The Krista Erickson’s Sun News’ June 1 interview of dancer Margie Gillis may not have broken any rules, but I believe it was a hatchet job and unacceptable because it lacked basic fairness. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council released its decision on Friday, ruling that there was no violation because Erickson was “entitled to be aggressive in her questioning and to reveal her personal biases.”
Erickson has become quite the CBC basher and champion of right-wing causes. She must have had her way-to-Damascus moment sometime around joining Sun News Network. Before that, she seemed quite happy to work for the CBC—for 11 years or so.
I wonder how many times she asked herself during that decade-plus of government-subsidized paycheques whether she deserved public funding—a question with which she badgered interpretive dancer Margie Gillis.
Moreover, notwithstanding the right-wing bias Erickson now wears like a badge of honour, when she was covering the Mulroney-Schreiber hearings, she fed questions to former Liberal Member of Parliament Pablo Rodriguez.
And, though an investigation by the CBC ombudsman cleared her of any charge of bias, many Tories were outraged at what they saw as unprofessional conduct for a journalist. She seems, however, to have redeemed herself in their eyes with her move to Sun News.
Apparently, to us Tories, biases in journalism—not to mention base hypocrisy—are only negatives when the bias is to the left.