Good was joined by Keith Baldrey who wondered even "if it is a story."
They argue that no smoking gun has emerged to prove the Liberal government guilty of corruption and they say that Basi cannot be trusted. They didn't discuss who is preventing examination of the entire body of evidence or who negotiated and paid to end the court process that should have provided definitive answers.
Listeners should be asking if these media members are trustworthy.
Chambers have received millions from taxpayers in return.
The BC Chamber calls itself "the most influential business association in BC – the provincial leader in public policy..." One of the ways it gains influence is through the relationships it fosters with members of the media.
Good and Baldrey, along with Vaughn Palmer, appeared May 25 at the Annual General Meeting of the BC Chamber of Commerce. This has been a regular gig for the trio and their Dull Edge from the Ledge. The cost of attending this year's 2-hour bun toss at the Chamber's AGM in Penticton was $60 a person. The Chamber has not been the only customer of the Good/Palmer/Baldrey roadshow during the past few years.
Is it a conflict of interest for media members to accept appearance fees from industries and partisan groups who have a direct interest in their reporting and commentary? Is it at least an apparent conflict?
CKNW and Corus Radio claim they observe codes of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. One of those codes says this:
Article Six – Conflict of InterestIn media, standards of conduct and transparency are more boasted about than actually observed. Additionally, if one person is in conflict, there is a quiet expectation that colleagues will not report the conflict.
Electronic journalists will govern themselves on and off the job in such a way as to avoid conflict of interest, real or apparent.
It's an unprincipled situation that undermines credibility of the entire mainstream media. Recommend this post