Canadian radio Obama assassination joke criticized

May 27, 2009 04:44


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A broadcast industry council slammed Canada's French-language radio broadcaster for airing a comedy sketch that suggested that Barack Obama would be easy to assassinate because the first black American president would stand out against the White House. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council issued a public reprimand of Radio-Canada Monday, after the government's regulatory agency asked the private industry council to look into the matter before it begins its own investigation. Canada's broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, received 210 complaints about Radio-Canada's controversial "Bye Bye 2008" New Year's Eve sketch. The CRTC asked the council to examine the show even though Radio-Canada is not a member of the private industry council.

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