While The Winnipeg Sun’s Tom Brodbeck criticizes CBC and says the broadcaster was “duped” in reporting on the story surrounding Mohamed Jama’s removal from Canada, I wonder if he actually read the official statement from the federal government trumpeting the CBSA’s work on this file?
Full release is here, but I want to point your attention to the blatant lie of omission buried within this paragraph:
Jama has a long history of violence in Canada and was ordered deported in 2007. Based on the seriousness of his criminal history and violent nature, he was subsequently found to be a danger to the public in Canada in 2008. He remained in CBSA custody in the months leading up to his removal from Canada.
There’s no mention of how the botched first attempt by the CBSA to deport Jama in 2009 became a PR nightmare — one that Brodbeck himself took delight in reporting on.
Estimates put the cost of the botched removal at about $50,000.
There’s also no mention about how after that failure, Jama was released on bail by the Immigration and Refugee Board, only to flee custody and be arrested by the WPS in the company of a criminal with organized-crime ties.
The feds — including the CBSA, the IRB and, to a lesser degree, the public safety minister’s office — screwed this up royally.
But why criticize them for misleading the public when its much easier to slam CBC?
A news agency reporting on supposed mistakes or errors made by another is cheap.
Note that Brodbeck, in slamming CBC, didn’t have the nerve to pick up the phone to call and see if his own reporting about CBC’s supposed lack of fact-checking was at all accurate.
Glass houses and all, Tom.
[UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: I’ve had an email or two suggesting that I was the CBC staffer who did the Jama stories resulting in Brodbeck’s column today. I have not been at work since last Friday, so I can’t even say who did do them.]