Dear Mr. Pacheco:CBC’s Office of the Ombudsman is independent of CBC News management and thus has no say in day-to-day decision-making. The CBC Ombudsman has a mandate to determine whether information content the CBC has produced fully respects CBC’s journalism policy. However, I have shared your e-mail with Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News, so that she may be aware of your concerns.For your information, here is a link to coverage of the rally on CBCNews.ca : http://www.cbc.ca/news/
Esther EnkinCBC Ombudsman
Dear Ms. Enkin:
Thank you for your prompt response to my complaint. I will await Ms. McGuire’s response to my complaint.
However, as you may appreciate, many Canadians – whether they are pro-life or not – have had some very, very serious and well-founded concerns with the objectivity and fairness of CBC reporting for many years now. I don’t think that that’s a secret to you or the office that you hold. Indeed, is it not incumbent on you and your office to also investigate instances when the CBC refuses to report sufficiently? You say that programming (i.e. non-reporting of a major event) is not your office’s responsibility. That’s fine, but what mechanism do Canadians have to voice their concerns over the CBC’s refusal to cover such a major event in the proportion that it deserves? Under the current rubric, there is no recourse for us to complain to anyone having even the appearance of impartiality. Referring me to the CBC for its virtual non-existent programming is like referring a pregnant woman seeking alternatives to abortion to Kermit Gosnell. Surely you can see the problem here. Refusing to sufficiently report at all is as bad, if not worse, than distorting the facts of a story.
I think this is a rather significant point that your office needs to address. I think Canadians deserve better from an organization that is supposed to hold the CBC accountable to Canadian taxpayers. Please do not suggest that such a majorly attended event on any other topic (acceptable to the liberal biases of CBC management, of course) would not be covered extensively by the CBC. We both know that that is simply not true. It enters the boundaries of the absurd and offensive. I hope it’s not going to take many weeks of constant haranguing to get the CBC to see the truth of the matter. They had a hard time admitting that they were financing porn last year, when everyone else was believing their eyes instead of believing the CBC’s denials. I hope that this does not occur in this instance, and we can all admit the truth of the matter.
If Ms. McGuire does not offer a satisfactory response, I will be contacting you again to address this matter.
Many thanks for your co-operation.
Socon or Bust