Sunday, April 24, 2005

Sins of omission

I don't seriously expect that the Conservatives, if in power, would actually sell off the CBC — probably just starve it of funding so that some kind of correlation could be achieved between its relevance and its ability to feed off the public trough. But I can hope…

Mkbraaten, who is doing amazing work untangling the lines of Liberal deceit, finds that the CBC won't bite the Party-brand government hands that feed it.

Last week, after my research (here and here) on the Liberals 'Audits' created a firestorm in the media and the House of Commons, I received an email from a CBC investigative journalist wanting to do a piece on the story. He was planning on investigating the conflict of interest regarding the Liberals and the accounting firms that had conducted the 'audits'. After several phone conversations with him, and after him telling me he had interviews scheduled with some prominent forensic accountants, he informed me that his bosses did not want to pursue the story. The reason was because 'information that [I] dug up has already been reported."

[…}only two news organizations reported this topic (CanWest and Globe and Mail), but they only reported what was said in parliament. Not one news entity has used 'investigative' journalism to actually dig around for some information that would be news worthy – and there are a lot of newsworthy items in this topic.

For example they could have investigated:
· The apparent conflict of interest between the Liberals and the accountants with regards to past donations;
· The fact that the one office that performed the ‘audit’ was such a large contributor to the Liberal party;
· To find out if there were any government contracts given to this office;
· On the revelations of how, Liberal Cabinet minister, Pierre Pettigrew was a former Vice President of the very same office that performed the less then through financial review on the Quebec wing of the Liberal party;
· On the fact that the review mysteriously did not review the riding associations finances – the very spot where the money is accused to have been funneled through;
· That last week Benoit Corbeil mentioned that some ‘accountants’ were implicated in this sponsorship scandal.

One would think that piecing the Liberal audit story together with these shockingly new Corbeil revelations would be worthy of a front page news story, but then again, this is CBC. […] Perhaps it’s because 82% of the CBC’’s board of directors have donated to the Liberal party. Or perhaps investigating a story on the government and its misdoings might get you fired. This does happen at CBC, and if you don’t think it does, then read Aarons article on former CBC radio host Don Hill’s firing.


Anonymous said...

Uhh, we have a problem, Houston .....

Canada ain't the States when it comes to the influence of bloggers on the general population. Canadian bloggers are an isolated and quarantined group of misfits and malcontents.

The MSM will not report what is happening in the blogging world because they hate you. Canadians do not read blogs on the internet, and are reputed to be one of the highest consumers of internet porn. These Canadians morons only use their heads for self-pleasuring and exhaust their intellectual capacity on pictures because words are too complicated. IOW, thinking hurts.

So go ahead and dream of the Canadian blogs changing the course of Canadian political history as you anguish and tap away in futility, but nothing much is gonna happen in Canada, the land of milk and hockey.

According to the advertising industry in Canada, the average Canadian has the intellectual mentality of a 12 year old and that represents 90% of all Canadians. That's why advertising must be understood by a 12 year old to register with average Canadians.

Try to tailor your wonderful political blogs so they are understood by a 12 year old in grade 8, and then you will reach whatever sparse audience you hope to affect.

MapMaster said...

I would essentially agree with you except that I think we could safely target the average 13- and 14-year old and acquire an audience.

But you neglected two important aspects of political blogging in Canada — self-amusement, and communication with other lonely voices in the wilderness. Mkbraaten mentioned that he did not really expect CBC to go through with the story — nor would I. But it's a story nevertheless and I'm glad someone, even if only a blogger, is covering it.

And if bloggers manage to capture a few Canadians of any intellectual capacity in the ambit of our internet regalements, well, then that is only an added bonus…

Thanks for writing in, even though the cold realism of your message doesn't manage to warm the cynical cockles of my blogging heart.