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Both of them Sara Haggi | and Canadaland Jesse brown they’ve dealt some pretty decisive blows to the credibility of new media star Tara Henley, but we’re not done yet.

Henley, the former CBC producer who recently quit because it was perceived as stifling political correctness, declared in an explosive debut column on Substack that the public broadcaster’s new fixation on anti-racism stemmed from a “radical political agenda that originated at Ivy League campuses in the United States. “

You have to give it to her.

It takes laser focus to ignore the slaughter of praying Muslims in Quebec City, an incel rampage through the streets of toronto, violent attacks about Chinese Canadians in the wake of COVID, the arrest and handcuffing a black retired judge in a park in Vancouver, Quebec elimination of a practicing Muslim teacher, the arrest and handcuffing of a 12-year-old indigenous girl and his grandfather, who tried to open a bank account, or the revelation of more than a thousand anonymous graves of indigenous children in Canadian residential schools a few months ago. To name a few.

The suggestion that Canada’s public broadcaster’s increased racial sensitivity is the effect of elite American liberal stance is downright bizarre.

If anything, it is Henley herself, rather than the CBC, that has been overtaken by American influencers. An obscure TV producer’s entry into online desktop publishing was heralded by none other than social media giants Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and Bari Weiss, among others.

Surely it is pure coincidence that Henley also had a side job as a book columnist for the balloon and mail. and that she profiling these same writers in detail in a lengthy 2,200-word article on Substack.

Or that Henley’s first podcast guest, Batya Ungar-Sargon, happens to be the author of Bad news: how Woke Media is undermining democracy, further reviewed in his most recent Balloon column of books

It’s possible to imagine an entire lineup of American Substack interviewees, all handpicked from Henley’s Balloon book column during the last year:

  • John McWhorter, Racism Awoke: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America
  • I am Burgis, Canceling comedians while the world burns: a critique of the contemporary left
  • Katherine Liu, Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Management Class
  • miguel lind, The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Business Elite
  • Dan Kovalik, Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Canceling Culture

In fact, since the beginning of 2021, Henley’s balloon and mail The book column has covered books by 54 writers, of which 34 are American, and mostly white. Of the racialized American writers Henley reviewed in the BalloonMost, like McWhorter and Liu, took direct aim at “awakened” liberalism.

Opinion: The suggestion that increased racial sensitivity by Canada’s public broadcaster is the effect of elite American liberal stance is downright bizarre, writes columnist @Garossino. #CBC #cdnmedia

In a year when Canadians grappled with residential school burials, the grueling challenges of COVID, the two Michaels, China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, the collapse of local media, and devastating weather shocks that have killed hundreds of British Columbians, Henley’s Balloon book reviews blissfully ignored it all.

Well, except for COVID, where it strikes a curious note, given all that has been written and is known about the virus.

Last July, when Canada’s vaccine rollout was in full swing, Henley reviewed The War Against Viruses: How the Science of Optimal Nutrition Can Help You Win, a book by Aileen Burford-Mason about using nutrition to combat COVID. Then last week, as Omicron devastated populations everywhere, it reviewed the work of Laura Dodsworth a state of fear, about how the UK government dominated the British public in fear of the pandemic.

Dodsworth is a professional photographer turned right-wing media darling. Gaining fame through a previous project documenting male and female genitalia, she has now become a vocal opponent of mask and vaccine mandates.

Dodsworth can now be seen on Twitter retweeting infamous extremist Paul Joseph Watson and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Dodsworth may seem crazy, but he is the balloon and mail that amplified his book through Henley’s column.

The CBC, of ​​course, can always use the upgrade. In many ways, what has been missing in this country is a media voice that can truly speak to all of us across the divides of personal experience.

That’s not going to be the same old CBC that we’ve been familiar with for a long time. The rise of racial sensitivity is important, but it is also only part of the story and the beginning of an evolution.

As local media collapses, all of our communities need news and coverage of the issues that matter in their own lives, as well as mainstream stories.

What we don’t need is second-rate analysis delivered by American observers who know nothing and care less about this country.

And that, in a nutshell, is what Tara Henley sells.

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