September 04, 2015

Ashley Callingbull's anti-Harper diatribe reveals the CBC's hopeless bias, once again

Mitch WolfeRebel Blogger
 

The CBC, by airing a highly biased diatribe by Ashley Callingbull, 2015's Mrs. Universe and an aboriginal woman, once again demonstrates why the majority of Canadians have stopped watching or listening to CBC as a legitimate broadcaster of news or opinion.

As usual, CBC host Rosemary Barton ignores and fails to mention the many and varied internal structural and cultural causes of aboriginal problems. Because that would be politically incorrect, and God forbid, balanced and impartial political reporting and commentary. It would also undermine the Liberal Trudeau and NDP Mulcair narrative that the plight of the native Indians is all Harper’s fault and the lack of billions of billions of more taxpayer dollars.

Because according to this recently crowned beauty crown - and now newly crowned CBC political pundit - it is all the fault of Stephen Harper. In other words, aboriginal problems will be improved with a new government – and, by the way, an injection of billions and billions of more Canadian dollars into the pockets of native Indian chiefs which should not be accounted for. Because native Indians are owed more of Canadians’ hard-earned money, but asking for a financial accounting is disrespectful.

Numerous objective RCMP and police studies indicate that over 70% of murders of aboriginal women are carried out by aboriginal men. Should not First Nations people take responsibility for what is going on in their own communities? Why should the Canadian people support another study costing millions and millions of taxpayer money, when the primary fault for the death and disappearance of aboriginal women is aboriginal men?

This native Indian beauty queen confessed to being sexually abused from an early age, presumably by a native Indian family member or aboriginal man or men in her community. Obviously this predates Harper’s administration, but of course this is Harper’s fault, not the individual or individuals who did these terrible things, or her own family and community which permitted this sexual abuse.

Also what is wrong with First Nation bands accounting for how Canadian taxpayers funds are used? Is it right that some band chiefs earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, a year (one chief earned over a million dollars a year, without the knowledge of the people on his reserve,) well in excess of what is reasonable for any responsible  political leader in Canada?

No amount of money will solve housing, water, health and educational issues on reserves in certain isolated areas. You can dump another $6 billion dollars in these reserves and the problems will persist. It is not a lack of funds, but there are other more fundamental causes at play here, which are obvious to most Canadians.

The majority of Canadians are not stupid. The majority of Canadians believe that the problems of First Nations did not start with Stephen Harper and will not end or even be improved or changed with a new NDP or Liberal government.

And the CBC, in uncritically providing a forum for Ashley Callingbull, demonstrates once again why it has lost the respect and support of the majority of Canadians as a legitimate and objective broadcaster. Like our natives, the CBC suffers from serious structural and internal cultural matters, endemic to its organization. An injection of millions of dollars of Canadians’ hard-earned money will not revive a dying institution nor encourage Canadians to come back and tune in to this failed institution. 

 

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commented 2015-09-09 01:15:13 -0400
I saw that interview and was pissed as hell!! You ever notice that a lot of the “pundits” are really young. Like ppl that truly haven’t lived long enough to get a handle on the world?
commented 2015-09-08 12:13:08 -0400
The CBC is an outrageous partisan political propaganda organization campaigning against the Conservatives. History will show how corrupt they were.
commented 2015-09-07 18:12:41 -0400
Defund the CBC! Let them stand on their own. Divert the current billion or so they get into the Canada Pension Plan or similar that will directly help Canadians!
commented 2015-09-07 11:26:14 -0400
“Poor girl, she grew up in poverty. Was that not the time that the oil boom was on in Alberta. Could not her parent or guardian have gotten a job on the oil rigs or elsewhere.” (Wayne Allen)

The obvious question that requires fact checking is how can a resident of the Enoch Indian Reserve be wanting for money? This is a very wealthy community. They are oil rich, have many commercial ventures on and off reserve, they own off-reserve properties, and do contribute to the work force in the oil patch. In short, it is a very successful, prosperous Indian Reserve, envied by many communities, including white communities.

All this on top of the welfare payments they get as a matter of course. So I really doubt that this lady grew up in the poverty she claims; if so then once again one needs to see how money is distributed on Indian Reserves. I also find it doubtful that a poverty stricken Indian would have the resources to become Ms. Universe; my bet is she is a member of the privileged clans on reserve.

Consequently, if this poverty claim of hers is very much in doubt, what about her other claims? Sexual abuse, maybe not. Full blood Plains Cree, maybe not. General member of the Nation and not of the Chiefs’ clans, maybe not. Protecting and wanting more government money for the privileged clans, probably.
commented 2015-09-06 00:17:58 -0400
Poor girl, she grew up in poverty. Was that not the time that the oil boom was on in Alberta. Could not her parent or guardian have gotten a job on the oil rigs or elsewhere. She was sexually abused when she was young. Was that Stephen Harper or members of her own community? She complains of bad housing and water. Did her band actually spend the housing money on building housing or did the chiefs and councilors spend it on travel, lodging, food and entertainment while making trips the government offices to campaign for more money. Same with the water situation. She blames the government for poor education. How many native activists have told students that there is nothing in the white man’s way of life. How many have repeated the myth that natives should stick to hunting, trapping and fishing even though there are way to many natives for that to be viable? Natives who announce that they are going to shut down the Canadian economy are terrorists and blocking roads is not the same as people standing around with signs on Parliament Hill in front of TV cameras. Will the Truth and Reconciliation Committee ever tell us how much money they spent on getting negative memories out of former residential school graduates or even tell us how many witnesses who were not heard because they did not have anything bad to say about residential schools? The natives in Canada are like the black people in the USA. They don’t want to solve their own problems. Their community leaders just want money because their people have problems and the more money the get the more problems they find. Obama like a lot of native chiefs in Canada got very rich because of the problems of his poor followers. Is it any wonder that they are still poor?
commented 2015-09-05 23:30:14 -0400
And Peter will provide NOTHING that backs up his opinion.
commented 2015-09-05 19:08:02 -0400
“once again demonstrates why the majority of Canadians have stopped watching or listening to CBC as a legitimate broadcaster of news or opinion.”

Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell Jimmy Da Silva that! If he hears you say that, Mitch, he’ll get mad! He’ll stomp his feet and hold his breath and he will call you names, because Jimmy Da Silva knows as absolute fact that the majority of Canadians support and are in love with the mighty CBC! Jimmy knows everything. So, don’t make him mad or he will post comment after comment after comment on just how much the entire of Canada and the whole world just loves the CBC and adores the CBC. If you force Jimmy, he will whip out his one poll that shows that most Canadians love the CBC and then you will be sorry, Mitch … then you will be sorry!
commented 2015-09-05 16:03:54 -0400
Ellen,

Translation – the CBC doesn’t tell me the things that I want to hear and already agree with. If the CBC was Sun News Network or The Rebel, you would have no problem with the information that they provide, which you laughably think is the real truth.
commented 2015-09-05 12:53:24 -0400
Time to remove public funding for CBC! At one time, CBC was relevant in the lives of many Canadians, but with the advent of the “Age of Instant Information”, it no longer is. I prefer to research for my news at a multitude of sites. I have long given up on the mainstream media as most are so blatantly biased! Taxpayers’s money should not be used to spread hatred and misinformation. Look at what happened with the Kurdish boy!
commented 2015-09-05 07:37:15 -0400
There are a few factual errors in your commentary:
You said:
“Also what is wrong with First Nation bands accounting for how Canadian taxpayers funds are used? Is it right that some band chiefs earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, a year (one chief earned over a million dollars a year, without the knowledge of the people on his reserve,) well in excess of what is reasonable for any responsible political leader in Canada?”

However, what you failed to mention or were unaware of is how Native Canadian Chiefs salaries are calculated. For example, the average Chiefs actually earn about the same as the mayor of a medium size town – or less in many cases – however living expenses such as rent are included as part of their salary – money they never actually receive. I notice you also didn’t mention that the councillors of these towns are paid a pittance. Under $20,000 a year in most cases (well under the poverty level)
commented 2015-09-05 01:24:09 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva – Don’t be so lazy. Cite your Sources to back your statements made to Mitch.
commented 2015-09-05 00:14:30 -0400
Too bad Callingbull can’t.
CBC and Callingbull were made for each other.
commented 2015-09-04 21:49:45 -0400
Mitch,

You may want do some research before you spew your fake outrage.

The majority of Canadians support the CBC – this has been confirmed in various polls and studies. The CBC is also in the top 20 of the most popular websites in Canada – that is out of millions of websites. So even if less people are watching TV, the vast majority of Canadians go to the CBC news website every single fucking day and numerous times a day.

Come on man, don’t be so lazy.
commented 2015-09-04 18:47:38 -0400
Never heard of her and I could care less what some air head thinks. The CBC is nothing but trash journalism.
commented 2015-09-04 16:48:54 -0400
Can’t blame a celebrity from trying to use a “hot button” issue as a stepping stone. If she didn’t do this, publicity stunt, she would have been last weeks news already.