My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, October 26, 2007

The CBC gets a surprise....

The National Post is running a series of articles written by Canadians about one thing they'd like to change in Canada. I'd like to privatize the CBC...

I had been back from Afghanistan for a few months when I saw a television news report on the CBC that had me screaming at the TV set.

Somehow, a veteran CBC reporter had found the proverbial needle in a haystack -- a Kabul shopkeeper who said he didn't like having foreign troops in Afghanistan.

When I got into the newsroom the next morning my phone rang almost immediately.

It was an angry Garth Pritchard, an independent and fearless documentary film maker from Alberta I first met in Kabul in December 2003.

Together we saw the wells Canadian soldiers had dug, the schools they built, the orphanages they supplied with food, cooking and heating oil, school supplies and hope and the resulting affection from Afghanistan's grateful citizens.

"Did you watch the CBC news last night?" asked Garth. "Do you believe what was reported? It's the exact opposite of what we know is the truth," he said.

In the two weeks I spent as a non-embedded reporter in Afghanistan I spoke to at least 10 Afghan adults a day and sometimes as many as 30. I asked all adults a variety of questions, but always one question remained the same: "What do you think about having foreign troops in your country?"

Of the about 200 Afghan adults I spoke with they all told me they appreciated our troops being there, that they didn't want them to leave and that their lives were vastly improved.

I have written that in at least 10 columns since I returned from that troubled country filled with hospitable, resilient and handsome people.

Turns out my informal 200-person poll conducted in Kabul and the northern town of Kholm, located 40 km south of the Uzbekistan border, was more accurate than the picture the CBC has been feeding Canadians for half a decade.

My writings about how the Afghan people view our troops being in their country has recently been proven correct by a CBC/Environics poll released last week.

The poll, which interviewed 1,600 Afghan men and women, found that 60% of those questioned said the presence of foreign troops in the country was a good thing, with only 16% saying it was bad.

CBC commentators told viewers last week that they would be "surprised" by the poll results. That's not surprising. After all, if those viewers get most of their news from the Corporation they would have been hearing the polar opposite.

I also asked virtually every adult what they thought about the Taliban. They used words like: I hate them, they are demons, they should be killed. That kind of thing.

Again, the poll backs up what I reported. Some 73% have a negative opinion of the Taliban.

More than 70% said they had a positive opinion of President Hamid Karzai's government.

"The CBC seemed shocked by this poll," said Pritchard yesterday. "But you have to wonder why. All they would have had to do to know the truth themselves is go out and talk to Afghanis, like I have on five separate occasions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sell the CBC to Fox News, we get a much better broadcaster and we get the added benefit of seeing the commies head's explode.

8:09 PM  
Blogger GDW said...

The CBC's basic problem is the same as the BBC's: they've been hiring college educated lefties for a couple of generations now, and like the intellectual hillbillies their professors were and are, the CBC's journalistic cadre has no idea how disgusting that ideological bath water they're slopping around in and guzzling actually is. I have this idle daydream that the place could be saved by a ruthless management overhaul and the firm imposition of editorial balance from above, but privatizing it is probably the only workable solution; and even that, I suspect, would only be the prelude to the CBC's eventual collapse.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm limited to CTV and CBC for news up at the mine I work at, as bad as cbc news is, ctv is worse.
CBC makes up for it by airing Michael Moore fantasies every 15 minutes.
Sell the cbc to Fox News and have the anchor job decided by a cage match between Bill O'Rielly and Peter Mansbridge.
I'm betting on bill.

11:21 PM  

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