Elizabeth May acts like a lunatic at campaign kick-off, crickets from the Media Party

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Once again we have a case of Green Party leader Elizabeth May completely embarrassing herself at a public event yet the attending journalists don’t say a word.

Warning: Turn down your volume: 

Yup, that is someone campaigning to be Prime Minister of Canada.

No wonder the Greens are stuck at 3-4%.

Vancouver reporter basically calls Trudeau a liar about always taking questions

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One of the first media issues on Day 1 of the election was about the party leaders’ taking questions from reporters after their initial speeches.

With PM Stephen Harper the focus was on the amount of questions he took which Steve Ladurantye exposes that even though the Media Party whined about the number, they repeatedly asked the same questions:

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And Rebel’s Brian Lilley shows CBC’s Terry Milewski as being one of the reporters ‘asking’ his load statement dressed-up as a question which then Harper gives Milewski a public spanking:

Next up was NDP leader Thomas Mulcair who refused to take any questions from reporters and right on schedule, the Media Party blamed Harper for:

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And finally after over a 3 hour delay, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau bragged to the media about always being available for questions:

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But CKNW’s Shane Woodford’s wasn’t letting that statement by Trudeau slide:

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Most interesting though is how not a single Ottawa journalist has said a word about a Vancouver journalist calling-out Trudeau on his blatant lie.

h/t Wyatt Webster

CBC business reporter uses two partisans as sources to attack Conservative’s child benefit ads

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CBC business reporter Sophia Harris’ piece titled “Universal Child Care Benefit ads misleading families say critics” set the alarm bells off in my head as all Media Party headlines with the words “say critics” do. It’s one of the laziest and most blatant ways journalists attack while hiding behind others pretending to be objective.

The first person Harris quotes is David Truman:

“There are going to be a lot of very angry parents when they go to file their 2015 tax returns,” warns Langley B.C. accountant David Truman.

Who Harris later mentions is a Liberal:

Truman, who is also a federal Liberal Party member, claims the ads are not transparent. “They are misleading because they’re only telling part of the story.”

The CBC needs to answer why would Harris even use someone who she knows to be a partisan.

And while Harris is explaining that, she should also tell us what kind of background check did she before using Harris as a source because it didn’t take me long to find this gem:

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Moving on, the other person Harris quotes in this Conservative hit-piece is Rasho Donchev:

But that’s cold comfort for some, like Rasho Donchev who feels duped by the advertising.

“The government is misrepresenting the facts,” says the Oshawa, Ont. father after learning the full details.

Again, what kind of background check did Harris do because tell me it’s just a coincidence Donchev happens to be a pro-CBC advocate and a NDP supporter:

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And this same “outraged father” also just happens to be an union official:

Rasho Donchev from the CAAT Support Bargaining team visited the Barrie Campus of Georgian on May 27 to update members on this round of bargaining. (see here)

But even more damning, Harris used the same guy as a source in a previous story:

That’s exactly what Rasho Donchev is doing. On top of his mortgage on his Oshawa, Ont., home, the college support worker owes $30,000 on a line of credit.

But rather than get another loan, Donchev has decided to work on becoming debt-free. (see here)

Why does a business reporter have an union official on speed-dial?

I’m thinking a CBC Ombudsman complaint may be needed to get Harris on the record and find out if the CBC management believes this follows their journalistic standards.

My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Terry Milewski using term “tar baby” on-air

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Below is my complaint filed with the CBC Ombudsman July 26:

In 2009, following an outpouring of critical controversy over the use of the phrase “tar baby” by cabinet minister Pierre Poilievre, a complaint was filed with the CBC ombudsman noting that CBC columnist Larry Zolf had used the phrase.

In the published November 19, 2009 review that was printed on CBC.ca, the Ombudsman’s office concluded that the “tar baby” phrase “while perhaps current 50 years ago in some communities, can now easily be viewed as archaic and offensive to many,” concluding that going forward, CBC “editors should ensure that archaic and offensive phrases are not used on CBC platforms.” (see here)

On July 24, 2015, on the CBC News program “Power & Politics,” CBC correspondent Terry Milewski described the ongoing controversies surrounding the Senate of Canada as a political problem for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, using the phrase “the Senate Tar Baby that has so soiled his brand.” Judging from Mr. Milewski’s tone, I believe he chose his words deliberately and used them with specific emphasis.

In a tweet posted later that day, Mr. Milewski expressed no regret over using the phrase, and posted an excerpt from the “tar baby” page on Wikipedia, apparently in an attempt to justify his use of the expression as valid and appropriate.

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In allowing Mr. Milewski’s use of what the CBC Ombudsperson described in 2009 as an “archaic and offensive” phrase to go unreprimanded, I believe the CBC has failed in its promise to “ensure that archaic and offensive phrases are not used on CBC platforms.”

Mr. Milewski should be suspended until such time as a review is completed on how the producers and CBC management will ensure Mr. Milewski and others appearing on Power and Politics never use this term again and if he is reinstated, be forced to issue an on-air apology.

Thank you
Dean Skoreyko

Refused to show Muhammad cartoons, CBC posts photos mocking Jesus being PM Harper

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During the height of the Charlie Hebdo news coverage, the CBC went out of its way to not run the cartoons which caused Islamic terrorists to sweep through the office killing the Paris newspaper’s staff:

CBC News has decided not to publish cartoons from Charlie Hebdo that feature the Prophet Muhammad.

“This is not a ban, and it isn’t censorship,”  David Studer, CBC’s director of Journalistic Standards and Practices, said in an email on Wednesday, reminding news staff of CBC’s long-established policy.

“We are being consistent with our historic journalistic practices around this story, not because of fear, but out of respect for the beliefs and sensibilities of the mass of Muslim believers about images of the Prophet​. Similarly, we wouldn’t publish cartoons likely to dismay or outrage mainstream followers of other religions​.” (see here)

Yet when the Canadian Press ran a ‘story’ based on a collection of internet tweets started by the NDP-backed Broadbent Institute, the CBC had no worries about outraging Christians:

The hashtag #CPCJesus has been trending on Twitter in Canada after Vancouver Conservative MP Wai Young made remarks comparing the political party to Jesus. (see here)

Which including these photo-shopped images:

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Because no Christian will fire-bomb or storm the offices of the CBC and CP with assault rifles.

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