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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Do the Right Thing

A friend said to me on the line, "The man behind this lockout really needs to head back to the bunker with a Kalashnikov and just do the right thing."

Can't quite bring myself to condone this sentiment. Actually, let me satisfy my lawyers by stating unequivocally that I am not in favour of suicide on the part of anybody, short of, say (insert favourite historical evil person here).

The part of the quote that I do whole-heartedly endorse is the "Do the Right Thing" part. More than just a great movie, the sentiment is put forward in Robin Rowland's fascinating Fort Confusion post, and it is one that I shall echo here.

Because really, folks, it's time to stop messing around. It's time to do the right thing. Of course, there are many right things to do, not the least of which would include getting the heck off this computer and going outside, it's looking like a really great day out there, but I'm talking about ending this stupid lock out. Oh, did I say stupid? I meant to say stupid.

By this point Bob, Dick and George must know that it's stupid, and the only course of action left to them is to do the right thing (and I don't mean throwing a garbage can through a plate glass window). In the off-chance that one or all of them is reading this (what are the odds?) and they remain a tad confused, I shall endeavour to fuzzify the muddification (a nickel to the Foth for that one).

Simply put, the right thing is to end the lock out, contract or no contract. Robin suggests an interim contract, and I'm down with that. Under no circumstances can the lock out be allowed to continue past October or the corporation is toast. Surely I don't have to elaborate why that is the case. (Sigh...) Okay, the reason the corporation will be toast if we're still out past October is because the hockey broadcasting will suck, the Fall Launch will be totally messed up (if it isn't already), everybody will be listening and watching elsewhere and the word "disgusted" will be the first thing on everyone's lips should someone dare to broach the subject of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in polite company.

Guys, swallow your pride and end the lock out. Now. Before it's too late. You don't even have to admit that you were wrong. Just do the right thing and maybe, if you continue to behave, we'll still talk to you when we get back inside. Really.

Otherwise I'm afraid it's going to have to be the silent treatment.


Blogger Laurence said...

What you said (and Robin said), in spades!!!!!!!

1:24 p.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

You are a bastion of support, Laurence, and a fine fiddle player to boot.

3:11 p.m.  
Blogger Justin Beach said...

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8:55 p.m.  
Blogger Justin Beach said...

Can we have a clause in the interim contract that says they have to leave their offices and work as interns until the final contract is done - just to give them a bit of perspective?

8:55 p.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

It's a good idea. :-) Although to tell you the truth I don't really want them working for the CBC in any capacity in the future. I highly doubt these people are capable of much in the way of fresh perspectives.

11:29 p.m.  
Blogger The Naked Gord Program said...

The lack of real coverage of current events is seem at it's most obscene now with Katrina. I saw all the faces of African Americans left behind on the news and I was baffled no talking heads on CTV or the US networks (I won't even bother mentioning Fox News or Global) made mention of this. It's taken till now. Till a rapper finally stated what is right in front of our faces. Not the CBC. Not Peter Mansbridge. Not George Strempelous (or however his name is spelt.

This is the shame of the CBC lock out. This is the shame of Rabinovitch.

The world should be using the CBC lens as the only honest network in North America. The only honest voice. Even CNN which has done a decent job during disaster of a disaster relief still has Wolf Blitzer saying crap like "So poor and so black". Even their acknowledgement of the racism of this disaster is racist. Yet the CBC give me more antiques. It started off as a joke but now I'm really wishing I would have learned french years ago so I could get some truth from RDI. And I'm wondering if that may be the only choice for the future.

From the Tea Makers blog it seems that management is hell bent on getting their agenda through. They have it planned out for months in advance. I suppose that plan includes pulling out more archive tapes of "This hour has 7 days" or whatever for Newsworld and more topless women ala Old School.

I'm getting the impression that the management of CBC would be quite content if the progressive voice of the "Mother Corp" would wither away and die. With the "McJobs" that is being proposed in the contract negotiations I wouldn't be surprised if they used this as a barometer to find out whose "right" for the position if you get my pun. I wouldn't be surprised if the world renouned coverage of Peter Mansbridge and The National/Journal (yep I watched the CBC as a kid and I'm still calling it that :p and while we're on that topic the great orange logo should have stayed) will end when Mr. Mansbridge retires. If you're working a McJob there really isn't the time or energy to dig deep to get to the truth. There's too much time being eaten up by trying to stay afloat in your own life.

If the bigwigs at CBC get their way I might as well follow my life long dream of working for the CBC. After all I'm allowed to work up to one shift a week on disability and I imagine that's what the new "CBC" will look like. Part timers, journeymen, people with no real devotion to the truth. At least I'll have the latter. Hell I'd apply now if I didn't have this pesky moral thing against crossing a union line. ;)

The CBC's apparent lack of interest in any sort of real news coverage during the lock out is an omen. The coming of the PBS'ing of CBC. Better get a parka Tucker Carlson. Looks like you'll be heading north.

The unedited video of West telling the truth that the workers at CBC have been gagged from telling.

1:02 a.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Thanks Naked Gord... keep those thoughts coming... and thanks for not crossing the line. :-)

11:04 p.m.  
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