I’ve been noting that the CBC News agency in Canada is basically following the same pattern as all other mainstream news agencies in distracting and deceiving the public. I’ve written – a month ago – to the ombudsman, but have received no acknowledgement from the Editor-in-Chief, Jennifer McGuire, who supposedly received my inquiry. So, today, Aug 6th, 2016, I wrote a followup letter. If any of you fellow Canadians are interested at all in a quality-control reality check on our very own “beloved” national broadcaster, please read on….
ATTN. Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
ATTN. Jennifer McGuire, Editor-in-Chief, CBC News
ATTN. Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
CC Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman
One month ago, I brought the following matters to the attention of the CBC Ombudsman, and was informed that my concerns had been passed on to Jennifer McGuire, Editor-in-Chief of CBC News. Since I have heard nothing of the acknowledgement of these inquires or the answering of my questions, I am moving up the ladder do deal with people who are overseeing the functioning of CBC news media.
It is my understanding that CBC is a publicly funded news outlet; therefore I am as a taxpayer supporting this news outlet, and that in our democratic constitution, this outlet is answerable to me, the taxpayer. Please correct me if I am wrong.
It is also my understanding, that in general, mainstream media does not have an onus to serve the public, rather they have a track record of manipulating news coverage to suit their corporate sponsors, as has been recently proven by the collusion between mainstream media in the USA, effectively destroying Bernie Sanders’ campaign for presidential candidacy. I am noting that our publicly funded media, CBC, is basically following suit in suppressing from the public’s view, stories that would confront their relationship with corporate sponsorship, which implies distortion of the facts in world news coverage to maintain a “status quo” relationship with corporate entities who are basically involved in an elaborate scheme to misinform and deceive the public on a large-scale basis.
Here are some cases in point.
1. Vladimir Putin bans GMO food production and importation. Putin says Russia will be #1 exporter of Non-GMO food. This is a huge statement, both in terms of the politics of food production, the implied and controversial “safety” of GMO products, and the apparent conflict-of-interest in corporate influence (ie Monsanto) in its incestuous workings of agriculture and government in North America. Not a whisper of this ANYWHERE on CBC.
2. GMO’s are now banned in 38 countries world-wide. There is not a word of this ANYWHERE on CBC. Is this not “newsworthy”? Consumers are demanding more and more the right to know what is in their food and to have choices over organic, non-organic, and genetically-modified crops. Why are we being denied this information?
3. The DNC (Democratic National Committee and Chair in the USA) are being targeted with a class action lawsuit for election fraud. Not a word of this on CBC. Both the DNC and its chair, Debbie Wasserman are being investigated for election fraud. Why are we not hearing about this?
4. Vladimir Putin gave a powerful speech to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 16th. In it he included warnings about the balance of power in global conflicts, how the US has historically destabilized this balance of power, from as early as 1972, by withdrawing from the ABM treaty. Putin outlined how they had offered real solutions to end the arms race, which were all rejected by the USA. Now the USA, has established missile defence systems in Romania, which it alleges are to protect against “Iran”, a situation which is fabricated. Putin’s video is on Youtube. He is outlining how the USA is basically playing “dirty chess” in the middle east and in eastern Europe in order to establish a military presence that is backed by lies. This video has 2.2 million views. THERE IS NOT A WORD OF THE CONTENT OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S STATEMENTS ON CBC.
So, are we being “sanitized” here? Are we being denied the very information we need to hear about what is REALLY GOING ON in the world? Are we just more “polite Canadians” who are going to listen to white-washed news that suits the 1%?
Is our national media outlet, our PUBLICLY FUNDED media outlet, answering to the taxpayers and citizens of Canada by giving us unabridged and un-tainted news, or are we being subjected to the same drivel that the corporate elite are spewing out on the North American public through the “corporate-friendly” mainstream media outlets … who, it turns out, are all owned by about a dozen wealthy corporate empires?
I am not only a Canadian, but I am a citizen of Planet Earth, a place that is currently being decimated by corporate greed and political deceit. Is the CBC just another arm of this propaganda machine that is covering the asses of the 1%, or is the CBC providing factual, unbiased and truthful information about the state of the planet?
I want an answer to WHO is controlling CBC editorial policy, and why we are not seeing these news items that are shaping the world we live in.
Who, in the government of Canada or in the administration of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, bears the responsibility and mandate to oversee and monitor the editorial policy of CBC; this is the person who needs to speak to this issue and to address these very reasonable questions and inquiries from a Canadian Taxpayer.
I await your anticipated reply on these very important issues, which can undermine or support Canadians’ trust and subscription to their very own national news service.
If I don’t receive acknowledgment from the editorial policy-makers of CBC, I invite you, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to comment on the responsibility of our national news service.
I thank you in advance for your attention to this topic…
New Westminster, BC, Canada
Aug 6, 2016