The Commons heritage committee yesterday by a 6 to 4 vote rejected extended hearings to question CBC chief executive Catherine Tait over the network’s Middle East coverage. “The CBC has not told the truth,” said Conservative MP Rachael Thomas (Lethbridge, Alta.).

“They do not in fact speak the truth,” said MP Thomas. “I have very important questions for Ms. Tait.” The committee rejected Thomas’ motion that the CBC executive appear for three hours regarding “concerns I have with regard to the CBC and their I would say biased coverage with regard to the war in Gaza.”

MP Thomas complained the Crown broadcaster failed to correct an October 17 story claiming Israeli missiles destroyed the Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza killing 471 people. The headline read, “Palestinians Say Hundreds Killed In Israeli Airstrike On Hospital.”

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