Former Liberal health minister attacks CBC, questions their independence

CBC is used to criticism from conservatives. This time, however, even a former Liberal minister has questioned their journalistic independence.

Nico Johnson Montreal QC

At this point, the CBC has become rather used to criticism from the Canadian right. This time, however, even a former Liberal minister has questioned their journalistic independence.

Ujjal Dosanjh, a former Liberal minister and premier of British Columbia, was referencing a CBC interview with Dr. Theresa Tam where she failed to surprise anyone by saying her response to the pandemic was not perfect. Talk about an understatement.

This interview, however, has been broadly criticized. Norman Spector, a journalist and diplomat, said that unlike BBC presenters, "Rosemary Barton kept agreeing with Dr. Tam."

Using a course comparison, Spector went on to say that "On the BBC, Maitlis interrupts bullsh*t on average every 28 seconds and Husain every 46 seconds; on CBC, Barton spends her time polishing Trudeau's turds."

Dosanjh followed Spector's lead by saying, "such softball interviews do make people wonder about the journalistic independence of CBC." This former Liberal's criticism may come as a shock to the ever-sensitive Barton.

Even doctors seemed bemused by the CBC's Pravda-esque questions: "Many frontline doctors are quietly questioning decisions of the Trudeau government," said Dr. David Jacobs.

"There were ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to Canada, they just weren't taken," he added.

Rosemary Barton has long been accused of possessing a Liberal bias. Amongst other errors, Barton has argued that deficits don't matter; said that the SNC-Lavalin scandal was unimportant; defended Trudeau's poor participation in parliament; and took a infamous selfie with the prime minister.

All this, however, pales in comparison to Barton's most remarkable feat, where she was part of a lawsuit against the Conservative Party in the middle of the 2019 election. Despite this, she continued to present her program as though she was an impartial observer.


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