My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Rosemary Barton taking a selfie with Trudeau

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Update: The CBC Ombudsman has accepted my complaint:

Dear Mr. Skoreyko:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your email.  The first step in the process is to share your complaint with the relevant programmers, who have the right and responsibility to respond.  I have therefore shared your email with Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may ask me to review the matter.

Programmers are asked to try to reply within twenty working days.

Esther Enkin


The complaint I will be filing Monday to the CBC Ombudsman:

In modern social media culture, “selfies” with celebrities have become synonymous with excited affection. They are not mere photographs, but something more intimate, familiar, and fun — a sort of proof that the selfie-taker was not only in close proximity to the celebrity, but that the celebrity was content to get up close and cozy in a way that seems to imply genuine affinity.

For this reason, I believe it was entirely inappropriate for the CBC’s Rosemary Barton to pose for, and then tweet a selfie she took with Prime Minister Trudeau during his recent visit to Washington. I believe the symbolism of this photo creates an appearance of affection between the two that is unprofessional, and calls into question Barton’s ability to provide impartial coverage of the prime minister. I believe it is possible, though often difficult, for a reporter to pose for a photo with a prime minister that is formal and professional in a way that does not imply anything beyond respect for the office. However, I believe Barton failed this test with her misjudgement, and instead created a liability for the CBC in the eyes of its audience.

The CBC must suspend Barton from appearing on-air pending a review by management.

Thank you
Dean Skoreyko


9 Responses to “My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Rosemary Barton taking a selfie with Trudeau”

  1. bocanut Says:

    The Cackler’s behavior in Washington not only questioned her ability but her stability as well

  2. Krysta Meekins Says:

    This is actually a very well written logical complaint letter.

  3. Martin Says:

    I agree completely with your complaint and commend you for making it. My experience with CBC ombudsman is that nothing will be seen to be wrong in Barton’s behaviour.
    She is just being true to form as a liberal and Liberal. Witness her embarrassing antics during the Obama visit to Canada. CBC management saw nothing wrong with her silly goose routine then, they promoted her. It is only a matter of degree this time, and they will again turn a blind eye.

    • Guffman Says:

      Exactly right. Rosemary Barton was swooning and gushing even when Obama’s motorcade came close to her. To see her giddy over her first selfie with Justin Bieber Trudeau is hardly surprising.

    • Sean M Says:

      barton poses as a “journalist” but anyone that has had the unfortunate experience of catching her act knows shes a leftist activist and a Trudumbo type Liberal through and through. I agree with the complaint and commend Dean for taking the time to do so, but of course nothing will be done about Bartons unprofessional fan girl antics, in fact she probably just got a raise, part of the Justine CBC payoff of an extra $675 million. Barton wears these complaints and this type of attention like a badge of honour, she loves the attention and she couldn’t care less what Canadians think about her unprofessional behaviour. Barton sees herself as a Leftist activist so she sees nothing wrong with how she behaves. The CBC is a diseased beast, Barton is simply a hideous tumorous appendage of that disease, and proud of it.

  4. Ziggy Eckardt Says:

    I totally concur with your letter of complaint!

  5. clifford morgan Says:

    Rosemary likes to gossip using CBC for her no-news methods.

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