The CBC’s secret deal to produce Harper propaganda

Canadaland host Jesse Brown has a new video out exploring a quid-pro-quo agreement between the federal government and the CBC, in which the public broadcaster went all out to cover a salvage operation in the arctic that just so happened to be a pet project of Stephen Harper’s. The price tag to get Peter Mansbridge up north: $65,000 from Parks Canada.

It was a story broken by independent news site Blacklock’s Reporter and later picked up by Sun News in order to bash the CBC, but it deserves wider coverage. As Brown says, he’s a supporter of the CBC and public broadcasting and doesn’t want the organization to tarnish its good name for a few quick bucks — money it needs more than ever because of Harper’s budget cuts.

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