Fox News under fire from Canadian Military

PretzelCorps

Registered Member
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AFP: Canadian defense minister takes aim at Fox News

I heard this on the radio today --> Apparently this fellow made some rather disparaging comments regarding the Canadian military efforts in Afghanistan, and has been forced by Canadian Defense Minister Peter McKay to officially apologize to the Canadian Forces.

Defense Minister Peter MacKay on Monday blasted US broadcaster Fox News for mocking Canada's military for needing a rest after its Afghanistan combat mission ends in 2011, after nine years.

He was referring to Fox late-night host Greg Gutfeld's ridicule of a Canadian general's suggestion that his troops would need a year-long break in operations to regroup and restock equipment after Afghanistan.

The episode appeared on March 17 at 3:00 am, but a segment has since circulated online, provoking angry reactions in Canada.

"I think it is an uninformed view," MacKay told CTV. "It is crass. It is insensitive and it is in fact disgusting given the timing, when Canada is just receiving back four fallen heroes today."


"There should be an apology to the families in particular and to the Canadian Forces and to Canada generally, given the sacrifice and the commitment that we have demonstrated in Afghanistan," he added.
Some dismissed the segment as bad humor.

Others called for a boycott of the US network.

Gutfeld said in a statement his show "Red Eye" is satirical and topics are "addressed in a lighthearted, humorous and ridiculous manner."

"It was not my intent to disrespect the brave men, women and families of the Canadian military, and for that I apologize," he said in an email to AFP.

On his show, Gutfeld criticized the Canadian military for planning to take a "synchronized break" after its Afghanistan withdrawal. "Meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants," he said.

"Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country? They have no army!" he quipped.

Panelist Doug Benson, a comedian, replied: "I didn't even know they were in the war. I thought that's where you go when you don't want to fight. Go chill in Canada."

The clip was later posted on YouTube with the caption "Fox News belittles and mocks the Canadian military," and a commentary: "These are the people who keep Americans up to date and misinformed."

In another posting, the video was labeled "How to lose friends and alienate countries."
YouTube - How to lose friends and alienate countries

I have to say, I can definitely understand the outrage that some people are feeling about this --> It is rather disrespectful to the people that have given their lives. But I don't know that the level of freaking out has been really warranted:

  1. First of all, they're completely misinformed --> Somehow, I don't think an "operational break" means the Candian military is just going to up and fold. What it means is that there will be no ongoing operations in the field; just training and repairs at home.
  2. I like to imagine that these people don't represent the opinions of the common American --> There are 300 million people down there; it'd be stupid of us to not expect a few Canada-haters.
  3. After watching the actual clip (not just hearing it on the radio), I have to say, it really doesn't look like they're trying to do anything more than get a (really) cheap laugh.
  4. The clip was aired at 3AM, and 99% of America probably doesn't even know it exists.



On the other hand, looking at it from the side of the people that are offended by this: I can only imagine what kind of fallout would have resulted were it a Canadian show making such snide results about the American war effort.......
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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I don't think the dude meant to dis Canadian soldiers, but I don't think his comments were intended to be entirely ironic, either. Who cares, though? It's just Fox News, and we all know about them and their wacky shenanigans.

Edit: I suppose Canadians might not so much, and if so, this works as a fitting introduction.
 
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MenInTights

not a plastic bag
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I watch that show sometimes when I'm up late. Its a comedy show basically. Its like stretching out the Jay Leno monologue for an hour. It should be no more offensive than watching the Tonight Show. Nobody takes the show seriously. Most people watching it are probably just waiting on Megan Kelly to come on. :hearts:
 

ILOVEUSA911

Registered Member
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I have watched that show a couple of times and to me, it's idiotic comedy.

The host gets on my very last nerve.

Edited to say: yes, I think he should apologize.
 

Bananas

Endangered Species
#5
Its Fox [strike]news[/strike].

I would not be offended by it if I were Canadian. I would probably be more ashamed to be American in having such a quality news channel.
 
#6
I like the fact that the title of the Youtube video in the OP says "How to lose friends and alienate countries" and that seems to be one of the things the U.S. is good at, at least from the last 8 years. And it's just FOX news, not a good channel with accurate information or the ability to produce reason.
 

PretzelCorps

Registered Member
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I like the fact that the title of the Youtube video in the OP says "How to lose friends and alienate countries" and that seems to be one of the things the U.S. is good at, at least from the last 8 years. And it's just FOX news, not a good channel with accurate information or the ability to produce reason.
Just so you know, I didn't specifically choose that one; it's just the one I ended up with, because I couldn't find one with a better name. :lol:

EI said:
Who cares, though? It's just Fox News, and we all know about them and their wacky shenanigans.
Bananas said:
Its Fox news.

I would not be offended by it if I were Canadian. I would probably be more ashamed to be American in having such a quality news channel.
micfranklin said:
And it's just FOX news, not a good channel with accurate information or the ability to produce reason.
Yeah, that's more or less what most Canadians were saying on the radio; except for the ones who've lost friends and family to the war, of course...
 

Kazmarov

For a Free Scotland
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Sigh,

Europe's been very tentative about committing further to Afghanistan. We need as much support as possible from Canada, even if it's not all continuous. Canada is one of the most experienced peacekeeper nations in the world (114 Canadians have died in UN operations, mostly in Bosnia), so their officers are experienced in dealing with civil conflict.

The good thing is that Fox, despite its high viewership, will never be viewed as a credible articulation of America's collective opinion. However, I don't enjoy hack pundits complicating US foreign relations by generally being fuckers to our long-term allies.
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
#10
Red Eye's just a poorly written Daily Show with a conservative bent to it, anyway. If Bill O'Reily said it, then I'd be pissed off, but this is more like American Airlines forcing Jerry Seinfeld to give an apology because of his airline food jokes.