Jian Ghomeshi Pt. 7

Jian Ghomeshi Pt.7

Our last update on this case was on December 5 of last year. I hadn’t heard much about it, but I was out today and saw it splashed across the front page of the Star, so I thought I’d check in online when I got home and see what was up.

What was most interesting to me is that the above-the-fold front page article I saw on the newsstand copy of today’s Star did not appear anywhere on the Star’s home page. Odd. And what was their top home page story? “How a Toronto professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence.” And with Google money, no less.

I don’t pay too much attention to the news, but wouldn’t you want your lead paper’s story on your web site too? I mean, it wasn’t visible anywhere on the main page. Not even as a You Must Subscribe To Get This Content teaser. I had to click the miniscule Search icon in the upper right and search his name to find anything about him, and it wasn’t even the story from today’s paper! Dropped the ball, I’d say, Star. Anyway, here’s what they did have:

First up, the CBC released a report: internal CBC report released on April 15 And it turns out management knew about and condoned his behaviour: CBC severing ties with ex-head of radio and HR director. There was lots of redacted sections in the 23 page report (with 8 pages of recommendations): Story is here. And there was a call for a shake-up in CBC management: Story is here.


On to the CBC next and, again, nothing was on the main page. But Search his name and you do get this article that 2 managers are no longer with the corporation. I believe this was the story on the front page of the Star that didn’t make it to their web page.

The National Post was the same, had to Search before finding the same story.

The Huffington Post told the same story, but again, it was buried way down on the page even though it was only yesterday’s news.

In Sum:

I suppose what troubles me most about all of this is not that this behaviour at the CBC has been acknowledged and the peoeple involved are leaving over it. It’s that, back in the fall when all of this was blowing up, Ghmeshi’s face was all over the front of everything. We got updates and coverage. Now, it’s something to be sought out, there’s nothing “above the fold” of any of these web pages. Is this story old news? Has the court of public online opinion already decided he’s guilty and moved on to other things? Or are they just waiting for when he goes to trial (where he’ll plead not guilty, mind you) to pick it up again because then, and only then, is there a real chance that salacious and blood-in-the-water things might come out and therefore make it newsworthy enough to put at the top of their pages again? I mean, this is a national story, about a nationally known figure. It just feels off, somehow, that still-serious events surrounding this story are buried, afterthoughts. At least the front page of the paper copy of the Star had it up there where we could see it and be informed.

8 thoughts on “Jian Ghomeshi Pt. 7

  1. Deke says:

    Who needs to,search stuff when u got Aaron posting it! When this thing goes to court I’m just gonna read what Aaron reports! He’s my Peter Mansbridge!
    In Aaron We Trust!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh dear! Now I gotta live up to that! Haha

      I’m just interested in the case, Deke, it’s national news about someone who had attained quite a height in this country… which is why I was so baffled when it didn’t even appear on the web site main pages the day after breaking. Weird.


  2. Sarca says:

    CBC also laid off another ~200 workers yesterday and is in the midst of more organizational restructuring outside of this story. I say they are seriously doing some marketing damage control, which might account for the Ghomeshi story to be buried.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Wow. My lovely wife listens to CBC radio in the car quite a bit on her commute, and was saying that she’s noticed a shift in tone in the announcers, acknowleging shit’s going on, especially when reporting on news of themselves. She has also noticed an increase in dead air during transitions, and they lose callers on talk shows a lot now too. Might be a funding issue, Mr. Harper hasn’t always liked what they’ve said about his government’s doings.

      I’ll take her word for it, I’m Mr. Avoid The News, generally, but I wanted to see what was up with Mr. Ghomeshi.


  3. mikeladano says:

    Yesterday I was was able to find this story on the top of mist news sites. Today it’s not.

    CBC are not looking good through this. When this goes to court it’ll be pandemonium.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Interesting, and good to know. I didn’t check online yesterday, as it wasn’t until I saw it on the paper today that I thought to go look. So it’s front page of the paper copy today, but that’s a day late because yesterday it was high up on the sites. And now it’s not even bumped down a bit, just gone (unless you search).

      CBC hasn’t looked good, in all of this, since it first broke as a story.

      Liked by 1 person

        1. keepsmealive says:

          If it’s true, then good. Rules exist for a reason. People thinking they’re above them causes damage, especially for the victims. If shit gets real on them, I say good.


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