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Loving the meta-headline: "Toyota says US workers too stupid to train!!"
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He said Nissan and Honda have encountered difficulties getting new plants up to full production in recent years in Mississippi and Alabama due to an untrained - and often illiterate - workforce. In Alabama, trainers had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech plant equipment.

"The educational level and the skill level of the people down there is so much lower than it is in Ontario," Fedchun said.
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In our own defense, it really should say "Toyota says Deep South workers too stupid to train." I know the CBC doesn't like us and all, but if those plants were in the Northeast, Midwest, or along the Pacific, there'd be no problems.

I don't know where you get the impression that the CBC "doesn't like you" apart from some inferiority or persecution complex, but nowhere in the article does it actually say anything about the US as a whole. It does make repeated references to the southeast US, but I don't see why you'd feel the need to defend yourself in the first place.

? I think you kind-of overreacted to that. No need to be hostile.

We get CBC Newsworld on digital cable here, and most of the stories I've seen about U.S. cultural issues have been, in my opinion, overly critical to an unfair degree. The tone I usually get from their reportage indicates that they directly associate all Americans with the American government, moreso than they do with other countries and nationalities, and it always strikes me as odd. I watch mostly international news, especially European and Middle Eastern news with subtitles and translation, and the CBC just seems to do it more than others.

It's just a general impression and opinion — nothing to get worked up over.

No, my point was that you were attributing bias to a news article because you believed that this news agency always has the same bias regardless of medium or regional issue, and not because the article actually displayed any semblance of bias in the manner you described.

Totally apart from that, I've seen little of what you describe, and I'd even venture to say that Canadian news agencies in general and the CBC in particular are far better at regional US reporting than most European news agencies. For example, the BBC tends to describe places like "Cincinatti, in the midwestern American state of Ohio", as if Ohio is some sort of mythical magic land that most Britons haven't heard of (and in all fairness, may not have heard of), while the CBC will assume you know where Cincinatti is.

As for associating people with their government...well, the people elect the government, so it's not like the people as a whole don't have a responsibility for whomever they choose. Having said that, I can't think of any Canadian or mainstream European news agencies that can't distinguish between the two, at least on a general level. This obviously deteriorates once you get more into the fringe.

Would you ascribe a political leaning to the CBC? I've always seen it as extremely politically neutral, at least when compared to various other national agencies, like the Toronto Star (liberal), Globe and Mail (conservative) and the National Post (more conservative).

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