My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Mary Walsh equating Harper to Hitler

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My complaint filed today with the CBC Ombudsman:

While I can appreciate that the CBC considers it within its mandate to report on events relating to the current federal election that are light-hearted or entertaining, I believe the CBC News Newfoundland and Labrador crossed a severe line of good taste and objectivity when it chose to embed a video of “Marg Delahunty” (Mary Walsh) in a October 7, 2015 story on the comedian’s election antics (“’Save’ Stephen Harper, Marg Delahunty says in protest video”).

In the embedded video, Walsh calls Stephen Harper by a variety of names including “Stasi Steve” and “Herr Harper” intended to make allusions between the Conservative leader and communist or Nazi regimes. These are very serious, ugly, and possibly slanderous slurs to be levelled against any politician and I believe the CBC should not have given forum to them, particularly without any sort of comment in the accompanying article.

Mary Walsh should be barred from appearing on the CBC until such time as a review is completed on how the producers and CBC management will ensure Mary Walsh and others appearing on CBC never use these types of slurs again to personally attack and if she is reinstated, be forced to issue an apology.

Update: My complaint has been accepted by the CBC Ombudsman and has been passed along to the CBC


5 Responses to “My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Mary Walsh equating Harper to Hitler”

  1. jmw Says:

    Can’t wait to see CBC’s sequel on Trudeau and Mulcair. (sarc off)

  2. Lou Says:

    Completely agree, just don’t bet the pension on the response that you’re looking for. My bet will be some platitude about satire and such…But it’s still a great message.

  3. Jen Says:

    Marg Walsh is not my concern. What frightens me and most immigrants who fled terrorism attacks will end up being attacked right here in Canada. We can easily be killed blown to bits and no matter what justin said terrorists can keep their citizenship. The media stands with justin support for terrorists at the time ignoring their family’s safety.

    Justin assumes that when in government he can ignore his promises to terrorists and to Iran but he is sadly mistaken and no amount of reporters will nor can change that.

  4. Jen Says:

    Please highlight Justin commitment to terrorists on your twitters right across Canada . Canadians need to know. Thanks Dean .

  5. Garry Howe Says:

    I have been told when I complained earlier that the CRTC cannot do anything, but I can come to the licence renewal hearing and voice my concerns. They are unionized and protected by tax payer money.

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