The Michael Coren Show
The Michael Coren Show (originally Michael Coren Live, until it ceased being a live-to-air broadcast) was an hour-long Canadian public affairs panel show hosted by Michael Coren which dealt with current events, social issues as well as arts and culture. It aired weeknights on the Crossroads Television System, a multi-faith television network with affiliates in Ontario and Alberta. The showed aired on CTS from 1999 until June 30, 2011 when Coren left CTS to join the Sun News Network to host The Arena with Michael Coren.
The show typically featured Coren and up to four guests. Weekly regulars on the panel included outspoken freelance writer David Menzies, liberal Muslim Tarek Fatah, journalist and broadcaster Marianne Meed Ward, new media personality Andrew Lawton, CUPE leader Sid Ryan, legal agent and socialist Harry Kopyto and high profile guests including prominent politicians. Topics of discussion regularly included provincial and federal and international politics, social issues, religion and healthcare as well as general news and cultural subjects. The show was known for debate on controversial issues (for example, Coren has hosted numerous shows on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and radical Islam versus moderate Islam, with guests who have strong stances on both sides of these issues).
Programs on the Middle East have proven contentious in the past with leaders of both the B'nai Brith and Canadian Islamic Congress facing recriminations for controversial remarks. In the aftermath of program aired on October 19, 2004, Adam Aptowitzer, Ontario chairman of the B'nai Brith Institute for International Affairs, was forced to resign his position after arguing that Israel had used terror against Palestinians legitimately stating that "When Israel uses terror ... to destroy a home and convince people ... to be terrified of what the possible consequences are, I'd say that's an acceptable use to terrify somebody." On the same broadcast Mohamed Elmasry, president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, asserted that all adult Israelis are legitimate targets of attack as a consequence of their service in the Israel Defense Forces. Elmasry apologized for his comments and offered to resign - his resignation was rejected by the CIC.
The Michael Coren Show was also the name of Coren's Sunday evening radio program on CFRB and has also been the name of past radio shows he has hosted on various radio stations.
- "Michael Coren to deliver 'straight talk': Talk show star to join Sun News Network prime-time lineup", Toronto Sun, June 28, 2011
- Petricevik, Mirko, "B'nai Brith official quits; Quoted on Coren show as saying Israeli terror on civilians 'legitimate'", National Post, November 3, 2004
- Mascoll, Philip, "Jewish official quits over remark; Partially backed state use of terror B'nai Brith disavows his stand", Toronto Star, November 3, 2004
- "Canadian Islamic Congress rejects its president's resignation", Montreal Gazette, October 28, 2004