A red flag shot up in my head when I saw this story by Canadian Press’ Dean Beeby:
The Conservative party’s public attacks on the CBC have been “wilfully destructive” and undermine its independence, says a newly uncovered letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the broadcaster’s Tory-appointed former chair (see here)
Call me paranoid but I get very suspicious when a reporter suddenly ‘discovers’ a 4 year old letter that just happens to slam the Conservatives – tell me someone at the CBC didn’t feed this to Beeby.
And I wasn’t the only one who noticed as Sun’s Mark Dunn notes:
The Canadian Press said the letter was released last month under access to information, but didn’t explain whether it filed the request or was given the document.
Its disclosure comes at a time CBC loyalists and opposition MPs have been bemoaning budget cuts and the significant loss of advertising revenues. (see here)
As did Sun News’ Brian Lilley who rips CP and CBC (see video here).
The CBC is playing a dangerous game feeding anti-Conservative stories to other news orgs’ reporters because if they get caught, they are toast – that would be all it would take to get their funding pulled.