Is now the time that the Lotuslandian ProMedia Club members will be reminding we, the people, of the following?
...On Saturday (January 21, 2012), CBC British Columbia British Columbia's news division let it be known that it plans to ignore its own Ombudsman's ruling regarding the potential for its Legislative Bureau Chief, Mr. Stephen Smart, to be placed in a conflict of interest due to the fact that his wife is the Deputy Press Secretary for the Premier, Ms. Christy Clark.
And what did we hear from the rest of the proMedia on Monday?
Why, as many may have predicted after Messr's Good, Palmer and Baldrey ran up the 'Close Ranks, Immediately!' flag on Friday, it was nothing but....
In fact, the only proMedia type who had anything to say after the VSun's Andrea Woo reported that CBC-BC was going to tell their Ombudsman, Kirk Lapointe, to take a hike was Charlie Smith, who wrote two insightful analysis pieces here and here in the Georgia Strait.
But, then again, we already knew that Charlie, who has called out the proMedia for their cozy and potentially conflicty speaker fees in the past (as blogger Norman Farrell discusses here), is not a member of 'The Club'...
Somehow, I think not.
Need more historical context, particularly as it pertains to the Lotuslandian proMedia's 'closing ranks' response to Mr. Lapointe's ruling at the time?....The Exile's got it...In spades.
Interestingly, back in the day, the Keef actually kinda/sorta (without even knowing it, presumably) argued that Mr. Smart's potential for conflictyness may have been a wee bit problematic for the news organization he worked for at that time...Seriously.
Update, 6pm Wednesday: See if you can spot what's missing from Cassidy Olivier's Postmedia report on Mr. Smart's latest Clarklandian appointment...