I hear that the CBC seeks to prove that it is unbiased, that they are fair and balanced. This is a subject that I have long pondered myself, as one of the few people who watch CBC Newsworld. If the CBC truly wishes to vet their own bias, I do have some ideas for empirical testing that they can do. For their online content, they should really focus on Kady O'Malley, because she basically dominates if not runs their website. Heather Mallick rarely writes for the CBC anymore, while Kady posts multiple times per day.
Measuring media bias empirically is not a simple venture. It is easy to spot the bias of someone like O'Malley because 90% of what she writes is critical of one party. She will even joke on the air about how she will never write anything nice about the government. Terry Milewski is also a very one sided journalist who can be quite venomous when they put him on opinion panels, but again trying to assign a number to his partisanship is going to very subjective under the best circumstances. To measure partisanship, you would ideally need a control group of a non partisan media organization. See which stories are ignored and which are hyped against the control group and this would be much easier. I just don't know if we have a truly non partisan media outlet in this country?
Obviously Kory Teneycke is a partisan. The difference between him and the majority of his colleagues is that he openly admits his bias so that you can filter what he says. Kady O'Malley pretends to be non partisan when she frequently writes partisan statements. While many people accuse the CBC of having Liberal bias, let me say that I suspect many of their television journalists are Dippers. I don't think it is accurate to say there is a Liberal bias, but instead a general anti-Conservative bias. I was going to put together an observational experiment in March, but I have postponed a number of personal projects until after I have moved.
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