Monday, January 22, 2007

Beware: Opinion Ahead

Blogger extraordinaire, Stephen Taylor posts about how network regulators want to clamp down on TV spots the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association wants to air.

The CRFA ads extol the virtues of renewal fuels.

Hardly controversial, right?


After carefully reviewing the ads, the Television Bureau of Canada (TVB) has decided they actually express an "opinion".


This is Canada, we can't go around airing TV ads willy, nilly that express a point of view. Who knows what unregulated exposure to opinions would do to our citizens?

It might cause a panic.

But the TVB is on the case. It says the CFRA has to re cut the ads to make sure Canadians realize that they are hearing an "opinion."

Of course, I have an opinion about all this, but I don't think I would want the TVB to review it.


Stephen Taylor has done some interesting research on the TVB.


Anonymous said...

Are you sure you don't mean Cuba Gerry? This smacks clearly of more bias against Stephen Harper and nothing more.

Since when is any ad, expressing at opinion up for censorship by the overseers(dipsticks) of Canadian media?

Perhaps these same dips could rule the opinion of Dalton McGuinty as expressing an "opinion" in the many campaign ads he's currently running in Ontario about how he's saved healthcare and education? If that's not the opinion of one man and one party, I don't know what is.

Joe Calgary said...

Just so you know, I don't really support the ethanol option... it's bad for your car, it doesn't do a damn thing for milage, it actually ends using more fuel because it burns so poorly, and it's completely subsidized by taxpayer dollars... but hey, freedom of speech is a fundamental right in this country so I did a post in support.