CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin:
On May 19, CBC reporter Jonathan Montpetit filed a report titled “Far-right groups, counter-protesters rally over asylum seekers at Canada-U.S. border” in which he repeatedly described the anti-illegal border crossing group as “far-right” while describing the pro-illegal border crossing group as “counter-protesters”. By doing so Monpetit is associating one group politically while downplaying any political affiliations of the other even though one “counter-protester” named in the article (Jaggi Singh) is well-known for advancing extreme political causes. Montpetit just calls Singh an “activist”. How can one side be “far-right” yet the other is not “far-left”?
I would like an explanation of CBC’s policy in regard to labelling people or groups as “far-right” regardless of any known politically leanings and also an explanation why Monpetit singled out one group in his story for being politically associated while using non-political terms for the other.