There is no question that all types of media platforms and personalities have some form of political bias. However, when it comes to Canada’s national broadcaster the expectations of political neutrality are higher. In my view, any political bias funded by tax payer dollars is wholly unacceptable.
Yet when it comes to covering the Trump White House the CBC seems intent on giving the most selectively edited and uncharitable take on the US President. This was taken to another level when they straight out lied about Donald Trump’s interaction with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
CBC nitpicks video obscuring Acosta’s actions
The CBC shared a video of Trump’s press conference and notably left out Acosta’s instigation and unwillingness to give up the spotlight. Then, they showed a back angle that was clearly designed to obstruct the view of the incident were Acosta manhandled an intern.
That was followed up of clips of Trump responding to other reporters out of context to make him look like a lunatic raving about fake news.
All of this may have been acceptable had they not then resorted to outright falsehoods. After the clip was played two of CBC’s star anchors, Rosemary Barton and Ian Hanomansing had the audacity to claim that Jim Acosta never “put his hands on” the intern. That claim is “Fake News”.
There are many acceptable angles to take on the Acosta situation, was it an “assault” as some claim? In my opinion, no it was not.
But it was an inappropriate handling of a young woman, which is something that our society is quite diligent on decrying, at least when it fits a particular political narrative.
There is incontrovertible proof that he did put his hands on the young women.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Acosta has a history of provoking the White House
Now the prevailing narrative from the media is that press freedom and the first amendment are hanging by a thread due to Jim Acosta’s revocation of White house access, a feat he seemed to spend the last two years working towards.
Acosta had a knack for asking unanswerable leading questions while hogging the stage at press briefings, and this incident was no different.
The interesting thing seems to be that democracy and press freedom was not under attack when former president Barack Obama tossed a White House reporter (to the cheers of the press) for “being rude in his house”, in what the media then termed “heckling” not asking questions.
CBC turns a blind eye to Trudeau’s attack on the free press
The CBC even bragged about how much better Canada’s record is on such matters, conveniently forgetting the time our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, then leader of the Liberal party banned Sun Media from reporting on him due to his dislike of one journalist.
Again, it would be one thing is this were Global or CTV news, those are private companies. This is the CBC, I (and every other Canadian) pay for this. These are our employees and the wilful misrepresentation of a story from a news anchor is grounds for termination.
Will Conservatives like me get our wish and have a State broadcaster that doesn’t lie and belittle its political opponents? Not likely anytime soon.
Is democracy under attack? No. Everything will be fine, especially Jim Acosta. He has achieved his goal of being seen as the chief reporter of the resistance and will land himself a show on CNN where he can parlay his White House dismissal in to a hefty meal ticket.
However, as long the CBC feels like they have the right to lie to the Canadian people for political purposes, they will be guilty of the sin they are so fond of accusing the President of. Dividing a nation.