For those readers not from Canada, Jian Ghomeshi was until recently the darling of the CBC thanks to his successful radio show, Q. The CBC doesn't stand for the Communist Broadcasting Corporation, but rather the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a quasi-government entity that receives about a billion tax payer dollars a year even though it run adds like crazy and brings us high brow programming like Jeopardy on CBC TV.
The recent crisis that has sent every liberal pundit to their fainting couches is that it turns out their darling likes hitting women during sex, whether they ask for it or not. His defense is that they asked for it, which several of his accusers (up to nine now) say is not true, that they were sucker punched and worse.
I didn't really care about this sad and tawdry tale, even when it emerged that the level of left-wing hypocrisy scaled epic heights. Apparently back in his York University days, Ghomeshi won an election to become student president by vowing to put women's rights and respect for women first. He certainly isn't the first politician to promise one thing while secretly doing the opposite. When it was revealed that the CBC had received harassment complaints over a year ago and swept them under the rug, that didn't surprise me either. They would never have let Rob Ford get away with grabbing someone's butt, but Ghomeshi was outwardly one of them.
But what really got me interested in this affair is when a commenter on the National Post recommended looking at the photos of the launch party for Ghomeshi's book entitled, 1982. Let's see who's who at a downtown Toronto book launch: Justin Trudeau, Olivia Chow, Kelly Cutrone who runs the PR firm People's Revolution (I'll give you one guess as to which way she leans politically)
You can see pretty much the same photos on the Globe and Mail's sight here, but when I first googled it I also saw images that included Margaret Atwood and Rick Mercer, another CBC stalwart. My guess is that anybody who was anybody ON THE LEFT was at that party. I'm guessing that invitations for Rob Ford, Tim Hudak and Stephen Harper got lost in the mail. Okay, sarcasm aside, what I've learned thanks to Jian Ghomeshi is what a closed little social clique they have going on at the CBC.
Which makes you wonder: how objectively are they reporting the news when they're all busy attending the same barbecues and book launches with liberal leaders and aspiring socialist mayors? Of course they're not. We all know the CBC has a distinctly left-wing slant to every article. The photos of Jian Ghomeshi's book launch party just confirm the bias that is so obvious in the news cycle.
I'm sure that Justin Trudeau and pretty much everyone else at that party of preeners wishes they could have those photos scrubbed from the internet, because it makes them look gullible to have been fooled. But they shouldn't feel bad about not knowing the CBC was harboring a violent and abusive man. They should, however, consider stepping outside their comfort zone and going to Rob Ford's annaul BBQ next year. People on the right can be fun at a party too, and maybe they can break out of the downtown group think. Ghomeshi proved what the intelligentsia don't like to admit: just because you're left in your politics, doesn't mean you're a good person.