CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin:
On June 26th, the CBC’s Washington Correspondent Keith Boag wrote an opinion piece on President Donald Trump’s press secretary being asked to leave a Lexington, Virginia restaurant titled “Sarah Sanders’s experience in the Red Hen becomes political bunfight” where he omitted pertinent information.
The omission occurs due to Boag’s last line:
Her defence of civility came just a couple of hours after her boss described Congresswoman Maxine Waters as “an extraordinarily low IQ person.”
This leaves readers with the impression that Trump was attacking Waters even though there were calls for civility from both political sides and that he was being a hypocrite for doing so. What Boag omits is that after the restaurant incident, Waters had encouraged people to harass Trump administration officials in public. It was widely reported in both the American and Canadian media and there is no way Boag could be unaware.
Context matters even in opinion pieces and Boag should immediately issue a correction with an attached CBC editor’s footnote explaining the initial omission.