Musings —01.13.2015 08:18 AM—
Tomlinson on Lang: “The problem was the perceived conflict of interest…It raised questions about Amanda Lang’s involvement in the story”
The good news, I suppose, is that CBC has learned a few lessons from their handling of the Ghomeshi mess. Now, at least, they’re letting the main actors in this latest drama speak to other media.
That’s the good news. The bad news for CBC is that Ms. Tomlinson isn’t backing down. Like Canadaland, she’s still saying that Lang may be in a conflict of interest. And she’s saying that Lang’s involvement in her story “raises questions.”
It sure does.
This pot may continue to boil, it may not. CBC has obviously decided that they can’t allow another of their marquee name to go down in flames, so they’re digging in and hoping this one blows over. For the rest of us, however, it marks a long-overdue look at the private doings of assorted journalist big wigs, like Ghomeshi, Mansbridge, Murphy, Roberts and now Lang.
For PR practitioners, meanwhile, it offers an opportunity to pass along some free advice to CBC bosses:
When stuck in a hole, kids, stop digging.