Last week was a terrible week for Hillary Clinton. So she collected a list of mean things said by people who liked Trump and gave a speech about them.
Canada’s Liberals are trying the same thing against conservative critics too. In January, Maclean’s did a long, boring story about “the angry radical right,” about some random people on Facebook saying mean things about Trudeau.
A month ago, the left-wing magazine The Walrus wrote about the “mean” comments left on the Conservative Party’s Facebook page, and even here at the Rebel. (Remember: The Walrus’s editor in chief, Jonathan Kay, was also Trudeau’s ghostwriter.)
Two days after Gerald Butts tweeted, “The Conservative Party is allowing death threats against the Prime Minister of Canada to be posted on their website,” the Toronto Star wrote a story about these “death threats.” The similarity in Butts’s tweet and the Star’s headline is noticeable.
At TheRebel.media, we try to clean up truly obscene or seriously threatening comments on our comments section. But we love freedom of speech, and accept a certain level of rudeness from our public commenters.
Compare that to many of the big news media in Canada now: they’re banning comments from their articles altogether. Maybe it’s for staffing or legal reasons.
But I doubt it. It’s because they don’t believe in letting ordinary people push back against the official government narrative.
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