Sunday, May 21, 2023

Is it time to prune the CBC off the Federal Rosebush?

This week I was exchanging ideas with a colleague regarding emerging issues.

My colleague was an independent contractor with the CBC for number of years and in that role provided the CBC a fair number of interviews.

He shared with me that increasingly he is of the opinion that “The National is just one big sound blaster for LGBT, special interests groups, anti-business, and anti-American news commentary. They are aligned with liberal governments”.

A review of the recent content and the political appointments made by the current government’s directing minds seems to me to support this observation.

Those charged with public dollars have a fiduciary duty to undertake good governance practice in discharge of their duty. Canadians expect a fair and balanced representation of the facts that will enable us independently to form conclusions based on evidence.

Reluctantly after some research I support this observation. The institution it seems to me to be aligned with the progressive liberal ideology and deliberately ignore or distort conservative messages.

We need look no further than coverage provided regarding the former Pres. Trump activities. Hardly a kind word.

Is helpful to think of the CBC as Rosebush when reflecting upon management’s global expenditures.

If interested in the Rosebush Analogy view. (Link to blog)

Canadian journalist quit CBC over woke ‘radical political agenda’


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Tara Henley claims working at CBC required her to “abandon journalistic integrity.”

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Henley a veteran news producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has said she quit in disgust at the national network jettisoning “journalistic integrity” for a woke “radical political agenda.”

In an op-ed for the National Post, Tara Henley said she left following a flood of complaints about the dramatic change at the CBC over the last 18 months.

“When I started at the national public broadcaster in 2013, the network produced some of the best journalism in the country,” she wrote in a tirade also shared on her new Substack.

“By the time I resigned last month, it embodied some of the worst trends in mainstream media,” wrote Henley, a 20-year news veteran.

Working at the network now involves having to “abandon journalistic integrity,” Henley insisted.

“It is to sign on, enthusiastically, to a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spread through American social media platforms that monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions.

“It is to pretend that the ‘woke’ worldview is near universal — even if it is far from popular with those you know, and speak to, and interview, and read,” she said.

CBC staff have to “accept the idea that race is the most significant thing about a person, and that some races are more relevant to the public conversation than others.”

“It is, in my newsroom, to fill out racial profile forms for every guest you book; to actively book more people of some races and less of others,” she claimed.

She said the radical change at the broadcaster led to a flood of complaints in the months before she quit.

“People want to know why, for example, non-binary Filipinos concerned about a lack of LGBT terms in Tagalog is an editorial priority for the CBC, when local issues of broad concern go unreported,” she wrote.

Tara Henley says she was made to “pretend that the ‘woke’ worldview is near universal.”Twitter/tararhenley

“Or why our pop culture radio show’s coverage of the Dave Chappelle Netflix special failed to include any of the legions of fans, or comics, that did not find it offensive.”

Instead, a “growing list of subjects are off the table,” and staffers are forced to “keep one’s mouth shut, to not ask questions, to not rock the boat.”

“This, while the world burns,” she wrote.

The CBC did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment”.

The search of two dozen articles on Google report much the same perspective from a variety of sources.

What was noticeable was the absence from what was reported by Canada’s ‘national newspaper’ – the Global and Mail!  I did not see one article. One might conclude that they are infected with the same “woke” dysfunction – . But that’s for another day.

So back to the issue at hand… is time it to prune the CBC off the Federal Rosebush?

Let me offer this for your consideration:

The CBC had a role to play in the last industrial age for underserved Canadian communities scattered far and wide that relied upon a fair and balanced ‘national’ media source. A media source that entertained but also educated and informed Canadians. The CBC performed this mission and received international recognition for the quality and texture service.

Today in this fourth industrial age we are most connected Canadian generation that has ever existed.

The interconnectedness provided by technology’s multitude of apps provide Canadians real-time access with search engines delivering in fractions of seconds’ latest news and entertainment.

Given Canada’s debt and deficit has grown dramatically under the current government demands savings must be found– and waste must not be permitted. The longer can we adopt a Nelsonic eye to this financial hemorrhaging — sucking the nutrient out of the Rosebush.

The CBC must go!

No wrong or right answers – What you think?

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Terrance Power
Terrance Power is a Wharton Fellow and professor of strategic and international studies with the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria. This article was published in the Business Edge. Power can be reached at


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