I originally thought that Brian Lilley had gone a little too far in trying to uncover waste and secrecy at the CBC with his article on the disappearance of the National’s Peter Mansbridge’s chair which was used on set prior to the recent make-over. The format now has everyone standing.
Lilley was told by CBC that the chair in question was of so little value that they don’t track it. End of “story” right?
Well, Lilley maybe knew a little more about where that chair was when he first inquired as it turns out that it had been donated as an auction item to support a political insider-type magazine, the Walrus. This was confirmed on a Tweet from Mansbridge’s producer Leslie Stojsic:
“Investigation reveals chair was donated for a silent auction in January”
A question remains though. Was the CBC trying to hide that it was giving away taxpayer-funded inventory to support this private company? (see here)