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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( what a shocker the cbc has investigated itself and declared that its not biased and filled with liberals , even though it pretty much is )

Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:39 AM

CBC hits back at Tories as latest poll shows 'stasis'
Jane Taber

1. The network returns fire. Accusations by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives that the CBC is stuffed with Liberals who manipulate and direct news coverage are being dismissed by the network.

In a strongly reasoned letter released last night, CBC editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire takes on the Tory accusations, saying the public broadcaster is not sharing resources with the Liberals – and is “politically neutral” and “scrupulously fair” in the way in which it gathers and reports news.

Her letter is in response to charges by John Walsh, the president of the Conservative Party of Canada, that the network has a decidedly Grit bias. Last week he put pen to paper in a letter to the CBC demanding why the network contracted polling firm EKOS Research.

Mr. Walsh alleges that EKOS was also “giving partisan advice to the Liberal Party of Canada.” This is in reference to pollster Frank Graves, who in a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, suggested Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals launch a “culture war” against the Conservatives. The column said Mr. Graves had given this advice to the Grits.

Welcome to the Canadian culture wars.

Indeed, the Harper Conservatives have long been suspicious of the CBC, accusing it of Liberal bias. Despite their outrage, Mr. Graves’s comments are a big gift to the Tories, who have filled their coffers through anti-CBC fundraising campaigns.

The Conservatrives launched a campaign this week, asking for donations to fight the left-wing menace that is the CBC. The Walsh letter was one piece of the Tory strategy to fire up its base.

But the CBC is fighting back. Ms. McGuire says that in selecting EKOS as one of four national polling firms that provide data to CBC, Mr. Graves declared that he was not affiliated with any political party.

“We have reviewed this important point with Mr. Graves and confirmed that no client relationship with the Liberal Party of Canada exists,” she writes. “While we assume that individuals do cast ballots in elections, we do not require firms or individuals to report on their voting history or donations to political organizations.”

She also noted that the pollsters (Mr. Graves is not paid for his appearances on the program, Power & Politics, where he presents his polling data) “serve a different role from our political commentators, who are invited to offer analyses form their own particular and often explicitly partisan perspectives.”

(Kory Teneycke, meanwhile, who most recently served as Stephen Harper’s communications director, is paid for his appearances on CBC in which he repeats Tory talking points and touts the Conservative line.)

“We believe it is important to encourage a wide-ranging discourse on the issues of the day,” the CBC editor-in-chief wrote. “But as with all our content, it too is guided by our journalistic policy and guidelines.”

At the end of her three-page letter, Ms. McGuire emphasizes the CBC is “not sharing resources with the Liberal Party of Canada,” nor is it sharing data with any political party. As well, she says, that the corporation does not share Mr. Graves’s call for a “culture war.”

“We will however, like other news organizations, continue to report on the sometimes heated debate on this and other topics that occur throughout Canada’s political landscape,” she writes.


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( once again the CBC investigated itself , what a farce )

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:33 AM

CBC clears pollster, criticizes 'paranoia-tinged' Tories
Jane Taber

1. Culture-war report. Stephen Harper’s chief election strategist deliberately used the CBC complaints process and “paranoia-tinged” language to raise money for the Conservatives and to “overwhelm” and “intimidate” the office, the public broadcaster’s ombudsman says in a report that completely exonerates EKOS pollster Frank Graves.

In his seven-page report, released late yesterday, Vince Carlin examines the 800 notes received by his office concerning Mr. Graves, who many Conservatives charge is a Liberal partisan providing tainted polls to the CBC.

Mr. Graves is one of four national pollsters who provide semi-regular surveys to the public broadcaster. He recently touched off a firestorm after he was quoted in a Globe and Mail column suggesting Michael Ignatieff and his Liberals launch a “culture war” against the Tories.

Conservative Party president John Walsh immediately complained to the CBC about Mr. Graves, arguing that using a partisan pollster raises “serious questions about the impartiality of Canada’s publicly funded national broadcaster.”

At the same time, Senator Doug Finley sent out fundraising letters urging supporters to give the party money to fight this “powerful array of vested interests” and to write to the CBC to “tell them it’s unacceptable to present Frank Graves as a neutral pollster on party politics.” Mr. Finley is a master at raising money on the back of anti-CBC campaigns.

In his report, meanwhile, the CBC ombudsman says the broadcaster is not biased, that Mr. Graves does not work for the Liberal Party and he does not make “partisan statements” in his television commentary. Mr. Carlin also says the pollster’s data or findings have never been challenged.

If Mr. Graves is guilty of anything, the ombudsman says, it is being too open in explaining his data – so open, in fact, that if he were actually working for the Liberals they would probably fire him for blabbing about strategy.

“Ordinary citizens might not know this, but anyone who has worked in the ‘hot house’ of Ottawa politics would know that pollsters are much in love with their data and many will expound on it to virtually anyone, unless, of course, the pollster were working for a party. They would then keep that data very close,” Mr. Carlin says.

“It appears to me that Mr. Graves may have suffered from this malady to a greater degree than others, but I can find no evidence that he was working for any party. Given his quoted comments on the leader of the Liberal Party, it appears to me he might not have kept any such putative contract for long.”

As well, Mr. Carlin notes that “every government – Trudeau, Clark, Turner, Mulroney, Campbell, Chrétien, Martin and, now, Harper – has seen the press, and the CBC specifically, as ‘hostile’ to their intentions.”

And he points out some hypocrisy in the way in which the Conservatives treated the pollster.

“It is interesting to note that, while Mr. Graves was excoriated for what appears to be, unfortunately, commonplace political advice to play up to your own audience, and play hard (invoking the ‘Culture War’ simile), Mr. Finley used the same device with the rather paranoia-tinged ‘powerful array of vested interests’ allegedly opposing the Party,” Mr. Carlin says.

“One may wonder about the power and array of these interests since the government has survived in a minority Parliament for five years. In fact the last EKOS poll released to the CBC showed an uptick in support for the Conservative Party.”

The ombudsman concludes that, whatever political views may be held by Mr. Graves, he is not a CBC journalist and there is no “serious suggestion that the process has been skewed.”

“There was no violation of CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices,” he writes.


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"No violations of CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices".

That speaks volumes by itself!
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out this Liberal whiner, trying to say that this was a "witchhunt" when we all heard Frank Graves words. The first commenter even stated that the CBC was biased towards the Tories! It is too rich by FAR. -


Just read the topic and the following comments, and you'll see exactly what I mean. What a joke.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( i see ekos is back to there sillyness , with a bunch of negative cpc comments to go with there new poll such as saying support had gone dwon even though its only by 1 % which is within the margin ofn error . and then they throw in a piece about the direction of government , say what a shocker bloc , ndp , green and liberals do not like the direction of the government , as if they didn't allready know that one by now )

cbc.ca, Updated: June 3, 2010 5:08 AM
Conservative support ebbs slightly: poll

Popular support for the ruling federal Conservative Party has slipped following two weeks above 33 per cent, a new EKOS tracking poll suggests.

When asked who they would support if an election were to be held tomorrow, 31.7 per cent of respondents said they would back the Conservatives, while the Liberals remain stuck in the mid-20s with 26.2 per cent.

Support for the NDP is at 17.4 per cent, while the Green Party has 11.5 per cent, and the Bloc Québécois 10.3 per cent, says the poll, which was released exclusively to CBC News.

The EKOS poll is based on a random sample of 2,827 Canadians aged 18 and over between May 26 and June 1. The margin of error associated with the total sample is plus or minus 1.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Consistent with past weeks, 49.2 per cent of Canadians polled say the country is moving in the right direction and 39.1 per cent say it's moving in the wrong direction. Conservative supporters, residents of Alberta, and men are most likely to agree the country is moving in the right direction, pollsters said.

Also consistent with last week, 38.9 per cent of Canadians said the government is moving in the right direction, while 48 per cent of respondents believe it is moving in the wrong direction.

Only Conservative supporters are happy with the direction of the government. Almost 75 per cent of Conservative Party supporters said the government was going in the right direction, according to the poll.

Dissatisfaction with the government's direction is most intense among supporters of the Bloc Québécois, at 78.8 per cent, and among NDP backers, at 66.5 per cent. Liberal supporters and Green Party supporters express similar levels of dissatisfaction at roughly 57 per cent.

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