The CBC responds to my concerns regarding the false statement made by Scott Reid on Power and Politics. (part 1?)
It took a bit of time and some jumping through some hoops but the CBC has finally responded to my concerns regarding a statement made by Scott Reid on the Point of Order segment from the April 1st, 2010 edition of Power and Politics with Evan Soloman.
Here is what Scott Reid said: "He (Kory Teneycke) along with that, sort of, you know, paid professional brigand of ah, of ah bloggers that work for the Conservative Party; those guys can mobilize a grassroots movement in the snap of a fingers......" and the blog entry I made on the subject can be found here.
An excerpt from the reply I received from Paul Hambleton Managing Editor of the CBC Parliamentary Bureau: The email states that indeed the statement made by Mr. Reid was a "misrepresentation " and goes on to say "The Power & Politics segment in question asks Scott Reid and Jamie Watt [sic] to take a swing at the hot political issues of the day. With their experience we expect insight. But we also want them to be opinionated, funny, and as well; to poke at each other and at politicians. And they're good at it. That said, we need to be as accurate as possible, and at times things that guests say get through that perhaps should not have. It's a fact of life on cable television."
While I do want to thank Mr. Hambleton for his reply and the work of producer Ryan Hicks for getting my (originally ignored) emails to be addressed, I have some big concerns with the contention that Scott Reid was only a "guest" on the show.
Mr.Reid's statement did not occur on one of the many panel discussions, moderated by Evan Soloman, but rather in a pre-taped regular and un-moderated segment on P&P called 'Point of Order', where he and Jaime Watt (correct spelling) give their take on the issues of the day without any type of disclaimer what so ever as to them being merely guests.
Is it normal for the CBC to give "guests" their own regular weekly segment to say whatever they feel like with no accountability or disclaimer, and more importantly is Mr. Reid paid for his work on Point of Order?
So what do you think. Is the CBC correct and Scott Reid is just one in a long line of guests on the show or should he be viewed as something more?
And how does all of this fit into the CBC's own code of Journalistic Standards and Practices?
More to come?
FYI I have replied to the email from the CBC.