#GamerGate has been calling for ethical reform for the last 10 months. This plea for better ethical behavior from media journalists has been met with libel, slander, misappropriation of information and journalistic impropriety. Various media organizations have been caught partaking in multiple forms of ethical conflicts of interest, including the CBC.
Well, separate from the CRTC’s current investigation into CBC’s slanted coverage of #GamerGate, the broadcasting corporation recently came under fire for an unrelated charge when one of their journalists was allegedly found to be taking commissions from individuals he dealt with in a side-business while also having those same individuals on his news program… without disclosure. Boy, doesn’t that sound familiar?
The Star has a short recap of the story that broke wide open for public consumption via journalist Kevin Donovan.
As noted in the Star piece…
“The Star found Solomon had been brokering the sale of paintings and masks owned by a flamboyant Toronto-area art collector to rich and famous buyers. Solomon, in at least one case, took commissions in excess of $300,000 for several pieces of art and did not disclose to the buyer that he was being paid fees for introducing buyer and seller.”
E-mails revealed that Solomon was working to broker deals between buyers and sellers of fine art, some of whom happened to be subjects who appeared on a CBC show he hosted. He did this without disclosure.
After the news broke on The Star, CBC executive Jennifer McGuire stated…
“I regret to inform you that CBC News has ended its relationship with Evan Solomon,”
There is a very detailed account of Solomon’s activities, including recounts of e-mail messages and phone calls setting up deals with clients from his art business on The Star. Originally Solomon denied that he even had an art business. After more information was revealed tying him to the art business, he later admitted to it.
CBC also denied any allegations of impropriety, noting that Solomon had made it known to them that he had an art business early in his career at the broadcasting station. However, The Star revealed to them additional correspondence and e-mails that highlighted the financial and personal conflicts of interest that Solomon was involved in, eventually leading to an internal investigation and his dismissal from the broadcasting station.
Some users tried defending Solomon on the CBC news piece highlighting his firing, stating that if it had nothing to do with his day job he shouldn’t have been fired. However, one user named Joe Strummer made an obvious and intelligent point, stating…
Sorry bud, but it was related to his day job. Some of the people he did business deals with he had also interviewed and done stories with on the CBC. It’s called a conflict of interest and if you don’t know what that is then no one can help you.
For now, the coverage the CBC has done over #GamerGate doesn’t quite equate to a journalist scraping up $300,000 over the course of two years in commissions, but it does highlight a growing fault in today’s media industry of the platforms being misused to push misinformation and politicized agendas.
In fact, Kotaku in Action has a thread highlight some of the CBC’s other recent run-ins with corruption, including CBC’s Amanda Lang and the allegations of her sabotaging an investigation that would have exposed a scandal involving the RBC national bank, as reported by Canada Land Show. There’s also the allegations of sexual misconduct and misogyny by former CBC reporter Jian Ghomeshi, as reported by the Washington Post. However, given the fact that the Washington Post is a shoddy outlet for covering #GamerGate, I would warn that anything they write could very well end up being just as slanted as inaccurate as their coverage of the hashtag.
CBC journalist Peter Mansbridge was also found to be involved in a financial conflict of interest, taking money from oil groups to tell oil companies “how important they are” without proper disclosure, according to a report from Canada Land Show. CBC’s Rex Murphy was also found to be in the same boat as Peter Mansbridge, receiving kickbacks from oil companies to give pro-oil speeches. Murphy did not disclose this on his national television program and the Vancouver Observer called him out on it.
With the CBC allowing that level of corruption to run so high up in their institution, it’s no wonder that they see running slanderous stories filled with misinformation as not being that big of a deal.
A website called CBC Exposed sums up how a lot of Canadians feel about the direction the broadcasting corporation is heading in by stating…
CBC Scandals grow everyday while management continues to spend your money to cover them up. Taxpayers continue to be hosed to the tune of about $100,000,000 (yes, 100 MILLION) of our taxes every 30 days with no CBC accountability to taxpayers as they continue with their biased news service serving only the extreme socialists and anti Semitics.
Thankfully the CRTC has at least taken notice of the complaints from concerned viewers, listeners and consumers who realize that the #GamerGate scandal really is about ethics in journalism. The commission is maintaining the course of investigating the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who seem intent on covering up their own corruption at all costs… and failing miserably at it.