Hey, did you hear about that thing that happened where a leftist did something bad and got away with it, but if it had been a conservative doing the exact same thing, everyone would have flipped their lids? Isn’t that just the worst double standard? Aren’t you so mad about that thing that you could potentially do something about it, but won’t because you know in the back of your mind that nobody will support you?
Yeah, me too. Seems like all we do some days is cover up and defend ourselves against assaults from the left, writing about double standards on our blogs, hoping that the world at large will wake up and say, “My God, they’re right! Never again will the Media Party pull the wool over my eyes!”
The left loves to talk about invisible conspiracies with enormous amounts of power that spend all day, every day, oppressing the underclass, but even if they won’t admit it, there’s a very good reason why they go after out-of-touch white males instead of, say, ISIS. The social justice warriors are bullies, and we know this because they understand the pecking order very well and only attack those who look weaker than them.
We’re a couple of weeks past the Catherine Porter fiasco, but this much seems clear to me at this point: Catherine Porter did what she did because she didn’t think she was going to get called on it, and even if she was called on it, she knew nothing would change. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, let me ask you all: Is she wrong?
Well obviously she was wrong to do what she did, but was she wrong to think she’d get away with it? Did anything change? She still has her job, the newspaper she works for isn’t any less committed to stomping conservatives than it was, and we’ve all moved on to complaining about something else. What was the net gain for the right, exactly, and what exactly did we expect to happen?
One side in this so called culture war gets third party advertising right. The other does not. One side asks for “safe spaces” where their nonsense goes unchallenged. The other does not. One side prints newspapers that have Atkinson Principles dedicated to “afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted”, and the other does not. One side openly claims that some lives are worth more than others, and…well, I think you get the picture. Not much of a war, is it?
To be clear, I am not advocating that we adopt the thuggish tactics of the left…because doing that would be incitement, and we don’t want to be lawfared out of existence. OH GOD PLEASE DON’T SUE US. All I’m saying is that, for a movement with so many freedom of speech advocates, there are precious few who dare to dream of conquering the culture piece by piece.
For example: we call for the privatization of the CBC all the time, but when we’re dealing with the Toronto Star (which is a private corporation, by the way) we seem to be OK with the editorial board allowing Ezra to have a letter in the paper and issuing a half-hearted apology where the Porter fiasco is referred to a “dispute” as if someone, somewhere, somehow is still disputing the facts of the case.
But then I find out that the Globe & Mail has never even asked Ezra for a rebuttal, and it makes sense immediately. When you’ve been bullied so long, been down so long, it all looks like up to you.
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