Monday, April 15, 2013

One "news reporter" is feeling sad

"The Liberals could come out with an announcement heralding the sky for being blue and a good portion of the electorate would respond by criticizing them for ignoring the clouds."
Stephen Smart is the political correspondent who wrote the comment shown above, published today by CBC News online. By no coincidence, he is also spouse of Rebecca Scott, a Public Affairs Officer with the BC Government who was previously Christy Clark's deputy press secretary. She is a person likely to lose her job if electors do focus on clouds and miss the bits of blue sky.

After complaints, CBC Ombudsman Kirk Lapointe said this in 2012 about the legislative reporter for CBC Radio and Television in BC:
"CBC's protocol can combine disclosure and recusal, but the pervasive appearance of a conflict of interest will continually challenge their reputations"
Those of us who thought Smart's position untenable, were told to judge his work. Well, I have done so and am still not satisfied. Additionally, I note zero disclosure that accompanies Smart's work. Whether he recused himself from any reporting is something only the CBC knows.

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  1. Hummm. Do you really think that they are concerned about a conflict of interest? The Director of Outreach introduced the "premiere" on that Party Propaganda Presentation on Sunday night. What do the "standards of conduct" say about that? I'm so confused. What is a government employee anymore? Isn't the Director of Outreach supposed to serve the public and not act as a campaign manager. Isn't reporter supposed to inform the public and not be rhetorical. Someone, please help me.

  2. I wonder if these media idiots realise they are as much to blame for the hate people have for the lieberals as Christie Clark is.....helping this band of thieves get away with what they have because a family member or friend works for the government is dispicable as far as i'm concerned

  3. If the Liberals heralded the sky for being blue and Christy for making it so, Stephen Smart would dutifully "report" it without challenge. And then blame Adrian Dix for the clouds.

  4. One has to wonder if Mr. Smart might have a vested interest in the outcome of the election, maybe to the tune of $60,000 to $70,000 a year plus benefits. Na all above board. Move along nothing to see here.

    1. I would hope that his wife is making more than that — if Pammy can make $130,000 for doing ___?

    2. She will. Wait for the severance package.



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