CBC defends Rosemary Barton taking selfie with Trudeau as legitimate journalism

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Below is the response to my complaint (see here) regarding CBC’s Rosemary Barton taking a selfie with Justin Trudeau

Dear Mr Skoreyko,

Thank you for your email addressed to CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin regarding Power & Politics.  Since Power & Politics is my responsibility, Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News, asked me to reply.

You wrote with concerns over a photo posted on social media, showing host Rosemary Barton taking a “selfie” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  You said you believe the 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.

On March 10 and 11, Power & Politics broadcast two programs from Washington D.C. to cover the Prime Minister’s official visit to the United States.  This was the first official visit and state dinner for a Canadian Prime Minister in 19 years.  It presented an important opportunity to explore the complex relationship between the two nations, and to speak with decision-makers on both sides of the border about the relationship going forward.

Host Rosemary Barton interviewed many people in Washington as part of the show’s coverage of the visit.  Guests on the show included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  In all of these cases Ms Barton tweeted photos of herself with her interview subjects as a way of promoting the upcoming interviews.

Social media is an important tool that we use daily at Power & Politics. We use websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share our journalism to a wider audience, to track political developments, and also to promote upcoming editions of the show

All of the photos Ms Barton posted from Washington with interview subjects were taken after the interviews were conducted, and in no way compromised the integrity of her interviews.  In her 10-minute interview with the Prime Minister, Ms Barton asked challenging questions surrounding the government’s agreements on climate change and border security, and pushed the Prime Minister on his views about the U.S. presidential race.

Whenever Ms Barton interviews decision-makers, she asks tough questions with an aim of holding people to account for decisions they have made and actions they have taken.  That is what she did in this instance, and it is what she will continue to do

Finally, it is my responsibility to tell you that if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to submit the matter for review by the CBC Ombudsman. The Office of the Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body reporting directly to the President, is responsible for evaluating program compliance with the CBC’s journalistic policies. The Ombudsman may be reached by mail at Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6, or by fax at 416-205-2825, or by email at ombudsman@cbc.ca


Amy Castle Executive Producer Power & Politics CBC News

cc. Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

Nightclub Trudeau worked operated illegally and was shut down by the courts


Liberal PM Justin Trudeau likes to hold his resume up as a symbol of being regular working-class Joe:

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody.  Bonsoir.  On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House as we host Prime Minister Trudeau, Mrs. Grégoire-Trudeau and the Canadian delegation for the first official visit and state dinner with Canada in nearly 20 years.  We intend to have fun tonight.  But not too much.  (Laughter.)  If things get out of hand, remember that the Prime Minister used to work as a bouncer.  (Laughter.)  Truly.  (Laughter.) (see here)

The fact is Trudeau grew up with a million-dollar trust-fund and travelled around the world and since he loves mentioning his stint as some sort of tough-guy bouncer it’s more then fair to dig into it especially since the fawning Media Party refuses to.

According to a 2015 fluff-piece story in The Province, the bar Trudeau worked at was located in Whistler and called the Rogue Wolf:

“…taught during the day and worked as a doorman at Rogue Wolf nightclub in the evenings.” (see here)

But what this story omits was what happened to this nightclub and how it illegally operated:

Rogue Wolf nightclub ceases operations Court bailiff seizes assets after protracted financial problems By Andy Stonehouse A troubled and frequently controversial village nightclub has closed its doors following several months of dealings with the provincial Ministry of Finance and the liquor licensing branch. The Rogue Wolf, launched in late December of 1996 by partners Ron Knoedler and Rob Gagnon, has ceased operations, following a weekend visit by a court bailiff. Gagnon had been running the club for the past year; there is no indication if the club will reopen. According to information provided by staff at the Ministry of Finance’s headquarters in Victoria, the province’s consumer taxation branch had been “bending over backwards” in an attempt to retrieve liquor taxes owed by the club, but had been unsuccessful. A ministry source explained that after two years of deals, promisory notes and garnisheed bank accounts, last week spelled the end and a bailiff was appointed to retrieve anything of value from the club. It was unclear how much alcohol, fixtures and bar equipment were left over by the time the bailiff arrived. The financial details were also compounded by police and liquor board investigations into allegations that the bar had been operating for many months as an after-hours nightclub, as well as serving liquor to minors or offering “all you can drink” specials. Staff Sgt. Frank Shedden of the Whistler RCMP confirms that the Rogue Wolf had been a focus of attention on the part of the local force, and said he isn’t surprised by news that the doors have closed. “From our perspective, we’d received a series of complaints on their operating practices, such as the types of advertising and the drink specials they offered,” he said. “We were involved in that, as we have a keen interest that everyone in town is playing on a level deck. I think we would have continued to look at the Rogue Wolf if they had remained in operation.” (see here)

And since The Province mentions Trudeau working there in 1997 and the article on its illegal activities is dated Aug 28, 1998, we can safely assume Trudeau participated in these illegal activities.

At least now we know why the Media Party avoids asking him about it.

Note: I was sent these two articles on Twitter but lost the person’s name who sent them so I can’t properly credit for which I apologise






Twitter account that sexually harasses female Rebel journalist set up by Liberal minister’s supporter

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After posting a blog on Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr retweeting a Twitter account that has been harassing Rebel’s Sheila Gunn Reud (see here) I was sent evidence which shows this person to be someone by the name of DAJ Hetherington.

First, take a look at a tweet mocking Gunn Reid sent from the harassing account:


And now look at the almost identical tweet sent out by Hetherington:


It’s hard for these trolls to keep track what they tweet when they do it from multiple Twitter accounts and eventually they slip-up exposing themselves like Hetherington has.

Yet this isn’t the only mystery about this guy that has been solved. We also now know Hetherington is a big political supporter of Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr:

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But Hehr had no idea Hetherginton was behind the smearing of Gunn Reid right?

Trudeau’s minister retweets Twitter account that sexually harasses female Rebel journalist

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There’s a nasty Twitter troll account set up solely to harass and smear Rebel’s Sheila Gunn Reid:

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This vile person has many fans within the Alberta NDP government (see here) including NDP House Leader Brian Mason (see here) and now has picked up a new one, Liberal Veteran’s Minister Kent Hehr:

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There’s absolutely no way Hehr could have missed this being a smear account especially after Gunn Reid herself tweeted Hehr about it along with many others calling for him to delete and apologise:

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Yet complete silence from Hehr, once again proving how much Canada’s political Left despises conservative women.



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



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