CBC News host Wendy Mesley disciplined for using racist slur twice in work meetings

CBC News host Wendy Mesley disciplined for using racist slur twice in work meetings

TORONTO — CBC News has taken disciplinary motion towards journalist Wendy Mesley in gentle of her admission that she used a racist slur on two separate events throughout editorial meetings in the previous 12 months.

Chuck Thompson, CBC’s head of public affairs, stated an inner assessment confirmed Mesley “used offensive language” final fall and once more just lately, however a press release from Mesley has made it clear she used the N-word.

Thompson wouldn’t specify what disciplinary motion is being taken towards Mesley, who has been off the air for about three weeks in the course of the assessment.

On her Twitter account Thursday, Mesley stated she “used a word, and yes, it’s the word people think” throughout a name with colleagues whereas getting ready for a phase of “The Weekly” about anti-racism earlier this month.

Mesley stated she used it “not as a slur,” however whereas quoting a phrase that a journalist had been referred to as — a journalist they have been contemplating as a panellist on the present.

She stated she thought by saying the complete phrase, she “was somehow exposing the truth,” however now realizes her “abuse of the word was harmful” and he or she’s “deeply sorry and ashamed.”


Mesley stated she additionally used the phrase final September whereas quoting a e-book title throughout preparation for an episode of “The Weekly” on Quebec’s Bill 21, which bars some public-sector workers from carrying non secular symbols whereas at work.

She stated she “wanted to add some context about why Bill 21 might have got the support it’s had.”

“I referenced one of the more influential tomes of Quebec political thought called ‘White (N’s) of America,’” Mesley wrote in her Twitter put up.

“The book uses the full word, and argues that white francophones are victims of discrimination. The book was written in French, but the title is in English. I said the full title in the meeting.”


Mesley stated shortly after, a colleague instructed her that using that phrase “had made people deeply uncomfortable.”

“I wish I’d treated that more seriously, instead of assuming it was OK because my intentions had been to share outrage and understanding, not to offend,” she stated.

“It is in the same context that I used the word while preparing our recent episode in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. I thought that by using the word in reference to journalism I was shining a light on anti-Black racism. I now realize that I did the opposite and I am now one example of the problem.”


Mesley stated she’s now going to “spend time listening and learning,” and gained’t be commenting additional.

Thompson stated the CBC won’t be commenting “on any aspect of the review” or any particulars pertaining to the disciplinary motion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 25, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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