Friday, December 14, 2007

CBC Has Tough Questions to Answer

CBC "suggesting" questions for the Liberal party

For those of us critical of the CBC and its overwhelming bias, the past few days have been very good days.

In what has turned out to be an absolute bombshell of a story, former Liberal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre has suggested the CBC may be writing Question Period queries for the Liberal party.

According to Lapierre, Liberal MP Pablo Rodirguez recieved questions written by the CBC to be asked during Brian Mulroney's testimony before the Commons Committee regarding whether or not he had anything to do with the upcoming wireless spectrum auction.

On Mike Duffy Live Lapierre commented on the questions asked by Rodriquez.

"Last night I knew all about those questions," Lapierre explained. "They were written by the CBC and provided to the Liberal Members of Parliament and the questions that Pablo Rodriguez asked were written by the CBC and I can’t believe that but last night, a very influential Member of Parliament came to me and told me those are the questions the CBC wants us to ask tomorrow."

Upon some further investigation into the matter, Liberal staff members have denied that the CBC has written questions for the Liberals, but rather merely "suggested" the questions, which Liberal staffers then wrote.

If that isn't a distinction devoid of any real diference, one might wonder what is.

Canadians should be expecting some answers in short order from the CBC over this matter.

Sadly, this isn't the first embarrassing episode in the chronicling of CBC's blatant partisanship. Last year, CBC reporter Christina Lawand was caught editing comments by Stephen Harper in order to make them appear uncaring. The previous year (during the federal election), the network was busted fishing for Canadians planning to vote against the Conservatives due to fears over a hidden agenda.

However, this is a very different matter. This most recent episode actually involves open collusion between the CBC and the Liberal party. It actually represents outright political interference by a publicly-funded broadcaster.

All in all, maybe this recent episode is less than surprising. After all, it isn't like the CBC doesn't know which side their bread is buttered on.

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