If you follow my blog, you are aware that I am ‘Pro-Free-Speech’… and you might have also picked up on the fact I am a huge fan of Mr. Lowell Green.
Mr. Green is an open-line radio show host – funny, intelligent and outspoken. Brash – perhaps. Well-informed – always! If you live outside the Ottawa area, you can listen to his show online, at CFRA.com, 10am-12noon, EST.
Over the more than 50 years in broadcasting, Mr. Green has been a thorn in the side of those who value appearances over substance, ideology over reality, political correctness over the truth. He has also penned 3 books: ‘The Pork Chop– and Other Stories : a Memoir’, ‘How the Granola-Crunching, Tree-Hugging Thug Huggers Are Wrecking Our Country’ and ‘It’s Hard to Say Goodbye’. (I have each one – autographed by Mr. Green!) The middle one is my personal favourite.
Now, Mr. Green has come under attack for – you guessed it – something he said. Not only is it an attack, it is a ‘judgment’, pronounced against him, by CRTC, the body which regulates the Radio and Television station licensing in Canada.
The judgment: his opinion-based talked show contained uninformed discussion and – he was rude.
It’s not about Lowell Green.
It’s not about what he did or did not say on that show – or if his opinion was or was not informed. There are (I hope) no laws against being stupid…
Yet, he was censored. Huge apology announcements run by his station – wording clearly designed to besmirch his good name.
During the whole process of the CRTC hearing, he had exactly zero opportunity to defend himself.
He was not even allowed to know the name of the person (or organization) which launched a complaint against him. He was not even allowed to know if it was one or more complaints. Nothing.
This reminds me of the time my son was – during school lunch-hour – attacked from behind (so he had not seen them) by a group of school-mates. It was officially classified by the police as a ‘racially-motivated hate-crime’. Yet, neither he, nor we – his parents, were ever allowed to know the identity of the school-mates who attacked him, or what had happened to them as a result.
Some society we are becoming!
Sorry…my brain is somewhat mushy while I am fighting this nasty flu that is ‘making the rounds’, but this is outrageous! Until I get somewhere ‘reasonable’, please, listen to Michael Coren’s show with Ezra Levant, where this incident is being discussed:
I LOVE that line: “SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT!”
P.S.: Since when does ‘offensive’ or ‘aggressive’ = ‘vilification’??? Do people no longer learn English (and, I say this an an immigrant – who LOVES the English language!)