Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: A Breach of Policy and Ethics

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: A Breach of Policy and Ethics

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Editorial Exchange: A breach of policy and ethics


An editorial from the Corner Brook Western Star, published June 12:

Add to the list another blemish on the CBC. This one, while mild compared to Ghomeshi-gate, has been loud enough to get someone fired and has the nation looking to the Crown corporation with another critical eye.

Evan Soloman, host of television's Power and Politics and radio's The House, was fired this week following allegations he collected about $300,000 in commissions for helping sell high-priced art to people he dealt with as a journalist.

Some believe the penalty is too harsh and he should have only received a sterned talking to -- a slap on the wrist -- rather than a firing.

Others feel he should have been dismissed in April when the CBC?first discovered Solomon and his wife were operating this "side business."

Given his reputation as a well-respected member of Canada's media elite, many are running to Solomon's side -- including some high-profile politicians he's interviewed over the years.

Others are questioning his past work as a journalist and now looking to puncture a hole in the solid work he's done.

The union which represents the vast majority of CBC?journalists decided to raise a few concerns:?"As a union, we are concerned that there may have been a rush to judgment here and a disproportionate response to what at worst may have been an unintentional breach of corporate policy that had no impact whatsoever on how Evan conducted himself as a host and journalist," said the Canadian Media Guild.

The argument over appropriate response will play out over the coming days, sure. But let's be clear about one major point here:?this is not just a breach of corporate policy. …

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