Do you remember the ridiculous stunt CBC Marketplace pulled on Donald Trump’s inauguration day?
They hired an actor to try to sell t-shirts with phrases like “White Power” and “Make Canada Great Again”. It was the CBC’s attempt to prove that racism or white nationalism was alive and well in Canada and Donald Trump was to blame.
The whole thing was a spectacular failure and resulted in a swift backlash, with even their own Ombudsman issuing their own report in March.
Well, we’ve just received an exclusive Access to Information Packet that shows the details and inner workings at CBC that went into shaping this ill-advised segment.
Most of the packet is filled with complaints from everyday Canadians were disgusted by, and objected to, the whole thing.
Given the swift and rather public backlash against, you might expect this was some rogue operation not approved by the appropriate higher ups at CBC but according to these documents, but that is not the case at all.
Watch as I show you what we found out including how someone who tried to push pause on this story was overruled.
Other elements of the picture that emerges from this information packet confirm what Conservatives in this country have known for years— the CBC has outgrown its usefulness.
There is no group of people less in touch with everyday Canadians than CBC staff and journalists, and this story and the subsequent information revealed in our access to information packet, prove it.