It is a departure that is making noise in the world of Canadian media. Journalist Tara Henley slammed the door of Radio-Canada, Canada’s largest public radio station, clearly disagreeing with her employer’s “woke” line, specifically in its treatment of “minority” issues.
In a publication visible on the Substack online platform on January 3, 2021, she explains herself. ” People want to know why, for example, non-binary Filipinos concerned about the lack of LGBT expression in the Tagalog language are an editorial priority for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), while local issues of general interest are not not covered. “
“Parody of the student press. “
The incendiary text begins with the reasons that led him to speak: For months now I have been receiving complaints about the CBC (Société Radio-Canada, editor’s note) where I worked as a television and radio producer, and occasional on-air columnist, for much of the last decade. Tara Henley had resigned in December 2021. According to her, a sea change has taken place in the past 18 months at the oldest broadcasting service in the country. ” To work at Radio-Canada in the current climate is to embrace cognitive dissonance and abandon journalistic integrity “, she explains.
The journalist joined the prestigious editorial staff in 2013. She denounces the fact that in a short time, the radio “ has gone from a reliable source of information to a clickbait production resembling a parody of the student press. “
Working at Radio-Canada today returns for Tara Henley to ” pretending that the “woke” worldview is nearly universal — even if it’s far from popular with those you know, talk to, interview, and read about. ” It is also ” accept the idea that race is the most important thing in a person and that some races are more relevant than others in public conversation. » A direct criticism of the influence of the woke ideology and this new anti-racism on the editorial line.
The journalist particularly criticizes the fact that newsrooms are asked: ” complete racial profile forms for each person you invite” but also “bringing in more people of some races and fewer of others. “
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Tara Henley also draws an analogy between Radio-Canada’s current approach and ” the radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses across the United States and spread across American social media platforms that monetize outrage and stoke societal division “
She adds that working at Radio-Canada today: ” it’s becoming less hostile to government and corporations and more hostile to ordinary people with ideas that Twitter doesn’t like. “
In June 2021, the broadcasting company had notably announced that at least 30% of the key positions in its programs must be occupied by “ currently under-represented diversity groups: Black, Indigenous, visible minority or disabled people. This decision followed the controversy surrounding the disappearance of the hit series “Kim’s Convenence”, broadcast on CBC Television. Several cast members had criticized the lack of ethnic and gender diversity within the production.
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The departure of certain journalists critical of the rise of the current woke in the media is not a first. Columnist and editor-in-chief Bari Weiss notably resigned with a bang from the New York Times on July 14, 2020, denouncing the constant bullying by her colleagues who did not share her opinions and the lack of intellectual tolerance within writing.
In her long post, Tara Henley writes that this situation “ raises larger questions about where North America is headed. Questions about this new moment we are living in — and its impact on the body politic. On class divisions and economic inequalities. On education. On mental health. On literature and comedy. On science. On liberalism and democracy. “