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.
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.