CFAX 1070 - Jessop & Farrell

BC citizens… dutiful oysters

My time with Ian Jessop on CFAX radio, June 20, 2016:

Talk Talk Talk

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“…Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”

“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”

…”I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

The Carpenter he ceased to sob;
The Walrus ceased to weep;
They’d finished all the oysters;
And they laid them down to sleep–

10 replies »

  1. Gordon Campbell started with a hijacked Liberal Party shell and filled it with conservative-minded members looking for a home after destroying the Socred brand. The name of the party itself was then and remains now a lie given its membership’s true political philosophy.

    In 2001 he assembled a body of lies designed on what he knew cost him in the previous election, and what he knew the electorate wanted. He had no intention of delivering, and the speed with which he outright broke those promises after gaining office provides the proof.

    He then had four years to build a new set of false promises (or lies, to be accurate) and let the gullible forget. It worked again. He repeated the winning strategy four years later.

    Christy Clark has taken his formula to new heights; the lies greater and the subterfuge barely concealed. She’s better at it than he ever was. Which is why her corporate masters keep her in the chair.

    The defence against this public larceny in a democracy is an informed public, and at the core a thriving fourth estate. Providing of course, it follows the Journalist’s Creed.

    “The Journalist’s Creed was written by the first dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, Walter Williams. One century later, his declaration remains one of the clearest statements of the principles, values and standards of journalists throughout the world. The plaque bearing the creed is located on the main stairway to the second floor of Neff Hall.
    • I believe in the profession of journalism.
    • I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.
    • I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
    • I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.
    • I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.
    • I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.
    • I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.
    • I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.”

    When I read those words and think of most of the professional journalists in BC assigned this public trust by their corporate masters, it’s hard not to sink into a deep melancholy. What prevents it is my even deeper anger that it has come to this.

    They must be outed. We know who they are, and every time they try to feed us a biased report, or fail to give us any report at all on a major public interest, we should be relentless in challenge.

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    • It is so, hours after I appeared and hours before Martyn Brown was to appear. He was not terminated because of ratings because the last measurement showed CFAX improving while CBC lost listeners. Jessop’s program had more listener interactions than other broadcasters at the station and a larger following in podcast audiences.

      Since Ian is a first class individual, the only other possible explanation is that Bell Media do not want the interests and opinions of ordinary citizens featured on their programs. This is what happens when media ownership is in the hands of a few wealthy citizens and their corporations.


  2. The office doesn’t have a general e-mail but you can write complaints to and say “Attention CFAX Management”

    I did. I also sent a copy to the CRTC — and told CFAX I was doing so.

    CFAX office phone: 250.386.1070

    If Ian can’t get his job back, perhaps he can get set up with a small station like Alex Tsakumis did before the 2013 election (if he wishes to…).


  3. Email from Ms Heather Kim,

    “Hi Paul,

    We’ve made a programming decision to change our talk show lineup, and the hosts involved, and will be taking our new lineup on the air this coming Monday. Ian won’t be a part of the lineup going forward, but I do believe we have a very strong group of people working on our talk shows and that we will continue to deliver the news and talk that matters to our listeners.


    Heather Kim”

    Don’t know why she called me Paul. Also, 1:27, I ask the question on air…


    • Paul: the perils of cut and paste.

      However, it demonstrates her sincerity and the amount of time and consideration she gave your message.


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