November 05, 2015

#SelfiesWithTrudeau and "nauseating" swearing-in coverage: MORE reasons to sell the CBC

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The CBC's fawning coverage of Justin Trudeau's swearing in as Canada's new prime minister was hard to watch.

But the CBC went further:

They even put up sponsored posts on social media asking for people to send in their selfies with Trudeau.

Doesn't that seem weird? (And of course, you paid for it!)

Plus CBC's Peter Mansbridge got exclusive "behind the scenes" access that day. Does that have anything to do with the $150M Trudeau promised the state broadcaster if elected?

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commented 2015-11-09 16:35:55 -0500
I’d like liberals to explain to me why it is OK for Canada to be part of the Cuba and North Korea family, and has a government operated and funded TV and radio network? Pretty basic that state run media is a threat to any freedom loving person. The media needs to be separate from the government. No?
commented 2015-11-09 13:15:42 -0500
sigh I just explained to you in my other post I capitalize the first letter of EVERY political party name, not just Conservative. Bloc, Liberal, Green… you see? I highly doubt most people will put as much meaning into it as you apparently do.
commented 2015-11-09 02:30:55 -0500
Michelle, even though you do not come on this site too often, do you consider yourself a troll? Most people on this site are highly critical of the capital ‘C’ Conservatives.
commented 2015-11-09 02:19:00 -0500
Jay, this is certainly a site made by and meant for Conservative-minded people even if it’s not officially part of the Conservative Party of Canada. I don’t know why you would make the observation that I spell Conservative with a capital C when I do the same for Liberal with a capital L.

It seems you still don’t understand what I mean by troll. A troll is not someone who simply disagrees with a point of view, but who comes onto a site that they’re fully aware of the majority of the site’s visitors being people who hold different opinions than they do, then proceed to harass these people for their differing opinions just for the sake of getting a rise out of them.
commented 2015-11-09 01:01:23 -0500
Michelle, thank you for your post.
You raise some interesting points.
You use the word “Conservative” with a capital ‘C’. Do you think that this site is a forum for supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada? The has never defined itself as such. There are many staff at the Rebel who do not consider themselves part of The Conservative Party of Canada.
In fact, the political party has its own website, which you are welcome to access.
You mention “respectful and intelligent debate”. Do you really believe that? Can we debate serious matters on here across partisan lines?
But “trolls”, the bane of our existence, who are they? If it is simply those who disagree with me then this site is pretty dull. If “trolls” are those who are not members of the Conservative Party of Canada then I really question the existence of this site.
commented 2015-11-08 12:40:27 -0500
Jay, I clearly stated in my post that the Liberals that are considered trolls are the ones who come to a Conservative media site to purposely aggravate Conservatives, not those who can hold a respectful and intelligent debate. Unfortunately the majority of comments I’ve read by Liberals posting here have been insulting, blatantly condescending, nonsensical, and immature. You can claim that the Conservatives on this site are trolls all you like, you’re entitled to your opinion as everyone here is, but it still won’t make it true because this site is made by Conservatives for Conservative-minded people. The only real trolls are the left-wing ones with the characteristics I pointed out above.
commented 2015-11-08 00:57:10 -0500
Michelle, you propose why the Rebel site was created and say that "no right-wing Conservatives posting here can be considered trolls, no matter how far to the right they may or may not be. "
Surely this site was created by Ezra Levant’s betrayal by the conservative Sun Media and by his personal friend Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
The trolls on here are not aware of the history and they certainly do not consider themselves Jewish.
This site is an open discussion of Canadian political and social issues, and is open to people of all perspectives.
commented 2015-11-07 14:17:32 -0500
Well said Michelle H
commented 2015-11-07 12:16:40 -0500
Jay Kelly, because this site is made to demonstrate the Conservative point of view, no right-wing Conservatives posting here can be considered trolls, no matter how far to the right they may or may not be. This site is meant for them, therefore anyone on the left who posts here for the sole purpose of pissing them off, (I don’t mean respectfully disagreeing, I’m talking about insults and spewing the mainstream media rhythmic of Harper bashing), are the real trolls. This site offers a Conservative media perspective that is lacking in Canada, and has as much right to exist as left-wing media outlets. As for corrupt Conservative senators and dishonest PM office members, the problem is that this is nothing new for the Liberals, yet they are next to never called out on it, and unlike the Conservatives, many Liberal scandals are covered up and the stolen funds only partially or never returned.

Erin Berney, your post is right on point. The only thing I disagree with is that the Liberal party is not just almost further to the left than the NDP because I believe it has now surpassed the NDP with it’s socialist policies thanks to Justin. Harper ran his government more from the centre of the political spectrum. Anyone who isn’t completely blinded by socialist views knows this, so it’s hard to keep a straight face when I hear or read claims of him being a far right fascist when the exact opposite is true. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s dictator-like socialist views are laid out for all to see, but of course the media is mum on the issue. The journalists and commenters on this website are the only ones who have the backbone to say it how it is.
commented 2015-11-07 05:00:04 -0500
Erin Berney, there are trolls on this site who pop up to give their point of view every so often — generally it is some right-wing slather.
In your brief comment you mention Mike Duffy and his expenses scandal. It seems that he spent no more than any other unscrupulous senator and claimed his expenses. The scandal is that a member of the Prime Minister’s staff paid him so that the matter could be ignored. The senator may have been corrupt, but the member of Stephen Harper’s office was grossly dishonest.
commented 2015-11-07 02:43:18 -0500
Jay Kelly, you’re calling Yvette a “troll”? Interesting, as that’s probably how most people here would describe you, simply for defending the CBC.
Jack Carter, you’re right, and THAT’S the problem — whenever liberals are involved in wrongdoing, it’s never called a “scandal”. That’s at the centre of this issue, and explains why a lot of people who post on this site are pissed off. The mainstream media — including the CBC — tend to only use the word “scandal” when conservatives happen to be involved, as with the “senate spending scandal” targeting Mike Duffy, et al. They blithely ignore the fact that nearly twice as many senators currently under RCMP investigation are liberal appointees. Furthermore, they downplay the fact that these liberal senators allegedly claimed improper expenses totalling in the millions (compared to Duffy’s paltry $90,000). Duffy’s trial will end up costing taxpayers at least 100 times the amount he mistakenly claimed for personal reimbursement. Meanwhile, the CBC has been capitalizing on the Duffy witch hunt for its own benefit — to sell “clicks” and generate online advertising revenue. The CBC has — and likely always WILL have — a pro-liberal/anti-conservative bias.
Some commenters here continue to assert a very tired — and no longer true — cliché, that most Canadians self-identify as “liberal”. This is just incredible, since the Liberal Party is now almost more left-wing than the NDP, and the Conservative Party is the only one that truly occupies a “centrist” perspective that the majority of Canadians can live with, on both fiscal and social issues. The CBC tries to claim otherwise by rigging its “news” content, for example, the 2011 online election “Vote Compass”. I took it three times, answering something like 30 questions each time, and two out of three times the results indicated I should vote Liberal, just because I didn’t have strong opinions one way or the other on certain issues. But when I compared the results to the platforms and policies published by the various parties on their websites, my opinions were decidedly Conservative.
In other words, I did my research.
This time around, I did the same thing. Short and sweet, if you’d done the same, you would not be surprised by Brian Lilley’s video at all, because you’d already know that Trudeau promised to give the CBC $150 million in new, annual funding, which completely reverses the Conservatives funding cuts of $115 million (over three years). Having worked for many years in the media, I can say positively that the CBC NEEDED to have its funding reduced. It NEEDS to learn how to do more with less, no matter how much it resists that concept. Otherwise, it is simply not sustainable, and — worst of all — it can’t be trusted, as it’s apparently willing to sell out to whichever party is most financially friendly to its bottom line, hence the overly favourable coverage of Trudeau and the Liberals from the start.
I’ve seen headlines in the MSM following October’s election suggesting that people may have underestimated Justin Trudeau. Personally, however, I was so shocked and disappointed by the result, that I can only explain it by concluding that I must have grossly overestimated the attention span and intelligence of the majority of (eastern) Canadian voters.
All that being said, I still watch the CBC (even though I often talk back and occasionally yell at the TV), and don’t think it should be sold or privatized. The more media, the better, I say. But it should definitely have its current level of funding frozen and/or reduced, and should be subject to financial penalties for violating standards of objectivity in broadcasting and for its blatant political partisanship. In a perfect world, the “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting” would be dissolved for being nothing more than a thinly-veiled CBC shill.
commented 2015-11-06 23:50:42 -0500
Yvette and other trolls on this site: The CBC’s mandate is to provide news and culture. If you do not like it you do not have to tune in.
commented 2015-11-06 22:08:06 -0500
We should call them: “Big T.V.” They’re on their way down and they know it. Free wi fi for everyone soon. What are they going to “broadcast”? Please people grab a brain!
commented 2015-11-06 21:34:39 -0500

A liberal slant isn’t a scandal.
commented 2015-11-06 19:24:55 -0500
They complained about the senate scandal when this CBC scandal goes way bigger than that. Terry & Jack, I hope your payments are good enough to be worth selling your souls.
commented 2015-11-06 17:12:09 -0500

I have no problem with The Rebel existing, but like anything else – The Rebel is not above criticism or indicating when Ezra lies.

Yes – mainstream conservatives will give praise to liberals – like they did for Justin’s inspiring Cabinet choices, but not Ezra’s conservatives at The Rebel.
commented 2015-11-06 16:59:15 -0500
Terry & Jack: The two of you have posted on this one thread 21 times. Your posts are not on topic & all you do is bash this website, those who post here & the builders of this site mainly Ezra & Brian. You whine constantly how the Libs are attacked here by all of us, yet YOU criticize & attack us on a daily basis. Jack, you said most Canadians call themselves Liberals so that is why the MSM is catering to them. You speak on both sides of your mouth, because although this is perfectly OK with you for lefty media to do, God forbid this site cater to its Conservative base.
CBCCTV….GLOBAL….TORONTO STAR….WPG FREE PRESS…..ETC.ETC. are all liberal media, but that’s not good enough for you, you want every conservative media to fail & you’re foaming at the mouth hoping this will happen to The Rebel, but don’t hold your breath. YOU TWO ARE JUST PLAIN MEAN.
P.S. Unlike the left, conservatives on the other hand will give praise to the left when warranted, but the opportunity to do so is very rare.
commented 2015-11-06 16:46:24 -0500

Thank you for providing that link about Ezra – very interesting and completely accurate. But of course conservatives here will ignore it.
commented 2015-11-06 15:52:42 -0500
This question may blow your conservative minds – but have you considered that since the MSM is so popular – ranking that The Rebel would kill for and the fact that most Canadians self-identify as liberal, that quite possibly they are just fine with a liberal spin?

If Canadians wanted Sun News or Fox News or The Rebel or Joe Blow’s conservative blog, the numbers would support that, but they don’t. So while it sucks for you, the MSM is really just supplying the majority of Canadians with want they want.

But again, feel free to read The Toronto Star and other conservative newspapers – which rank much lower than CBC, Toronto Star and the like.
commented 2015-11-06 15:39:34 -0500

You mean The Rebel studio didn’t cost 80,000 including equipment? Isn’t what they were asking for?
commented 2015-11-06 15:37:49 -0500

You do realize that any sort of spike last month was due to a big election. I am quite sure Macleans will outrank The Rebel again – now that things have died down and The Rebel’s election campaign is over.
commented 2015-11-06 15:29:45 -0500

By Sun News’ own admission, they were in 5 million homes. You don’t know what you are talking about.

You make also like this interview with Alex Pierson and Adrienne Batra about what it was like at Sun News.
commented 2015-11-06 15:20:33 -0500
Sheldon Berg – I can’t stomach watching the garbage churned out by CBC, and their group of fairy tale spin doctors. I haven’t watched their propaganda machine in 20-years. You can’t call any of them journalists anymore, because they are bold faced liars, and are extremely biased, and are now unionized and shouldn’t be. The MSM unions are the reason we are saddled with this group of liars.
commented 2015-11-06 15:17:43 -0500
Can’t find Peter Mansbridge,Rosemary Barton, Lisa LaFlamme or any of their ilk? Check under Trudeaus desk.
commented 2015-11-06 14:51:43 -0500
I confess I do watch the cbc news from time to time. I feel a certain duty to know what they are saying and how they spin things. I have to say that since Trudeau was elected I can barely tolerate watching the Manbridge news. There is not a single dissenter on that broadcast. Even Rex Murphy who at times would provide a small degree of balance has lost my respect. There is no room for a conservative perspective on cbc.
The regular panels and political pundits are all cut from the same cloth. Their analysis is both predictable and boring. Terms like echo chamber, group think, elitism, conventional, shallow, biased, one-sided, vacuous, unsubstantial, leftist and Liberal are all appropriate adjectives to describe the cbc, its journalism, and it’s News.
The cbc is hard to watch and now even harder that the Liberals have a majority government. It is clear that there is a biased love for progressivism at the cbc. I will continue to try and watch the Manbridge News only to be aware of what is being propagated to the public. I am glad that there are people who recognize that there is a political bias at the cbc. It is encouraging to know that there are people who care enough to think about issues and not willing to just accept the narratives that are spun for us by media outlets like the cbc.
We need to be talking about these things to our neighbors, family, friends, and co-workers in a respectful way. If things are going to change for the better we need to start with the truth. The truth will never be available until organizations are put in their rightful place or start offering a balanced perspective.
If it were possible, I would love to see the Rebel staff put in charge of the cbc. Keep some of the leftists around and have a 1/2 hour of actual news (reporting/stories – just facts) then another half hour of debate between a group of conservatives and the regular leftist voices. That might be worth tax payer money.
commented 2015-11-06 14:16:41 -0500
I agree with you Kieth, it is amazing however that a guy like Terry , that is very intelligent seems to bash this site continually and yet doesn’t seem to stand for anything. He’s liberal, but doesn’t seem to agree at all what this new government stands for. Only is against what Ezra stands for. The rest of the progs that post here at least seem to try to make a point (although weak) but Terry never makes that attempt, only to try to ridicule. I would assume that he has worked most of his career on government grant money, he acts and talks that way, ya know never shit in your nest .
commented 2015-11-06 14:08:49 -0500
Jack, you said “And yes, the market had spoken when it came to Sun News. Available in 5 million homes and no one was watching.” That is a blatant lie! Sun News applied for common carriage and was rejected by your cronies at the CRTC. The one difference I’ve noticed between Libs and Cons is, Cons don’t gloat after a win, they just get down to business.
commented 2015-11-06 14:04:38 -0500
The preadolescent behaviour from Junior and has immature group of thieves begins. I will be embarrassed for my country, until this clown and his group of nobodies is booted to the curb. Let’s hope that we can free Canada of the stench from this clown.
commented 2015-11-06 13:59:02 -0500
Trolls hate being ignored, so ignore them:

The fact is, The Rebel Site visits, increased by 14.9% over last month. The Rebel is popular in the whole of North America, all of the UK, India and Australia.
Just read the facts and ignore Troll BS.
commented 2015-11-06 13:33:16 -0500
LOL. “Build a studio”? I’ve “built studios”. What these guys did was renovate a room and buy a screen. The cost would be less than 10K: you could put it on your visa.
You can undertake a capital project easily enough with an appeal to donors. But you CANNOT carry a payroll or any repetitive fixed costs without serious advertising revenues.
Here’s an amusing little essay on Ezra that shines a light on the quality of this site,and particularly on his journalistic “principles”.