CBC’s Irony Deficiency

In the weeks following the discovery of mass graves near residential schools in B.C. I came across CBC Radio’s B.C Today attempting to address the issue via an interview with an advocate for survivors.

It was conducted in full costume CBC cultural Kabuki by host, Michelle Eliot, who had decided the fitting approach was to affect a hammed up mournful tone that owed more to a North Korean state funeral than anything we previously referred to as journalism. It was as rich as it was awkward.

I say this, not to undermine the often brutal and dehumanizing treatment of First Nation children endured at the hands of the State and their agents in the Catholic Church, but to illustrate that CBC has now decoupled from journalism completely and now occupies a place resembling Pravda run by menopausal cat ladies who have been abusing the Green Tea.

We hear a lot from CBC about discrimination and poor treatment of marginalized peoples- whether due to race, sexuality or religion. I think we can all agree – that’s their niche. But there is one subject where you will find none of these caring virtues, and it is when CBC are reporting on the Unvaccinated.

The same week that CBC featured that interview on BC Today, they also ran a piece for a podcast entitled: Time to get tough with the Unvaccinated.

Listen to the program here

The very brief article contained a link to a CBC podcast in which the host and his guest discussed stripping away the various freedoms the unvaccinated enjoy, like full citizenship and access to services (or privileges, as they are soon to be known), until they are coerced into compliance.

Now, some will say, yeah but this is different.. it’s public health. But I am fairly confident proponents of residential schools said similar things at the time. I am sure there were similar arguments made about the greater good and ‘doing the right thing’.

Clearly CBC believes these standards of treatment only apply to those who do what they are told by the federal government and not those who find themselves on the wrong side of the narrative.

So, how far really are we from similar treatment for those who refuse to be vaccinated? And how different will it be for those children caught up on the wrong side of federal vaccination mandates? Will they require the modern equivalent of a residential school… a quarantine camp?

Anyone who retains sovereignty of mind and morality can see that both are wrong. But the loyal CBC foot soldiers of decency are growing impatient. They are just two op-eds away from throwing people into ovens over this; just read some of the CBC comments on these topics.

Remember, these are the good Canadians that have ‘done the right thing’ as Trudeau puts it.

Others are in denial; they claim that they will never do that. But they said that about vaccine passports, and here we are living under a public health apartheid with strict control over movement and access to services for anyone who does not comply with federal demands to be vaccinated.

Ultimately, it comes down to whether you trust the government and the information they provide. So what of those First Nations people who could be forgiven for not trusting the government?

It’ll be back to a Public Health version of a residential school for them, but don’t expect CBC to appreciate the irony of the situation, or their complicity.

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