Yesterday I debated against four CBC executives at once. It was hardly a fair fight.
Unfair for them, I mean. (…)
Carol Off, one of the CBCers who was debating me, was particularly hard to argue with. Because she made all my points for me.
She is supposed to be a journalist. But she declared herself a public servant. As in, a government worker. Hey, that’s my line!
She said she envied the state broadcaster in North Korea, because it never had trouble forcing political guests to appear on its shows, as Off apparently does.
I heard that authoritarian streak several times in the debate. Marie-France Bazzo, a former CBC host, said that in a democracy such as Canada, there are too many voices — and they need someone to sort through them and filter them. Not surprisingly, that someone would be her and her CBC friends. She said the CBC was a “way to structure society.”
And you thought it was just an expensive channel on your TV dial.