CBC Tried to Smear Derek Sloan as Racist and Failed…Twice

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on April 28, 2021

Kate Dubkinski writing for the CBC in London Ontario reported on the police handing out large fines to some of the main organizers at the large gathering at the Church of God in Aylmer, Ontario. 

In general Dubkinski like any CBC writer got the general details of the story correct. Yes, Independent MP Derek Sloan, MPP Randy Hillier, by making a stand for religious liberty, were charged for breaking the highly controversial and ironically named Reopen Ontario Act and could either end up paying $100,000 or spend a year in prison if they lose their case in court. Although it should be noted that Dubkinski herself never raises the constitutional concerns around the act and only quotes Sloan regarding violations of Charter rights as if citing the Charter is a mere opinion on his part.

(Photo from CTV News London)

(Photo from CTV News London)

The CBC unlike more overtly left-wing media tends to get the basic story correct, but where many Canadians get frustrated with their coverage is in the small politicized details and the way they so often attempt to poison the well against traditional conservative Canadians in subtle ways.

Yesterday morning when Dublinski’s coverage of the events was published in a section underneath the subheader “Church has a history of defying COVID-19 rules” she brazenly ascribes disgusting actions to MP Sloan as the reason he was removed from the Conservative Party Caucus, actions that never happened and were never alleged by anybody before. 

Dublinski wrote that:

Sloan, who was kicked out of the Conservative caucus by leader Erin O’Toole in January for making a donation to a white supremacist group, told cheering parishioners that he was “blessed and honoured” to attend the service. 

(This exact passage can be seen in the screenshot below)

(Screenshot from the CBC)

(Screenshot from the CBC)

A couple hours later this version of the article did undergo an edit and now says that:

Sloan, who was kicked out of the Conservative caucus by leader Erin O’Toole in January for accepting a donation from a white supremacist, told cheering parishioners he was “blessed and honoured” to attend the service. 

(Screenshot from the CBC)

(Screenshot from the CBC)

This is quite amusing since, despite the CBC being informed their first version was a blatant smear job, or they just suddenly realizing themselves after publication, their second version is still a smear against Sloan. Dublinski made the implication Sloan knowingly took money from Paul Fromm, a white supremacist when Fromm in reality only donated a small amount of money under a different version of his name, which was one of over 10,000 donations Sloan received over his entire leadership campaign in 2020, and Sloan asked for the donation to be given back when he found out Fromm donated to him.

Effectively this is a lie by omission, innuendo journalism just giving enough detail to readers so technically a literal lie but readers will come to wrong conclusions based on the lack of detail as to what statements like “accepting a donation” mean in the proper context.

(Photo from Kingstonist News)

(Photo from Kingstonist News)

It is telling that this is such a well-ingrained false media narrative about Sloan that Dubkinski simply assumed Sloan must have done something as egregious as donate to a white supremacist group when in reality Sloan didn’t do anything of the sort.

Has there been an apology to Derek Sloan by the CBC for having a blatant lie published about him displayed on Google News for hours and not even properly corrected? No, of course not. 

There is a sort of myth of professionalism that the mainstream media touts that it has over independent media, but other than more monetary assets the MSM has little to brag about. It demonstrates how even with billions in government subsidies mainstream media sources like the CBC cannot get writers and or writers who can do the most basic fact-checking of their own work. Of course the Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault and the Big Tech censors won’t go after them for their lies but will push to throttle content that even mentions COVID-19 from smaller publications. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

3 responses to “CBC Tried to Smear Derek Sloan as Racist and Failed…Twice”

  1. Dee says:

    The CBC is not a Canadian values company, just a government run propaganda unit. Does anyone even watch them anymore? They add 0 value to society and only drain tax payer dollars.

  2. Tampa's finest says:

    What a disgrace the CBC is

  3. Chris says:

    why did O’Toole remove Sloan?