Straight Talk
MICHAEL COREN - All Sun News Network wants is fairness

Credits: Mark O'Neill/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

MICHAEL COREN | QMI AGENCY

The first day it became public that Sun News was applying for the same cable licence that CTV and CBC have for their news channels, someone posted hard core pornography on my Facebook page.

Actually, the lady in the picture was rather handsome, but I am happily married to a beautiful wife so I thought it best to delete the link.

But it pretty much summed up the opposition to us at Sun News Network.

We’ve been abused, threatened, lied about, and graffiti has been sprayed on our building.

All because we dare to offer an alternative point of view to the mainstream and enormously well-funded existing television networks.

What we are asking of the CRTC is mere fairness.

We are only available in 40% of homes at the moment, our dial placing is higher than a leftist hippie, and we’re in so many different places that people simply don’t know how or where to watch us.

The new licence would change all that and give us the same opportunities to succeed — or fail — as our rivals.

So it’s less about Sun than about freedom, which is something every Canadian should embrace.

That our critics don’t is an indication of why we are so essential.

The very liberties that founded and still underpin this great nation are under siege, and at Sun News we announce and expose these attacks on a daily basis. Which is why idiots put pictures of Mistress Whiplash on my Facebook page!

We produce almost

100 hours of original, Canadian television a week, we employ more than 100 Canadians, we cover stories that other people refuse to consider, and we give a voice to those who feel increasingly silenced.

Ask, for example, serious Catholics, evangelicals, conservatives, supporters of Israel, pro-lifers, global warming skeptics, gun owners, libertarians, or — right now — those who do not support Idle No More and Chief Theresa Spence, if they feel represented on mainstream TV?

Look, nobody has to watch us.

Good Lord, we believe you have the right to hate everything we say.

But we also believe, as do all Canadians worth the name, that we have a right to speak and a right to be heard by those who wish to listen. Just as with those networks that already have the licence for which we are now applying.

I have written 14 books and my last two were on the Canadian bestseller list for a total of 15 weeks.

They have been translated into 13 languages, from Turkish and Spanish, to Greek and Polish, German, French, even Japanese.

My fellow Sun News host Ezra Levant makes headlines with his books, sells enormous numbers, and wins national awards.

In Brian Lilley, Charles Adler and David Akin, we have some of the most experienced and respected journalists in North America.

I am not trying to boast, but merely to explain why there is no reason to consider us unworthy.

Unless, of course, you dislike our point of view. And if you want to silence those with whom you disagree, you surely do not represent the greatness and true liberalism of Canada.

In that case, post Mistress Whiplash on our Facebook pages again, and congratulate yourselves on how progressive and brave you are!

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