Sometimes a silly signature line says it all. In this morning's Toronto Star, I see a recap of Ambassador Frank McKenna's appearance on John Gibson's Fox News show.
In an encounter more game show than great debate, Frank McKenna fended off Fox News allegations yesterday that Canada is soft on security and welcoming to terrorists.I understand why McKenna has to make these appearances, but sheesh, this is a loss out of the gate. Read more here.
The show was "The Big Story" with John Gibson, but the new Canadian ambassador, his on-air time squeezed by reports on a double murder and a police shooting, took on the host as if he were on Final Jeopardy.
"Mr. Ambassador, the big question: Are Islamic radicals inside Canada a threat to both your side of the border and ours?" asked Gibson, a well-known critic of Canada — or Canada-baiter, depending on one's point of view.
Hard on the heels of that question, Gibson asked McKenna: "Explain to me something — I hear there are a certain number of Americans who were mad that President Bush was re-elected. They want to move to Canada."
It takes them a long time to get in, he added.
"But you get the impression that if you get off the plane from Afghanistan and say, 'I'm here claiming political asylum,' you're welcome to Canada," Gibson asserted.
The Star story closes with this:
His message to Americans thinking heading north of the border?This is not the first time we've encountered this Fox cartoon. Who are these sneering Canadians Gibson is so obsessed with? I've yet to meet one, nor has anyone I know or have ever heard from.
"You like sneering Canadians so much? Fine. Stay forever."
OK, Rob, Kyle, ALPF, G, Raspberry Jubileee, my unknown loyal reader from Nova Scotia, and all you other Canadians reading: one, two, three... sneer!!
Come on, you can do better than that. Really get into it. Crinkle up your noses, curl your lip, feel superior. Think of Elvis! That oughta help.