Please see my previous post for background on the CBC’s failure to do its Remembrance Day homework …
What I now find interesting is that it has taken CBC so long to address this scandalous matter on TV. And, strangely enough, one of CBC’s “leading investigative journalists and CBC News’ senior investigative journalist”, Diana Swain, got almost twice as much airtime as faux soldier Gervais and his wife. [Please see below.]
First the two latest CBC pieces:
Sub-head: ‘It’s an actual Criminal Code offence, so I suspect that somebody should investigate,’ minister says [Posted: Nov 12, 2014 5:46 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 10:18 AM ET]
Sub-head: Man who represented himself as a decorated soldier now under investigation by Ottawa police [Posted: Nov 13, 2014 12:57 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 7:14 PM ET]
And just for the record, so to speak …
1. above was the first “Top Headline” (below a big picture unrelated lede item) in CBC’s November 12, 2014 4:10 PM “Evening News Digest”. It reads: “Remembrance Day ‘sergeant’ at National War Memorial not in military, DND says”
2. above was the first “Top Headline” in CBC’s November 13, 2014 4:10 PM “Evening News Digest”. It reads: “Wife of Remembrance Day ‘sergeant’ says they feel trapped, are receiving threats”
And here’s a snap I snipped from the performances of M. et Mme. Gervais – after they had both agreed to appear on camera – according to Diana Swain, during the course of her 4+ minute* explanation interview on November 13.
* Strangely enough, this interview was all about Swain! And having watched Mme. Gervais in action on Nov. 11, I for one am not entirely sure on what Swain might have based her assessment that Mme. Gervais was somewhat nervous. At least not on Nov. 11. Perhaps it was her behaviours off-camera on the 11th – and on-camera on the 13th (or whatever day she made her subsequent brief appearance!)
Perhaps during the two days she’d had to think about this, Swain could have discovered (as did Canada’s National Post) and shown CBC viewers all the things that were wrong with Franck Gervais’ Remembrance Day costume of choice:
Am I being too harsh and/or critical of Swain and/or the CBC?! Perhaps in the eyes of some.
Although I think I might be somewhat less critical if whoever decides on the CBC “angles” (and/or the reporter who knocked on the Gervais door) had been considerably less gullible regarding Mme. Gervais’ claim to the effect that they feel “trapped” and had received “threats”.
Had I been on that doorstep on Nov. 13, it would not even have occurred to me to repeat such an allegation – let alone make it a headline, as the CBC chose to do – without any visible (and/or audible) … wait for it … evidence to substantiate these alleged “threats”.
What were the powers that be at the CBC thinking?! If, in fact, they actually were thinking at all!
Then again, the CBC has a long-standing reputation for swallowing wholesale whatever PR fluff ‘n stuff is put out regarding the so-called “dangers” of “climate change” [viz, for example, their coverage of faux Nobel laureate, Andrew Weaver, as I had noted in my previous post].
Not to mention a similar unexamined and unquestioning approach to whatever pro-Palestinian and/or anti-Israel material they can get their hands on!
So perhaps I’m just expecting far too much of Canada’s “national” broadcaster, eh?!
P.S. Late night update: This story evidently made the CBC National News on Thursday night (Nov. 13). Introduced by star anchor, Peter Mansbridge, there was a somewhat expanded version/view of 2. above.
Reporter James Cudmore was accompanied by an unidentified woman and Mme. Gervais’ claim was that she and her husband had received “threats of death and physical reprisals”. Still, there was no indication that Cudmore had asked to see any … wait for it … evidence of this claim. Quelle surprise, eh?!