CBC Legislative Bureau Chief Stephen Smart reports fully and fairly when his wife’s employer deserves to be in the news. Well, at least that is what CBC says.
As intelligent skeptics, we should ignore their words and judge their actions. Consider a current example.
The employer of Mr. Smart’s wife, known here as Premier Photo-Op, is indisputably embarrassed by connections to Jaspal Atwal, a man convicted of attempted murder in a crime planned to achieve political purposes – a crime shockingly at odds with Canadian tradition.
Well read pundits and reporters in British Columbia — Michael Smyth, Alex Tsakumis, Les Leyne, Kim Bolan, Bill Tieleman, Ian Reid, etc. — had much to say about Christy Clark and Jaspal Atwal.
The CBC? Not a word. Here is the result of a Sunday morning search at CBC News.
I filed another complaint with CBC Ombudsman, this time alleging a specific example of bias in reporting on BC politics. Kirk LaPointe has already determined that Stephen Smart’s involvement as primary political reporter on the BC Government, while his wife works as a politically appointed media officer for the Premier, is problematic. CBC executives rejected that position and told LaPointe to take a hike.
Our earlier complaints were based on the broad situation. Now, we require the CBC to answer to a specific instance of bias. Readers can initiate their own complaints by following the link in the preceding paragraph.