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Everybody's a dreamer, everybody's a star, and everybody's in show biz, it doesn't matter who you are, as Ray Davies once so eloquently crooned...

And when it comes to television, everybody's apparently a programming expert as well -- from Wall Street titans to Supreme Court Justices"

It was bad enough when the giant investment firm Goldman Sachs began putting forward programming ideas for the network it jointly owns with the bankrupt media company CanWest -- Canada's largest.

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"Why the f*ck is Goldman even considered to provide 'programming ideas and support?'" to the biggest media company in Canada, you may ask -- as Tyler Durden recently did on the Zerohedge.com site.

Durden also wondered, "If Goldman can act with impunity to determine what the channel line up and who can and who can't be on TV, does this not raise a huge ethical problem straight out of modern version of '1984'? Although CNBC anchors can rest assured that if the Comcast deal does work out and they all end up jobless, there will be a willing home for them to spin their propaganda"" Moreover, "just where else does Goldman Sachs provide 'programming idea' advice?"

If the idea of Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson deciding what Canadians can watch on TV isn't absurd enough, consider the channel idea proffered recently by US Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. -- the "Human Sacrifice Channel?"

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Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor writes the 'Media Is A Plural' blog, accessible at www.roryoconnor.org.

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