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    From ChristianGovernance eletter – December 14, 2012

    Many of you listened to the disgusting CBC assault on parents, home schooling and God’s law (5th Commandment) that we addressed a few eletters ago. Click here and scroll down to the story where you’ll find a link to the recording of the program.

    Following is how “The Current” responded to a complaint about the program. This is probably a form letter that some of you may also have received. To call it inadequate is to be guilty of gross understatement. That they would justify their use of this mocking anti-parent filth is inexcusable. Click here if you want to see a brand new book on the scope of CBC’s arrogance and corruption.

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: Re: Defamatory Homeschooling skit
    Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:38:10 -0500
    From: JENNIFER MOROZ mailto:JENNIFER.MOROZ@CBC.CA
    CC: CBC Ombudsman mailto:Ombudsman@CBC.CA

    Dear Mr. [X],

    Thank you for writing in.  We take all our listener concerns very seriously, so I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to address yours.

    I’m sorry you were upset by the skit we played at the end of our segment.  You say it “grossly misrepresents what actually takes place inside home schools and leads the public to make false impressions of how serious we are as a group about educating our children.” Let me begin by saying that the skit was in no way meant as a true representation of home schooling, nor was it an editorial comment on home schooling by The Current or Ms. Tremonti.  If you listen to the show regularly, you know that Ms. Tremonti “gives” the ”Last Word” to different voices on different days – it is not her own. Regular listeners also know The Current often incorporates skits and other comedic content thematically tied to stories on the show.  And I would argue that the skit at issue here played as much on the sometimes difficult relationship between teenagers and their parents as it did on home schooling, per se. But I do agree that when this skit aired on the radio, we might have been clearer leading up to it that it was, in fact, comedy – and not an extension of the homeschooling segment as such. Online, the skit was clearly labeled as comedy, with the name of the troupe performing it.  That said, even without a label, I think it was clear that the skit was not a true representation of home schooling.  It certainly wasn’t our intention to convey that it was. Nor was it our intention to convey that the skit in any way represents how The Current views the home schooling community.

    If this was not clear to you, and if the skit was offensive to you, I am sorry.   We always have vigorous conversations around what we air and how it is presented – and emails like yours are great reminders of why we need to continue to do so.

    Thank you again for reaching out. I hope my reply has reassured you of the continuing integrity of The Current.

    It is my responsibility to inform you that if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to submit the matter for review by the CBC Ombudsman. The Office of the Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body reporting directly to the President, is responsible for evaluating program compliance with the CBC’s journalistic policies. The Ombudsman may be reached by mail at the address shown below, or by fax at (416) 205-2825, or by e-mail at ombudsman@cbc.ca.

    Best,

    Jennifer Moroz
    Executive Producer
    The Current
    416-205-5985

    >>> CBC Ombudsman 11/29/2012 12:54 pm >>>

    Dear Mr. [X]:

    I write to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail.  It is the customary practice of CBC’s Office of the Ombudsman to share complaints with the relevant programmers, who have the right to respond first to criticism of their work.  I have therefore shared your e-mail with Jennifer Moroz, acting Executive Producer of The Current.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may ask me to review the matter.

    Programmers are asked to try to respond within twenty working days.

    Sincerely,

    Kirk LaPointe
    CBC Ombudsman
    www.cbc.ca/ombudsman