CBC President Hubert T. Lacroix speaks during a luncheon for the National Press Club of Canada at a hotel in Ottawa Monday Nov 14, 2011.
Credits: ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY
CBC president Hubert Lacroix is trying to suck and blow at the same time.
Lacroix is blasting Sun News Network, and threatening legal action, for daring to show a satirical video clip earlier this month.
The video in question juxtaposed CBC executive vice-president Kirstine Stewart talking about the wonders of CBC next to a pornographic program the state broadcaster used tax dollars to buy.
In a letter to Quebecor's board of directors Lacroix calls the video clip "an act so low and so unworthy that it must be drawn to your attention" while simultaneously defending the use of taxpayer's dollars to buy porn from France and post it on the Internet.
The story started a few weeks ago when it came to our attention that CBC's French language service was broadcasting a pornographic program called Hard on a government-owned website. The program, produced in France by a private company, was available for all to see on a website called Tou.tv.
Heritage Minister James Moore and the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on CBC to clean up their act but instead Lacroix defended the program.
"This series is a web series that's been very successful in Europe. Also, it's a series that is in line with the mandate of tou.tv," Lacroix said in Montreal last week.
Now he's upset that we would show one of his top executives on the same TV screen as material he says is popular and a good deal at just $15,000. Perhaps Lacroix isn't aware that there is plenty of free porn on the Internet already.
We put the split screen of Stewart and Hard together for a reason - to show that CBC is not living up to its mandate or its grand vision of itself.
"The benefit of the CBC is that we, for a long time, have been, you know, that voice and that opportunity for people to get together and really hear those stories that are Canadian stories first," Stewart said back in November as the state broadcaster celebrated its 75th anniversary.
It was those comments along with her droning on about CBC being innovative and being different than private broadcasters that we juxtaposed against scenes from Hard.
This video showed simply that while CBC is willing to claim high moral ground on all the wonderful things that it can do with taxpayer's money, they are also willing to show scenes of orgies and explicit sex in a show with no Canadian connection nor apparent artistic value.
So now CBC is threatening to sue.
They won't pull the program. No, they defend it as popular and a good value for taxpayers.
But now they are outraged that we would dare to link it to one of their executives.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Hubert.