Sent today to CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin:
I was troubled to learn that CBC journalists have been accepting awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, a left-leaning US organization that claims to honour journalists who provide “deep storytelling in service of the common good.” The organization’s board is heavily dominated by union executives allied with the Democratic Party, and indeed, the organization’s very logo is based on the famous “O” logo of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
I believe it is important that journalists working for Canada’s public broadcaster do their utmost to maintain a political, partisan, and ideological neutrality in the course of their duties, and I believe that neutrality is compromised when journalists accept awards from openly ideological organizations such as the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Such acts undermine public faith in the CBC’s ability to remain objective and unbiased in the course of their reporting, which is critical to the organization’s legitimacy as a taxpayer-funded institution designed to serve all Canadians, regardless of political loyalty.
Does accepting cash awards and free trips not break the CBC’s conflict of interest guidelines and are there other partisan organizations that give similar prizes to CBC journalists?