Editor-in-chief of CBC News Jennifer McGuire says there is nothing wrong with CBC reporter Krista Erickson getting tax-payer paid flights as the traveling partner of MP Lee Richardson. (see earlier post)
McGuire took a swipe at the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists who suggests Erickson is in a conflict of interest.
“It is particularly unfortunate that the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation would see fit to weigh in with their ad hoc pronouncements. The CAJ and the CFT suggest that Krista Erickson, in her role as a CBC journalist, is acting improperly. This is categorically incorrect and frankly unfair.” (see letter here)
Geoff Turnbull, a journalism ethics instructor at the University of King’s College in Halifax 30 year veteran as a CBC journalist doesn’t understand McGuire’s hard-line of defense:
“That’s a strange response on her part. People were taken off beats, asked to go on extended leaves of absence, refused the right to do certain kinds of coverage and accept certain kinds of benefits. This situation is not in the spirit of the kind of journalistic management that I’m used to at CBC.” (see story here)
I’ve had experience in dealing with Jennifer McGuire receiving a very terse and dismissive letter from her when I complained about Warren Kinsella’s blog being on the CBC News’ blog roll (see here)