As the chorus of "Kill Trump and his supporters" still rings through the media air, the CBC has made sure to remind us not to forget the "real" narrative:
Women are victims, and men never face problems of online harassment or threats.
The CBC has breathlessly reported that NDP premier Rachel Notley, Alberta's favourite mistake, has been receiving mean messages over Bill 6. That's her anti-agriculture bill that would impose overbearing regulations on tens of thousands of Albertan farmers.
The CBC has called the messages “violent,” reported on how they “need to stop,” and even interviewed a professor who claimed “men in politics don’t have to think about, much less address,” online threats like the ones Notley has received.
They've even posted that video Ezra showed you this week, of Albertan Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd weeping in the legislature over social media comments directed towards herself and the Alberta NDP.
These posts are completely uncalled for, and I adamantly oppose any threats of violence. However, these threats have also been completely blown out of proportion by the media who are once again using it to push an anti-male and anti-right narrative.
It only takes one Google or Twitter search for “assassinate Stephen Harper” to find thousands of results:
Where was the CBC when these threats poured in towards our previous Prime Minister? Why weren't Conservative MPs breaking out in tears over cyber-bullying while in Parliament? The Harper slander campaign was far more “violent” than the comments directed towards Notley or McCuaig-Boyd, and no one seemed to care.
The mainstream media cares much more when this happens to women, especially left-wing women. This is the reason why the UN held a meeting directed towards the non-existent problem of “Cyber-Violence Against Women and Girls” and not cyber violence in general. This is also why the CBC published an article interviewing a Calgary professor who only wanted to discuss how online threats affect women.
Despite this, both this professor and the CBC know “a lot of the bombastic political rhetoric is kind of empty,” if not nearly always empty. Even Notley admits: “I’m told that none of what has occurred thus far with me is any way shape or form out of the ordinary.”
Notley's right, but the mainstream media and her fellow party members won’t miss this opportunity to paint the NDP as a victim. She didn’t bawl in the provincial legislature like McCuaig-Boyd, so the CBC characterized her modicum of restraint as “downplaying the threats made against her.”
Almost every politician has received empty threats. Most of the Twitter users I know have been threatened at some point. There is a huge difference between a threatening post on the Internet and real threats, however. It's very rare for an online threat to be anything more than pixels on a screen.
I assume this is why the RCMP haven't stated they are launching an investigation into Notley’s threats. They're similar to the outrage I received after I attended the Amber Rose Slut Walk, which included dozens of people wishing death upon me:
Was I afraid? Of course not. Pixels have never, and will never, constitute a threat on my life.
The CBC doesn’t care, though; they have people who they can put on pedestals and claim are victims of right-wing “violence”.
Who cares if conservative political figures, like Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter, have been receiving torrents of hate for decades and have never suffered a credible threat? Politicians receive these messages all the time, and they amount to nothing in virtually every instance.
For the CBC, the narrative comes first. Death threats are always wrong, but be aware that the story the CBC is peddling is highly exaggerated and completely out-of sync with reality.
We expect this from ultra feminist publications like Jezebel. We shouldn't have to expect it from our country's public broadcaster.
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