The CBC should rethink news coverage that disparages cabinet critics as extreme or disreputable, warns the network Ombudsman. The advisory follows a 2021 attempt by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to act as a political fact checker.

“I will take this opportunity to stress to programmers at CBC they assume a great responsibility when they choose to use terms such as ‘misinformation’ and ‘disinformation’ in their stories,” wrote Ombudsman Jack Nagler. “When they do so they had better be right, because if it turns out down the road the information proved to be correct they can do great damage to their reputation.”

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