Former CBC Editor-in-Chief takes job with al-Jazeera


Thanks to emailers who sent me this article appearing in several papers, with emailer John headlining his: “Beheading at eleven”.

Former CBC editor-in-chief to take reins at al-Jazeera’s English network

Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tony Burman has taken on a new role with al-Jazeera as the Middle Eastern broadcaster’s managing director for its English-language station.
The appointment, announced Wednesday morning, will have Burman based in Doha, Qatar at the broadcaster’s headquarters.

Perhaps the CBC wasn’t anti-American enough.


A reader reminds me that the CBC’s Avi Lewis also ditched CBC for more appropriate quarters… and he wasn’t even the first.  I’ve blogged about it before, so I’ll just reproduce it here: 

Avi Lewis, who sounds very much like a Communist to me, quits CBC, joins….

image …CTV?  No.
Global TV?  No.
CNN?  No.
NBC News?  No.
ABC News? No.
CBS News?  No.
New York Times? No.
Toronto Star?  No. 
Fox News Channel?  Oh my.  Despite my persistent flu, my innate comedy, why she makes my tummy hurt with the laughter.  (And: no.)

The CBC’s now former mouthpiece Avi Lewis, whose left and far-left wing Canadian lineage I famously described here, is joining the anti-American, anti-Western culture nutwork …Al Jazeera.  [National Post article]

imageThis could thus be seen as a horizontal move.  The apparently anti-American, leftist mouthpiece can be expected to regurgitate much the same anti-American material, just from a slightly different network.  (Mercifully, Al Jazeera isn’t broadcast in Canada, though they have been authorized to.) 

More organic Canadian humor cannot be found.  This is a gem.  Actually, it’s a joke that has been told before by me.  I blogged about another CBC “reporter” who left that network and made the horizontal move to…. Al Jazeera back in May 2006. 

I blogged about Lewis after an edition of another one of his failed CBC shows, “On the Map” (the map apparently referring to a region on Pluto), in which he interviewed the heroic Hirsi Ali.  The quiet, elegant Ali made an even bigger ass out of the evidently America-hating Lewis than I thought humanly possible.  In the interview, Lewis is persistent in his use of America-hating rhetoric, the degree to which is really quite astonishing, until you remember that you’re watching the state-owned, state-run CBC.  [Read my blog entry from back then.


Watch the YouTube video of the segment (it’s plain astonishing).]

The picture of Lewis at above right is captioned “The Root Of All Evil”, but inasmuch as it’s somewhat appropriate, it’s actually the CBC’s own somewhat ironic graphic, and it actually refers to a show he hosted on the state-owned, state-run media, about Christianity.  Thus, you see, the title “The Root Of All Evil”.  God love ‘em at the rabidly secular-progressive CBC. 

Also read this blog entry regarding the hideous Avi Lewis

And this one.

•  And this one.

(from Prager’s fantastic radio show)
** Please note that Dennis Prager—whom I consider one of my mentors, was a PTBC columnist for six months, before I decided I could no longer afford his column.  I would love to be able to afford his column again by way of folks supporting this site on a monthly basis.

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