By Craig McKee
Canada’s Sun News Network – often referred to as “Fox News North” – will not be calling 9/11 researchers delusional purveyors of hate speech anymore.
That is because the racist, Islamaphobic, fear-mongering network that loved to ridicule “conspiracy theorists” closed its doors for good earlier this month when it became clear that it would never become financially viable and that it would never be embraced by the Canadian public.
Quebecor Media, the media chain that owns the network, had hoped that Sun’s far-right perspective would find favor with the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. This, they hoped, would lead to the cable channel being made a mandatory part of standard cable packages, forcing viewers to pay for it whether they wanted it or not. This would have made it very profitable even if no one was watching. Fortunately for all Canadians, this effort failed.
Readers of Truth and Shadows may remember that Sun News host Michael Coren called Richard Gage of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and all truthers anti-Semitic hate mongers in back-to-back reports in March 2014. He also stated that all those who challenge the official story of 9/11 are essentially mentally ill losers.
I filed two complaints with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (an association of private broadcasters) against Coren, but both were rejected without being put before the Council’s tribunal. The head of the council told me in a phone interview that Coren’s comments were “not unduly aggressive.” This decision affirmed the right of the Sun News Network to call someone who is in the public eye just about anything they want – whether there is a shred of proof to support it or not.
After the news of Sun’s demise broke, a satirical web site, The Beaverton, posted a humorous piece stating that the on-air hosts at Sun News have announced a reversal of their earlier opposition to employment insurance. And then this update from The Beaverton:
“Since the downfall of The Sun News Network, conservative commentator Ezra Levant has announced that he will launch The Rebel, an online media network, from his living room as soon as he can get his dam cats out of the shot.”
Now that I would watch.