CBC Statement --
"Mallick's column is a classic piece of political invective. It is viciously personal, grossly hyperbolic and intensely partisan."
CBC offers online apology for Mallick column maligning Sarah Palin
The Canadian Press - 13 hours ago
TORONTO — The CBC has issued an apology and retraction for posting a controversial online column by freelancer Heather Mallick about Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin earlier this month.
Following 300-plus complaints from readers, and attacks from Canadian and American media organizations, including Fox News, publisher John Cruickshank said the public broadcaster had erred in its editorial judgement and the item should never have appeared on the CBC website.
In an online statement, Cruickshank said reaction to the column has caused the CBC to install new editing procedures that will ensure inappropriate work won't appear.
"We are open to contentious reasoned argument but not to partisan attack," he said in a statement posted on the broadcaster's website.
Despite the vitriolic response to Mallick's Sept. 5 piece, "A Mighty Wind Blows Through the Republican Convention," the CBC had initially stood by the article and said it wouldn't remove it from its website.
In the article, Mallick said Palin appeals to "the white trash vote" with her "toned-down version of the porn actress look."