Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Rex Murphy and the Con Broadcasting Corporation
About a week ago I wrote a post demanding to know why the CBC hadn't fired Rex Murphy for being a shill for Big Oil.
And I assumed that because so many others had complained, and it was such an obvious conflict of interest, that the CBC would at least take those complaints seriously.
But I was wrong. It turns out CBC management doesn't think Murphy is guilty of ANYTHING.
The most important thing to understand is that Rex is not a regular reporter. He appears on The National as a commentator precisely to do analysis and offer his point of view on issues of the day.
His work has to be approved by editors at The National and has to meet a clear and straightforward threshold: that it be rooted in fact and experience, not just opinion or kneejerk ideology. But taking a provocative stand is what we pay him to do.
And all I can say after reading that is, if the editors at the National think that Murphy's right-wing diatribes are "rooted in fact and experience, not just opinion or kneejerk ideology," then they should also be fired. Because they're clearly out of their depth or out of their minds.
For it doesn't take a trained eye to see that Murphy is nothing but a right-wing ideologue and third rate demagogue whose work cannot be rooted in fact. Not when he's a climate change denier of the lowest order. It's just not possible.
And not when those kooky views are both dangerous and profitable...
Because he is a millionaire, he lives in the most expensive condo on the waterfront, the same building Mike Harris lived in when he was Premier of Ontario.
Secondly his position on the CBC's flagship news program gives his biased commentary a weight, and a patina of respectability, it does not deserve. So this is also bullshit:
Rex's point of view, of course, is not the only one you hear on The National. The program is required to offer diverse perspectives on controversial issues. In this case, Rex's views were a direct counterpoint to an interview that had aired with Neil Young. That range of voices is what allows viewers to form their own opinions and goes directly to our mandate of providing balanced coverage as a public broadcaster.
Because unless McGuire is suggesting that the person who interviewed Murphy was biased, if they wanted a counterpoint they should have interviewed somebody from Big Oil or a Con politician or whatever.
Not have their regular commentator rule on the issue as if he was some kind of impartial analyst or judge. When in fact he is just a slightly more refined Ezra Levant, and a babbling bubbling fountain of recycled Con talking points.
Thirdly, the energy debate is one of the most critical and political debates in this country, and climate change is the greatest threat humanity faces at this time. So to allow a nutty climate change denier free rein on a program like the National is at best irresponsible, and at worst CRIMINAL.
We desperately need and deserve better.
And of course this is simply OUTRAGEOUS...
The bottom line is that we are comfortable with the rigour of our policies, our editorial procedures, and our editorial leaders. And while it's fine for people to challenge his views, I want to say explicitly that we're comfortable with the content Rex has done for The National and Cross-Country Checkup, and we're confident about his independence - his point of view is his own.
For how can anyone be independent when they're sucking up petro dollars like a hoover, and blowing Big Oil like a balloon, over and over again?
And what is the difference between what he says on the CBC and his foamy demagogic speeches to the oil industry?
For if that isn't a demagogue, an oily prophet or a little Fuhrer, what is?
Are those CBC managers so dumb, or ideologically ignorant, that they can't recognize a shabby tea bagger, or a Big Oil pimp, or a Con man when they see one? Do they take us for FOOLS?
Or are they so afraid of the Harper regime they are prepared to live on bended knee, even if that means sacrificing the credibility of their own flagship news program?
And betraying their most faithful viewers, and most of the people in this country.
Gawd. I don't know if I want to hear the answer, but I do know this:
The CBC is supposed to be the CANADIAN Broadcasting Corporation, not the CON Broadcasting Network.
Those pathetic CBC managers should be ashamed of themselves.
And Rex Murphy should be fired NOW...
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