The CBC’s investigative reporter, Natalie Clancy, got her initial story half-right. Bethany was the subject of an anti-Christian tirade. But she didn’t lose a job over it – there was no job to be had. It appears to be an elaborate hoax.
We all make mistakes. Bethany was real, as were the hateful e-mails. And Amaruk’s elaborate website seemed real enough, at first glance.
The CBC was just as much a victim of a hoax as was Bethany. But the CBC, which raised the same questions about Amaruk in a follow-up story, shouldn’t abandon the story now. They should find out who has been impersonating a tourism company – and even filing fake reports on an Industry Canada website. Amaruk’s Twitter feed has just one entry on it – but follows a host of B.C.-based environmental extremist groups and gay activists. It could be that Amaruk is a bizarre secret project of a public B.C. leftist activist. Will the CBC follow up?