|Why are these people laughing?|
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission wanted to change a broadcast regulation that mandated penalties for news programs that don't tell the truth. The Commission wanted a slight adjustment, changing the regulation to apply only in cases when broadcasters know the information they are sharing is untrue and when it "endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public." This easing of the reg on truthfulness was being pushed by Canadian PM Stephen Harper, a conservative known as George W. Bush's "Mini Me."
The Commission forthwith called for public imput on the proposed change, which resulted in "a tidal wave of angry responses from Canadians who said they feared such a move would open the door to Fox TV-style news and reduce their ability to determine what is true and what is false."
So the Commission has dropped any plan to change the regulation: broadcast news in Canada still can't lie about the truth, knowingly or unknowingly.
Which apparently has put a sudden end to a planned expansion of Fox-style broadcasting in Canada.