If the CBC wasn't an unaccountable sacred cow, worshipped by progressives and handled with kid gloves by conservatives, then the whole disgusting Ghomeshi affair would never have happened.
But this is Canada.
Where asking tough questions is looked at as rudeness. Where nobody likes to tell the truth because that makes people feel uncomfortable. Where we make a virtue out of tolerating abuse, because we think that that gives us the moral authority to judge others.
And so, despite knowing that they could have gone public about Ghomeshi's actions at any time, cut ties, and be forgiven — because the CBC and its precious "mandate" is and always will be above reproach, no matter how lousy the ratings are or how much their employees break the public trust — the network decided that he would be allowed to continue his reign of terror, and would escape scrutiny time and time again.
They even drafted press releases in his defence -- and perhaps theirs -- just before the story broke.
For if they admitted that they fostered an actual rape culture at the CBC, then....well, any number of progressive nightmares would come true.
The HarperCon barbarians would have had a pretext to subject the network to horrible, horrible market forces. Our international reputation would suffer yet another blow. The fragile fabric of our nation would be torn. Virtue signalling male feminists would have yet another thing to apologize for in their quest to get some from their easily triggered female counterparts.
And so Jian Ghomeshi, a garbage person at a garbage network that produces garbage passed off as Canadian content in a garbage-y wasteful fashion did garbage things while other garbage people calling themselves managers did a garbage job at managing this garbage situation, until finally the stench from all this garbage in its various forms got too stinky to be ignored any longer.
And what is more -- the CBC tolerated Ghomeshi's behaviour for as long as it did because the people working there KNOW that they are a waste of space no matter how loudly they proclaim to be offended by the suggestion.
They were so desperate for a Canadian Success Story -- something that would justify the complete lack of value taxpayers get for their money -- that they took the frontman of a minor band called Moxy Fruvous and made him into a cultural touchstone just because he had a glimmer of charisma.
And for his part, Ghomeshi wanted an army of bedazzled bumpkins who would fawn over him and distract him from his overwhelming sense of unworthiness.
A needy, insecure public broadcaster and a needy, insecure host found one another and it was love at first sight. And a needy, insecure country accepted the charade because it was -- in the words of one of Ghomeshi's accusers -- "too sparkly."
So I suppose that by letting Ghomeshi con Canadians like the common rubes they are, the CBC actually did fulfill on its mandate for once. They did "contribute to shared national consciousness and identity"....by showing us who we really are.