Sun TV: the ring of power

one ring inscription

All your life you have battled for the Conservative cause. You believed it and still believe it to be right, the better path for Canada. Now you are presented with an important turning point. On the one hand, Sun TV has been battling the forces of Bolshevism, Islam, political correctness, feminism, the Liberals, nanny-statists, wets and bed-wetters. You would like it to propser. You like Ezra Levant and his merry band of provocateurs and agents of change.

On the other hand you are against the Canadian tendency to go fetch a public subsidy. Sun TV, and its corporate owners, are stretching out their hands to reach into the public’s pocket, by having the CRTC declare them essential services under section 9(1)h of the Broadcasting Act, just like the other newschannels of CTV and CBC. “Must carry”.

9. (1) Subject to this Part, the Commission may, in furtherance of its objects,

(h) require any licensee who is authorized to carry on a distribution undertaking to carry, on such terms and conditions as the Commission deems appropriate, programming services specified by the Commission.


This is how Sun TV presents its case.

The fact that the Media Party opposes Sun Media is not sufficent reasoning that the CRTC should grant Sun Media its must-carry privileges, just to spite the Media Party.

On the other hand, given the realities of Canadian subsidy politics, Sun’s request for 18 cents a month from all cable subscribers is modest, compared to what CBC and CTV get.

Yet, they are still asking for state subsidy and compulsory placement in a favourable position.

This brings me back to the inscription, above, on the One Ring in Lord of the Rings. The Ring of Power is temptation itself. Let us take the teensiest part of the Ring of Power, but we will use it for good. That is what the Ringwraiths thought they could do.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul

Ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum ishi krimpatul.

Lord Harper intends to rule them all, and if I were he, I would do the same. So I reckon chances are good that Sun TV will dip its fingers into your pocket in the name of “conservative” state subsidized  television.




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Show me on your pay check where it is costing you any money.And any fool who keeps watching CBC is so brain dead that you might as well just take drugs.Cause your friggin ready for the jacket.I would give much more than 18 cents to have Sun TV and the truth and have CBC removed, and I would never ever miss CBC.


I have to wonder if this is an attempt at satire, since SNN is only asking for a more level playing field, not public money like the CBC gets. SNN should be available to as many homes as the CBC, CTV and a lot of others that come no where near offering the same amount of Canadian content.

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There is ideological purity (“these hands will never touch money extorted by government decree!”) and there is reality. Sun has to play the game, despite Andrew Coyne’s sanctimonious reproof of Ezra on Twitter last night. (Goodness, he is a principled fuss-pot,that one. He belongs on a small town municipal council, pointlessly prolonging meetings on petty points of order, far into the night.) Good TV costs money, and Ezra and the gang have earned a flatter competitive environment. It can take a long, long time to build your audience – it took Sports Illustrated and ESPN and Amazon years to become profitable. Sun Media is losing money, and I suspect will continue to lose money on Ezra and company, even after it couples with the cable consumer’s credit card.


My comment about conservative state subsidized television remains just that. Maybe I would vote for it, maybe not. I would certainly canvass the opinions of conservatives before doing so. Once you collect $21.60 annually from roughly 10 million cable and satellite TV households, I think you have $216 million annually.Accordingly that should solve their budget problems. And then when Ezra launches into attacks of state subsidies, how effective will he be?
The Ring of Power cannot be used for good, is what I am saying, even if you desire it, even if your conservative heart beats on the right. Ezra will have to balance what he says against how he is fed. He wants a bigger megaphone, and doubtless he will be more effective on many subjects, but on the intrusion of the state into all manner of things in Canada, Ezra will be weakened. As long as we grumpy old white males (me included) are clear on this, I can be satisfied. Because this is a compromise with how we ostensibly talk and believe

duggans dew

Let us clash shields and have our vassals store our weapons and let the carvers slice the meats and let the drawers bring the brimming beakers and foaming flagons and let us raise voice in song – for it is the sacred day Friday.


Unfortunately, the Canadian mediascape is under the boot of statism. Lets at least have fairish statism. That means giving Sun its request.

Coyne is mostly right and you are right about The One Ring. But it is not Ezra that is corrupted it is Harper. He is completely gone.

Duggans dew

LAS, if you mean Harper has lost his way, perhaps. But I still hope that he is simply moving at a pace carefully measured not to outdistance his support. At the very least, while he is in power, the others are not. Cold comfort for me, who wants immigration reform now.

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