Once upon a time — oh, right until the moment Stephen Harper stepped down as prime minister in 2015, the Media Party knew what its job was: hold the government to account. Speak truth to power. Dissent was positively patriotic. And no form of criticism of power was too rough.
That was then, but under Justin Trudeau, the media has flipped. Now it’s about holding the public to account on behalf of the government. Holding independent media to account, like us — the CBC, the Media Party demonize us and other independent media.
But really, it’s you they want to regulate.
Let me show you a bizarre story on the CBC, now that they’ve formally launched their pro-Trudeau election war room:
How a misleading YouTube video is stoking fears about Shariah law before the federal election
"A short, grainy YouTube video circulating on social media purports to show evidence of an imam claiming that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is re-elected, he will institute Shariah law, the legal code of Islam, based on the Qur’an.”
You know there are one billion hours of YouTube watched daily, right? And the CBC found something on the Internet they disagreed with. And spent a week working on a rebuttal.
But the video was taken out of context, according to the man featured in it, and it was created by Sandra Solomon, known for her anti-Islam views.
Oh, well, then, if Sandra Solomon is known for her anti-Islam views, than the video must be wrong!
I’ve met Sandra Solomon once. I think she comes by her anti-Islam views honestly — she was born a Muslim and grew up in Islam. I wonder why the CBC doesn’t mention that? Don’t you think it’s relevant?
Why is she cast as a hate criminal, when obviously she’s rebelling against what she thinks is a hateful book?
Because this is the CBC. They’re a smear machine.
So back to the video that the CBC was “correcting”. What’s funny about it is that the CBC never shows it to you.
TONIGHT I will show you this video, in full.
The CBC seriously spent a thousand words rebutting this video. True, 50,000 people have seen it. But so what? What was factually false about it? The imam said what he said. Trudeau dressed how he dressed, and he said the shehada.
That CBC report on Sandra Solomon was journalistically unethical:
It didn’t quote Solomon herself. It misled viewers by hiding the fact that she was born and raised a Muslim. It said she was investigated for a hate crime — when she wasn’t charged. That’s a smear.
It wasn’t journalism. It was politics. Paid for by taxpayers, and laundered through the CBC.
Expect a lot more of it as the federal election heats up...
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