October 07, 2015

End times? Toronto Star’s Michael Geist questions CBC’s “relevance”

Mitch WolfeRebel Blogger

Is the end of the world nigh? Are pigs circling the CBC "white elephant" on Front Street?

I only ask this because one my favorite columnists at the Toronto "Tsar," Professor Michael Geist, has come down heavy on CBC.

Sounding almost like our own Brian Lilley, Geist writes:

While disagreement over CBC funding is as old as the broadcaster itself, the more uncomfortable discussion for the CBC is its coverage of the current election campaign — particularly its approach to national debates and political party advertising — which raises troubling questions about its relevance in the current media environment.

The most puzzling decision has been its refusal to broadcast debates hosted by other organizations. The CBC may be disappointed with the debate approach adopted by the political parties in this campaign, but that does not change the sense that if the national public broadcaster does not air programs in the national public interest, it calls into question the very need for a public broadcaster.

Those of us on the right have been ranting and raving about this for years: Why are hard-working Canadian taxpayers stuck paying $1 billion of our hard-earned taxpayer money every year to prop up a heavily biased, incompetent organization -- CBC English TV -- which has been losing thousands of viewers every year, right across the board, in all categories:

* Its entertainment division. Consider the viewing options: This Hour Has Twenty-Two Viewers; The "Should Have Been Cancelled Years Ago" Rick Mercer Report; The Horribly Unfunny Mr. D, to name but three.

* Its sports division. Losing Hockey Night in Canada and replacing it with Canadian award shows (in which heavily-subsidized artists award each other awards for unread books, unheard music and unwatchable TV shows and films) wasn't a programming change bound to attract regular hard-working Canadian viewers. (That is, the people who are paying the bills.)

* Its news and documentary division. Petey Mansbridge’s The Notional has been irrelevant for years, except to the dwindling elitist mob south of Bloor, who believe Naomi Klein and her sock puppet husband Avi should speak for all of Canada. And ironically, if CBC’s Marketplace was forced to compete in the free marketplace of ideas, it would go the way of home mail delivery.

Which brings us all back to the election debate issue.

CBC did not just shoot itself in the foot, as Geist claimed. It shot itself in both feet. Then it shot itself in the face. Then it committed harakiri on the steps of Front Street. For many Canadians, left and right, CBC's refusal to air federal election debates has pushed them into the "defunding" camp.

The Canadian people are doing just fine without the CBC. There are still hundreds of solid print and online newspapers. Hundreds of TV networks. Hundreds of online TV networks, podcasts and blogs.

We Canadians have access to tons of news and information from sources more reliable than the highly biased CBC, which has geared all its anti-Harper reporting to side with any party that might throw it a financial lifeline.

I hereby predict the biggest loser of this federal election:

The CBC, by a landslide.

READ Brian Lilley's book CBC Exposed -- it's been called "the political book of the year.”

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commented 2015-10-11 01:01:29 -0400

Thank you for supporting the CBC and for helping them have incredible daily traffic.
commented 2015-10-09 14:31:10 -0400
Glenn Craig – I do this to the Calgary Herald, and I used to go to the Calgary and Edmonton Suns too, but since they are refusing to allow comments, I am no longer going there. This blatant conspiracy by the main stream media to shut down the truth, by forcing their propaganda on the public, is going to hurt them badly. Anyone with a brain knows that the MSM are lying propagandists, who think the general public are fools.
commented 2015-10-09 09:43:43 -0400
Toronto star picks up a story from the Rebel. Go figure. Eventually all MSM will cover exclusives from The Rebel when they replace the CBC. Hopefully Harper will give Rebel the funding after the election with a CPC majority government
commented 2015-10-08 22:41:14 -0400
The left wing propaganda machine’s days are numbered.
$1,100,000,000/year. What a joke. There is no need for this bullshit station.
commented 2015-10-08 18:34:11 -0400
Jimmy, I am one of those daily clicks on the CBC’s website…..I go there to get material to sling back at them through the day…that click count at the CBC is by no means a count of their friends.
commented 2015-10-08 17:58:03 -0400
I’ve suggested this before and it should be an election issue…

(1st year the billion that normally would go to cbc would be to pay severance)

(20-30 YR LEASE)
(A national network with everything a start-up might want, ie: property, equipment, etc.)

2nd year in, instead of paying a billion…

How hard would it be?
commented 2015-10-08 14:23:29 -0400
And yet, millions of people go to the CBC.ca every single day. Conservatives like to forget that more people get their news and information from the internet as opposed to broadcast television. The majority of Canadians also support the CBC.

This is a battle that you will never win.
commented 2015-10-08 12:39:12 -0400
I have dreamed of this day for a long time….and the person who turned me against the CBC the most was Mary Walsh.
commented 2015-10-08 11:31:45 -0400
I noted the following in the Rebel article by Dean Skoreyko today regarding the extreme anti-Harper commercial featuring CBC’s Mary Walsh promoted on the CBC. I think the following also relates to Mitch Wolfe’s current article.

I suppose the CBC can “advertise” anything they want, pretending it’s News. And that old comedienne can try to be funny or sarcastic or simply rude, if that’s her specialty. But there comes a point when we ought to expect some integrity and maturity from a national News Media organization. Unfortunately, that doesn’t show, and I suspect that juvenile CBC management routinely get together and giggle about the dirty tricks they can routinely slip into the public news to infuriate their real targets. I’m sure they feel that they are so very clever.
However, considering that the continual actions like this impact the perceived objectivity and credibility of the CBC for a great many people (except of course the cadre of “oh so clever” social media keyboarders who are enlisted to submit appropriate Comments to the CBC website – met some – they are idiots)), the responsibility for allowing this behavior to damage the effectiveness of the CBC to deliver its mandate, falls on the shoulders of its President.
Maybe this explains why the CBC is so frantically fighting the Conservatives; because if the Conservatives win, CBC President Hubert Lacroix should be fired for cause.
commented 2015-10-08 05:08:46 -0400
I haven’t watched the CBC for more than 20 years now and my blood pressure is back to normal… I gather however that they are still using your/mine tax dollars to emulate Pravda?…
commented 2015-10-08 00:08:44 -0400
I don’t have TV, cable or satellite but back when we used to watch TV it was by the use of an antenna and the only station we got was ……. you guessed it ,CBC and I couldn’t watch it back then, maybe the odd hockey game, and now your saying they don’t even have that? What’s the point!
commented 2015-10-08 00:04:12 -0400
There’s a CBC?
commented 2015-10-07 22:57:19 -0400
My tax dollars went into making those lame ass, Liberal inspired, useless PSA’s. Can I get my money back?
commented 2015-10-07 22:51:17 -0400
We should make this less of a partisan issue, if possible. Why not take back $500 Million and put it into core services and then think about what the other $500 could do for smaller content creators across Canada. The left might just be interested in decentralizing the funding and giving more people a piece of the pie. Greater diversity of content from a greater number of Canadians would offer much more value than giving so much to a handful of people.
commented 2015-10-07 22:16:31 -0400