As reported by Andrew Mitrovica on iPolitiics, the CBC ombudsman, Esther Enkin, has finally reached her decision on the many conflict of interest complaints lodged against Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge.
Briefly, here is what she said:
“Given that Journalistic Standards and Practices spells out a commitment to independence, and the Conflict of Interest guidelines encompass perception of conflict as well, it is inconsistent with policy when CBC news and current affairs staff accept payment from groups that are likely to be in the news.
She has a somewhat timid suggestion for CBC management:
“But since taking money leads (Read more…)
Health Minister Fred Horne: target of defamation, breach of trust, loss of income suit by former Alberta Health Services CFO. Below: Allaudin Merali.
Allaudin Merali filed a statement of claim today in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench against Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne.
“The statement of claim includes claims for a breach of contract, defamation and loss of income,” Mr. Merali said in a carefully worded email sent to media and bloggers.
Since the former Capital Health Region and Alberta Health Services CFO’s expense account became a cause célèbre and a political embarrassment to the (Read more…)
She was crunched for time in writing a speech, something she’s not used to doing either, so she wrote a diary of her recent coverage in Ukraine and made it interesting by giving the back story to reporting in a region that could break out into open war. She grew up in Winnipeg. One questioner at the end noted it was nice to be able to see her smile, since her job doesn’t permit it as she’s reporting from tense situations overseas.
She bemoaned the lack of coverage of South America in North America, and dodged the question if there (Read more…)
Impressionable English Canadian youngsters tune in to SNN for sinister ideological conditioning by RWN (right-wing nuts) on the staff of the PMO-favoured network. Below: PKP and his now-ex wife (NXW), grabbed from the Internet; SNN broadcaster Ezra Levant.
Oh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks, PKP wants another D-I-V-O-R-C-E!
This time, having just given his common-law wife of a decade the old heave-ho, it’s from us!
And I don’t know about you, but this smells a bit like C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y.
Let me explain…
PKP for those of you who live in the ROC and are therefore wondering WTF is Pierre Karl Péladeau, who until recently (Read more…)
Something is happening in Lethbridge. According to a group out of Lethbridge College the Liberals under Trudeau have jumped from 8.38% (2011) to 24% for the area of Lethbridge. Provincially, Raj Sherman’s Liberals have jumped from 14.7% (2012) to 18% in Lethbridge-East, a point ahead of the Wildrose and the clear alternative compared to the […]
While I and others have written about Rex Murphy’s close relationship to the oil industry, a relationship that appears to be in direct conflict with his position at the CBC, Peter Mansbridge has also been embroiled in controversy recently because of a speech he give to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Indeed, and somewhat parenthetically, The Star’s Heather Mallick has a blistering assessment today of Peter’s moonlighting activities.
So what constitutes proper and improper speechifying? Yesterday on CBC’s The Current, a good debate, guest-hosted by Jeffrey Kaufman, took place. Kaufman, a former Canadian journalist now working in (Read more…)
I received the following email yesterday from Jack Nagler, Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement at the CBC, regarding my conflict of interest complaint about Rex Murphy. Because the review is ongoing, I am treating this only as an interim response. I therefore present the letter with no commentary on my part, but please feel free, as always, to express your own views here.
Thank you for your Feb. 5th email to the CBC Ombudsman about Rex Murphy. There have been suggestions he is in a conflict of interest because he has given paid speeches to groups supportive of (Read more…)
Your blogger with CBC commentator Rex Murphy, quite possibly on his way to a speaking engagement with the oil industry. Below: the same blogger with Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, who has a date with history next week; the controversial Press Progress Rex Murphy info-graphic.
ST. ALBERT, Alberta
MP Brent Rathgeber’s private member’s bill, the CBC and Public Service Disclosure and Transparency Act, is scheduled to be back before the denizens of the House of Commons on Wednesday night.
Bill C-461 has no chance of passing in the form the Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament desires for (Read more…)
… were rabid cheerleader against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line! But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal. He can take money from the oil sand […]
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger-
We have all come across Rex Murphy on the CBC and although he can sometimes be entertaining he is a shameless bought and paid for buffoon and frontman for PM Steve and the Oil and Gas corporations.
His bullying style on Cross Canada Checkup towards those not singing off his songsheet has been well established and tolerated for far too long.
Now he makes a handsome living as a fearless defender of the over dogs.
He travels around the country pitching for the powerful and ridiculing the rest. I expect that he will soon be appointed to (Read more…)
About a week ago I wrote a post demanding to know why the CBC hadn't fired Rex Murphy for being a shill for Big Oil.And I assumed that because so many others had complained, and it was such an obvious conflict of interest, that the CBC would at least take those complaints seriously.But I was wrong. It turns out CBC management doesn't think Murphy is guilty of ANYTHING. Read more »
I've always known he was a vociferous climate change denier, a wordier Ezra Levant. A shabby little demagogue who lards his windy diatribes with Con talking points.I recently found out that in addition to his gigs at CBC Television, CBC Radio, and the National Post, he also moonlights as a shill for Big Oil.A words-weary audience jumped to its feet with an enthusiastic ovation for broadcaster Rex Murphy after he urged pipeline builders Friday to stop being ashamed of the multibillion-dollar projects they are trying to build.But who knew that being an oily prophet, could be so profitable? Read more »
I know you’re wondering. But it’s hard to imagine. Kind of like a fish imagining life without water. We’ve known corporate media for generations. Since the advent of psychology and marketing, the influence/manipulation of corporate media is ubiquitous. And not in a good way.
But let’s take a few moments to imagine the features of post-corporate media, where increasing the audience [by a variety of questionable, sensationalist means, sometimes] to increase ad revenue isn’t the goal.
Let’s start here with this:
The CBC. Mothercorp. Publicly funded, at arms length from the taxpayer funder. It has access to national radio and (Read more…)
Note: I’ve never read the book and am judging all this on one episode of the show and some conversations with friends who have read the book, but considering this is a (mostly) tongue and cheek post, it isn’t going to matter much, although as a sneak preview, the portrayal of the riding seems to ignore the actual linguistic background of the people hypothetically living in it.Like many political junkies across the land, I tuned in last night to The Best Laid Plans, CBC’s new comedic political mini-series. I found it…lacking. I like to think we as a (Read more…)
The scene in February 2014: CBC investigative journalist Charles Rusnell pores through a list of senior Alberta civil service salaries as horrified deputy ministers and university professors look on. Actual Alberta public employees may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation Don Scott, left, with some guy his party would just as soon you forgot about. (Image grabbed from the Internet from country933.com.) I wonder what the yellow gloves are for?
Have the calls Alberta’s Progressive Conservative MLAs are getting from modestly paid unionized civil servants, furious about having their salaries frozen (Read more…)
Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk in the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature. Note, in the background at left, Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith. Below, a recent Twitter message from Mr. Lukaszuk, an inveterate and confrontational Tweeter, who thinks your free speech rights are a matter of LOL and #wink.
Last weekend, Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk was in Edmonton’s Churchill Square enthusiastically demanding free speech and recognition of other fundamental rights for citizens of Ukraine.
Premier Alison Redford’s second in command told his listeners he recalled being in Kiev in 2004, observing the Orange Revolution: “Never again should there (Read more…)
It's not a good news hockey story. It's a huge blow to the CBC. For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.And of course the CBC can't count on any help from Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister's Office has slammed the door on any bailout for the CBC to make up for lost advertising revenue from hockey broadcasts. "CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds," PMO spokesman Stephen Lecce wrote (Read more…)
The private sector is grinning at the stealth privatization of Hockey Night in Canada.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hockey Night in Canada, privatization version!
Yes, the CBC is now in a privatization scheme called a public-private partnership [see below] to continue its mission to dump the most culturally significant media brand in Canadian history: Hockey Night in Canada.
Selling off the CBC outright would be a politically dangerous venture. So the federal government is simply eroding it, piece by piece. First, it dismantled the CBC orchestra. Then it didn’t bid on renewing the rights to the theme song of (Read more…)
For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of downtown elitist snobs. Ford has been seriously unpopular for years now, having left net popularity in mid to late 2011 and never looked back – even after the Scarborough subway victory. Don Cherry, among his many offensive comments and reactionary views (many completely unrelated (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Fractured Land is a local BC production that looks into the ramifications of the oil and gas corporations impacts on our environment and those who suffer the consequences.
Dear beloved friends and funders,
It’s been a crazy, amazing, exciting year for the Fractured Land team. We’ve traveled the continent, continuing to film Caleb’s story, convene public talks, and document the actions of First Nations, industry and government leaders shaping the future of this land we all depend on.
We know you are anxious to see the film complete, and receive your rewards; and we apologize for (Read more…)
Michael Cooper, left, celebrates after a fashion the May 2, 2011, federal election victory of Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber, as Mr. Rathgeber celebrates it in a more traditional and energetic way. (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: Mr. Cooper’s official campaign website photo; Mr. Rathgeber not long after his break with the Conservative caucus.
St. Albert, Alberta
When you hear the term “Conservative activist,” watch out! You might even want to run screaming from the room.
So it was not exactly reassuring to learn Wednesday that Michael Cooper, “lawyer and Conservative activist,” has announced his intention to seek the (Read more…)
Dana Golan, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and former director of Breaking the Silence, was interviewed last Sunday on the CBC radio program The Sunday Edition.
When asked by the CBC’s John Enright about the mandate of Breaking the Silence, Golan offered the following:
So, Breaking the Silence was established in 2004. The goal of the organization is to reveal the nature of occupation. To create a moral discussion in Israel and around the world about the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and to create resistance to the occupation. We are the ones who were sent (Read more…)
After shifting his focus in recent months, Alex Tsakumis is blogging again and getting ready to launch yourshow.ca as a 3-hour a day webcast on politics, media and other current affairs. A segment of AGT’s Thursday post caught my eye. He described a moment in the recent Legislative session when Minister of Children and Family Development Cadieux was thanking her crew for loyal service. Alex’s words,
“…Cadieux singled out “Lisa Leslie,” who, let me confirm, is Sean Leslie’s wife. The Minister thought nothing of (painfully) pointing out Sean Leslie’s glaring conflict of interest (he is required to cover, (Read more…)
2500 years ago Lucretius gave us the modern world. We ignored him.
Listen to The Swerve
In 1417, a Renaissance scribe and book hunter discovered an ancient manuscript in a monastery. That book was the Roman poet Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things. Renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt tells us how that discovery changed the world.
Read more: The Origins of Atheism by Richard Handler on cbc.ca
Google search: CBC Ideas Swerve Lucretius
I’ll be looking for this book soon.
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