LILLEY: CBC loses lawsuit against Tories while wasting your money

Ron in Regina

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The CBC is not a regular media outlet. It’s a state broadcaster, which gets its mandate from the government, and is showered with public funds.

The CBC’s privileged relationship with the government creates special responsibilities — one of the most important of which is a dedication to political neutrality, where possible.

In an ideal world, a state broadcaster faithfully serves the public interest and refrains from cheerleading for a particular political party. To abandon this responsibility and become a partisan mouthpiece is to allow the state to effectively put its thumbs on the scales of democracy.

Some of the CBC’s defenders have accused its critics of hypocrisy. For example, NDP MP Charlie Angus inaccurately claimed that Postmedia, receives around $35 million in government subsidies “every year,” and wondered why Postmedia isn’t considered “government funded” in the same way that CBC is.
Canada is not an authoritarian state, obviously, but that doesn’t mean that it is perfect. More importantly, the success of our democracy doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to maintain democratic norms to the best of our abilities, including the neutrality of our state media.
There is plenty of evidence that the chant, “From the river to the sea,” is not a cry for freedom but a genocidal statement that demands the destruction of Israel.

Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s former leader, was absolutely clear about what it meant.

“Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north,” Mashal said in a 2012 speech, according to the Associated Press. “There will be no concession on any inch of the land.”

On that note, according to the CBC, anyone who dares criticize the phrase, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” is guilty of racism and Islamophobia.
 
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There is plenty of evidence that the chant, “From the river to the sea,” is not a cry for freedom but a genocidal statement that demands the destruction of Israel.

Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s former leader, was absolutely clear about what it meant.

“Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north,” Mashal said in a 2012 speech, according to the Associated Press. “There will be no concession on any inch of the land.”

On that note, according to the CBC, anyone who dares criticize the phrase, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” is guilty of racism and Islamophobia.
How will they report on the armed intifada that is bound to happen in Canada?
 

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CBC is not obligated to use “militants” instead of “terrorists” to describe Hamas but it makes the task of describing its attack on Oct. 7 “more difficult,” its ombudsman said.

CBC journalists are free to use militants instead of terrorists to describe Hamas as long as the report properly “depict(s) reality sufficiently,” Nagler said.

“There is no inherent journalistic obligation to use any particular word, including ‘terrorism’ or ‘terrorist’ — even if it is a word that would have been entirely suitable,” he said. “The obligation is to report the story with enough information, context and specificity that the reader/viewer/listener is able to draw some informed conclusions about its nature.”

The review also contains excerpts of messages Nagler received opposing CBC’s stance.

“The Hamas massacre and kidnappings fit these definitions of terrorism as a glove fits a hand. Definitions btw not made in the passion of a horrible moment in time, but rather carefully constructed by responsible governments,” one such letter explains.
(National Post previously reported on a leaked internal memo from George Achi, CBC’s Director of Journalistic Standards, which stated: “Do not refer to militants, soldiers, or anyone else as ‘terrorists.’”)
 
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CBC is not obligated to use “militants” instead of “terrorists” to describe Hamas but it makes the task of describing its attack on Oct. 7 “more difficult,” its ombudsman said.

CBC journalists are free to use militants instead of terrorists to describe Hamas as long as the report properly “depict(s) reality sufficiently,” Nagler said.

“There is no inherent journalistic obligation to use any particular word, including ‘terrorism’ or ‘terrorist’ — even if it is a word that would have been entirely suitable,” he said. “The obligation is to report the story with enough information, context and specificity that the reader/viewer/listener is able to draw some informed conclusions about its nature.”

The review also contains excerpts of messages Nagler received opposing CBC’s stance.

“The Hamas massacre and kidnappings fit these definitions of terrorism as a glove fits a hand. Definitions btw not made in the passion of a horrible moment in time, but rather carefully constructed by responsible governments,” one such letter explains.
(National Post previously reported on a leaked internal memo from George Achi, CBC’s Director of Journalistic Standards, which stated: “Do not refer to militants, soldiers, or anyone else as ‘terrorists.’”)
If they attacked the IDF and only the IDF they would be militants but the chose to murder civilians.
 

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The CBC’s former head got a hefty raise, even though he left the public broadcaster five years ago, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
The Cock & Bull Corporation.
The Department of Canadian Heritage declined to comment to Blackolock’s Reporter about the matter.
“Unfortunately we cannot help you,” said David Larose, spokesperson for the heritage department. The $44,000 raise was recommended by the prime minister, according to cabinet records, Blacklock’s Reporter said.
Lacroix left the CBC in 2018 earning $428,000 annually. The cabinet order retroactively raised his pay to $472,000 a year, the equivalent of $131,000 more than his predecessor Robert Rabinovitch.
They aren't diverse.
 

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CBC is not obligated to use “militants” instead of “terrorists” to describe Hamas but it makes the task of describing its attack on Oct. 7 “more difficult,” its ombudsman said.

CBC journalists are free to use militants instead of terrorists to describe Hamas as long as the report properly “depict(s) reality sufficiently,” Nagler said.
A CBC X account that is no longer active made its first post in more than seven months to “clarify” that a teleprompter error was to blame for a reporter stating on-air that “Israel started the Hamas war.”

Guest host J.P. Tasker made the statement during a recent episode of CBC’s Power & Politics, a weekday show that focuses on national politics.

In responding to a clip from the show shared on X, Power & Politics said the statement was the result of “a teleprompter glitch that cut off part of the prepared script.”
“There is no inherent journalistic obligation to use any particular word, including ‘terrorism’ or ‘terrorist’ — even if it is a word that would have been entirely suitable,” he said. “The obligation is to report the story with enough information, context and specificity that the reader/viewer/listener is able to draw some informed conclusions about its nature.”
It added that the script read: “‘That’s just the latest protest taking place in Canada, since Israel declared war on Hamas following the October attacks that left 12-hundred dead.’ The error was not intentional.”

“If the teleprompter was cut off why is the wording different?” responded the X account that shared the original clip.

The CBC account has offered no further response.
 

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A CBC X account that is no longer active made its first post in more than seven months to “clarify” that a teleprompter error was to blame for a reporter stating on-air that “Israel started the Hamas war.”

Guest host J.P. Tasker made the statement during a recent episode of CBC’s Power & Politics, a weekday show that focuses on national politics.

In responding to a clip from the show shared on X, Power & Politics said the statement was the result of “a teleprompter glitch that cut off part of the prepared script.”

It added that the script read: “‘That’s just the latest protest taking place in Canada, since Israel declared war on Hamas following the October attacks that left 12-hundred dead.’ The error was not intentional.”

“If the teleprompter was cut off why is the wording different?” responded the X account that shared the original clip.

The CBC account has offered no further response.
Likely a lie. They're actually really good at it. Apparently they get it from Trudy! LOL
 
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I like the last link above from YouTube, where the reporter asks the CBC CEO & President Taint about executive bonuses for this year coinciding with all the layoffs…it’s rich.
They’re entitled to their entitlements.
At least that’s the impression CBC President Catherine Tait gave when cross-examined at a parliamentary committee about the millions in taxpayer-funded bonuses being doled out at the state broadcaster.

Tait started off her testimony by stringing together a word salad claiming the CBC doesn’t give out bonuses. The CBC gives out “at-risk” or “performance pay,” according to Tait.
(The CBC handed out $16 million in bonuses in 2022, and $99 million in bonuses since 2015, according to access-to-information documents dug up by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The CBC gave bonuses to 1,100 staffers in 2022, for an average bonus of more than $14,000. The cost of CBC’s taxpayer-funded bonuses nearly doubled since 2015)

Tait gave every indication the CBC will keep showering executives with bonuses.

Member of Parliament Rachael Thomas asked Tait if she thought she had met her performance targets that would trigger a bonus.

Tait replied: “Absolutely, yes.”
(Tait is paid between $472,900 and $623,900, which includes her salary, bonus and other benefits)

MPs are preventing Canadians from knowing how much the CBC is spending on bonuses for 2023. Thomas introduced a motion to force the CBC to disclose how much tax dollars it will spend on bonuses for 2023. The motion didn’t ask for names or employee numbers, just the costs of the bonuses and the number of employees receiving a bonus.
Conservative MPs voted in favour of the motion, but it was defeated because Liberal, New Democrat and Bloc Québécois MPs voted against it.
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To add insult to injury for taxpayers, Tait had the gall to claim the CBC is plagued by “chronic underfunding.”
What do you think is worse? The fact Tait thinks the CBC is chronically underfunded but refuses to end the bonuses for CBC executives. Or the fact she thinks the CBC is chronically underfunded even though it takes more than $1 billion from taxpayers every single year.
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“The idea that we would have bonuses at a time of cuts to vital services just doesn’t make sense. I think that Ms. Tait and those with her heard that message,” said NDP House leader Peter Julian after Tuesday’s meeting.
 

Ron in Regina

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It's sad that the political bias & timing from the CBC for the above mentioned bogus lawsuit aren't even surprising, nor are the consequences or lack there of.
The CBC launched a lawsuit against the Conservative party in the final days before the 2019 election, accusing the party of copyright infringement for its unauthorized use of its broadcast footage in a political attack ad on its website and on social media.
"CBC’s biased lawsuit against the Conservative Party of Canada has been dismissed by the Federal Court with the state broadcaster likely being on the hook for expenses." ??? What the Hell does that mean for a state sponsored broadcaster anyway?
CBC’s failed lawsuit against the Conservative party during the 2019 election cost nearly $400,000 — but that information was kept from Parliament for nearly three years.
Canada doesn't need foreign nations like Russia or China to interfere in our elections with the Gov't paid for CBC already doing so, & their only penalty (knowing it was bias & bullshit before initiating the lawsuit) is that Canadians just pay any penalty the CBC might see it from their taxes for them?
The document shows that CBC’s total legal fees were $359,971.34 and noted there were no additional expenses. At the time, it had not yet received the bill from the Conservative party but expected it to be approximately $30,000, as per the rates set by the Federal Court.

CBC’s director of media relations Leon Mar has since confirmed that the costs awarded to the party were $32,665.78, which brings the total cost of the lawsuit to $392,637.12.
It's a Win-Win for the CBC & the Liberal Party regardless of the outcome.
Now, Don Plett, the Conservative leader in the Senate, is raising concerns about transparency in the federal government after his office was forced to file an access-to-information request to obtain an answer to his questions on the cost of the lawsuit submitted in the upper chamber in 2021.

“The Trudeau government has just given up on its promise of openness and accountability,” Plett told the National Post. “In this specific situation, we had to go around roadblocks that were set by the government to get an answer to my questions three years ago.”

“Somebody needs to be held accountable for this because we have the right to have these answers,” he added.

The Federal Court ultimately dismissed the lawsuit, arguing that there was no evidence that the segments used for partisan purposes “reflected adversely on the broadcaster.”