Honest to Christ, every time I think Kate McMillan can't get any dumber or dishonester, she continues to amaze:
Good Luck With That
Inside The CBC;
Any CBC employee who wants to start a personal blog which “clearly associates them with CBC/Radio-Canada” now requires their supervisor’s permission, according to a new policy document.
The unsigned policy document also states that this rule applies “not only to CBC/Radio-Canada journalists but to any corporation employee.”
Besides what you’d expect in a document like this, like not using the CBC’s resources (email, bandwidth, time, etc.) to update your blog, the policy states that such bloggers are “expected to behave in a way that is consistent with our journalistic philosophy, editorial values and corporate policies.”
Which means screwyoucbc.blogspot.com is about 15 minutes from launch.
Now, for those of you who are not shrieking, demented wingnuts, what is the critical, operative phrase above? Why, yes, it's (emphasis added), 'Any CBC employee who wants to start a personal blog which “clearly associates them with CBC/Radio-Canada” ... '
Which means that this has nothing to do with anyone who wants to start a truly personal blog, but only to those who want to publicly associate themselves with the CBC, which makes perfect sense. In fact, Kate, true to form, carefully stopped quoting just when this distinction was addressed (emphasis added):
To be clear, this policy applies only to personal blogs where the author identifies themselves as a CBC employee.
All in all, that seems eminently reasonable. It's sort of like being a Blogging Tory and understanding that you will never, never, ever speak ill of Dear Leader Stephen Harper, or point out how he is a pathological liar and control freak. Kind of like that.
Canada's Kate McMillan: When you think Canada's wingnuts can't possibly be as deranged or dishonest as their American counterparts, and you need to be set straight.
P.S. Note the update at that CBC web page discussing the "policy," where the "policy" has been downgraded to a "guideline," since policies need to be approved by the CBC Board. CBC News’ Acting Editor in Chief Esther Enkin even provides a clarification in which she states that "As with all guidelines, there is always room for discussion."
One wonders if dear Kate will bother updating her accusatory screed to point out this redefinition. Yeah, and pigs will fly out of my butt.
STUPID COMMENTERS, TOO. To absolutely no one's surprise, Kate's first commenter "GDW" also takes reality and reams it a new butthole:
In other words nobody associated with the CBC is to be allowed to utter any noncongregational opinions in any forum whatsoever.
Why, yes, GDW, that's exactly what that guideline says, isn't it? Seriously, has anyone tried suggesting that these folks stop breeding with one another? It's just a thought.
NICE CATCH, M@: Commenter m@ reminds us of a creepy parallel to this story. Remember this?
Minister stops book talk by Environment Canada scientist
Environment Minister Rona Ambrose has stopped an Environment Canada scientist from speaking publicly about his own novel.
And the rationale for this blatant censorship?
A spokesperson for Ambrose said the speech was billed as coming from an Environment Canada scientist and even though his book is a work of fiction, he would appear to be speaking in an official capacity.
Do I really need to harp on the parallels any further? Of course, that doesn't count 'cuz, well, it's different. Ya know?