Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Disingenous ... or genuinely clueless?

You have to wonder at the CRTC's reasoning, as illustrated in this article ...

The Falun Dafa Association of Canada has vowed to keep fighting a decision by Canada's broadcast regulator to approve nine digital TV stations from mainland China.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission gave the go-ahead for the Chinese-language stations on Dec. 22. ...

... The CRTC said it approved the nine channels as part of its policy that non-Canadian third-language television services should be approved to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Huh?? How does third-language programming promote cross-cultural understanding, given that few Canadians understand both of our official languages, let alone a third, non-official, one?

No doubt, however, the CRTC does recognize that few Canadians know (or care) about Chinese religious politics. And of course, even feeble attempts at "cross-cultural understanding" are very politically correct in Canada. So, for all intents and purposes, I suppose this decision was a no-brainer.

I wait now with bated breath for programming from Ukraine...

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