I saw a strange story the other day about the British state broadcaster, the BBC. Believe it or not, the BBC has an even worse issue with bias than our own CBC.
In the story, we find that the BBC had received million of pounds in grants from the European Union and other local authorities in the last few years. As well, it has been established that their commercial arm BBC Worldwide has borrowed over £141 million from the European Investment Bank since 2003.
That's almost a quarter of a billion dollars in Canadian money.
This story was covered by the Telegraph, who made the obvious point that borrowing such a large sum from the European Union while also reporting on Brexit is compromising.
Whoever pays the piper calls the tune.
In Canada, Justin Trudeau was convicted of breaking the Conflict of Interest Act after lying about taking a secret, $200,000 vacation on Aga Khan's island in the Bahamas. Since Khan applies for massive cash grants from the Canadian government, it's in the public interest to know about these secret deals.
So what about the CBC? They routinely redact access to information requests. They outright refuse to divulge information touching on their editorial work. They even refuse to divulge the salaries of the government journalists working there.
We know some of the secret deals that go on behind the scenes at the CBC. David Suzuki uses the state broadcaster to promote his own business even while his foundation was a registered lobbyist. The CBC actively protected Jian Ghomeshi when his scandal broke, setting up a “war room” of senior managers, with the express purpose of discrediting Ghomeshi’s accusers
It's not only Suzuki and Ghomeshi who twist the CBC's arm for their own gain. We know that Parks Canada has made cash contributions to the state broadcaster.
So I started poking around on the CBC's website and I can see that they're still selling access. One example is a little show called Recipe to Riches.
It was a game show for amateur chefs. It was promoted across their platforms, including on Steven and Chris.
But it was bought and paid for by Loblaws, the crooked Liberal company that got $12 million for free fridges. We don't know how much Loblaws paid the CBC to run the show. But take a look at the release -- specifically, where show contestants agree that their recipe, name and likeness is licensed to Loblaws.
Go on a CBC game show, and you've just sold your rights to Loblaws. For free.
So how much money did Loblaws give to the CBC for this promotion? And how much of that money was part of a secret deal to prevent our state broadcaster from calling out this massive company for their bread price fixing scandal and for their free $12 million grant?
Loblaws was buying fake news from the CBC, just like the EU was buying fake news from the BBC.
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