In the August issue of Policy Options, Dr. Conrad Winn claimed that CBC television news is biased in favor of the left. It is imperative that we discuss this alleged bias because the media, and CBC in particular, play an increasing- ly important role in the Canadian political debate. The claim was based on the results of a recent COMPAS survey (see www.compas.ca for the complete report). Among other issues, the study investigated the relationship between the probability of viewing a given network (e.g., CBC, CTV) and self-described politi- cal affiliation: left-wingers, right- wingers, and in the middle of the political spectrum. Regarding CBC, it was found that the left-wingers were 1.3 times as likely as self-labelled right-wingers to choose CBC television: 44 percent vs. 34 percent. At first approximation, this result seems to confirm the biased left-wing nature of CBC.
CBC often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation
I guess this is why taxpayers fund the state-owned CBC to the tune of in excess of $1.5 BILLION per year. It’s stories like this. So proud. So proud. And so informed! But in defence of actual journalism, let’s be like their Justin Trudeau and try to figure out the “root causes” of this — this example of state media news or journalism malpractice. Did the state-owned media launch an exercise in investigative journalism trying to find examples of anti-Trump hatred? Surely not. That wouldn’t be fair and balanced, which the CBC claims it is.
So the “root cause” is that the state-owned CBC implores you to see the world as they do: anti-Trump. That’s a media with a left-wing agenda. And you can’t trust a media with an agenda. In this case you have to pay for it, but still, you can’t trust it.
It is not in Canadian interest to have a major media news like CBC not to inform the public since we the people are the funders. We must show the liberal government that we do not agree with the direction the CBC has taken in the last several years, if we can’t depend on the news which is important to Canadians then maybe it is time to with draw our support from the CBC.
In 2018 we continue to hear that CBC low employee morale, huge salaries and benefits for the President and other senior management, gender bias and other scandals and we will continue to expose their reports ongoing scandals including the epic Dr. Leenen case against The Fifth Estate (the largest libel legal case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) where no one at CBC was fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs for this CBC Libel action.
Senior Management salaries can range from $ 96,536 to 104,131
Senior Director salaries can range from $123,178 to 134,232
President and CEO salaries from $371,200 to 436, 700
The CBC network’s ratings continue to plummet while their costs and our tax- payer subsidies continue to go up! In 2018 what case can be made for the Government to be in the broadcasting business, competing unfairly with the private sector? The CBC receives advertising and cable/satellite fees-fees greater than CTV and Global but this is not enough for the greedy CBC who also receive more than a billion dollars of your tax money every year. That’s about $100,000,000 (yes, 100 MILLION) of our taxes every 30 days with no CBC accountability to taxpayers as they continue with their biased news service serving only the extreme socialists and anti-Semitics.
The CBC is under attack. Conservative Party officials and spin doctors are accusing it of displaying a Liberal bias, singling out recent comments by pollster Frank Graves as an example. The Liberals have fired back with accusations of a Tory witch hunt and the CBC’s editor-in-chief is defending the network as “politically neutral” and “scrupulously fair” in the way in which it gathers and reports news.
The context for this is a wider-ranging culture war like the one that’s raged in the United States for years. Globe television critic John Doyle says Canadian conservatives are winning because the other side has wimps for commentators.
With the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it? The answer to the first question is that it no longer represents ordinary Canadians to themselves in a way they like or even recognize. So when its funding comes under scrutiny, it is not surprising that most Canadians collectively yawn while watching any of the myriad other channels available to them on various media platforms.
Air Canada has taken to social media to air a grievance with the CBC, and the airline is pulling no punches. The confirmation appears to be an internal email in which CBC Sunday Edition host Michael Enright tells a CBC producer that Air Canada’s reply to a series of questions about boarding procedures was “bullshit.”
The airline posted an email exchange in which CBC producer Talin Vartanian asked representatives about a report ostensibly showing that the method of boarding used by Air Canada is the least efficient one.
The airline also posted a lengthy response to the producer’s questions, in which it explained why the “zonal boarding” system is used, boarding passengers from the back of the plane to the front.
The CBC told HuffPost Canada that the email between Enright and Vartanian was “shared in error.” The email’s address line shows it was copied to an Air Canada spokesperson.
“Both Mr. Enright and producers of The Sunday Edition have reached out to Air Canada to apologize for the error,” CBC spokesperson Emma Bédard said in an email.