By Jamil Jivani, September 23, 2022
The CBC’s hypocritical treatment of American columnist and podcaster Ben Shapiro is the most recent example of why Canada’s public broadcaster is in need of significant reforms.
On Sept. 19, the CBC published a news report that questioned whether Shapiro is “a conservative political commentator,” despite the fact that such a descriptor is the most accurate and objective way to describe his work. Instead, in an article about the online radicalization of young men, the CBC suggested that Shapiro is an extremist, without presenting any evidence.
“While Shapiro is not affiliated with any hate group,” CBC’s Brock Wilson admitted, “experts in media, gender studies and the radicalization of young men say that the commentator’s content is prevalent in online extremist communities.”