Another change in BC Premier Christy Clark’s office, Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee, May 2, 2012
The Premier’s office is now Scott free, which conveniently fixes a CBC problem. They had refused to resolve the conflict issue after their own Ombudsman Kirk Lapointe sided with the online community and found that CBC’s provincial political reporter being married to a press secretary in the Premier’s office was problematic.
After my own complaints, I was told to expect the issue to be resolved shortly but not to expect any admission of error from the brass at the broadcaster. Now, Rebecca Scott is out of the Premier’s office and is just another member of the press gallery’s extended family, spouses and children, employed by government through political appointment. Gosh, maintaining a Liberal friendly media costs the public dearly.
That’s two demotions for the Scott-Smart family in recent days. Stephen Smart had been referred to as CBC’s Legislative Bureau Chief but the label has been discredited when applied to bureaus of one person. The Columbia Journalism Review had this to say recently,
“The use of the word bureau to describe a single correspondent… is meant to trick audiences into believing the news organization funds a sprawling newsroom in that location.”
I’m not surprised that rather few citizens defend CBC when they are targeted for budget cuts. The corporation has twisted the principles of journalism and public broadcasting so thoroughly that their main constituency of support is able to gather in a small Toronto restaurant.