Bell Media and CTV are corporations and as such, are only obligated to maximize shareholder value; often with public subsidies. It is unrealistic to expect ethical behaviour from such organizations, unless it increases profits. As well, it is instructive to compare most corporation's rhetoric with their behaviour and reliance on public relations actors and so-called reputation managers. Both LaFlamme and her predecessor, Lloyd Robertson, were corporate journalists who must have been keenly aware of their powerful employer's wishes and attitude. As information gatekeepers, they operated within the confines of acceptable comment and "thinkable thoughts." They were dependable cheerleaders for neoliberalism: corporate tax cuts, public service reductions, privatization of social programs, and enhancing the mobility of capital and stock market speculation. They also provided dependable condemnation of official enemies and consistent support for U.S. military interventions, devoid of historical context or contrary perspectives. To paraphrase George Orwell, they and their peers performed obediently without the necessity of command. LaFlamme was undoubtedly "retired" to make way for a younger face. However, I doubt if she was actually surprised, and I can't imagine her leaving CTV without a hefty severance package. Morgan Duchesney Ottawa, Ont.