The story was on the state broadcaster’s expenses for their coverage of the Queen’s Jubilee concert is false. The story quoted from CBC staff emails inviting the prime minister to visit a private box taxpayers had paid for at the concert. Calls made by Sun News gave the indication that such a box would cost between $50k and $75k.
Now CBC spokesthingy Marco Dube claims this is all false.
Problem is, we based the story on CBC documents. Documents that we got from them.
Here is the email from CBC producer Allie Elwell, who was there, to Andrew MacDougall at the PMO.
***UPDATE*** Some of you have been questioning the email given the date and the “TO” field. There is a simple explanation that I am used to to and didn’t think of explaining. CBC released what Allie Elwell forwarded to Nicole Durant at CBC when the access request was made.
Super sleuth Glen McGregor who will spend countless hours trying to pick holes in stories from Sun Media that he deems too right wing or that attack his sacred cows (but don’t worry Glen denies he’s a raging Commie) demanded the original email from MacDougall. He had claimed our story was fake. It was not. Here is the email as released from PMO.
There you have it, the CBC called it a private box. The person who was there called it a private box. The PR flack would prefer we call it something else so that he and the rest of the CBC bosses are not embarrassed.
Another point here. We asked them for documents on their “viewing box” for the concert.
That is the request as quoted back to us by CBC’s access to information office. They sent up back documents with the costs removed.
Now the state broadcaster is upset saying that we published “distorted information.”
Well, we are quoting from documents issued by their own people. CBC claims that they only had a reporter “stand-up position” and point out this is common industry language. They are right about that being common language which is why we didn’t ask about a “stand-up position.”
I would also point out as someone who has been in this business a long time, that no one “parties” at a stand-up position, it is too crowded and filled with wires, it is too sensitive due to camera positions.
CBC got caught wasting taxpayer’s money and now they are trying to hide it. If that’s not the case then I invite the state broadcaster to be as open as they demand every other government department, agency and board to be. Release all the documents.
Or Marco Dube could keep polishing this turd.