Top reporter explains quitting the ‘woke’ broadcasting corporation — Analysis

“To work at the CBC is to embrace cognitive dissonance and to abandon journalistic integrity,” Tara Henley wrote

Tara Henley is a journalist and writer. In a letter, she resigned from the Canadian-funded CBC. The resignation accuses it of proliferating social justice dogma, closing down debate and racially profiling its guests for the sake of equity.

After nearly a decade of publishing Henley’s work in various US and UK publications, she resigned this week from the news channel. In a resignation letter of sorts published on her new Substack blog and by the conservative-leaning National Post, she said that in the years since she started at the CBC, it “went from being a trusted source of news to churning out clickbait that reads like a parody of the student press.”

Henley, who describes herself as left-wing, claimed that the CBC’s management have wholly embraced “a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States,”interdicted any questioning “woke” orthodoxy. 

This agenda extends to selecting which guests appear on the CBC’s shows, Henley claimed. Her letter stated that guests booking reporters must complete a form. “racial profile forms” to ensure they’re booking “more people of some races and less of others.”

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Henley claimed that CBC Management have no interest hosting real debate when selecting topics to cover. “sweeping societal changes like lockdowns, vaccine mandates,And school closures,” instead prioritizing reporting on “microaggressions” and “ordinary people with ideas that Twitter doesn’t like.”

Henley claimed that for many months she had been subject to complaints by viewers and readers about the direction of the news network’s editorial content.

“People want to know why, for example, non-binary Filipinos concerned about a lack of LGBT terms in Tagalog is an editorial priority for the CBC, when local issues of broad concern go unreported,”Sie wrote. “Or why, exactly, taxpayers should be funding articles that scold Canadians for using words such as ‘brainstorm’ and ‘lame.’”

These are both real examples, as the CBC published multiple videos and articles this year about the lack of terms. “non-binary” in the Filipino Tagalog language, and describing the terms ‘brainstorm’ and ‘lame,’ as well as ‘blacklist’ and ‘savage,’ as “Words and phrases you may want to think twice about using.”

Henley’s gripes with the CBC aren’t unique, and she is far from the first to lambaste the “woke”Recent years have seen mainstream media change. She joins an increasing number of mainstream journalists who are leaving media outlets that have made them well-known and moving to platforms such as Substack for editorial freedom. Former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and The Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald have migrated to Substack in the last year or so, with both accusing their former employers of ideological censorship, and even Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias – an avowed liberal – soon followed suit.

Another ex-CBC reporter, however, took to Twitter Monday to dispute Henley’s assertions. Ahmar Khan was forced to leave the network by Don Cherry in December 2020, following a dispute. “xenophobic,”CBC management claimed “have no idea what poor people, what black people really go through,”They complained that they had rejected the race-focused story Henley pitched to them. Referring to Henley’s move to Substack, Khan tweetedThat “writing (badly) and shouting about wokeness is the new grift.”

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