Trudeau’s broadcaster is facing immense backlash after claiming it is free from government influence.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is under fire after quitting Twitter in response to Elon Musk slapping a “government-funded media” label on its page.
In a statement posted to the social media platform, CBC stated, “our journalism is impartial and independent, to suggest otherwise is untrue. That is why we’re pausing our activities on Twitter.”
In response, users started quote-tweeting the state broadcaster, reminding people of times the CBC wasn’t fully impartial. Quote-tweets were necessary because CBC turned off replies to its post.
Rebel News employee Aaron Gunn pointed out how CBC “literally sued the Conservative Party in the middle of a federal election.”
This incident was the centre-point of a recent National Post article. Columnist Colby Cash criticized the CBC for the move in an article titled: CBC editorial independence is a lie.
Teacher Rachel Enns pointed to an analysis by Media Bias Fact Check, which claims CBC is not impartial and has a centre-left bias.
Rebel News publisher Ezra Levant slammed the CBC for falsely claiming it is independent. He reminded his followers that CBC’s board is appointed by the government and its editorial mandate is prescribed in government legislation.
Former Canadian ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici asked whether the statement was coming from a “parody account.”
CBC has a history of spreading disinformation on events such as the Freedom Convoy. It also has a history of paying out hefty settlements in response to defamation lawsuits.
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