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Are These the Dumbest Protesters Ever Caught on Tape?

You'd think "professional protesters" would be smarter and better behaved than the unpaid variety. Yeah, no.

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Kathy Shaidle

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August 20, 2013 - 11:30 am
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Back in January, when I wrote about Canada’s Sun News Network, its future was uncertain.

The TV station airs way up (or is it down?) on the “dial,” with other specialty cable channels you have to pay for as part of pricey “theme” packages.

This placement keeps millions of Canadians from seeing the only real competition ever mounted against the state broadcaster (the CBC) and the other de facto liberal news networks (Canadian and American), which are all available free.

As I wrote at the time, non-subscribers were missing a lot, as are Americans who can’t pull in Sun News, either.

Frankly, the Canadian liberal mean-girl nickname “Fox News North” is only an insult to Sun in the sense that it puts out far superior programming than Fox, while spending what amounts to the coins in Roger Ailes’ couch cushions.

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They are likely, despite little or no knowledge, to be true believers in a vast doctrine of progressiveness. What are we protesting? Whatever, dude! The Man sucks. Power to the People! Vacuous slogans in place of intelligent thought.
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Ezra always seems like he is having a great time. Makes you want to go along for the ride, not unlike Andrew Breitbart. The happier we are, the more people will want to join our movement.
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Just like some of the Occupiers were paid to be there.
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but one must wonder if they are given and IQ test before being paid to protest- any %over 75 forget a paycheck
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Cheap entertainment to watch these stupid people
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Those really are some fools. Just like the ones that Zombie sees in SF.
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They are likely, despite little or no knowledge, to be true believers in a vast doctrine of progressiveness. What are we protesting? Whatever, dude! The Man sucks. Power to the People! Vacuous slogans in place of intelligent thought.
52 weeks ago
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Ezra always seems like he is having a great time. Makes you want to go along for the ride, not unlike Andrew Breitbart. The happier we are, the more people will want to join our movement.
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That's a very moving defence of Sun Media, Kathy. (Just for appearances' sake, don't you think you should clarify your relationship with the network before you write these little puff pieces?) Just to add a few other facts to your tribute:

a) Sun is a private sector, for-profit corporation in the business of generating profits for shareholders. They failed. They're losing $17,000.000 per year, and by their own projections, that loss will increase. They misjudged the audience; they're trying to sell a niche product in a market that can't sustain it. So these Grand Defenders of Free Enterprise are asking the Feds to force cable companies and DTH providers to carry them.

b) The cable industry - generally a shrewder and more entrepreneurial group than Kory's Klowns - doesn't believe in their product. Even the corporation that owns them doesn't waste bandwidth carrying them on their cable service. Videotron.

c) Until the day of the CRTC decision, Sun's position was that they could not survive without mandatory carriage. Amusingly, within a day of their failure at the Commission, someone figured out that they still have long-term leases, contracts, facilities, liabilities and commitments, and that perhaps sounding their own death knell was not the best way to keep maintain what meager advertising revenue they have while they quietly prepare for layoffs and closure.

4) Your suggestion that the saintly folks at Sun sought mandatory carriage so that "every Canadian household could receive it at no charge" is a fib, I'm afraid: Sun was request a mandatory charge to each subscriber of $.18/month.

No, I'm afraid that having bankrupted yet another Canadian media outlet, Ezra will have to look for a another gig. I'm guessing closure by Dec. 2014.
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I realize it's been a long time, and you may not remember. But I AM curious. When did you give up real writing and real thinking for this infantile point scoring?
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Aaaww!

Still upset your ICI "initiative" was a flop? Don't worry, it's just taxpayer money so don't lose sleep overnight, 'kay?
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A $2mil CAD taxpayer flop.

But let's take a look at the bright side: if CBC can afford this "flop", then so is the rest of Canada.

Sleep tight.
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Heh. So...nothing on topic to say?
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I have "a la carte" programming and when Sun News started just a wee back ago there was a promotion and we could see it for a while, for free. I was familiar with Michael Coren (who didn't had his own show when the channel started) but less with others.

Needless to say, comparing with what we get (CBC, CTV, TVA), Sun is a breath of fresh air much needed in Canada's media landscape. Sure thing, they were ignored and derided when first started, but right now--not so.
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It is sad, because most of them are nice people, I know them. But they have no trust in anything "official", or connected to anything involving a busines with more than three employees. They are essentially fearful and superstitious, and not prepared for any sort of modern existence. Self righteous in ignorance, even though "educated" in some of our more prestigeous institutions. Children. The first to go to the GULAG when their hoped for revolution is accomplished. But of course the media is attracted to them because they make a good show, and are therefore given legitimacy beyond their due.
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Ezra had another exceptionally great program on today (August 21) -- he explained Obama's love affair with the Muslim Brotherhood (analyzed Obama's 2009 Cairo speech, and says Obama set the scene for the current meltdown in the Middle East and the rise of the fascist MB).
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Here in England, there have been professional protesters lately at a place called Balcombe, in Sussex. They're protesting against fracking at a site outside the village. The fact that there is no fracking at the site doesn't deter them. Recently, a Sussex MP (but not the local one) joined the professional protesters and got herself arrested. The climate-blogger Bishop Hill summed up her attitude best:

"I guess the message from the Greens is 'Vote for anyone you like, we'll ignore any laws made anyway.'"

Now a group of "travellers" has parked its caravans, as "travellers" always do, on someone else's land and the local council is threatening them with eviction. That would usually be a surefire way to guarantee the attendance of the professional protesters, which may, I suspect, have influenced the choice of squatting site. In this instance, though, the professional protesters may well be presented with a dilemma, because the Balcombe drilling isn't going to stop, especially if the protesters are tempted away to a new "cause".

I hope very much to see a few hippie heads exploding, as they try to resolve this one.
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US has the market cornered on professional protesters. They're everywhere, they're everywhere!! They, also, love to travel. Anywhere will do.
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