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Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

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…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rex Murphy: We All Know You Are A Tory Hack …

… now just shut up about it and let the grownups talk, please.

Talk about pathetic.  In a previous column, Murphy was emphatic about how he speaks to his own beliefs and none other.  While one might almost believe that, when Murphy’s “own beliefs” sound suspiciously like talking points out of the PMO, Murphy’s audience needs to get a little more suspicious. Generally speaking, the idea of political parties blending forces, making deals with one another during elections, is not a sound one. Political parties have identities, and those identities emerge from their policies and history — and from their differences (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: First CBC’s Rex Murphy, Now Peter Mansbridge Making Big Bucks From Oil And Gas Corporations

 

The CBC Should Fire Peter Mansbridge And Rex Murphy

 

 

CBC’s Peter Manbridge and Rex Murphy-The Money Is Good!

Check out this Huffington Post Canada report by Michael BolenCBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was paid by a top oil and gas industry group to give a speech on energy, raising new questions about the broadcaster’s conflict of interest policies in the wake of revelations about contributor Rex Murphy’s ties to the energy sector.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) paid Mansbridge to speak at its Investment Symposium in December 2012 and a photo of him giving the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Responds To My Complaint About Rex Murphy

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…)

Alberta Diary: Revelation CAPP paid Mansbridge, defender of Murphy’s speaking fees, brings simmering controversy back to boil

CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, back in the day before he could seriously contemplate receiving a $28,000 speaking fee just for flapping his gums over dinner. (Photo found on the Internet.) Below: Similarly compensated CBC commentator Rex Murphy, presumably at about the same moment in history. Below that: Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith’s enthusiastic review of Mr. Murphy’s remarks to an oil industry audience and a shot Mr. Mansbridge’s appearance before CAPP from the group’s Facebook page.

There he is, not quite as large as life and rather blurry, but nevertheless front and centre on the Facebook page of (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy’s Obscene and Demagogic Assault On His Critics

I see that Rex Murphy has finally responded to complaints that he is in a conflict of interest when he attacks environmentalists on the CBC, while shilling for Big Oil.And that he has done it in his usual fashion, by trying to bury the inconvenient truth under a mountain of big words. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Rex Murphy’s Best Friend and Staunchest Defender – Why That’d be Rex Murphy

Wherein Rex assures us all, soiled linens aside, he has not been sleeping with Big Oil and, indeed, always says what’s on his mind, unfettered though that may be by facts.

Rex, what’s that line about “thou doth protest too much, methinks”? 

Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

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…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Leading Exemplar of The CBC’s Policy Of Conservative Appeasement

Thanks to Montreal Simon, DESMOG CANADA, Press Progress and others for alerting us to the true extent of Rex Murphy’s egregious conflict of interest in his role as CBC commentator.

Murphy is yet another sad but solid indication of the policy of appeasement the Corporation has adopted toward the Harper cabal.

My own complaint to the CBC about this disgraceful state of affairs is still awaiting a response. When I filed it a couple of weeks ago, this is what I received from their ombudsman:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your email. The first step in the (Read more…)

Trashy's World: If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…

… 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 […]

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy and the Con Broadcasting Corporation

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 »

Montreal Simon: Why the CBC Should Fire Rex Murphy Immediately

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 »

Montreal Simon: Neil Young and the Message That Must Be Heard

Well I guess Big Oil and its rented pimps in the Harper regime must be getting desperate eh?Neil Young is just too popular. They just can't stop him. Or silence his message.And now his show is rolling into the heart of Albertonia. And it's SOLD OUT !!!!!!So today the oil pimps deployed their ultimate weapon, the Oily Prophet himself, Rex Murphy. Read more »

Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rex Murphy’s Caustic Comments Cause Senator Mike Duffy To EscapeThrough The Kitchen

I just hate it when conservative commentators poke fun at other conservatives. I hate it I tell you. Hate it!

Politics and its Discontents: In Case You Missed It

Here is Rex Murphy holding forth on the current ‘troubles’ in Ottawa:

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Polygonic: Alert: Rex Murphy disgruntled!

It’s been a while, folks! But on the eve of the NDP’s big conference, I had to just make a somewhat-related comment on Rex Murphy’s latest pontification on Tom Mulcair’s popularity conundrum. Which isn’t as much of a conundrum, or a crisis, as people will make out in the midst of the LPC race.

Rex’s musings on what Mulcair should and shouldn’t be doing can be found here:

http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/indepthanalysis/rexmurphy/story/2013/04/11/thenational-rexmurphy-081113.html

It seems to me he’d advise the Opposition Leader to try and have it both ways: come on out with bigger, bolder, more distinctive ideas – but at

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CuriosityCat: Where’s Wuffy?

Where’s Wuffy?

From Rex Murphy report on CBC TV last night about the location of the residence of Senator Duffy

The Ranting Canadian: Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive…

Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive vocabulary.

Murphy’s latest predictable, propagandizing public love letter to perpetual politician Stephen Harper is simply sickening to anyone who has been paying attention to what the HarperCons have been doing to their country. The snobby, elitist, preachy pundit must genuinely believe that regular Canadians are uninformed idiots who need to be patted on their heads, shushed and dismissed.

The sly sycophant has been openly and obviously fishing for a Conservative senate seat for years. Now he doesn’t even try to hide it. Murphy clearly wants to join his fellow retired Conservative

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Northern Reflections: Murphy’s Conundrum

Pity poor Rex Murphy. He doesn’t understand what he calls the “unbalanced and disproportionate” antipathy Canadians feel for Stephen Harper:

For, step back a little, make a little space, and you will see that in his personal and domestic conduct, Harper is almost stereotypically Canadian. He’s a mild, unobnoxious, hockey-mad fellow. He doesn’t boast.He shuns the spotlight he could be commanding every day. He keeps his privacy and doesn’t insist, like many public figures, in conducting a soap opera around his position or his family. He’d be the ideal neighbour — he wouldn’t just drop in, too reserved for

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Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

Romney Defeats Obama! U.S. President Barack Obama – perhaps not exactly as illustrated – holds up a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail after his election victory last night. Or something like that. Maybe they just missed it that we don’t get a vote. Most Canadians don’t get to vote, that is, in the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

LeDaro: Rex Murphy on Standard of Conduct in Parliament

Once in a while Rex Murphy provides good commentary, as the following on the standard of conduct in Parliament – especially he talks about big-mouth Rob Andres.

“Mr. Rob Anders, Conservative MP, whose reckless mouth is hardly news (he once wanted Nelson Mandela to be labeled a terrorist) went to truly dark territory – both in the viciousness of his insinuation, and the reckless brutality of the thought behind it: he actually accused the Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair – of hastening Jack Layton’s death …for Mulcair’s advantage.”

Alberta Diary: Adoration of Peter Lougheed moves beyond canonization into deification

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s message at Peter Lougheed’s state funeral. Below: Premier Lougheed with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who haunts us still.

With his state funeral yesterday afternoon, the official adoration of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed moved beyond canonization into deification.

If other Canadians happened to pause and listen to what was actually being said in Calgary’s 57-year-old Jubilee Auditorium, which was broadcast by the CBC, they could be forgiven for wondering if we Albertans had collectively taken leave of our senses.

I mean no disrespect for Mr. Lougheed with this observation. As has been said here before, he

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Paul Krugman highlights the anti-social austerity agenda at work in the U.K. and U.S.: (T)he austerity drive in Britain isn’t really about debt and deficits at all; it’s about using deficit panic as an excuse to dismantle social programs. And this is, of course, exactly the same thing that has been happening in America.

In fairness to Britain’s conservatives, they aren’t quite as crude as their American counterparts. They don’t rail against the evils of deficits in one breath, then demand huge tax cuts for the wealthy in the next

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