Robert Fulford won’t be Getting Any Calls from the CBC

kinnon —  September 23, 2006 — 2 Comments

If they could truly understand him, the citizens of planet CBC might learn something about “their eerie uniformity of views” as described by Robert Fulford. But I won’t waste a moment of my time hoping for that.

CBC people know that Canadians have freedom of speech, in theory, but no one wants to encourage too much of a good thing. There are limits, and soon everyone understands them. Those who step outside the limits look at best eccentric, at worst dangerous.

In their own quiet way, CBC people have become a remarkable cult, the proprietors of a vast reservoir of smugness they are incapable of recognizing as such. For generations, they have been constructing a body of impregnable, self-regenerating opinion. As employees they are pre-selected and their views are pre-recorded, like most of their programs. A single rule governs all personnel selection: Like hires like. That principle, followed for seven decades, produces seamless intellectual agreement in all corners of the staff. Occasionally a few oddballs somehow slip through the screening process. They are allowed to hold unofficial views, providing they have the good sense not to express them. Otherwise, the CBC encourages everyone to speak up.

and later…

They embodied what an American critic once defined as “the herd of independent minds.” Listening to them filled me (though I barely sensed this at the time) with negative energy. The more I heard them speak, the more skeptical I grew. Eventually I realized that the opposite of whatever these people believed was at least worth serious and sympathetic investigation.

[Another Hat Tip to my wonderful sister-in-law, Marje, for the link to this story.]

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Robert Fulford won’t be Getting Any Calls from the CBC

  1. Don’t worry, we understand him.

    It’s incredibly presumptuous of him to speak for 11,000 people in an organization he has not worked at for decades.

  2. I love it when the Corp speaks with a single voice. Oh right. Wasn’t that the point?

    You might remember this story, Ouimet – a proud example of how the CBC exists to show all sides of the Canadian meta-narrative…or not. 

    A public broadcaster has a mandate to represent its country – not to attempt to conform that country to the malformed opinions of its pseudo-intellectual elites. 


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