twitter exchange: “So we should dump the CBC on purely ideological grounds eh?!” (which could have been followed by an “LOL” and perhaps one o’ those neat “OMG”s, and probably about 13 more exclamation marks, as per a 12-year-old child — or one of the NDP’s new MPs).
Well, you socialist ideologist philosopher genius, ideology would be an excellent place to start, I muttered to myself (opting not to bother engaging the ass publicly).
Here’s a question concerning ideology: What kind of government competes against its own citizens — in any way, shape or form? Do go ahead and try to answer that. Because that’s what Canada’s state-owned, taxpayer-funded media does. It competes against citizens. And do make comparisons to the current uprising in the Arab world. And in the old Soviet Union, and in present-day Cuba. No, you left-wing freak-out artists who love to twist words in lieu of cogent arguments, I did not say Canada is in precisely that same boat. But we are swimming in that same ideological soup. Yes, a valid ideological comparison could be made.
In Canada and within its government, and via (no, not that Via) its state-created, 100% state-owned, taxpayer-funded, legal, regulatory and state policy-protected CBC‘s case, that giant government behemoth competes against citizens in business for profits; and in hard news delivery, and in entertainment; and against those citizens who are simply trying to get their own ideas across in the forum of ideas, and against those simply forming their own online “communities” for whatever reason or purpose. And worst of all, it actually competes against citizens in the forum of politics, which is an area of study and a body of thought and discussion which deals with ideology at its core.
The state-owned CBC actually puts forth political opinions — including from its political news “reporters,” but they are almost exclusively of the leftist political ideological persuasion — which the state-employed brass at the CBC have even admitted to be the case but which they have previously promised to correct (which, of course, they haven’t). But that can’t be a shocker to anyone. And I’m sure it isn’t. They know it, you know it, and they hope — no they demand, in big mass mobs sometimes — that we simply accept it and pay more to make it bigger and stronger.
Any taxpayer-reliant, government-owned organization which employs people who are ultimately paid by the state, and which is therefore reliant to one degree or another on society adhering to the acceptability of the ideology of a socialist state, will tend to be dominated by the ideological left. And it is. It is systemically dominated by a cultural, political, economic, and practically a religious left-wing ideology. And so it will naturally pursue a left-wing political agenda, even if unwittingly (in the CBC’s case, they don’t even do it unwittingly any more — they’re right out of the closet and loudly, proudly, left-wing, as I and most other reasonable, thinking people see it). It’s literally a question of their own survival that the citizens whom they “serve” sign on to the concept — the ideology — of socialism — to some significant extent. And their hard core fans do just that. You only have to read the reader comments on their news stories to see that. And if the CBC and its fans are themselves thinking people (and God knows they present themselves as such), they all know that full well.
And they must also know it’s an egregious violation of freedom and democracy. And yet still they make excuses to carry on. That’s a funky ideology.
No wonder they want to avoid addressing the question of ideology. They lose on every other important basis: the business model is obviously a total and outrageously expensive failure, and their shows’ ratings are utterly abysmal (except for hockey games, the broadcast contract for which they competed against privately-owned broadcasters to win — using your and their competition’s own taxpayer cash). So they — the CBC and its sycophantic useful idiots like the failed NDP candidate — don’t want us to introduce an ideological argument on top of the others.
Any government which competes against citizens in the forum of, well, anything, but particularly politics and political ideology — or even news about politics with its inherent slant or spin or bias — is in violation of any number of things, not the least of which are our God-given rights to live free of the ideological encumbrances of the state which take the form of a competitive media working against its own citizens; and in simple ideological terms, any such government or entity owned and run by it has broken the basic tenets of any free, democratic country. Like Canada — a country which, by the way, was built on the precepts — the ideologies of — freedom and democracy; and, as our constitution says, “Whereas Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God… ”
So let’s talk about ideology. And let’s ask why the CBC can’t be canned on purely ideological grounds. Sure, it could be rightly canned, immediately, on purely “business” grounds as well. And on the basis of its complete failure in the ratings game. But pile on. It’s spring in Canada too.