Producer quits Canadian public broadcaster due to ‘radical political agenda’, says CBC which has abandoned integrity
A veteran producer resigned from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, claiming in a scathing column that the network had abandoned journalistic integrity in favor of a “waking” worldview and “a radical political agenda born on Ivy League campuses in the United States. United States “.
Tara Henley, a former television and radio producer, wrote an entry on Substack on why she left the CBC, detailing a newsroom stifled by far-left ideology that limits critical thinking and obsesses over race.
“For months, I have received complaints about the CBC,” she wrote. âPeople want to know why, for example, non-binary Filipinos concerned about the lack of LGBT terms in Tagalog are an editorial priority for the CBC, when local issues of general concern go unreported. Or why the coverage of our Dave Chappelle Netflix pop culture radio show special didn’t include any of the legions of fans, or comics, who didn’t find it offensive. Or why, exactly, taxpayers should fund articles that berate Canadians for using words like “brainstorm” and “lame”. “
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When she started working for the Canadian public broadcaster in 2013, Henley wrote that the CBC “produced some of the best newspapers in the country,” but nearly a decade later “she embodied some of the worst trends in mainstream media âand she needed to go. .
âThe CBC has gone from being a trusted news source to producing click-bait that looks like a parody of the student press,â Henley wrote. “Those of us on the inside know how quickly and dramatically the policy of the public broadcaster has changed.”
Henley believes she was one of the more liberal staff on the network, but things have changed as her colleagues have moved further to the left.
“I am now by far the most conservative, frequently stirring up tension by questioning identity politics. It happened in the space of about 18 months. My own politics have not changed,” Henley wrote. . âWorking at CBC in today’s climate is to embrace cognitive dissonance and abandon journalistic integrity. ”
She blamed “a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spilled over into American social media platforms” that “monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions” for having set the tone for current media such as CBC. Henley also believes that working at the CBC means you have to “pretend that the ‘waking’ worldview is almost universal.”
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âWorking at CBC now is about accepting the idea that race is the most important thing in a person and that some races are more relevant to the public conversation than others. In my newsroom, it’s about filling out racial profile forms. for each guest you book; to actively book more people of some races and less of others, âcontinued Henley. âWorking at Radio-Canada means submitting to job interviews that do not relate to qualifications or experience, but rather require the parrot of orthodoxies, the demonstration of loyalty to dogma. It is becoming less hostile to government and business and more hostile in the ordinary. people with ideas Twitter doesn’t like. “
Henley then shredded the CBC for a variety of other reasons, such as the network’s recent story that reporters “endlessly document micro-attacks but pay little attention to evictions,” “highlight the political platitudes of the ‘company but little interest in wages or working conditions “and” allow the implementation of radical societal changes such as lockdowns, vaccination mandates and school closures – with little debate “.
She said critical thinking had been closed, several topics were “off the table” and employees had to remain silent to avoid tipping the boat.
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“How can good journalism be done under such conditions? How could all of this be healthy for society? All of this raises broader questions about where North America is heading,” Henley wrote. “Questions about this new moment we are living in – and its impact on the body politic. On class divisions and economic inequalities. On education. On mental health. On literature and comedy. On science. On liberalism and democracy. These questions keep me awake at night. “
She then said that her new Substack is an attempt to find answers.
CBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.