June 10, 2015

Morning Fix: Wednesday June 10, 2015

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

CBC fires Power and Politics host Evan Solomon over art deals. PLUS:

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commented 2015-06-10 20:31:42 -0400
Bye Bye, Solomon. If anyone deserved to be dumped, it was you. The problem is, no one with any intelligence, will miss you. They never watched you. What goes around spins around.
commented 2015-06-10 17:52:18 -0400
State Broadcaster should be the next to get the axe!
commented 2015-06-10 17:50:54 -0400
Rebel.Media is what I start my day with and my #1 Source with other True Media falling in right behind :D
commented 2015-06-10 17:47:25 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 5 hours ago
Glad you are back, Emily! I was starting to get the shakes without my Emily “fix”! :)


commented 2015-06-10 17:24:32 -0400
I know nothing of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Evan Solomon’s dismissal, so I won’t comment on that. I’ll just say that I once watched an interview Mr. Solomon did with Michael Coren. Although it was obvious that Mr. Solomon personal sympathies were left-leaning, it was the most fair and balanced interview I’ve ever seen coming from CBC. Perhaps that was the real reason for his dismissal. I’m not saying it was, mind you, but it’s just something to consider.
commented 2015-06-10 16:38:01 -0400
I’m disappointed in the decision by the CBC. I think it was rash and foolish to let go of Evan Solomon at the drop of a hat. He is a fantastic journalist and I think they let go of a highly talented guy. I know he will land on his feet.
I was an avid watcher of his show Power & Politics. As a Conservative voter, I find the CBC very left leaning, but I appreciated Evan’s attempts to steer the conversation in a reasonably fair way. I think this was a huge over-reaction. How can you fire someone for having a business on the side? What small minded people are running this place? Contract or no contract, I don’t think this is scandalous at all. There are a lot of entrepreneurs in the world. I have zero issue with Evan having a sideline selling art. What’s the problem here? Am I missing something? I think that the powers at CBC should have taken a deep breath and slept on things for a day or two. They would have realized that this was not a scandal.
commented 2015-06-10 15:58:15 -0400
Well George. I always like to give people some due if I can. Being the “best of a bad bunch” I might add barely (just) qualifies for that. When they themselves prove to me they are unworthy, I will take that stance with no reservations. It should be interesting to see if a lawsuit arises out of this. If this Art Business was unrelated to CBC, Evan may have a case. You have made some relevant observations. Evan, as an employee would be required to act and speak as commanded by his masters at the CBC. Watching some of those totally biased “interviews” gave me great insight into the bozo being interviewed. Not following orders from management, would most likely result in unemployment as it would in most industries. (There is no free speech working for a Corporate entity) Unemployment is not fun. I have been there more than a few times in the 70’s when PET’s (Lieberal Gov’t) policies wreaked havoc on the Canadian economy. Hopefully this story will unfold some more. Joan may be right this is further evidence of an organization in decline (when they begin to “eat” their own)!
commented 2015-06-10 15:25:01 -0400
Rick and Joan; usually I love the comments from either of you (and comments by a few others also) but this time I wish to disagree. I once caught Solomon, apparently with his guard down, describing a poll that showed Liberals moving up as “good news” and a different poll that showed Conservatives moving up, which he characterized as “bad news”.

Since then I’ve tended to notice him only slightly struggling from smirking whenever he was being critical, of Stephen Harper specifically, or Conservatives generally. I appreciate that he is entitled to favour the side he leans towards, but as a professional I think he should have done a better job of camouflaging his feelings.

I guess being the “best” of a bad bunch otherwise made him a notable employee for the CBC, the champions of mediocrity.
commented 2015-06-10 14:51:53 -0400
apparently when asked about this on monday…he lied and said that he had no art business or art dealings….so if he really believed that he had done nothing wrong…why lie? that lie may hurt his chances of instant employment in the private sector..
commented 2015-06-10 14:37:06 -0400
Joan. As much as I dislike the CBC, I agree with your sentiments.
commented 2015-06-10 14:27:11 -0400
Maybe Ezra will offer him a job at TheRebel.
commented 2015-06-10 12:24:29 -0400
Glad you are back, Emily! I was starting to get the shakes without my Emily “fix”! :)
commented 2015-06-10 11:39:36 -0400
i rarely watched the show.. it was mainly partisan nonsense…but have seen it a few times since the demise of suntv…judging by the slanted question/poll that was taken each day.. the viewership couldnt have been very large. certainly not very bright.