Is The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi ethical?


With all of the media coverage surrounding Jian Ghomeshi–his lawsuit, his arrest, the allegations and inside stories, we’ve opted to remain mostly mum on the subject other than to write about the former CBC host’s original Facebook post that (turns out) was about to blow Canadian minds. Mostly because it was the tamest thing we would all hear on the subject in the coming weeks.

But something surfaced this week that didn’t quite sit well with us, and we can’t really put our fingers on it. CBC and its investigative show the fifth estate revealed that it is broadcasting a special delving deep into the Ghomeshi circus on Friday evening. And they’re calling it The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi.

Here’s the official description from the show’s page:

He was the breakout success the CBC needed and there was a time Jian Ghomeshi was everywhere – on radio, TV, hosting award galas and specials. Still there were whispers and allegations…. Ghomeshi was arrested on sex assault charges Wednesday but for years he seemed untouchable. Did his stardom blind people to what was going on ? CBC insiders tell the story of what really happened. The fifth estate investigates The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi.

CBC. The same place that Ghomeshi worked at for years when all of these things supposedly took place. The same public broadcaster that was internationally praised for its coverage during the Ottawa shooting just weeks ago. It seems a little … off-putting or perhaps even gratuitous to a) cover these events so soon after they’ve been leaked and b) given the apparent conflict of interest. Not to mention the man’s arrest and upcoming trial.


And so forth and so on. Or, is this entire thing actually good? You know, the very same broadcaster that attempted to deal with the original problem actually looking into… itself? The fact is that CBC HAS been praised in the past for some its outstanding coverage, so if any newsroom is going to look into this, maybe it should be them?

We’re not sure. It’s a touchy subject, and we’re curious to hear your thoughts on it.

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