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If CBC News Reporters No Longer Report Just The Facts, What Have They Become?


I believe that Canadian political reporters, critics as well as the hosts of Canadian political talk shows have become little more than personal media managers and consultants for those politicians they favor. To see them casually agreeing that our politicians use shameful attack ads  against their political rivals  simply because the use of such tactics has proven to be such an effective tool when trying to win an election without ideas to make Canada a better place to live in for all Canadians and for the most part justifying their doing so, in my opinion is nothing new.  I say this, because in my opinion who should know better than they do ; they are the tool which Canadian politicians use to spread the attack ads.  When for instance CBC decided that their political reporters should not only report the facts of a story but interject their personal views, I believe that the CBC allowed for their reporters to become part of the propaganda machine for the reporters personal political party of choice.

It is unfortunate for the average Canadian that the CBC has decided that it would prefer to control who gets elected in this country rather than educate Canadians by sharing with them all that they have learned  and know about all of our politicians who represent us now and also those who wish to represent us in the future, in a nonpartisan, professional way.  The CBC used to be part of a broader world of reporting that the Canadian people had come to depend on not only for letting us know what all the politicians were up to in a fair an impartial manner, but for forcing politicians of all political stripes and on all levels of government to hear our concerns as citizens. Unfortunately  in todays Canada the CBC in my opinion has allowed for their political reporters to become the spin doctors and therefore become a part of the political propaganda machine that all political parties and politicians use to confuse, manipulate and misinform the Canadian voter.

If I was a political candidate, or sitting politician in todays Canada I would be very careful of who I gave an interview to at the CBC, because in my opinion there is no professional sense of impartiality associated with being a political news reporter if you work for the CBC.  I find most of CBC’s political interviewer’s questions to be both biased and intentionally phrased to make the politician answering the question look bad, simply because their political beliefs vary from that of the interviewers.  I have seen too many times how a CBC program host will take a 30 minute question and answer session and reduce it all to one slip, or mistake made by the politician being interviewed like they seem to do with Justin Trudeau constantly, just to make him look bad. These reporters are doing this in an effort to get their personal point of view across instead of just letting the interview play in its entirety and letting the viewer decide what they think by themselves.  This type of manipulating of the news makes it a more unreliable source of truthful information whether it is a radio broadcast, television news program, or newspaper article. From the Rob Ford story to how the news media views Justin Trudeau, I feel that there is no place in political reporting for the reporter’s personal views to enter into the mix and the story still lay claim to be  impartial news reporting.

In fairness to CBC all Canadian news reporters are guilty of this personal input style of reporting, but only CBC  in my opinion is running an ad on their stations telling the world that they are guilty of doing it and unfortunately for them I watch CBC news programming and their ad caught my attention. CBC political reporters  are also  suggesting on every show, that the Canadian voter not only wants a good mud-slinging contest to help decide who to vote for, but demand it. They are cynically stating that politicians need not worry about what Canadians think, want or need, because we as Canadians vote for the dirtiest political leader. who gives the best performance during an election campaign. These reporters are quick to admit publicly that politicians trying to get elected need not worry about how their party policies will affect Canadians, or whether or not  their platforms are achievable, because Canadian voters are only interested in who can dig up the  most believable dirt on their opponent, which by the way does not have to be true. Finally these reporters are defending their actions by asserting that Canadians are getting what they ask for and want and that they (the press) are just the producers, directors and now also the actors bringing to Canadians the show that they want to see.

The sad part is that for the most part the reporters assertions and assumptions would appear to be true, or how on earth could we as Canadians not only re-elect the Conservative Party of Canada, but do so giving them a majority government after they were found guilty of intentionally misleading parliament/the Canadian people and because of that being found in contempt of parliament/the Canadian people.

 I believe that the CBC has made a serious error in judgement when it decided that it was okay to allow and even encourage its reporters to insert their personal opinions and feelings into their reporting of a story, because it make all that they do not balanced.  When I look at the news all I want to hear is the facts on both sides of a debate or story, so that I can make up my own mind; not the impressions of a news personality trying to convince me that I should be on the side they believes in.

I believe that CBC reporter Ian Hanomansing  says in an ad that CBC is running that his bosses have encouraged their reporters not simply report just the facts, or interview people with neutrality, but to allow their personal opinions to enter into their coverage of a story, which until recently would have been seen as unprofessional.  One only has to look at the CBC show  Power and Politics to witness what I am talking about as political critics, reporters and program hosts all sit around and casually do their best to promote their personal political party and take an active part delivering their party’s attack to as many Canadians as possible, while claiming to they are maintaining good reporting practices and journalistic integrity.  There isn’t one day that goes by that this show does not excuse the behavior of their bosses for running the attack ads and themselves for becoming the cheerleaders of dishonest, and unscrupulous politicians by suggesting that it is their duty to do so and that after all  they are only giving Canadians what they want, or some one else would do if they refuse and that would cost them huge amounts of advertising revenue as viewers turn to another news program that is willing to give them what they want.

There is not one Canadian politician that is above using attack ads and all have done it; some maybe be more subtle and some blatantly pure attack, but all try to avoid talking about their parties intentions, their ideologies, their policies, in sort they all try to avoid telling Canadians what they themselves stand for in terms of serving Canadians and I think that the news media should hang their collective heads in shame for participating in the manipulation and misleading of Canadian voters. Canadian news media has become the  vehicle, or the tool that the government is using to get us to forget who we are as Canadians and what we stand for in every way that counts.

Is it enough for the CBC  to say that freelance reporters associated with the CBC giving reports as annalists instead of “real journalists” makes it okay for them to give slanted news reports? Is it okay for the CBC to employ these people to intentionally back door what would not normally be acceptable news reporting?  they readily admit that it is confusing to viewers, but stand by and say they are comfortable with their decision all the same.

Consider:

Is this really good enough? Is this what Canadians really want from the news and news providers like the CBC? This some of what I read online in a posting titled, “A question of conflict?”

We’ve received a number of questions in recent weeks about Rex Murphy and his views on the oil industry. Rex has delivered speeches supportive of oil sands developments based on their economic benefit. And he’s been critical of those opponents who, he believes, overstate the environmental dangers.  The questions to us asked whether there’s a conflict of interest here: how can Rex be an objective journalist when he’s going out and speaking to oil executives? And if he’s paid for those speeches, does that compromise his ability to be on our airwaves talking about the issue?  The most important thing to understand is that Rex is not a regular reporter. He appears on The National as a commentator precisely to do analysis and offer his point of view on issues of the day.  As much as Rex is identified with the CBC, he is not a full-time employee of the CBC. We have a wonderful freelance relationship that allows him to appear on The National and host CBC Radio One’s Cross-Country Checkup. As a freelancer, Rex has the ability to do other work. So yes, he writes opinion pieces for The National Post. And yes, he does speaking engagements.

He is not alone. Other prominent CBC personalities are freelancers, too. Our regular staff abides by rules in our Journalistic Standards and Practices which state that “CBC journalists do not express their own personal opinion because it affects the perception of impartiality and could affect an open and honest exploration of an issue.”

It’s understandable that this is confusing to people. But, remember this is ultimately about our programs and their content.

 

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