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Looking for an audio track - Americans look here please

Postby Shilo2010 » Wed, 10 Aug 2005 8:35 pm

I’m looking for a particular audio track I was hoping someone could point me towards.
Sms, your American, you may know this one.
I had it on tape and have seemed to misplaced it.

It was a radio broadcast recorded in the fifties I think.
It was aired out of Toronto.
It was a Canadian guy giving his view on “America bashing”

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 10 Aug 2005 11:45 pm

Shilo, I believe you are referring to Gordon Sinclair. Following is the text of that broadcast.

Good reading, from a Toronto newspaper's editorial page!

Widespread, but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:

This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States Dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas DC-10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon — not once, but several times — and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the American who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.


Origins: On 5 June 1973, Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair decided he'd had enough of the stream of criticism and negative press recently directed at the United States of America by U.S. Flag foreign journalists (primarily over America's long military involvement in Vietnam, which had ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords six months earlier). When he arrived at radio station CFRB in Toronto that morning, he spent twenty minutes dashing off a two-page editorial defending the USA against its carping critics which he then delivered in a defiant, indignant tone during his "Let's Be Personal" spot at 11:45 AM that day.

The unusualness of any foreign correspondent — even one from a country with such close ties to the U.S. as Canada — delivering such a caustic commentary about those who would dare to criticize the U.S. is best demonstrated by the fact that even more than thirty years later, a generation of Americans too young to remember Sinclair's broadcast doubt that this piece (which has been circulating on the Internet in the slightly-altered form quoted above as something "recently" printed in a Toronto newspaper) is genuine. It is real, and it received a great deal of attention in its day. After Sinclair's editorial was rebroadcast by a few American radio stations, it spread like wildfire all over the country. It was played again and again (often superimposed over a piece of inspirational music such as "Battle Hymn of the Republic" or "Bridge Over Troubled Water"), read into the Congressional Record multiple times, and finally released on a record (titled "The Americans"), with all royalties donated to the American Red Cross. (A radio broadcaster in the Windsor/Detroit area named Byron MacGregor recorded and released an unauthorized version of the piece which hit the record stores before Sinclair's official version; an infringement suit was avoided when MacGregor agreed to donate his profits to the Red Cross as well). It gained additional currency when it was dusted off and circulated anew in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001.

Sinclair passed away in 1984, but he will long be remembered on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border both for his contributions to journalism, and for his loudly proclaiming a friendship that few at the time were willing to embrace.


Here is the link to the original broadcast: http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/news ... _text.html in June 1973.

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Postby Shilo2010 » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 8:29 am

Ha!
That's it.
You even saved me finding the written version on the net !
Thanks a bunch SMS, that must have taken you some time to find.
It all came back to that post From yesterday.
You might remember I promised to return to it.
I wish someone would up date his comments.
Perhaps I will give this a go in the next few days.

I am so tired of people bashing Americans.
I don’t agree with everything the American government does but given the alternitives, I'm pretty happy to have them as brothers.
As This post by Gordon Sinclair says -
"talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at."

My father once said ( and he really did once say this to me)

It is easy for the weak man to point out where the strong man stumbles.


Thanks again mate.

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Postby Shilo2010 » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 8:39 am

Hope you don't mind.
I'm going to give this its own post.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 9:16 am

Shilo2010 wrote:Hope you don't mind.
I'm going to give this its own post.


No probs. It's your thread, I'm just the messenger boy on this one. Just hope you are wearing a flack jacket and asbestos suit. The incoming and flames should be something to see. :mrgreen:

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Postby Shilo2010 » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 9:20 am

Im sure.

:lol:

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Postby Shilo2010 » Thu, 11 Aug 2005 10:13 am

Another really good one was Dave Duddleys version of "Vietnam blues"
Have you heard it ?

I decided to delete the other post, figured it was un tidy to post it twice.


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