Open Letter to CBC Ombudsman: Where is the Hillary Clinton Allegedly Rigged the DNC Coverage?

The following is an open letter to the CBC ombudsman in regards to the missing coverage on the explosive accusations against Hillary Clinton and her campaign in which they apparently rigged the Democratic nomination against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. I encourage anyone who agrees with the following letter to copy and paste it and send it to the CBC ombudsman as well. I encourage everyone in agreement with this letter to join in polite criticism in what appears to be extremely biased coverage–by complete omission–or gross negligence perpetrated by our public broadcaster. I have written one letter to the CBC ombudsman in the past, but received no response. If enough of us send this letter we should apply enough pressure on the CBC that they’ll have to answer for either egregious bias or an unbelievable oversight.

Dear CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin,

Last week a sensational story broke. Former Interim National Democratic Committee Chairperson and high-profile Democrat Donna Brazile wrote an explosive piece for Politico claiming Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC against Bernie Sanders that was published on Nov. 2.

In the article, Brazile claims Clinton “resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet”; “Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt [of the DNC]”; the chief financial officer of Clinton’s campaign Gary Gensler “described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp”; “the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse”; and the DNC signed an agreement with Clinton’s camp that would essentially give Hillary “control [over] the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.”

These explosive claims from a high-profile Democrat should’ve been more than enough for the CBC News Network to find this worthy of an in-depth report. On top of this, further adding to the newsworthiness of this story, high-profile Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren would back up Brazile’s incredible claim that the DNC nomination process being rigged–before eventually walking her on-air statement back.

Despite all of these incredible claims, I have yet to see the CBC News Network publish anything covering this story. I have been watching The National nightly up until Nov. 6 and have not seen it reported once. In that same time period CBC’s flagship news program has spent many minutes on U.S. news, including a feature story last Friday on L.A. gentrification–a story that surely could’ve been pushed back for this far more newsworthy and pressing story. I also did a search of “Hillary Clinton” on the CBC News Network’s website and found no reports on these allegations against Hillary Clinton. However, I did notice extensive and largely positive coverage of Hillary Clinton on her book tour and other visits to Canada. Unless there were reports on CBC’s daily news broadcasts or on CBC radio, there appears to be zero reporting on this story by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

One invalid excuse I could see CBC citing–as to why it appears to have completely omitted the story–is that Brazile’s accusations were resoundingly dismissed as spurious by pro-Clinton news outlets and journalists spreading misinformation, supposedly discrediting Brazile and her claims. But ace reporter Glenn Greenwald debunked that bogus reporting. Furthermore, the attempted discrediting of Brazile took time and CBC should’ve reported it in the interim period. Finally, again, Warren initially backing Brazile’s claims made this bombshell story all the more newsworthy.

CBC has long been accused of having a pro-Democrat bias, and all of the above seems to reinforce this claim. Yes, President Trump’s daily antics deserve to get the lion’s share of CBC’s U.S. political coverage these days, but a former presidential nominee–who CBC reported warned Canada “democracy is under attack” back in September–being accused of rigging the democratic process within her own party certainly deserves significant coverage from Canadians’ public news network. I and many Canadians across the country would very much appreciate an answer as to why CBC News Network employees found this story merited no coverage (or very little coverage). We eagerly await your response.

Sincerely from a concerned Canadian citizen,

Graeme Gordon

If you agree with the above letter, please copy and paste it to the complaint page of the CBC ombudsman, signing the end of the letter with your own name. Make sure to share the letter on social media, too, so others will follow suit, adding pressure on the ombudsman to give a formal response. We can then push back if there has not been a response in a reasonable time period. Finally, post your email receipt online (personal information redacted of course) from the ombudsman so that we have more proof that many members of the Canadian public are demanding an answer for why this egregious omission of an incredibly newsworthy story was committed by our so-called public broadcaster. 

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One thought on “Open Letter to CBC Ombudsman: Where is the Hillary Clinton Allegedly Rigged the DNC Coverage?

  1. Hey Graeme, Today I sent in a complaint about biased coverage to CBC Ombudsman, including your letter as suggested.

    I’m skeptical that anything significant comes of complaints like this, though. From past experience the Ombudsman is more likely to attempt to rationalize CBC’s reporting as “fair and balanced” – laughable as that is to most conservatives.

    This particular Ombudsman’s resume tells us that she’s a solid CBC insider and therefore steeped in its culture and biases. Not sure what good such an ombudsman is other than as a PR flak for CBC.

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