State-run CBC caught in mind-blowing spin

image  This is what happens when far-left liberal fundamentalists appoint other far-left liberal fundamentalists (often possessing one or more helpings from the following buffet of vices: anti-Christian, atheist, Marxist, moonbat, anti-American, hypocrite, sufferer of Bush Derangement Syndrome, abject feminist, militant pro-abortionist, netroot, hippie, “artist”, rabidly anti-conservative, secular “progressive”, anarchist, militant homosexual rights advocate, environmentalist, Volvo-driving, Liberal Party voter or you’ve got to be kidding party voter, or “big tent” Conservative Party voter…) to every facet of Canadian life including the socialist, far-left-advocating, state-owned and state-run media, the CBC: 

Before reading the article below, read Ted Byfield’s column posted here at PTBC.  That will take three or four minutes, and it’s good reading. 

Then read this carefully:

CBC Caught in Lie Trying to Squirm out of Charges of Anti-Catholic Bigotry

By Gudrun Schultz

TORONTO, Canada, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation independently approved a recently-aired anti-Catholic comedy that offended Catholics by depicting the Communion host as snack food, according to a spokesperson for Canadian Television Fund.

CBC denied approving the controversial pilot show of The Altar Boy Gang that ran May 11, which mocked the Catholic sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession. A public outcry following the show’s airing led CBC Television’s executive vice-president Richard Stursberg to send a letter to the National Post defending the CBC, in response to an editorial in the paper condemning the anti-Catholic bias.

While saying the CBC agreed with the Post that The Altar Boy Gang was “unlikely to appeal to audiences,” Stursberg claimed the broadcaster was forced to run the pilot episode of the show.

“Unfortunately, because the pilot was financed with public funding, including tax credits and Canadian Television Fund (CTF) monies, we were required to put it on air,” Stursberg wrote.

“Had we decided to turn the pilot into a series, we would have followed the same process we did when developing Little Mosque on the Prairie and worked with a consultant to ensure religious practices were treated sensitively.”

CTF, however, said broadcasters were not required to air programs against their discretion. Communications director MaryBeth McKenzie said CBC would have been fully aware of what was in the program and would have approved the script prior to production, in an interview published on CanadianChristianity.ca.

“It’s the broadcaster that determines what kind of program they want to support and air,” she said in a telephone interview from Toronto. Broadcasters abide by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics, which prohibits “abusive or unduly discriminatory material or comment”, she said.

Two Conservative Members of Parliament have said they want the CBC to answer to a House committee for The Altar Boy Gang. MPs Brad Trost and Andrew Scheer promised to send letters of complaint to CBC officials and to request support from MPs of all parties in bringing CBC officials before the Heritage Committee.

“To depict the communion host, something so sacred, in this fashion, is an extreme act of sacrilege,” wrote Scheer, a Catholic, in a news release May 16.

“The Holy Eucharist is sacred to millions of Catholics across Canada and around the world,” said Trost, pointing out that the CBC has a history of airing anti-Catholic material—in an episode of the program Our Daily Bread, comedian Mary Walsh fed a consecrated host to a dog.

See coverage from Canadian Christianity:
http://www.canadianchristianity.com/nationalupdates/070524cbc.html

See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

CBC TV Offends Catholics with Show Mocking Sacraments in “The Altar Boy Gang”
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/may/07051601.html

The Ottawa Citizen opened their May 16 article about the series this way:

A CBC pilot program that portrays altar boys as druggies and the Catholic communion host as “munchable snack food, possible poker chips and a repository for drops of LSD” has sparked a complaint accusing the public broadcaster of blasphemy.

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The Toronto-based Catholic rights group says the CBC is guilty of a “double standard” by lacking sensitivity about the country’s most dominant religion, while it hired a Muslim Canadian consultant last year to ensure that Islamic practices were respected in the program Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Two 30-minute pilot shows of The Altar Boy Gang, produced by Sienna Films of Toronto, were broadcast last Friday with the help of more than $600,000 in funding from the Canadian Television Fund, which supports the production of distinctively Canadian TV programs.

Under Canadian Television Fund rules, the CBC makes its own decisions on how to spend money provided by the fund, which is both publicly and privately sponsored, said MaryBeth McKenzie, the CTF communications director. 

[Joel notes that Canadian broadcasters are forced, by law, to “contribute” to the fund, not unlike in a socialist dictatorship.  Similarly, cable and satellite companies are forced, by law, to provide the multiple state-run CBC channels free of charge to all Canadians.  See my blog links below.]

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You already know my thoughts on the state-run CBC: state-run or state-owned media should be banned in this country, and that notion enshrined in our constitution. 

Some of my thoughts on the horrible Canadian Television Fund:
Jim Shaw – my new Canadian hero

“Conservative” government acts exactly like previous liberal-leftist “Canadian Culture” enforcers

State-run media CBC complaints division: http://www.cbc.ca/contact/index.jsp

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