As you know from watching Faith Goldy's reports from the scene, news is still emerging from the mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday night. Six people killed, 19 injured.
Initial reports said there were two shooters; police arrested two people, and held them overnight. All day, CBC was running news that eyewitnesses had said that someone in the attack had shouted, “Allah Akbar.”
Then suddenly that all changed.
The one Muslim man in custody, Mohamed Belkhadir, was released. Police said he was a witness, not a suspect.
And that all-day report about “Allah Akbar”? That changed by nightfall, too.
There may be a clear explanation to all of this, that will emerge through the courts.
But what about the media narrative, which repeats that the suspect is “a fan of Trump”?
Many of these stories were written by one man, Colin Perkel, a left-wing activist with Canadian Press wire service. That’s how “the narrative” gets built in Canada.
I’ll show you the suspect’s Facebook page, which has since been taken down.
Indeed, he did click “like” on Trump, and Marine Le Pen. So have nearly 20 million other people.
Look who else Alexandre Bissonnette follows:
Jack Layton. The NDP itself. The left-wing Parti Quebecois. He follows Catholic popes and anti-Catholic atheists. Even Dempsters Bread, for some reason.
But because he clicked “like” on a Facebook page, he has been branded a Trumpist, and that is the rationale for the attack.
Today, CBC employees were criticizing The Rebel — and us alone — for reporting that Belkhadir was a suspect, even though the rest of the media had initially reported that, too.
Here’s my prediction:
In the next 90 days, you will see attempts by the Trudeau government, probably in concert with YouTube and Facebook, to censor The Rebel.
To ban us in the name of "Islamophobia." Because we don’t follow the official narrative...
TONIGHT'S GUESTS, to talk about President Trump's executive order instituting a 90-day pause on immigration from seven high-risk countries, is author and free speech activist Pamela Geller, and Canadian immigration lawyer, Guidy Mamann.