June 11, 2015

CBC double standards: Evan Solomon is out - but why not Suzuki, Lacroix?

Brian LilleyArchive

Evan Solomon is out at CBC. Given that my views on CBC are well known you would think I’d be happy correct?

No, not really.

If there is more to this story, then neither CBC nor CTV are letting it out, and based on that, I don’t see why Solomon was fired.

He wasn’t being paid to trade political secrets. He wasn’t selling access. He wasn’t padding his expenses.

He was doing something outside of his day job and while he appears to have been paid fairly well, up to $300,000 in commissions, he also struck out often, according to The Star.

Let’s look at how CBC has treated others though, starting with CBC President Hubert Lacroix.

A few years ago, when he found I was about to leak the news about what he'd been doing, he quietly made things right, and kept his job.

And then, of course, there's David Suzuki...

When CBC brought out their new speakers fee policy it clearly did not apply to Suzuki because he continues to take paid gigs.

How else to explain his four homes including his primary residence, a mansion in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood worth $8.2 million?

But you'll have to watch my report to hear the real kicker...


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commented 2015-06-18 13:39:58 -0400
I also wouldn’t consider censuring your sorry butt, Jimmy. I don’t use the flagging option. Posters who insult and use gratuitous profanity, usually take care of themselves.
commented 2015-06-18 05:41:06 -0400
By the way Jimmy, I am also familiar with work environments in which swearing and other childish forms of emotional outburst are quite common. Try working in the newsroom of a major daily Canadian newspaper for 10 years and see if you don’t come out swearing like a trucker. But it passes, provided you have even a small shred of willpower and self-control.
commented 2015-06-18 05:31:27 -0400
I’ll be blunt, since you are either incapable or deliberately unwilling to engage in a civilized, adult discussion. Swearing does not earn you any points in this venue, although I would forgive and am myself susceptible to the occasional one-off. Or if I’m quoting something in the news or popular culture, like “Fuck Her Right In The Pussy”. That, I’ll print in full, because it’s a fucking quote.

You, my friend, should take the advice someone offered earlier and learn to respect common courtesy. You’re right, it’s not 1950. It’s not about others having to earn your respect before showing respect for others. We’re no longer children. It’s about respecting everyone’s right to engage in the free exchange or marketplace of ideas and opinions within the neutral public sphere. Sometimes this means accommodating the traditions and practices that have evolved throughout the whole of human history solely to support and promote this pillar of so-called “liberal” democracy.

Perhaps it’s just that my definition of small-l liberal isn’t compatible with yours, but that doesn’t justify the puerile resort to emotion, and deliberate repetition of what is still generally regarded as offensive and unnecessary language. I do it when I’m frustrated, so I get it, but while your insistence on swearing bugs me, it’s not to the level that I would support calling the administrators to ban you from this site. That said, I do have a few responses for you Jimmy.

Rather than trying to “teach” people about the “real world” according to you, and presumably as informed by your own demonstrated ignorance, I suggest you try learning a thing or two about it first. You exposed yourself by coming here with the attitude of “I don’t respect some people here, because their way of thinking is moronic and the things they say are insane. I don’t owe these people anything – they need to be told the truth as harsh as that might be”. How do you expect other people to show you any respect if you insist on behaving like an adolescent dumb ass, a thousand times more obnoxious than even Beavis and/or Butthead?

You think you know what “small ‘l’ liberal” means to the majority of Canadians, because you saw one of 50-odd figures/graphs illustrated in a political opinion poll from 2013? The poll never defined it, either, but it did say: “Canadians’ sense of belonging to the nation has remained very strong but the locus of national identity has shifted somewhat. Where in the past it was more connected to small-l liberalism, it is now more connected to small c-conservatism.” Did you even read the link before posting it? Do you even understand the nature of polls and how they function? I seriously doubt it, just as I seriously doubt anything you have to say about the CBC as an unbiased source of news, or representative of Canada to the world, or whatever Liberal talking-point it was that you regurgitated earlier.

Jimmy said: "If no one was watching the CBC, they would be out of business. They get the funding, BECAUSE people are watching. They wouldn’t be able to justify funding the CBC otherwise. " LMFAO! Even for someone who implied that the days of “Leave It To Beaver” were EVER here in the first place, boy, you sure are cracked in the head! Really, have you ever had a traumatic head injury of some sort, or maybe mental illness runs in your family? The CBC exists because it’s become a massive, very powerful corporation premised on a myth of “Canadian-ness” that’s no more real than the fictitious family portrayed on Leave It To Beaver, or any other TV sitcom from the 1950s. Like you Jimmy, the CBC also plays the emotion card with Canadians as a means of fraudulently extorting public support and justifying its $1 billion of annual public funding, even as it simultaneously refuses to produce audited financial statements to account for its taxpayer-funded expenses.

Most of the people on this site, I suspect, get their news from a multiplicity of different sources, likely including the CBC. Many of them also comment on those sites, and some even write emails or letters to targeted individuals, like Liza, and I might add, myself, from time to time. Have you ever bothered to google a CBC story and read it from another media source? I applaud your visiting TheRebel.Media, but you seem to have come only to forcefully “teach” your version of a CBC apologia rather than out of any genuine interest in improving your perspective on the subject. And so I say to you, don’t let emotions like hatred and fear blind you to reality.
commented 2015-06-17 23:29:06 -0400
Yes I have Jimmy, as well as Glover, and do a few times a year. I used to email CBC hosts, radio and tv, when I was particularly offended. Don’t now since I don’t watch or listen any more.

I don’t have to go to CBC to get a socialist slant, the list of mainstream Conservatism bashers is long, the regular culprits and multitudes online . I am insulted that the CBC as our national broadcaster, publically funded, isn’t fair and balanced, and fill their quota with stuff which may represent a few in downtown Toronto, but rarely the majority of Canadians. CBC doesn’t reflect the lives or opinions of most Canadians. I go elsewhere in the liberal socialist cesspool to get the other side.

Someone said CBC should be like PBS, and I totally agree, then they can broadcast and produce their version of Canadian content to their hearts desire!
commented 2015-06-17 13:20:18 -0400

I hope you have written to Stephen Harper about the CBC too – since the conservative government has committed funding to the CBC. Why not watch the CBC and The Rebel – there is your balanced view of things.
commented 2015-06-16 10:43:38 -0400
We complain about the CBC, but many use them as one of their news sources, and some for entertainment. Radio, tv, website, everytime you go there you help their numbers and help support an agenda . CBC is our National broadcaster and has a responsibility to all Canadians to show both sides, and have journalists who are not all left wing mouth pieces. Any other news source can be as left or right as they wish. Our National broadcaster is not fair balanced information. It is dictating an agenda, and because of that is damaging to our country.

There is no shortage of news sources where you can find out what the mainstream is reporting on, take your pic, but I suggest if you really want to show your disapproval do it with your feet. I have written emails, signed petitions, the only thing left to do and the most effective I think is to boycott. If you can’t do that , can you complain?

I don’t turn my radio dial to it, check it out online or watch it on the tube(don’t have tv). I do however gather from many other sources and it is pretty hard to miss out on the liberal mainstream point of view in this day and age. Totally have cut them off.
commented 2015-06-15 15:53:52 -0400

Yes – censorship is the way to go, especially when conservatives cry all the time about free speech. I trust the hypocrisy has not gone over your head.
commented 2015-06-15 15:42:34 -0400
To all: The way to deal with Jimmy is when he gets too bombastic and begins using coarse language to launch personal attacks is to flag the comment for violation of the commenting rules. Then the site administrators can decide. Points 1, 2, and 3 are quite specific. We’ve already eliminated one troll this way!
commented 2015-06-15 11:17:19 -0400

Thank you for your comment about my mother.

I assure you that I have manners and use them accordingly. Respect is also something that needs to be earned. It’s not just some automatic thing that should be expected. I don’t respect some people here, because their way of thinking is moronic and the things they say are insane. I don’t owe these people anything – they need to be told the truth as harsh as that might be.

The bottom line is this – we live in different worlds for better or worse. The vernacular has changed. I work in an industry where swearing is constant and I am talking about fancy office jobs with sophisticated people – not construction jobs for example where you might expect that sort of thing. The days of Leave It To Beaver are over my friend as I am sure you have noticed if you have been using the internet for a while now. I realize that bothers you, but this is reality.

There absolutely is a way to give a back hand – say something that leaves the other person unable to respond because you just destroyed them with a creative, witty or sarcastic comment that just blew a gaping hole through everything that they have said.
commented 2015-06-15 11:03:05 -0400
Good piece by Brian here. What I particularly like is his good research work in digging for information on CBC President Hubert Lacroix’s extra expenses, in living in Monteal. Needless to say, the establishment media have ignored this scandal, given the crony ties the other establishment media have with the CBC. I hope Brian Lilley and others at Rebel media keep researching the corruption at the CBC.
commented 2015-06-15 01:09:26 -0400
Jimmy, I read in a earlier post that you had lost your mother, my condolences, lots of people on this site are probably getting a little long in the tooth so they too have likely lost their parents also like myself , now to honour their memories , I try STICK to the way in which I was raised and that is to be respectful to others especially the older generations and yes that means using manners. I remember my father telling me that God help us all when your generation takes over, well the way I see you respond to some of the people here I can just hear them saying the same thing, just trying to help. The biggest problem with this venue is the ability to insult people at will when you know that there is absolutely no way to get a back hand.
commented 2015-06-14 22:23:22 -0400

Well that’s just fantastic. “Manners” – what is this? 1950? I think we are past the point now of people being offended over a word that is used a billion times a day. And in my industry, people use words like that like you use the word hello. How old are you?
commented 2015-06-14 20:17:08 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva. My career experiences in both the Canadian Military and the Canadian Coast Guard have lent to exposure to events, sights, and having dealt with things that would make most people cringe and/or puke. “Sensitive” is not the issue. It’s called “Manners”. Grow up and get some!
commented 2015-06-14 17:34:20 -0400

Why use the word fuck at all – if you are just going to censor it? I am quite sure people here are fine with the word fuck and probably use it all the time anyway – they don’t need you to censor words out of some moronic notion of showing respect. If The Rebel doesn’t want to censor such a wonderful word – neither should you.
commented 2015-06-14 17:30:36 -0400

You are more than welcome.
commented 2015-06-14 16:30:55 -0400
Leftard deviant troll,
I used censor out of respect for others.
I have no respect for you.
commented 2015-06-14 15:11:28 -0400
I should have put f*cking in quotation marks in post below, as it was Jimmy’s usage not mine.
commented 2015-06-14 13:43:06 -0400
yeah, yeah, says you. I guess I must just be fucking stupid Jimmy. Thanks for coming on to straighten me out.
commented 2015-06-14 13:23:33 -0400

I am doing you a favor, since you appear to be clueless on how things work in the world. If it was Peter Mansbridge instead of Evan Solomon who did this – Mansbridge wouldn’t be fired either.

What’s so hard to fucking understand here – the higher up you are in a company or the more valuable you are to the company, the more bulletproof you are when shit happens. I never said it was right, but is this a new concept to you?

Do you think David Suzuki has been on TV forever and has the legacy that he does – because no one is watching/supporting him? I will assume that you know that he has a huge following in Canada and around the world despite what you may think of him. I want to believe that you are not this fucking stupid. If no one was watching The Nature Of Things, it would have been cancelled in the 80’s.

Do you actually have a clue what kind of ratings the CBC gets to back up your statements?
commented 2015-06-14 12:58:47 -0400

No, my mom died from breast cancer 20 years ago.

How exactly am I showing that I am entitled? Tell me, what do you do for a living? I assure you that I am not collecting a welfare cheque or any other laughable stereotype you want to use.
commented 2015-06-14 12:48:07 -0400

If no one was watching the CBC, they would be out of business. They get the funding, BECAUSE people are watching. They wouldn’t be able to justify funding the CBC otherwise.

Don’t be stupid – conservatives came into power because the liberal party at the time was a complete mess and they fucked up, so Canadians went with the other team because the liberal party really left them with no choice. It’s no different than Americans voting for Republicans or Democrats, based on how the last administration did. And if Stephen Harper loses this year and say the NDP take over – what will you say then?

In this extensive poll, twice as many Canadians self-identify as liberal than conservative. Liberals account for 48 per cent of the population, with 25 per cent identifying themselves as conservatives. Another 22 per cent said they were neither liberal nor conservative.

commented 2015-06-14 12:30:31 -0400
No Erin, it’s not an excuse – I am explaining to you how real life works. Don’t let your hatred for the CBC blind you.
commented 2015-06-14 10:59:51 -0400
Jimmy is grasping at straws as usual, his condescending dog in the game is that he thinks he is enlightening, doing us a favour, or at least that’s what he said when I asked him. It is hard to have any conversation about CBC without it digressing into why we don’t value it, I think it may be impossible. If Solomon was fired for a few art deals, how can they rationalize keeping Lang . Saint Suzuki, well, we may have to wait until he dies to get rid of him. Too bad Canadians have no say in the National broadcaster they absolutely do pay for.
commented 2015-06-14 10:58:18 -0400
Lacroix probably decided what they paid Solomon would be better off in his own pocket (they have to budget you know) or maybe there is something else to the story. But as it stands it seems unfair to link him with that sexual deviant criminal, Ghomeshi.
Conservatives want the CBC to stand on its own two feet. It is embarrassing that anyone in the world would think the CBC represents us as a whole.
Their broadcasts especially in the past 5 years have become something so far from representing the average Canadian that I would bet money, given a level playing field in Canada, CBC wouldn’t last 2 years. That is why it will never be de-listed. CBC is a disgrace to the country. Why don’t all those friends of the CBC pay to keep it afloat. The average Canadian taxpayer is tired of the misrepresentation.
commented 2015-06-14 10:48:18 -0400
“Look at he leftards coming here to swear at the posters. If you think this site is such a “f**cking joke”, then “f**k off”.” Exactly!
commented 2015-06-14 08:29:52 -0400
Jimmy – take a long lingering lick of my ass – cbc is a freight train for the lefties – and you would appear to be one. Moved out of mommies basement yet? Or are you simply picking up your welfare cheques and living in your one room apartment? You obviously have the time so you do not work. LOL

You seem to be an example of those who have taken this country down hill – it only took 300 hundred years to build it while other continents have had millennia – and still live in cesspools – yet you show how entitled you are.

Off you go little one – let the big boys do the work while you suck on …. well, whatever it is you might suck on.
commented 2015-06-14 04:47:56 -0400
So thank you, Jimmy, for being the example that proves the rule.
commented 2015-06-14 04:46:42 -0400
If the majority of Canadians watch or listen to the CBC, it’s because it’s free, first and foremost. I don’t have to request it from my cable company and pay an additional fee just to tune in. Secondly, the CBC has the incomparable benefit of nation-wide, publicly-funded, local TV and radio infrastructure. I don’t even need a cable or internet subscription, just a radio antenna.
Jimmy, you say the CBC is “deemed” a “definitive” local channel for news. Don’t you ever stop to think about who does the deeming? You say Canada is predominately a liberal country, and yet we’ve had back-to-back Conservative governments since 2006, and a majority as of 2011. How does that fit with your theory?
Finally, not everyone feels the need to use obscenity to get their point across. It’s been my experience that those who do are usually compensating for their lack of cogent argument.
commented 2015-06-14 04:34:03 -0400
Jimmy, are you actually trying to excuse the CBC’s actions on the basis that “everybody’s doing it”? Grow up. The CBC represents Canada to the world about as well as you represent Canadians with conservative views.
commented 2015-06-14 01:43:49 -0400

Which also applies to thousands of other companies. This isn’t just a CBC thing.