Fox News insults the Canadian military – Canadians pay attention
Fox News on the Canadian military and the mission in Afghanistan:
I saw this video, of commentators on the Fox News program Red Eye making fun of the Canadian military, last week, but at the time I didn’t want to draw more attention to it than it was already getting. Now that it has drawn an absolute torrent of comments and articles, I am curious enough to want our bloggers and readers to weigh in. This video has been viewed 345,908 times on YouTube (other versions of it are also drawing in tens of thousands of viewers) and there are 15,470 comments on it (!!!) A piece on the Fox News commentator’s apology on theglobeandmail.com is the most viewed article on that site today, and has inspired 682 readers to comment.
In my 20 months with Canada’s World, I haven’t seen any other story related to Canada’s role in the world inspire this level of activity online. It’s insane. With something so controversial (and so angering) I’m not surprised that it has been getting attention, but the level is really astounding. What does this say? I’m not even sure what to take away from it yet.
UPDATE: Vancouver Moose goes through some of the blogosphere’s reaction to the Fox News nonsense.