The Snitches Who Betrayed Wendy Mesley

June 10, 2020  / by Bruce Dowbiggin for    ‘THE USUAL SUSPECTS’

In the end it was a rat who got Wendy Mesley. The CBC TV host of The Weekly was likely bushwhacked by someone(s) on her show staff, the trust of the unit broken by those who likely sat across from her at story meetings, smiling eagerly as they (I use this pronoun in both the traditional and non-binary sense) contemplated how to step over Mesley to win fame for themselves.

Now it’s anyone’s guess when— and if— we again see Mesley, a three-time Gemini winner and 2006 winner of there John Drainie Award. [UPDATE: CBC has announced that The Weekly is cancelled for the rest of its run this year. They’re still working out how to further discipline Mesley.]

No doubt the fellow employee(s) doesn’t not feel like the rat that they are. They probably see themselves as a hero for outing Mesley’s use of a word used commonly by black comics such as Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock to prompt laughter from mortified liberal whites. That Mesley used the word in a warning about a black guest to her staff of eager young things— it’s almost exclusively female and user 30— was irrelevant.

There was a scalp for the taking. And some SJW snitch who stains the name of journalism was not going to pass up a prize like that to brag about within their peer group. Mesley immediately recognized her mistake in the meeting. Not in using the word itself but in trusting the callow members of her staff to understand the context. But her apologies are useless. They’re encouragement for more outings. The snitch culture rules in today’s newsrooms.

By now, Mesley knows what the entire generation of people I worked with at CBC and Global TV and the Globe & Mail have learned. The newsroom standards of trust and fraternity they grew up in are lost on this generation. The notions of putting a story first, following the facts and learning from your elders is subsumed by young people intent on being social justice guerrillas instead who would see racism in the coffee machines at CBC.

Read more  HERE.

Published on June 15, 2020 at 9:15 pm by Ron Robinson


June 16, 2020 - 4:02 am

oh brother

“First they came for the white males, now they are coming for the white females …”

Soon we will see a rainbow of “men” and “women” on our TV sets, paid for by our tax dollars, draped in multicultural head coverings and inclusive garb, telling us the “news” that we HAVE to know.

Our lives depend on it.

Perhaps it really is time to privatize CBC TV?

Should we do this BEFORE the toxic workplace culture takes it down in a morass of infighting and finger pointing?

June 16, 2020 - 7:06 am

Really Fake Nooze

Well done, Bruce. Always been a fan of your journalistic chops.

June 16, 2020 - 12:08 pm

George in Richmond

“… they came for X, but I said nothing because I was not X…..”
You know how it goes. And how it ends.

June 16, 2020 - 1:04 pm


Thx Bruce…you’ve always had the gonads to tackle tricky issues!

Hold your head high Wendy…

June 16, 2020 - 2:30 pm

Fake News


June 17, 2020 - 8:35 am


I agree Karma. I hope a lot of Canadians who are disgusted with CBC demand that their taxes are not to be used anymore for this shameful and disgraceful outfit. Yes Defund CBC. And I would say, at least at this moment, Wendy Mesley , speak up for gods sake. What the hell is wrong with you. Is there anyone at CBC that still has any ownership of themselves. Unbelievable.

July 13, 2020 - 4:24 pm

Dan in Real Life

Wow, quite the diatribe.

You should be able to defend anything you say or do privately or publicly.


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