I saw a weird story behind the paywall at Blacklock’s Reporter today. The story is about an appearance by CBC/Radio-Canada's CEO Catherine Tait yesterday at the Heritage Committee in the House of Commons.
Blacklock's story flagged some of the more outrageous and out-of-touch comments made by Catherine Tait, so I was inspired to go back and I listened to the whole committee hearing myself.
It was a trip down a rabbit hole to auditory hell, filled with pretention, elitism and smugness where Tait called the CBC a “beacon of truth” that offers “balance” in their journalism as a matter of policy.
We know better.
I got the evidence from a viewer named Rob in 2017 from a letter he received after he complained to the CBC Ombudsman about the extreme lack of balance he saw while watching CBC’s the National one night.
The National blamed the shrinking shoreline of Lennox Island, PEI exclusively on climate change. Rob thought there was more to it - like wind and other forms of erosion caused by ocean currents- and that the National’s coverage of Lennox Island lacked the obligatory “balance” that Catherine Tait testified is part of the CBC mandate.
The ombudsman wrote that “as I have written for the last several years, I do not forward complaints asking for a response to "one-sided" presentations about climate change as such. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change is a reality.”
The CBC’s “balance” shuts out one side of the argument. Some beacon of truth!