May 01, 2004

the O’Canada Factor

Explaining the genesis of The Producers, Mel Brooks said: "If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win. That's what they do so well; they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter–they can't win. You show how crazy they are."

John Doyle and Heather Mallick, two columnists for the Globe and Mail, have taken that approach with Fox News and Bill O'Reilly. prettypolitical has all the goods; here is a tantalizing excerpt from the Doyle column that started it all:
Me, I've seen the Fox News Channel on visits to the United States. It is a splendid thing entirely. You have no idea how funny it is. The Fox News Channel is a kind of live theatre of the airwaves, with right-wing pundits playing journalists in an ongoing soap opera. In this soap opera there are good guys and bad guys. The bad guys are the Democratic Party and a dark force that is sometimes known as The Liberal Media Elite and sometimes known as The Loony Left.

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I'm telling you, we would adore it up here. Rick Mercer would never need to do another Talking to Americans routine. Watching Fox News would be a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week version of Talking to Americans.
In response, O'Reilly and his henchmen are doing their best to whoop up some Canadophobia, even going so far as to threaten a boycott (which worked so well against France). All Bill has to do now is gain a few pounds and grow a beard, and he'll be just like John Candy's character in Canadian Bacon.

"There it is, men. Toronto."