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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters

The unethical fools at the Broadcast Consortium will probably gladly keep Elizabeth May away from the debates this year too. Especially amusing is the Conservative spokes-tool saying more participants would make it a gong show. Mulcair wanting a debate focused on women, while angling to keep the only female leader out of the room, is special too.

What’s wrong with the Star and Robert Benzie to write an article about debate controversy and not even mention the Consortium considering blocking the Green Party again because they got away with it last election?

Why would it be up to the Conservatives (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper"s Outrageous Assault on Radio Canada

We know how much Stephen Harper hates the CBC. We know how he has slashed its budget, until it's swimming in its own blood. We know what he recently said about it:"First we’re going to get them on their knees and then we’re going to restructure them.”But now he has taken aim at Radio-Canada, and made a huge and possibly fatal mistake. Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Sharpen Your Pencils, Alberta. Slash-and-burn is back.

Living in the land of the lowest taxation rates in Canada allows many personal benefits but long-term government stability has not been one of them. Relying heavily on natural resource revenues, our political leaders continue to stumble from embarrassment of riches to poverty and never… Continue Reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Note To Peter Mansbridge

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bias At CBC Deepens

The scandal of conflict of interest at the CBC has deepened this week, as more questionable payments to the broadcaster by government department Parks Canada were revealed. Then environment Minister Prentice was given favourable coverage in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in free travel. Prentice is now the Premier of Alberta.

One of the most harmful points of the coverage was allowing Prentice to lie about the Conservatives’ record on greenhouse gas emissions. “We are reducing emissions”; “We’re fulfilling our responsibility.” Prentice was allowed to say without correction. As a result, too many Canadians hold the incorrect (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lang Still at CBC

Amanda Lang still hasn’t been suspended from reporting for the CBC. Meanwhile, Global did a little required housecleaning.

“When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power.” – George Monbiot

.@CBCOmbudsman How can Lang take money for a speaking tour sponsored by a company recently in the news? http://t.co/WXcnWMZ8BH

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 16, 2013

@saskboy Lang no longer speaking at CORE conference according to CBC News Editor in Chief@jmcguirecbc

— Esther Enkin (@CBCOmbudsman) April 18, 2013

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Dead Wild Roses: Premium Orange Juice. Oh Indeed!

We can file this Orange Juice Fiasco safely under the heading of corporate conduct that manages to screw the consumer, adhere to the barest letter of the law, and be scandalously profitable all at same time! Heuristically speaking, what the major orange juice producers are doing is considered the standard of corporate behaviour. So when your right-wing friends tell you about how evil restrictive government policies/regulations are literally choking the life out of the (sacrosanct) market you can tell them about this orange juice story and watch them wiggle and squirm as they try to think of (Read more…)

Left Over: Should the CBC Walk the Proverbial Plank?

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/01/what-needs-to-be-said-about-cbc-scandals.html

 

The only valid argument for saving the CBC is that it has a MANDATE, coast to coast to coast, to be there for all the people of this country, to disseminate information (however flawed that process might be these days..) and news for the entire country, especially those less well-served by the media as it exists today.. Let’s be honest here, if all CBC did was make such turgid dramcoms as Republic of Doyle, King of Kensington, etc etc I would say toss it, too… But the fact that anyone anywhere in this country (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: What Needs To Be Said About The CBC Scandals

Ever since the CBC was hit by the Ghomeishi scandal, and now the Amanda Lang Affair, the CBC haters in this country have been having a ball.Trying to use the scandals as just another excuse to kill the corporation. For those Cons hate it so much with a zealotry that borders on insanity.But what I find even more disturbing is that some progressive bloggers have been throwing up their hands and declaring that the CBC is beyond saving, and should simply be scrapped. Just like that.I won't mention their names for I have no desire to publicly (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lang Should Be Fired Or Suspended

CANADALAND's investigation of @AmandaLang_CBC , by @sdbcraig , is now online: http://t.co/W7s8XUoX03 pic.twitter.com/FL23x8af34

— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) January 12, 2015

It’s been brewing for Lang for quite some months now.

Another Code Red crisis for CBC MT @JesseBrown CANADALAND investigation of @AmandaLang_CBC by @sdbcraig now online: http://t.co/Aj3IsE6mb1

— Chris Selley (@cselley) January 12, 2015

@ChuckTCBC @sdbcraig @CNDLND @JesseBrown @AmandaLang_CBC untrue like this? https://t.co/1zjFhZJs3T

— mvsyyz (@mvsyyz) January 12, 2015

.@JesseBrown @sdbcraig False & misleading to characterize these interviews as favourable, same tone and style as all her others over 15 yrs.

— Chuck Thompson (@ChuckTCBC) (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: The CBC: The Ethical Slide Continues

H/t Canadaland

The once-prized principle of journalistic ethics continues its precipitous decline at the CBC. Following last years’s timid management response to conflict of interest allegations against chief correspondent and resident sycophant Peter Mansbridge and its sophistic treatment of oil shill/resident crank/climate-change denier Rex Murphy, the Corporation’s management is at it again in defending its senior business correspondent, Amanda Lang.

Two days ago, Canadaland reported the following: Multiple sources within CBC News have revealed to CANADALAND, under condition of anonymity, a shocking campaign Amanda Lang undertook in 2013 to sabotage a major story reported by her colleague, investigative reporter (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: ‘Dear Leader’ Decries Attacks On Democracy

This is indeed rich.

Said Prime Minister Harper, in response to the French massacre: “When a trio of hooded men struck at some of our most cherished democratic principles — freedom of expression, freedom of the press — they assaulted democracy everywhere.

Actions, Sir, speak much louder than words.

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A Different Point of View....: Today’s media language a little too much like 1984′s Newspeak

Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought and concepts that pose a threat to the regime.

Canada is not Orwell’s imaginary society where peoples’ every thoughts and ideas are controlled by The Party, but our own powerful elite has pushed our media closer to censorship and a propaganda-feeding machine than I ever imagined possible.

Our elite include the wealthy, corporate executives, private media, and the Harper government. As Orwell wrote in his novel, the elite (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Another Good Reason Why Rex Murphy Should be Fired

You might think that after all that happened at the CBC this year, Rex Murphy might know when to press the mute button.You might think that with all those horrible stories about violence against women, that nasty Con dwarf might exhibit a smidgen of human decency.But no, he'd rather use his last National Post column of the year to dump all over the feminist movement.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: More Conflict-Of-Interest At The CBC

The deterioration of the once highly-respected CBC continues apace. Not only has Peter Mansbridge, as seen recently in his year-end friendly chat with Stephen Harper, abandoned any semblance of journalistic impartiality and integrity, but he also seems to be acting as a bad example to younger colleagues, one of whom is reputed to be a potential successor to the chief correspondent.

Like Peter and Rex Murphy before her, Amanda Lang, CBC News’ Senior Business Correspondent, seems to have developed a bad habit that those outside of the cloistered Corporation would label as conflict of interest. Succinctly put, as reported by (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Add A Little Charlie Brown to your Holidays – Linus and Lucy – Gerry Granelli Trio.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

On Dec. 9th, 1965 – 49 years ago – nearly half of the US population tuned in to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz, an animated broadcast that featured the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Prior to its debut, producers were worried it was too religious, and the soundtrack was too jazz cutting edge for children’s programming. Were they ever wrong! 15 million homes had eyes glued to that broadcast, and it has since become an iconic Christmas classic.

Jerry Granelli, a drummer and a long time native of Halifax, NS is the only (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris REALLY Doesn’t Like Peter Mansbridge

As I said in my last post, I wasn't impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.So the whole thing looked more like a cozy chat than an interview.But I see that Michael Harris was even less impressed.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Scary Year End Horror Show

I tried to put it off as long as I could, I was having too much of a good time to spoil it.

Humming Christmas tunes, fixing one of my little robots, and playing with my neighbour's puppy.

But eventually I figured I better check out Peter Mansbridge's interview with Stephen Harper. And oh boy did that ruin my evening.

Because it was an absolute HORROR show.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Breaking News

Wow!

Seven Wildrose MLAs are planning to cross to Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative party, CBC news has learned.

Two party sources said the seven are: party leader Danielle Smith, House Leader Rob Anderson, and MLAs Jeff Wilson, Gary Bikman, Pat Stier, Blake Pederson and Jason Hale.

Members of the 14-person caucus met Tuesday afternoon to discuss an offer from the PCs, led by Premier Jim Prentice.

MLAs Shane Saskiw, Drew Barnes and Rick Strankman said on social media that they were planning to stick with the Wildrose, which is the official opposition.

Currently, the PCs have 63 seats, the Liberals (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Depraved Plan to Destroy the CBC

He has always hated the CBC. He hates what it represents, the Canada he despises. Our Canada.You can see it when he takes questions from CBC reporters. The insane hatred in his cold dead eyes, the way he purses his thin cruel lips, or licks them. The barely repressed violence bubbling below the surface.But over the years Stephen Harper has successfully managed to conceal how he REALLY feels about the CBC. Until it seems he could no longer restrain himself, and his depraved plan was finally revealed Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: The Corporation Indicted

From what I’ve seen it’s all over but for a trial and a trip to the Greybar Hotel for Jian Ghomeshi.  The evidence against him is as wide as it is deep.  He’d have to walk on water to keep from drowning in it.

I don’t listen to radio and never paid much attention to Ghomeshi so it’s no great loss for me.  Someone else will take his place.  Celebrities come, celebrities go.

It wasn’t until I read Kathryn Borel’s account in The Guardian that I had a sense of a much greater problem – the culture – union and (Read more…)

A Different Point of View....: What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC

The CBC, and particularly CBC Radio, is easily Canada’s most important cultural and public interest institution.

I say this not so much as someone who worked at the Corporation during the glory days of the 1970s and ’80s but, like so many other people, a kid who was brought up in a home that was always watching and listening to the CBC.

Residing in a small village in Nova Scotia, we greatly appreciated the voices and images, ranging from Clive Gilmore’s 40-year run of Gilmour’s Albums  on radio to the hard-nosed journalism of Norman DePoe on TV.

But after (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Scandal and the CBC Management Cult

About ten days ago I wrote a post about the CBC and the Ghomeshi scandal, and I blamed its hapless managers for creating a cult of celebrity where such a horrible thing could happen.Then came this shabby incident. Which not only reinforced my belief that CBC management treats its "stars" like gods. It also convinced me that some of those managers don't know what they're doing, and should be fired immediately.And now from the guy most responsible for exposing the Ghomeshi scandal comes this latest shocking revelation: CBC management isn't just promoting a celebrity cult.It's a cult ITSELF!!!!!Read more »

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Politics, Re-Spun: Canada: The Eternal Rebuilding Project

Personal relationships enrich us, work makes us feel useful, and goals give us purpose

via Lecture 1 – Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio.

Adrienne Clarkson speaks in this Massey Lecture about belonging.

The first peoples were here first. They established a sense of this land.

Europeans came to conquer and exploit and seek whatever noble goals orbited their economy. They helped remake and redefine the land and its people. For better or worse.

Since then, new people have come and contribute to this eternal project of ever-rebuilding Canada.

Harper isn’t interested in (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Day Thousands Took to the Streets to Defend the CBC

It was a stirring sight. And for the beleaguered CBC it couldn't have come at a better time, or be more welcome.Thousands of people marching in streets of Montreal and other places, to demand that the Harper regime stop killing the corporation.CBC/Radio-Canada supporters gathered in Montreal, Matane, Sept-Îles, Quebec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Rimouski, Gaspé and Moncton in New Brunswick to protest against deep cuts and job losses at the Crown corporation. And all I can say is it's about time.Read more »