As the former director of education for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, I have had to stand up for the rights of people I don't like very much, people who say and write things that I had hoped never to hear or read. But I have also taken the opportunity to let them know that, just because I will fight for their right to free expression, I have no intention of respecting what it is they say or represent. I am going to use MY free speech to let the ugly, abusive, and racist people out there know that they are wrong.
The province is in a "hard spot," the CBC commentator says.
Here's the thing: The mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar that Rex Murphy is seemingly so upset about (at least, according to his recent column on the topic) is very similar to what migrant workers face in Canada. And I can prove it.
“If politics were bingo. This would be hitting the jackpot.”
In management's view, Rex (one and two) is in such complete control of his perceptions and biases that he can switch from one personality to the other while walking from a radio studio on the third floor of the Broadcast Centre in Toronto to a TV studio on the fifth or to his kitchen to write a column for the National Post. That is obviously impossible, although convenient wishful thinking for CBC executives stuck in a pickle of their own making.
I don't care what Rex Murphy talks about. This is about good journalism and the abuse of privilege. So here's the problem to be faced by CBC managers and programmers who seem so committed to keeping Rex Murphy in the CBC public's eye and ear.
"I decided that you can't cover a controversy by being in one." That's Peter Mansbridge's revelatory explanation as to why his name no longer appears -- after many months -- as an Honourary Patron of the controversial Never Forgotten war memorial proposed for Cape Breton Island. Apart from the fact that this is one of the basic tenets of journalism -- along with get your facts right, and don't misspell someone's name -- it avoids answering the really important question in this whole fiasco.
A major misstep on Bill C-51 is costing the Liberal party its alternative appeal — and at “the worst possible moment,” according to Rex Murphy.
“Anti-vaccination is intensely selfish. Not vaccinating a child amounts to taking a free ride on the good practices of others.”