The CRTC is about to do the unthinkable and give approval for radio and television news to lie to Canadians by "easing ban on broadcasting false or misleading news". It was with utter amazement that I read the following in the Hamilton Spectator:
Current regulations contain a blanket prohibition on broadcasting "any false or misleading news."
The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission wants to considerably narrow the scope of that prohibition.
It is proposing a ban on the broadcast of "any news that the licensee knows is false or misleading and that endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public."
The CRTC quietly posted notice of the proposed change, which is slated to go into effect on Sept. 1, on its website last week. The agency is accepting comments from the public until Feb. 9.
This is a joke or false news itself ... right?
I cannot in polite words properly convey my complete opposition to this motion. Why would any falsehood be allowed? How is that different than false advertising?
So a media outlet with a bias can report falsely and cause confusion in the public - how is this of any benefit to any Canadians?
I don't care to hear how the CRTC plans to spin this motion as a good thing. I expect elected representatives to oppose this out of common sense and a love of what is good in this country.
I hope RTH readers are as shocked, disturbed and offended by this CRTC action as I am and voice opposition to their MPs as well.
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