CBSC Clears CKNW Commentary
July 17, 2008 at 5:30 AM (PT)
The CANADIAN BROADCAST STANDARDS COUNCIL has released the results of an inquiry into BRUCE ALLEN's commentary about immigrants aired on CORUS Talk CKNW-A/VANCOUVER last SEPTEMBER, and has decided that the commentary did not violate the Human Rights Clause of the CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS' Code of Ethics. The board was split 3-3 on whether ALLEN's "REALITY CHECK" commentary violated another clause of the CAB Code on "fair and proper presentation of opinion, editorial and comment."
ALLEN's commentary recounted difficulties encountered by immigrants and minority members in CANADA, concluding "if you are immigrating to this country and you don’t like the rules that are in place, then you have the right to choose not to live here" and "If you don’t like the rules, hit it. We don’t need you here. You have another place to go; it’s called home." A later edition of the commentary included an apology for offending listeners. The panel said that "none of the examples cited problematic in their mere mention, under the Human Rights Clause. They are all issues of current, or recent, public discussion, and, even if controversial, absolutely fair to raise and discuss." The panel also cited balanced coverage of the editorial on CKNW's CHRISTY CLARK show as fulfilling the CAB's Clause 7 directives for dealing with controversial issues.
The decision was reached in DECEMBER but only released WEDNESDAY (6/16).