During the program, Gutfeld said:
“Once their Afghan mission winds down sometime in 2011, certain members of the Canadian military are looking to take a much-deserved break. And by certain members I mean all of them. Meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants.”
Allowing such insults to air shows Fox News’s true colours. Those colours are not making friends in the Great White North. Canadians may be a peaceful people but don’t push too many buttons. Canadians have money and power with advertising. If it goes away there will be repercussions.
News 1130 quotes one woman on Vancouver’s streets:
“If it’s offensive, I probably will like it and I can find the humour in most things, even though it may offend me a little bit. I just don’t think we should take ourselves too seriously. But something like that is kind of crossing the line. There is a line that can be drawn and that’s probably it.”
For five minutes the round table took repeated pot shots at Canada and Canadians. They insulted the ability of the military. They insulted our Mounties, police force, military and a number of other aspects of Canadian culture.
One of the panelists, Doug Benson, commented about not even knowing that Canada was in the war. Those comments were particularly insulting as recentnews reported the tragic death of four more Canadian soldiers. Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, 28, Cpl. Tyler Crooks, 24, Trooper Jack Bouthillier, 20, and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, 22, gave their lives for this cause. A total of 116 Canadian soldiers have been killed in a war that was started by the United States.
Panelist Doug Benson, a comedian, replied: “I didn’t even know they were in the war. I thought that’s where you go when you don’t want to fight. Go chill in Canada.”
On Monday Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay weighed in on his opinions of the broadcast on CTV.
“What could anybody with common sense say about his kind of trash? It’s ignorant, it’s inappropriate, it’s insulting,” Norquay said during an interview on Canada AM. “It’s insulting to the 116 Canadian troops who have given their lives and paid the supreme sacrifice while we’ve been in Afghanistan.”
Steve Staples of the Rideau Insistute isn’t pleased with the airing either. the Edmonton Sun quotes Staples:
Steve Staples, director of the Ottawa-based Rideau Institute, called it a “shameful display” to laugh it up at the expense of families who have lost loved ones. The dismissal of Canadian efforts in Afghanistan simply rubs salt in the wounds of Canadian families whose sons and daughters have been injured or killed in the war.”
Norquay hoped those that in Canada that subscribe to Fox News will make a stand and cancel those subscriptions. He also would like to see Canadian advertisers put their money elsewhere. The network that insults Canada doesn’t need to be funded with Canadian funds.