On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on the CBC cheering on the Trudeau government's proposal to censor social media platforms like Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter before the upcoming federal election.
Of course, the CBC state broadcaster is fully behind this proposal. Here's what they wrote:
"Testifying before the Procedure and House Affairs committee Tuesday, Gould suggested the committee take a closer look at the role of social media in elections.
"I would encourage this committee to do a study of the role of social media in democracy, if that is something that you think is interesting," she said. "To hold the social media companies to account.”
You know, one of the things we always say about the media, about journalism, about the free press, about freedom of speech. We say: the media holds the government to account. And I think it’s largely true. Sure, the opposition does. But they don’t talk about everything — only the things that suit them. And they don’t have all the resources, all the knowledge, all the tips. We have journalists everywhere, on the whole spectrum, with different points of view; we all have the right as citizen journalists, really, to question our government. I love it.
But look how that is inverted. The government now proposes to hold media companies to account. It’s not media companies holding Trudeau to account. He’ll hold the media to account.
Imagine if Stephen Harper said that. Imagine if Donald Trump said that. But that is precisely what Trudeau’s minister just said about the media. And — nothing. No protests, no front-page stories, no national news. Especially not from the CBC. Because they’re positively owned by the federal government, and run as a Trudeau message repeater right now. They’re already fully tamed. Why would they object to their private sector competitors being regulated just like them?
"I would welcome suggestions and feedback in terms of how to appropriately regulate or legislate that behaviour, because I think one of the biggest challenges — and you can see this around the world — is the path forward is not as clear.”
OK, regulate what behaviour? Why does a Trudeau Liberal think she can regulate someone’s behaviour in a campaign? Especially political behaviour, media behaviour, the right to ask questions, the right to challenge and criticize and doubt. Whatever. If things go too far — if there is a threat, or a crime — we have a law that can handle that. The criminal code. Or defamation. Whatever.
It is no different than in the age of newspapers and leaflets, or the age of radio or TV. Why would it be acceptable to demand, say, that talk radio be regulated, to crack down on inappropriate behaviour during elections? Isn’t that inappropriate behaviour just a fancy way of saying — people who are sick of government and want to throw out the bums?