The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. With viewers mad (and politicians too – see article on page 7) that programming was interrupted during the recently concluded eight-week-long lockout, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch should try some humility. He refused to take full responsibility when he appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for the lockout, saying that because the union could have gone on strike, it should also take part of the blame. Moreover, he unabashedly stated he would do it again – even though it has proven to be one of CBC management’s worst public relations disasters. Also, rather than admit that he had chosen in the late 1990s to cut the regional suppertime newscasts, he attempted to put the blame squarely on federal government cuts to public funding in 1991. Does he not remember that he appeared before the media after the CBC’s last licence renewal, defiantly stating he would not abide by the CRTC’s directives to increase regional programming? It was not fiscally responsible, he said at the time. Before the committee, he also stated that the public broadcaster did not air reality TV. Does Rabinovitch watch his own network? It had extensive promotions for its 2004 reality TV hockey series Making the Cut. Rabinovitch should have taken a cue from Jane Chalmers, VP of CBC Radio, who also appeared before the committee. She seemed sincere in her desire to work with employees to improve the radio network under trying conditions. Rabinovitch didn’t. He remained aggressive and combative, and at ease with passing the blame for everything from the lockout to the regional programming cuts. It’s time he took a step back from his lofty position, and admitted that like any human he has made mistakes.