The Sun Goes Down

Let the celebration continue.  Like Palestinians on 9/11, many Canadians are virtually dancing in the streets over the demise of the Sun News Network.

The upstart network went off-air early this morning and with it went an alternative voice to the accepted national media narrative.  Now Canadians are once again left with the far-left CBC and the centre-left CTV as primary ‘news’ resources.

In retrospect, perhaps it was inevitable.  SNN never was able to play on a level field.  They were denied mandatory coverage and many cable carriers chose not to offer the station to their customers, thus forever limiting their potential audience (I switched from Telus back to the more expensive Shaw just to be able to order SNN).

Word is about 200 people are now out of work.  I’ve gotten to know some of those people.  While talent such as Michael Coren, Brian Lilley, and Ezra Levant will no doubt quickly find work elsewhere (to the chagrin of many), it’s the folks Kris Sims who I feel for.  They are young, intelligent, and damn good.  

To be out of the game for any length of time would be unfair not only to them, but to those of us who appreciate a new energy as opposed to the old, stale reporting of the traditional networks.

I’ve already engaged with several more-than-happy people who are cheering at the end of SNN.  The reasons for their glee are nothing more than pathetic attempts to deflect from the truth: they love it when opposing viewpoints are silenced.

And so exposed is a main difference between progressives and the rest of us.  I am no fan of the CBC and cannot understand why taxpayers should be continually forced to financially keep the antiquated network afloat to the tune of some $1.1 billion a year.  That said, if the CBC were to suddenly go dark I would not be dancing on its grave.

Losing the CBC, the Sun News Network, or any other avenue of news, information, and opinion – which is exactly what the main stream media is today – would be a detriment to the open and honest discussion of issues. 

We don’t need fewer networks, we need more.

While the Sun shone for only a short period of time, its fading into Canadian broadcasting history has left behind an impact that will naturally be discredited by the anti-SNN crowd, but will be unmistakably clear.

Without the Sun News Network, issues such as the High River gun-grab may never have been in the forefront.  Canadians who dare to support Israel and question man-made global warming wouldn’t have had a place to turn to escape the endless pro-Hamas cheerleading and the David Suzuki specials of the CBC.

Hope remains that the experiment that was the Sun News Network inspires others to take the chance on a new network.  Maybe someone will take the lessons of the SNN and tweak them – a little less flash, a little more high-brow.

It should be remembered by both those who celebrate the ‘victory’ of the silencing of opinion as well as those who mourn the loss of the network that we are still here.  We may have lost piece of the television pie, but our voices are strong and we will still work hard to have our opinions included around the discussion table.

The Sun News Network may have disappeared, but we aren’t going anywhere.

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