Even though Liberal Mac Harb is one being criminally charged, CBC omits his photo in story


Mac Harb

In a story about the ramifications of the Mike Duffy verdict on the two remaining senators currently accused of criminality, somehow the CBC decided to include Pamela Wallin in the headline’s photo even though she is not one of the two awaiting trial:

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As the story mentions six paragraphs in:

So far, only Senator Patrick Brazeau and retired senator Mac Harb face trials in relation to alleged inappropriate housing and living expenses, with each facing one count of fraud and breach of trust. (see here)

Yet no photo of Liberal Mac Harb was included, funny how that could possibly have happened isn’t it?


Globe removes word “Liberal” in headline on negative FN residential schools story

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One of my ‘favourite’ tactics the Media Party use to either shield their political friends or attack their political enemies is in the headlines, knowing readers don’t always actually read the article.

For example, here’s the headline the Globe and Mail first ran on this story:

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And here’s the headline after it was edited:globe headline.jpg1

The Globe and Mail doesn’t censor itself in order to protect Trudeau and the Liberal brand, not at all.

Liberal partisan plant asks Trudeau a question at NY event


Trudeau was in NY this week doing what he does best, posing for photo-ops and answering softball questions from students:

Young people need to get more involved in politics, Justin Trudeau told an audience of university students in New York City this morning.

“Young people need to demand more from their politicians, their business leaders, their community leaders,” the prime minister told students at New York University.

Strolling among them with his sleeves rolled up and a microphone in his hand, Trudeau said that there’s plenty of work for everyone to do to make the world a better place.

He received a rock-star welcome (see here)

Now, what are the odds of one of Trudeau’s climate change minister’s volunteers just happening to be chosen to attend and then be chosen to ask him a question?

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You’d think at least one of all the Media Party members who follow Trudeau’s chief of staff on Twitter would have wondered too.


Star’s Delacourt attends Liberal event that Trudeau was at, skipping emergency FN suicide debate

trudeau fn

I smelled a rat when the CBC ran a big story on the emergency debate called after the news emerged of a suicide pact on the Attawapiskat reserve (see here) yet Justin Trudeau’s name wasn’t mentioned once in it even though he has gone out of his way to campaign on solving FN issues.

Turns out Trudeau was out at an expensive restaurant with his wife in order to attend ex-Liberal minister Bill Graham’s book signing:


And even though this event was highly promoted by the Liberal organization Canada 2020 and reporters such as Susan Delacourt from the Star were in attendance:


The only media organization to expose Trudeau skipping out on the debate was BuzzFeed:

Trudeau, his senior advisors, and members of cabinet attended a former Liberal’s book launch Tuesday night at Beckta, a high-end restaurant a few blocks from Parliament.

They were there for the launch of Bill Graham’s political memoir. Graham served as foreign affairs and defence minister in the early 2000s, and later as interim leader of the Liberal party.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien — who told reporters on the Hill earlier that day that the solution to the Attawapiskat suicide crisis might be to move the entire community — was also at the book launch. (see here)

I asked Delacourt about her attendance:

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She hasn’t responded.

Update: Somehow Delacourt was able to write a column about this debate from the Liberal event (see here). Quite the feat.




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


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