No, we’re not referring to Greta Thunberg whose tweet endorsing Hamas reduced her yet further to being just another nasty woke drone. We’re referring to Canada’s state broadcaster, the CBC, which was the focus of a controversy because it refused to call Hamas terrorists, and when the Conservative Party tried to summon management for questioning about it, the Liberals and other social democratic parties refused. According to an internal memo, just because well-funded psychopaths organized themselves into a terrorizing force that deliberately murdered civilians and boasted about it doesn’t make them “terrorists”. What we need is nuance, you see. Whereas when it comes to man-made climate change, well, no such scruples exist. Instead “People are losing their homes to wildfires. They are dealing with floods. Their loved ones are dying in extreme heat. Their houses are falling into the sea. Climate change is no longer theoretical. It’s in our backyard.” Meanwhile people livestreaming themselves shooting up a music festival, raping women and beheading babies is only alleged by some on the right to be “terrorism”.
Anyone with Google on their computer can find countless examples of the CBC’s lack of reticence on climate change. Like “Jane Goodall says we need hope to fight climate change – and her hope lies with youth”. Not “so-called climate change” or “fight ‘climate change’”. Oh no. Instead:
“Caribbean leaders meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week hope Canada will push their concerns – such as the profound threat they face from climate change – higher on the international agenda.”
Not “that they say they face” or “some say they face.” Heck no. We’re talking solid fact here. As in “With a changing climate, it’s expected that more of the forest landscape will burn in the decades ahead.” Also, of course, “Climate change threatens winter roads connecting northern Ontario’s remote communities”. No “some say”. No “a report claims”. Just world ends, women and minorities hardest hit:
“As climate change continues to narrow the window during which winter roads are useable, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) gathered in Thunder Bay to strategize how to keep its communities connected in a rapidly thawing north.”
If Islamic Jihad blows up a hospital in Gaza, the CBC ponders whether Israel might have done it. But when Halifax develops a plan to deal with man-made climate change, no contrary voices are allowed into the story… except people saying the city isn’t doing enough fast enough.
Interestingly, the CBC claims it has long insisted on putting quotation marks on “terrorist” and attributing the claim. But in fact it has not. Not even about Hamas. So what’s different today? They certainly don’t insist on putting “climate change” in quotation marks and being sure to “tell the audience who has used it and in what context.”
The CBC operates in the rather broad accountability-free zone that exists in Canadian government. Not only do those in direct positions of power frequently shrug off any responsibility, or stonewall requests for information. (And recently the Commons ethics committee voted to summon the Industry Minister to answer questions about subsidies to something called Sustainable Development Technology Canada but the social democrats rejected the Conservative motion requiring him to produce the relevant documents.) There is also a vast quasi-statal sector where mandates are set by government, boards are appointed by politicians, but if something awkward or controversial arises they are declared to be “arms-length” and any attempt to bring them back into line is decried as “political interference”.
This weird bubble even includes police operations. When the police are, for instance, refusing to crack down on some left-wing protest, politicians seriously claim they cannot direct them, as if they were a state within a state and a law unto themselves. Though of course at other times they communicate directly, provide guidance and so on. Sometimes at the same time.
The CBC is a classic case in point. It gets a budget of well over a billion dollars directly from the state, with which it competes with private media entities for revenue and audience, it gets its mandate directly from the state, and as Wikipedia puts it with typical double-speak:
“As a crown corporation, the CBC operates at arm’s length (autonomously) from the government in its day-to-day business. The corporation is governed by the Broadcasting Act of 1991, under a board of directors and is directly responsible to Parliament through the Department of Canadian Heritage. General management of the organization is in the hands of a president, who is appointed by the Governor General of Canada in Council, on the advice of the prime minister.”
So the PM gets to pick some like-minded soul to run the place, with a salary of nearly half a million dollars a year plus generous bonuses. The corporation is “directly responsible to Parliament” yet operates at arm’s length. When it adopts some horrifying policy, gorged with public money, politicians in sympathy with that policy say hey, nothing to do with us, don’t you dare meddle with freedom of the press. The fact that the Prime Minister is totally certain climate change exists, but initially blamed Israel for blowing up the Gaza hospital, is pure coincidence.
That fewer than 1% of Canadians watch its suppertime news show is a blessing under the circumstances. But it remains a propaganda organ, and an egregious one, on everything from climate to terror.