One thing that I am guilty of is not actually paying attention to any of the mainstream media in Canada, public or private, television or radio.
I tuned out decades ago when it became painfully obvious that nothing was good faith reportage but bullshit with an angle, and, therefore, a complete waste of my time.
Perhaps I should be paying attention, however, and calling out the bullshit as was here done by the person who wrote this most excellent letter. In this respect (perhaps and admittedly even in all respects), my activist skills are zero to none. I must give it some think, whether I want to try to engage the establishment stooges, whether it wouldn’t be — as I’ve come to believe – a masochist’s errand.
I think that what you do, Vanessa, is more effective: investigate and counterpose facts against the corporate agenda driven ‘fancies,’ and put it out there by whatever means available.
This letter will have more effect in disabusing the abused audiences of the CBC by circulating online in the blogosphere than if read and ‘memory-holed’ by a government bureaucrat, that is — and oddly enough — by what you are doing with it right here.
It will be interesting to see whether it eventually turns up in the ‘Complaint Reviews’ section of the CBC Ombudsman’s website (Complaint Reviews).
12th January 2016
Letter written to the CBC ombdusman by an informed member of the public in Canada, enraged by the blatant anti Syrian stance in the CBC reporting of the Madaya “starvation” situation.
I have counted The Current and CBC news as among the most reliable sources of news and information we have. I consider myself an informed listener and I consult with many and diverse news sources to get the fullest and clearest understanding of world affairs possible.
That’s why it is disappointing, and sometimes infuriating when I hear the CBC reduced to an echo chamber and propaganda conveyance when it comes to news from the Middle East.
The CBC’s use of unreliable and unverified sources and information that presents and thus promotes only one side of events, and a distorted one at that, is shocking to me. Is it due to cutbacks that you are unable to…
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