Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:00 am Post subject: CBC President refuses to be on panel about Biases
The following was sent to subcribers by Free Thinking Film Fesitval director:
CBC declines invite to be on our panel!
I went to the CBC annual meeting in Ottawa this week to leaflet the audience and to see if I could get an opportunity to ask senior management to participate on our panel on the Biases of the CBC.
I actually got a chance to ask the President and CEO Hubert Lacroix exactly that and here is the transcript:
Fred: My name is Fred Litwin and I am the President of the Free Thinking Film Society. On November 13th, we're actually showing our own self-produced documentary on the biases of the CBC. It covers CBC bias against conservatives and CBC bias against Israel. You talk about linkages [in the community] - I've sent many e-mails and I am very anxious in having someone from the CBC sit on our panel. Will you send someone to sit on our panel?
M. Lacroix: Thank you for the invite. We know about this event. We think this is more an opportunity for people of like-minds to have a conversation amongst themselves - let's call them activists - that's their right. We will not participate because we don't think that as a public broadcaster we should get involved in something like this. If you have issues about the CBC and our biases, we have people like the ombudsman in French and in English, and we welcome you to go through normal channels.
Fred: We will have more people at our event than here.
Here is a link to a broadcast of the annual meeting - my question comes at about the 1 hour, 30 minute mark.
I am very disappointed. I would have thought that he would have been curious to see our documentary at the very least. I am not sure I understand why a public broadcaster would not be interested in an event that will have 200-300 people discussing public broadcasting.
Canadian Premiere of "Unmasked: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization"
On November 11th, 2011, The Free Thinking Film Society kicks off its 2nd annual film festival to celebrate liberty, freedom and democracy. The Free Thinking Film Festival will feature three major events, two panel discussion and over 20 films, between November 11-13, 2011 at Library and Archives Canada and the Bronson Centre. There will also be a Free Thinking Alley where attendees can buy books and DVDs, and enjoy food and drink.
The Festival will end with "Unmasked: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization", the Canadian premiere of a documentary about the current political assault against Israel - fundamentally a war against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination. Jews are facing a threat much greater than a military threat in the battlefield or a traditional terror threat in urban centers. They are facing the possible uprooting of the very idea that there should be a nation state of the Jewish people.
Featured in the film:
ALAN DERSHOWITZ | ALEX SAFIAN | ALVIN ROSENFELD | ANDREA LEVIN | ANNE BAYEFSKY | ANTHONY JULIUS | BARRY RUBIN BEN-DROR YEMINI | BENNY MORRIS | BRET STEPHENS | CAROLINE GLICK | CATHERINE CHATTERLEY | CHARLES SMALL | DAN DIKER EMANUELE OTTOLENGHI | FIAMMA NIRENSTEIN | GERALD STEINBERG | HILLEL NEUER | IRWIN COTLER | ITAMAR MARCUS JAMES WOOLSEY | JEFFREY HERF | JOE LIEBERMAN | JOHN BOLTON | CHIEF RABBI JONATHAN SACKS | KENNETH MARCUS MANFRED GERSTENFELD | MARK GARDNER | MATTHIAS KUNTZEL | MEIR WAINTRATER | MELANIE PHILLLIPS | MOSHE YA'ALON NATAN SHARANKSY | NIDRA POLLER | PILAR RAHOLA | PHYLLIS CHESLER | RADU IOANID | RICHARD LANDES | ROBERT WISTRICH ROBIN SHEPHERD | RON DERMER | RUTH WISSE | SHIMON SAMUELS | SHMUEL TRIGANO | TAMMI BENJAMIN | YISRAEL NE'EMAN
I visited producer Gloria Greenfield in her offices in Boston and I asked her why she made this film:
"Totalitarianism and lethal Jew-hatred go hand-in-hand. I believe that bringing voices of clarity and courage to the world stage can be an effective antidote to the darkness and confusion that has been enveloping the West. I choose to believe that we in the West can regain the strength and courage to fight for our values with the determination to win the battle against the forces of hate."
Ms. Greenfield will be in attendance to answer questions.
There are many other terrific films showing the festival this year: "Justice for Sergei," the shocking story of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in November 2009 at the age of 37 under excruciating circumstances in a Moscow detention center, still awaiting trial; "The Making of a Martyr," examines the ideology that would lead children to become suicide bombers (producer Brooke Goldstein will be in attendance); "The Biases of the CBC," a film and panel discussion on CBC bias against Israel and CBC bias against conservatives; "The Power of the Powerless," about the velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia which toppled communism; "Angryphone: The Struggle for Canada in Quebec", about English-language rights; and many many more.
The list of events can be seen at Free Thinking Film Festival
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