Wednesday, December 01, 2010

WikiLeaks: CBC is mean to Americans, WAAAAAAAA!

It never occurred to this genius that it may the crap that pours over the border via their airwaves (Fox News anyone?) that contributes to a negative perception of the US.

They needn't worry, nobody watches CBC anyway.

U.S. diplomats in Ottawa wrote to Washington that the CBC pushes "insidious negative popular stereotyping" with "anti-American melodrama" in its entertainment TV programs, according to documents to be released by the website WikiLeaks.

In a cable dated Jan. 1, 2008, an unnamed U.S. diplomat writes that the CBC has "long gone to great pains to highlight the distinction between Canadians and Americans in its programming, generally at our expense."

The cable then warns that an increasing number of CBC television programs such as The Border, Intelligence and even Little Mosque on the Prairie "offer Canadian viewers their fill of nefarious American officials carrying out equally nefarious deeds in Canada while Canadian officials either oppose them or fall trying."

It gets dumber:

The diplomat goes on: "While this situation hardly constitutes a public diplomacy crisis per se, the degree of comfort with which Canadian broadcast entities, including those financed by Canadian tax dollars, twist current events to feed long-standing negative images of the U.S. — and the extent to which the Canadian public seems willing to indulge in the feast — is noteworthy as an indication of the kind of insidious negative popular stereotyping we are increasingly up against in Canada."

There may be ways to being those nasty Canadians into line:

While there is no single answer to this trend, it does serve to demonstrate the importance of constant creative, and adequately-funded public-diplomacy engagement with Canadians, at all levels and in virtually all parts of the country. We need to do everything we can to make it more difficult for Canadians to fall into the trap of seeing all U.S. policies as the result of nefarious faceless U.S. bureaucrats anxious to squeeze their northern neighbor. While there are those who may rate the need for USG public-diplomacy programs as less vital in Canada than in other nations because our societies are so much alike, we clearly have real challenges here that simply must be adequately addressed.

Read more here.

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