April 20, 2003

FTC FILES:

Hosts of CBC show launch on-air war debate (Mary Vallis, April 19, 2003, National Post)
In the latest dust-up over political comments on-air at CBC, the hosts of Inside Media exchanged barbs on Thursday night as one flashed a peace sign and the other brandished an American flag.

Antonia Zerbisias, the show co-host, has been using the peace symbol as her signoff since December. In response, her counterpart, Matthew Fraser, waved a small U.S. flag and questioned whether his colleague should be making the gesture during the war in Iraq.

Ms. Zerbisias is the Toronto Star media columnist and Mr. Fraser writes a media column for the National Post. Their television show, which debuted last fall on CBC Newsworld, has frequently focused on the media working in Iraq and issues related to covering the conflict.

"I am hired here for my opinions, just as you are. You come from the right, I come from the left. What's wrong with this?" Ms. Zerbisias asked, making the peace sign with her fingers during an informal discussion at the end of this week's show.

"I'm not advocating anything partisan, I am not saying anything about any state, I am not saying anything about any government, I am not saying anything about an administration. I just want this to be one great, big happy planet."

During the conversation, Mr. Fraser reached into his jacket and pulled out the flag, saying he wanted to show solidarity with "the great republic to the south and our American friends."

"Most Canadians, according to polls, agree with that and you are in a minority," he told Ms. Zerbisias.

Mr. Fraser smiled and waved the flag at the end of the show while Ms. Zerbisias leaned over and flashed the peace sign next to his head.


If they had a decent government they could wave their own flag as proudly. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2003 6:53 PM
Comments

I and Zerbisias has a conversation recently via email about her columns in the Toronto Star. She refused to answer any of my points, not surprisingly.

Posted by: Steve Martinovich at April 20, 2003 8:35 PM

I don't get the Canadian flag. It's a leaf. .....?

Posted by: RC at April 21, 2003 12:00 AM

Yep, it's a maple leaf, fabulous tree, symbol of Canada.



To be sure, if Chretien continues with his schtick, they may well have to change it to a fig leaf.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 21, 2003 3:36 AM

...should have said, "a symbol of Canada" (along with the industrious beaver).

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 21, 2003 3:37 AM

I wish they would just cut to the chase and put a beer can on the flag. That would be a flag I could salute.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 21, 2003 8:21 AM

I think if Cretin had his way he'd put an elf on it.

Posted by: Genecis at April 21, 2003 11:38 AM

Isn't the beaver on the Canadian coat of arms holding a hockey stick?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 21, 2003 11:49 AM

I agree with one of the Top Ten Reasons I'm proud to be American in a Letterman top ten list: Our flag is the stripiest!

Posted by: RC at April 21, 2003 7:24 PM

I agree with one of the Top Ten Reasons I'm proud to be American in a Letterman top ten list: Our flag is the stripiest!

Posted by: RC at April 21, 2003 7:24 PM
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