Remember The New Republic? The (formerly) left-of-centre, Washington, D.C.-based magazine that used to be the most relevant forum for American liberal ideas in early to mid-90’s until it got totally fucked over by that motherfucker Stephen Glass in 1998? The magazine whose hiring Bareback Andy as its editor (pre-Stephen Glass debacle, of course) shot him to his current level of fame? The magazine whose current irrational support of any action that would end up fucking over Muslims in the Middle East (read “Zionist agenda”) that continues to rapidly erode the little relevance it has left after pretty much everyone stopped reading it in 1998?
Well, The New Republic is about to become even less relevant (as if that was even possible) thanks to its new owner: CanWest Global Communications Corporation. Can-fucking-West. If you didn’t know already, the Asper family, which controls CanWest, are fucking bat-shit crazy conservative Zionists. And, they like to use their media holdings to present their insane perception of the world as “reality.” Just watch Global National on the day something happens in Israel if you are not convinced.
Obviously, it is in the Aspers’ personal interests to prop up a dying Zionist rag, especially the one based out of Washington, D.C. But, this exercise in throwing shovels of cash into a bottomless well, an arrangement strikingly resemblant to the one between the Moonies and The Washington Times/UPI, is definitely not in the interest of the parties who actually own CanWest, which are not the Aspers1. And, guess what? If you’re Canadian, every time you watch Family Guy (which is syndicated on GlobalTV), The New Republic is going to get a penny.
1. The Asper family has a majority of votes in CanWest Global despite having a minority stake in the company thanks to the company’s multi-class share system. Most of the shares owned by the Aspers belong to the class that grants multiple votes to each share while shares issued to non-Aspers have one vote each or none at all. To be fair, it’s not just CanWest that has this multi-class system. Rogers, Shaw, CHUM (before it was acquired by CTVglobemedia), and The New York Times Co. have (or, in case of CHUM, had) multi-class system, granting founding families with minority interests in the companies the majority of votes. It should however be noted that the families that control Rogers, Shaw, and NYT are not insane.