Canada in the Crosshairs

Jo Canadian

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Canada in the crosshairs : Media conservatives sling mud north of the border
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Summary: Conservative media figures such as Fox News host Neal Cavuto, MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, and press secretary to former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) Douglas MacKinnon have attacked Canada with baseless accusations and derogatory comments.

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Following Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's remarks criticizing U.S. global environmental policies, a number of conservative media figures have attacked Canada, hurling baseless accusations and derogatory comments at America's northern neighbor. Media Matters for America documented Fox News' host Neal Cavuto's December 14 attack on Canada. Cavuto asked: "[H]ave the Canadians gotten a little bit too big for their britches?" and "[C]ould our neighbors to the north soon be our enemies?" In the same vein, MSNBC host Tucker Carlson dismissed the entire country as "essentially a stalker," and "your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving." Also, Douglas MacKinnon, press secretary to former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), alleged that "the Canadian government not only willingly allows Islamic terrorists into their country, but does nothing to stop them from entering our nation."

From the December 15 edition of MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson:

CARLSON: Here's the problem, [radio host] Max [Kellerman]. Here's the problem with telling Canada to stop criticizing the United States: It only eggs them on. Canada is essentially a stalker, stalking the United States, right? Canada has little pictures of us in its bedroom, right? Canada spends all of its time thinking about the United States, obsessing over the United States. It's unrequited love between Canada and the United States. We, meanwhile, don't even know Canada's name. We pay no attention at all.

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CARLSON: First of all, anybody with any ambition at all, or intelligence, has left Canada and is now living in New York. Second, anybody who sides with Canada internationally in a debate between the U.S. and Canada, say, Belgium, is somebody whose opinion we shouldn't care about in the first place. Third, Canada is a sweet country. It is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's Canada.

Carlson's December 15 comments were not his first foray into Canada-bashing: On the November 30, 2004, edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, Carlson said: "Without the U.S., Canada is essentially Honduras, but colder and much less interesting." That same day, on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter quipped: "They [Canada] better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."

In a December 16 Washington Times op-ed, MacKinnon wrote of Canada:

Insulting and verbally attacking the United States has become such a national sport among liberal Canadian politicians that one conservative member of parliament said they displayed "a consistent attitude of anti-Americanism." As Mr. Wilkins stressed, "It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your number one trading partner. But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on the relationship."

The ambassador's point raises a larger question: Can Canada really be considered our "friend" anymore? As someone whose family comes from Canada, a country I grew up loving as a child, it pains me to ask the question. That said, what other question can be asked when the Canadian government not only willingly allows Islamic terrorists into their country, but does nothing to stop them from entering our nation.
 

Colpy

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Following Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's remarks criticizing U.S. global environmental policies, a number of conservative media figures have attacked Canada, hurling baseless accusations and derogatory comments at America's northern neighbor.

Baseless?

You mean like the accusation by Martin that the Americans are environmentally irresponsible on the GHG file.......when the USA has done twice as well as Canada? That kind of "baseless accusation and derogatory comment"?

Media Matters for America documented Fox News' host Neal Cavuto's December 14 attack on Canada. Cavuto asked: "[H]ave the Canadians gotten a little bit too big for their britches?" and "[C]ould our neighbors to the north soon be our enemies?" In the same vein, MSNBC host Tucker Carlson dismissed the entire country as "essentially a stalker," and "your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving."

I only wish this was unfair. Canada preaches without action. Canada behaves as if it sits at the right hand of God, while contributing little to either the military effort against terrorism, or to peaceful foreign aid. We are led by Mr. Dithers and Company, who have a hard time making a decision, to say the least, and have all the intellectual capability of your average turnip.

Also, Douglas MacKinnon, press secretary to former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), alleged that "the Canadian government not only willingly allows Islamic terrorists into their country, but does nothing to stop them from entering our nation."

Yes.

Anybody here ever heard of the Khadrs, who were welcolmed home to Canada after attacking our allies?
 

Reverend Blair

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You mean like the accusation by Martin that the Americans are environmentally irresponsible on the GHG file.......when the USA has done twice as well as Canada?

Those charges aren't baseless though, Colpy. The Americans are environmentally irresponsible. The charges may be hypocritical because of the Liberal's record, but they aren't baseless.

Conservatives who dare to criticise the Liberals after fighting everything to do with the enviroment for so many years are even more hypocritical than Martin is though.
 

missile

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Fox recently added another bigot to their stable of right wing idiots..Mr. Bob Novak, late of CNN. That seems to be the place for all the fired employess of that company :)
 

Reverend Blair

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RE: Canada in the Crossha

Yeah, Novak is a real champ, isn't he? He's neck deep in the Plame thing. No real news station would hire him because his journalistic integrity is obviously zero, but Fox scooped him up as soon as they could.
 

neocon-hunter

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RE: Canada in the Crossha

Well Bill O Reilly did tabloid tv before he went to faux news. Faux has no credibility in my opinion. They are basically a "intolerant" network. They really come close to crossing the line of Hate propoganda. They are mean and nasty and full of loudmouths who do not have a clue whatis going on in the world.
 

the caracal kid

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if it wasn't for the fact that there are people out there that actually believe what appears on Fox, it would be a great laugh (albeit rather low-brow).
 

Finder

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Thats it we should invade the USA and remove there despots from power and serve the American people a big helping of Liberity.

or not.

*shrugs*

Anyhow on a different note. Really I think that's the problem with about 51% of the the USA. They discredit the rest of the world as not being American and being totally Baseless and thus they don't have to care if the rest of the world disagree's with them.
 

the caracal kid

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well, why the US is like that stems from their culture. The american culture is very ameri-centric. The american educational system (the last time i looked) is ethnocentric.

When you (as a nation) are ignorant of other cultures and societies, problems happen. We see this all the time with the US. They try to apply the "american way" because it worked in america, and then are shocked and dumbfounded when it backfires.

for a free nation, the people are some of the most indoctorinated of all!
 

Ocean Breeze

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for a free nation, the people are some of the most indoctorinated of all!

ABSOLUTELY!! and that is why they cannot SEE themselves objectively.........let alone as others see them.

(plus they are too arrogant to even listen or consider it)