September 07, 2019

CBC wastes taxpayers' money on fake news horoscopes

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Did you know that CBC has a horoscope section? and it's not even in the entertainment section where it should be. It's in the "life and culture" section for some reason, lumped in with opinion articles and news.

Normally by the time I get through CBC News and take a boo at CBC Kids, I'm forced to slam down my computer screen in horror and go for a brisk walk.

Frankly, I can only imagine what the CBC culture section is like on a day to day basis. When I was thinking about how I would do this video, I was going to say something snarky about how CBC would likely have articles about how the mukluks and moccasins I buy to support an Aboriginal-owned Canadian business are some form of cultural appropriation but that's no joke- because I checked after I was going to make the comment and, yeah, they do have that article on their website.

Let's look at an example of the CBC horoscopes. From the week of April 22, 2019:

“The week gets off to brisk start with the Moon in vibrant Sagittarius. A union between the Sun and Uranus on Monday will help you think out of the box. Do you need fresh new ideas? Do you want to start a revolution? Uranus will light the fire.

This is one of those turning point kind of weeks. The big story is Pluto's change of direction on Wednesday. His power has been cresting for several weeks in preparation for his station retrograde. His apparent backward motion will last about five months until early October. Pluto, the Ruler of Scorpio, has a powerful volcanic kind of energy. It thrusts up from deep in the Earth like lava out of a volcano.”

Am I reading a softcore romance novel? The Jay Peterman catalog? Or a horoscope? Who writes this stuff?

Honestly, the third week of April? Well, that was a turning point week. It was the week after the NDP was trounced in Alberta. A turning point for me, a turning point for the NDP. But this is not information I couldn't get anywhere else if I wanted to, and I don't.

Anyway, joking aside, I wanted to know why the state broadcaster is paying someone to write horoscopes, who that person is, and how much it's all costing us to have CBC provide this vague astrological slice of Canadiana?

Here is the request we sent them.

"a) I'm requesting to know the cost of CBC Horoscopes (published weekly) I'd further like to know the date they started, length of contract, reason why it was determined that horoscopes should be in the life/culture section instead of the entertainment.

b) How much are the life/culture & Entertainment sections costing yearly (all authors, editors, managers, IT personnel) i.e. total cost

c) How sustainable are those sections, are they self-sufficient? Offset by advertising revenue?"

And we got literally none of this info back.

But what we did get a series of contracts dating back to 2017, twenty pages worth.

These are your standard boilerplate CBC contracts.

Now, despite not getting the specifics we asked for, we do find out the astrologer column pays like a senior news writer position - the CBC blackouts how much they were paid, but the author or authors of these fictions are getting a contract every couple of months - on average - to produce horoscopes.

I did a little poking around, and I found that senior CBC writers may make upwards of $62,000 per year or more than $30 an hour. Not that it matters because I don't think we should be paying for this to start with.

WATCH my video for a look at the contracts.

Let's just stop and appreciate that these are the people who say are going to protect us all from fake news in this election cycle! They've used the generous subsidy taxpayers are forced to give them to pay for nearly two hundred articles on astrology over the past two years and not a single one of them is in the entertainment section!

But maybe I am being too harsh here. Is this horoscope stuff any less accurate than the CBC climate change reporting?

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commented 2019-09-11 00:02:25 -0400
Really, Durward Saar? We have no scientific and astronomical information to help us understand the wonder of creation?

Do you think the purpose of The Rebel is to promote ignorance?
commented 2019-09-10 09:54:39 -0400
Actually Astrology is far more scientific than the ball Earth and Astronomy which is pure fiction based on nonsense theories. Peter pan is closer to science than astronomy.
Earth is the only solid object and it sits very still going nowhere while our “stars” rotate around us, not balls of gas light yrs away but plasma formations close enough to zoom in on…. and they ain’t what the priests in lab coats claim they are.
commented 2019-09-09 09:24:28 -0400
Jay Kelly asked, “Isn’t it akin to promoting one religion or spirituality? On what grounds can they justify that?”

Jay, they can justify it because it is not Christianity that they are promoting. From the CBC’s perspective (and much of those on the pagan Left) all religions, beliefs and rituals are okay to promote (and even encourage as “diversity”) except for Christianity and Judaism.
commented 2019-09-09 01:50:30 -0400
Well I believe the one that is hired by the cbc to write this horrorscope crap is familiar to this site. Based on the lunacy in the wording, it can be non other than sean penson.
Also, is there some sort of moon faze that is bringing out some of the old trolls to this site? I see another has been regurgitated.
commented 2019-09-09 00:01:13 -0400
I have wondered about the Horoscopes on CBC too. Isn’t it akin to promoting one religion or spirituality? On what grounds can they justify that?
commented 2019-09-08 23:37:30 -0400
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commented 2019-09-08 20:21:55 -0400
Jan G, so did I. I guess that is a good way to dump the comments … if that was her purpose.
commented 2019-09-08 20:17:15 -0400
That’s interesting. I posted a comment on this story yesterday (Sept 7) and now it isn’t there, as are any of the other comments that had been posted before mine.

What’s up Rebel?
commented 2019-09-08 10:09:43 -0400
We have been warned about horoscopes, et al…

“…10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do…”
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 (KJV)

I couldn’t find anything in the Bible about man made global warming…
commented 2019-09-07 21:40:09 -0400
Ruth Bard, that’s just what I was thinking. This written at frat boy level humor, where college kids hold a bic lighter up to their anus and see how far they can shoot flames across the room. The joke is right there in their own words but the stuffed shirts at CBC too thick to see it.
commented 2019-09-07 21:23:59 -0400
“Uranus will light the fire.” Fart at a burning match and the same thing will happen.
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