Guest blogger: To Sir With Concern

Sent to me by Allan.

Quite the coincidence yesterday with all the promotions and shuffling of news control at the CBC.
And it spares you the trouble, Hubert, of responding to my earlier post. You need only point to the excellent coverage by Tod Maffin at insidecbc and say “there’s your answer. Something is being done.”
But Hubert, it’s so clear that your people just don’t get it.
It would be easy to make mincemeat out of the remarks by both Stursberg and Cruikshank. There’s a mindlessness, a hollowness to what they’re saying.
And nothing underlines and betrays it more than the very last section of Tod’s coverage in the three posts he devoted to it.

What’s the status of Magid?
The Magid consultants will continue to be involved in research, training and strategies to support our evolving breaking news strategy.

That word Magid is the equivalent of spitting (figuratively!) in the face of every person involved with CBC News.
It’s nothing less than astounding to think that an organization with thousands of employees – talented, smart, dedicated, loyal, mature, serious and responsible, are being told that not one of them is up to the job, and that someone from outside, is needed to fulfill the mission of the company.
I’m not buying it.
No one is buying it. Except the people who were promoted.
Because, my friend, these decisions have come from the same people who brought us to the dismal state they only now begin to acknowledge. They long ago lost the confidence of their armies. People don’t trust their judgment, and find nothing that speaks to integrity. It’s all flim-flam, as if to distract from their incompetence.
For how many seconds did they think they were fooling anyone yesterday?
And it’s all too obvious to see where they’re going with it. But copying others is not leadership.
It’s over for those two men.
The sooner the CBC is rid of these pretentious, lazy sell-outs the better.
And absolutely everyone who cares about the CBC knows it.
Absolutely everyone.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 6:26 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I get Steve and Chris confused. Who is the one with the wig?

  2. Allan
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I met Chris and Steve in the hallway at the TBC just last year when they were standing around waiting to see someone important. Their eagerness to get a TV show was quite evident, but maybe they always look like that. And I asked them if I could take their picture for my blog (despite my being late for a meeting with Stursberg to plan our strategy for undermining TeaMakers) since they were so unusually healthy, well-groomed and seemingly “up”. And they stood oddly very close to each other as they talked, as if they were very good friends. It’s nice to see that.
    They hesitated only for a moment and looked at each other as if they cared about the other person’s opinion before granting me permission. They were nice. I thought “what’s not to like?”
    I’m sure I could learn a lot from them.

    My own choice for a fabulous makeover would be Christie Blatchford.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    If they had Allan on Steve and Chris getting a makeover I’d watch it … and at least that would be someone.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I agree. They should have Allan on the Steve and Chris show. He’d be not only a great make-over, but I’m sure Allan would have tips on how to live fabulously! :)

  5. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 10:19 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    The contracting of Magid is scandalous and a national disgrace.

    Whoever did this should be fired and we need a full inquiry by the federal Heritage committee on the management and spending practices of the CBC.

    We’re spending the Canadian taxpayer’s money to “Americanize” our news?

    This makes me sick.

    Right Now!!

  6. Kevin
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 9:38 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    So the Test The Nation goodwill’s worn off then? Maybe if somone gets you a spot on Steven and Chris – “We’re going to take this worn out crank and make a funky centerpiece that will embarrass your other guests!” – you’ll start feeling it again.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 9:25 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    follow the money

  8. Anonymous
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 7:09 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    The hubris of imagining they can “manage” the news into something they can make Canadians buy, rather than committing more resources to news gathering and investigation, is incredible. Especially given their dire track records. They have steered us into an iceberg and this ship is taking on water.

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