Sun News Network pleads with anti-choice group to back its quest for ‘right to life’ subsidy

Sun News Network commentator back in the day complaining about how media outlets want the government to solve everything. This goes for Sun News Network and its financial problems too, it turns out. Below: Anti-choice Sun News commentator Michael Coren.

As part of its full-court press to get the CRTC to approve a better spot for it on the dial and give it access to direct subsidies from Canadian cable TV users, Sun News Network is begging anti-choice groups and their supporters to write the national broadcast regulator to support the far-right vanity broadcaster’s application.

“Sun News is the strongest voice for the pro-life cause on television in Canada. Bar none,” said Sun News commentator Brian Lilley in an interview with an anti-choice website called LifeSiteNews.com as part of the so-called news network’s plea to get letters written to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on its behalf.

“No one on television in this country gives as much airtime to pro-lifers,” Mr. Lilley told the website, which seems to be opposed to all forms of female reproductive choice as well as having a clearly homophobic agenda. “We shouldn’t let that voice be silenced.”

Mr. Lilley also claimed Sun News Network is fair to the “other side of the debate,” a risible assertion given the offensive and bullying interview style routinely adopted by the broadcaster’s commentators when dealing with people whose views they oppose.

Kory Teneycke, the former senior spokesperson in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office who now serves as a vice-president of the extremist broadcaster, told the anti-choice site that “we need to demonstrate a groundswell of support for Sun News, and the readers of LifeSiteNews can help.”

The site noted that one Sun News Network commentator, Michael Coren, hosts a weekly program with leaders of the so-called Campaign Life Coalition and referred favourably to commentaries on abortion by program host Ezra Levant, who is better known for his hateful rants against groups like people of Roma origin and supporters of the Idle No More movement.

The LifeSiteNews story repeats the Sun News Network’s questionable claim its desire for a public subsidy to cover its start-up loss of $17 million this year is a life or death proposition for its operations.

The subsidy Sun News Network is seeking now would add up to about $4 a year from all cable subscribers, or about $18 million a year initially.

Sun News and corporate owner Quebecor Inc. want the CRTC to grant it “mandatory carriage,” which means you couldn’t keep it off your TV dial no matter how many times Mr. Levant insults your mother’s virtue because it would be included in basic cable coverage everywhere in Canada.

The LifeSiteNews story does contain useful information, however, advising readers who wish to make a submission to the national broadcast regulator about the Sun News Network application to send it by Feb. 20 in a letter citing reference number 2012-0687-1 to CRTC, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0N2. The letter should start or end with either “I request to appear at the public hearing” or “I do not want to appear at the public hearing.”

This post also appears on Rabble.ca.

6 Comments on "Sun News Network pleads with anti-choice group to back its quest for ‘right to life’ subsidy"

  1. Bern says:

    I looked that crtc site and realized that the most important thing is that I make a cogent argument. It occured to me that both an individual comment submission and a petition might be effective as well as hopefully many in person interveners. I’m sure that there are many like me who are inarticulate in their distaste for the Sun organ grinder and the various monkeys (apologies to real monkeys) that populate it’s faux news template. Could I and we impose on you to come up with a petition and some text for a comment? TY

  2. Alex P says:

    I have a serious urge to start door knocking to offer to help people cancel cable and get their shows on the inter-tubes. Hanger antenna, anyone?

  3. Alison says:

    Thank you for this.
    Going to be a bit tricky for Sun to balance getting mandatory carriage as a news network with officially doing anti-choice advocacy I would think.

    It is also possible to submit comments directly to CRTC :
    http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013-19.htm#10

  4. Buddie Dharma says:

    Serious question: What other groups have Sun News Network’s goons privately contacted seeking support? Gun nuts? Open racists? Organized homophobes? Extreme religious cults? Just wondering.

  5. Alex P says:

    Just to be clear, by hanger antenna I mean this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Arguing with the CRTC might be more of an up hill battle than divestment. (Sorry about missing prepositions earlier. Everybody needs an editor.)

  6. Filostrato says:

    Michael Coren – now there’s a face I haven’t seen in a long time. (It was a very nice interval.) He used to have debates with Irshad Manji on TVO, where she would fire pertinent points at him and he would do the best impression of the man in the moon I’ve ever seen on this terrestrial sphere and use his “There, there, little lady, don’t get all riled up! Everybody knows Daddy Coren is always right.” debating strategy. Ms. Manji is now the director of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Michael Coren comments for Sun News Network. ‘Nuff said.

    TVO used to invite Ezra Levant on to bloviate on occasion, but not, I think, recently.

    So now Sun is trawling in the depths of the anti-choice swamp to see what it can pull up to support its racist, homophobic and anti-woman broadcasts? They must be getting desperate.

    As Alex P has mentioned, it’s time for cable subscribers to voice their displeasure at the chance of being saddled with this muck.

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