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Offline Sheriff Roland

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Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« on: March 23, 2009, 03:19:27 pm »
This time it's "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" airing last week.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2009/03/23/redeye-soldiers-mocking.html

In a five-minute segment broadcast March 17, Gutfeld mocked the Canadian Forces, noting Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie's recent comment that the military may need a year to recover after Canada's mission in Afghanistan ends in 2011.

"Meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants," Gutfeld said.

"I didn't even know they were in the war," panellist and comedian Doug Benson added. "I thought that's where you go if you don't want to fight. Go chill in Canada."

The panellists continued by joking about soldiers needing a break for "manicures and pedicures," how Canada should be invaded and poked fun at the RCMP.


It's making the radio news and it's top-of-the-page news on Google Canada
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 03:23:06 pm »
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5ggr4I7UpOus3u6NRIRkEGpE1XV3Q

Fox News host apologizes in face of outrage

The recent talk-show segment came just before four more Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and featured a group of pundits taking turns trashing Canada and its reliability as an ally.
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"Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country?" he said. "They have no army."
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 03:27:38 pm »
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wfoxmercer0323/BNStory/National

Rick Mercer to Fox: Bullying is not satire

“If you're going to do satire, three of the most important rules are you have to tell the truth, you can't be a bully and don't be an asshole,” said Mr. Mercer, who hosts his own show on CBC. “Being a bully is not satire.”

For those unfamiliar with Rick Mercer, you're probably not a Canadian. Here, he's VERY well known and a very well respected comedian originating from the Newfoundland & Labrador.
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 03:41:53 pm »
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/03/23/america/NA-Canada-Fox-News.php

Canada has about 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan, and has borne the brunt of much of the violence in the volatile south.
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(Defense Minister Peter) MacKay noted that President Barack Obama has expressed gratitude for Canada's contribution. The American president thanked the families of Canadian soldiers and declined to ask war-weary Canada to stay longer in Afghanistan when he visited Ottawa last month.


FYI: Canada's had soldiers in Afghanistan since 2002.
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 05:14:47 pm »
I'm sorry he said that. It's very hurtful to Canadians and it reflects badly on Americans. :(

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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 05:38:05 pm »
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009, 05:40:44 pm »
found the whole segment:

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcJn5XlbSFk[/youtube]

Are we exagerating? Too sensitive?

The mission was suppose to end in 2007 (or '08), but was extended (in spite of it's unpopularity with Canadians) until 2011.

Canadians have led the coalition forces in the 'volatile south' (Kandahar region) for the last 4 years now.
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 05:52:25 am »
And it's still on radio news (and on top of Canada-Google News)

http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/canada/2009/03/24/8861056-sun.html

Apology fails to quell storm

Benson, who laughed during the piece that he didn't even know Canada is serving in Afghanistan, was scheduled to appear at Edmonton's The Comic Strip April 3-5. But the shows were cancelled yesterday after the owner received threats of "bodily injury" toward the American comic.
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But Bob Butt, spokesman for the Royal Canadian Legion, said Gutfeld's statement is not enough. A letter-writing campaign is underway urging a more formal response from network executives and an on-air apology from the host. 


Yea ... that's gonna happen. 'Non-apology' apologies seem to have become the norm lately. "On-air apology" from a comedian is obviously too much to ask for. Insult em on air & apologize to them on the web is proper ettiquette in today's American media apparently.
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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009, 10:36:20 am »
found the whole segment:

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcJn5XlbSFk[/youtube]

Are we exagerating? Too sensitive?

The whole segment is not only insulting but shows so much meaness :P. I can't see how anyone takes this for "humor".


FYI: Canada's had soldiers in Afghanistan since 2002.


More FYI: Canada has about 2800 troops in Afghanistan.
Canada has roughly 1/10th of the population of the US, and Canada has also roughly 1/10th the number of troops in Afghanistan to the US has. Go figure.


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Re: Fox News - with it's foot in it's mouth - again
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 09:58:38 am »
the sources:

first from the Edmonton Sun:

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2009/03/25/8873951-sun.html

Greg Gutfeld, the Fox News host of the Red Eye show who caused a furor for mocking Canada's military, has delivered an on-air apology. Here is what he had to say:

"On a Red Eye segment from the March 17 show we covered an item on Canada's proposed synchronized break ... as a light-hearted show with a satirical point of view we sometimes go over the line. In this case, I obviously did not intend to offend your national pride and love of military service. I apologize."


Certainly better than the web sent non-apology I reported yesterday. But he still defends the show.

and from source #2:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090324/comedian_fox_090324/20090324?hub=Canada

A comedian who appeared on a Fox News program that mocked Canada's military apologized to Canadians Tuesday and vowed he would never appear on the show again.

Doug Benson told CTV's Power Play that he was ignorant about the situation in Afghanistan and said considering the timing, the jokes he made about Canada were "completely out of line."

"I just want to say that I meant no disrespect to Canadians or to the Canadian military when I made those comments," Benson said from Los Angeles. "My comments were just meant to be silly and (were) absolutely misinformed -- I wasn't pretending to know what I was talking about, I'm not a political pundit."

"I'm sorry that I upset people, I'm a comedian, I want to make people laugh."

Benson has already felt the impact of Canada's rage. He had a show in Edmonton cancelled after the owner of the comedy club received threats about Benson's performance.
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