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.


  1. smelter rat says:

    The CBC’s pandering to the country’s corporate elite is leading to it’s downfall. It’s almost like someone somewhere planned it that way, but truthfully it’s more likely an unintended consequence. A happy one for the CBC haters.

  2. Tim says:


    What on earth does it take for people to admit conflict of interest? This country needs to have a serious discussion about what it means and how pervasive it is in the upper circles of government and society.

  3. King Prick says:

    I’ve said it before… if people thought O’Leary pandered to business, at least we were aware that he wasn’t hiding it. Lang’s willingness to hide her alleged conflicts of interest on the other hand, makes O’Leary look noble in comparison.

    truth be told; I’m through watching her. Haven’t tuned in to watch her since the story broke. Haven’t hesitated to turn the channel when I see her face.

    Dear CBC.

    Please stop hiring shills and start hiring journalists that have integrity and impartiality. I miss the old days when the government and big business hated you for doing exactly what a public broadcaster is supposed to do; like well… oh, I dunno…. Informing us, maybe?

  4. JH says:

    I’ve always thought the CBC was grooming her for Mansbridge’s spot (poor Evan Solomon) and eventually the PM’s chair. That’d be one way to guarantee their funding LOL!

  5. Liam Young says:

    The Conservative Broadcasting Corp is going to F everything up until every Canadian wants the CBC done and gone. Exactly what the Cons what. What a surprise.

  6. Richard says:

    “When stuck in a hole, kids, stop digging.”

    Wasn’t it Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons that insisted, “No no, dig up, stupid!”

  7. charles says:

    The good old days when you could listen to the CBC and take what was said at face value, always aware they were the government broadcaster. Now the dissinfo, outright lies and fluff fill their airways daily. Last week McNeil (Newsworld) was pressing a retired RCMP intel to admit the 18 year old accused of running with the gunmen in the Hebdo story should be tortured. The guy had to shut her down three times as she pressed for support of her not so subtle desire to see the kid waterboarded right away.

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