Below is my reply to the response received to my original complaint which both can be read here
Denise Wilson, Senior Managing Editor CBC Atlantic
Office of the General Manager and Editor in Chief
Office of the CBC Ombudsman
In the response I received, Ms. Wilson stated that Ms. Walsh “does not at any point in the video equate or compare Mr. Harper to Adolf Hitler” adding later that “I fully realize that any comparison to Adolf Hitler is offensive to many. And rightly so. But we do not believe Ms. Walsh’s video crossed that threshold.”
I do not believe this is a sensible conclusion. I do not believe there is any legitimate reason for Ms. Walsh to have called the Prime Minister “Herr Harper” unless she intended to allude that he was in some way akin to Adolph Hitler. While I am aware that “Herr” is a “German honorific” as Ms. Wilson notes, I would easily wager that the vast majority of Canadians are primarily familiar with “Herr” as a title used to affectionately describe Hitler. “Herr Hitler” is a phrase as well-known as “the Führer” and I do not believe any other motivation for using “Herr Harper” as well as “Stasi Steve” could have possibly been intended.
For these reasons I am asking the CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin to review my complaint and the CBC’s response.