There was a lot of confusion surrounding the mass murder at a Quebec mosque on Sunday night, as we’ve been reporting from the scene, at QuebecTerror.com.
At first, police arrested two suspects, Andre Bissonnette and Mohamed Belkhadir. Witnesses reported that the shooters shouted, "Allah Akbar."
The CBC, CTV, Quebec's TVA, and foreign media all ran with that information.
But by mid-day, these "facts" had changed.
Yesterday, Justin Trudeau’s top PR aide, Kate Purchase, sent a scolding letter to Fox News, accusing them of tweeting “false and misleading language relating to the identity of the suspect.”
But the Fox tweet had simply said that one suspect was Moroccan, and cited reports to that effect, which had been running everywhere, including the CBC.
In journalism, when news changes, you update it. You don’t delete it.
(And when did the prime minister’s office get into the business of telling reporters to delete stories? Could you even imagine if Stephen Harper had demanded that a reporter somewhere delete information?)
So how did the Canadian media react to Kate Purchase’s message?
CBC deleted posts with any mention of a Muslim suspect. CTV and the Toronto Star were thrilled. So were the Canadian Press and Global News.
The CBC had a pundits panel on the subject, and not one of them had any qualms about the Prime Minister demanding that reporters delete news.
Now, here’s what’s next:
Montreal police have arrested a man “accused of online hate speech targeting Muslims.”
Making death threats is a crime. Terrorism is a crime. But hate is not a crime; it’s a human emotion.
But look at the last sentence:
"The force is hiring 55 people whose jobs will include monitoring social media sites for hate speech.”
That’s not police work. That’s censorship.
I predict that The Rebel eventually will face some sort of legal sanction.
And you know that the media will be 100% supportive of it...
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Our Quebec correspondent and National Post columnist Barbara Kay, plus: Faith Goldy debriefs us on her reporting at the scene of the Quebec City attack.
(Remember: You can see all her investigative reports at QuebecTerror.com.)