CBC refuses to discipline columnist who said he would “Piss on the walls” of Trump Tower



Below is my response to Jack Nagler, Director Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement at CBC News:

I would like to request further information to better understand some of the nuances of the “strict requirements” the CBC uses when determining the appropriateness of CBC Opinion contributors. Specifically, I would like to know if it is CBC policy to ever consider a contributor’s social media conduct when making such an assessment.

Dean Skoreyko

Below is the response I received from the CBC in regard to my complaint filed (see here) with the CBC Ombudsman:

Dear Dean Skoreyko:

This is in response to your email of January 19 addressed to CBC’s Ombudsman.

You wrote to draw our attention to a tweet from Sam Khanlari, who you described as a “CBC columnist”. In the tweet (which has now been removed) you wrote that he suggests he might “piss on the walls” of a Trump Tower hotel room and “smoke weed”. The tweet is in “enormously bad taste”, you wrote, and “undermined” his credibility as a political commentator. You suggested CBC has an obligation to “screen” its contributors

Let me emphasize that Mr. Khanlari is a freelance writer. He is not a regular CBC employee. He is not a CBC News journalist. He is a self-employed, Toronto-based writer and editor with Muftah, an online publication specializing in articles about the Middle East, who has also contributed articles to the Toronto Star, VICE and The Islamic Monthly.

A student of Middle Eastern politics, Mr. Khanlari proposed that he write an opinion column about Iran. We agreed. That column appeared on January 15 on the CBCNews.ca Opinion page under the heading, “Now more than ever, Canada must join the chorus of support for the Iran nuclear deal”.  This is the only opinion piece by Mr. Khanlari that CBC has published.

Mr. Khanlari’s is one of many points of view published on CBC’s new online Opinion page. All commentaries are reviewed by CBC’s editorial staff to ensure that in their breadth and totality they meet the strict requirements set out in CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices. You can find more information about the Opinion page here http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-faq-1.3834532.

However, Mr. Khanlari alone is responsible for the contents of his tweets and any other social media messages he posts.


Jack Nagler
Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement
CBC News



One Response to “CBC refuses to discipline columnist who said he would “Piss on the walls” of Trump Tower”

  1. Liz J Says:

    Oh, he’s not a “regular CBC employee” so that clears them? I guess if a column or comment projecting hate in a crude manner is OK with the CBC if it’s only occasionally.

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