CBC drops Tom Flanagan after child pornography comments

cbcCBC has dropped right wing TV pundit Tom Flanagan after he said that he didn’t support the jailing of viewers of child pornography.

Flanagan, who is a former chief of staff to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, told an audience at the University of Lethbridge that while he didn’t condone child molesting he didn’t think they should jail people who view child pornography.

“I certainly have no sympathy for child molesters, but I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures”.

Members of the crowd booed Flanagan when he said that viewers of child pornography do not harm other people.

“While we support and encourage free speech across the country and a diverse range of voices, we believe Mr. Flanagan’s comments to have crossed the line and impacted his credibility as a commentator for us,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief at CBC News said in a statement.

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