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


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.

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