November 08, 2015

"I can't even!" Media Party more outraged over photoshopped sword than by Maclean's Omar Khadr Remembrance Day cover

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

So as I reported earlier, Maclean’s magazine gave confessed, convicted terrorist Omar Khadr the full celebrity cover treatment this week.

And this cover is on their Remembrance Day issue.

Maclean's is celebrating a terrorist who murdered a soldier, and planted IEDs that may have killed many more.

But a viewer sent me this very subtly modified image of the cover:

He photoshopped a large sword into Khadr’s hands.

It reminds you how inappropriate putting two rape victims in the same category as an Al Qaida terrorist is.

That photoshopped picture was great guerrilla counter-journalism, the perfect response to Maclean's grotesque cover story.

So I tweeted this photoshopped image on Twitter — with no comment.

Most people didn’t even really notice the subtle change. But then a bunch of journalists saw the photoshop and lashed out. Not at Maclean’s for putting a terrorist on their cover. But at me, for reminding everyone that he was a terrorist!

(Say — do you think Vandenbreekel’s listeners in Fort McMurray would agree? I wrote back to him, and invited him to open his phone lines and talk about it on the show.)

Lamoureux is worried about someone getting seriously hurt apparently. Yeah, me too — like Sgt. Christopher Speer, murdered by Khadr. Maclean’s venerating a terrorist as a folk hero isn’t vile, but me criticizing them is? And — of course — the implication that my mere words need to be reined in; there’s that flicker of authoritarian censorship on the left.

But here’s the weirdest examples -- my former colleagues at the Sun newspaper chain:

Maclean’s is classy to celebrate a terrorist, but I’m not classy for mocking them?

Here’s Tyler Dawson of the Ottawa Citizen, who was so shocked he didn’t know what to say, but he tweeted about it several times. That’s the lame millennial rebuttal to anything — "I can’t even!"

Remember: The Ottawa Citizen gave Omar Khadr a guest column in their newspaper — without a disclaimer that he’s a convicted murderer — literally on the day of Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s funeral.

Anyone who would be more upset about a photoshop of a sword in Omar Khadr’s hands than they are upset with Omar Khadr being normalized in Maclean’s  — that’s a sign of a deep sickness in our media, don’t you think?


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commented 2015-11-11 17:57:44 -0500
I think it would have been better if he tweeted it with a comment on his rational for it. People can take a picture to mean different things and miss the ‘point’.
commented 2015-11-10 20:21:09 -0500
Don i have a woman for that, since i do not beat them for speaking.
commented 2015-11-10 20:19:59 -0500
Don Cloud i am not why do you ask, neither is Khadr by the way.
commented 2015-11-10 13:25:12 -0500
LLRFU, it has become so bad with the left, that my knee jerk reaction to any article or statement from a lefty is not to give them the benefit of the doubt. Same with reports from so called research NGOs, or even news from the MSM. They of course say the same about us, and will discount any news not reported in the MSM. We now are at a point where everything is in doubt, and the only sources we can really trust are those who are either in the middle of the road ideologically, or “agnostic” as far as politics is concerned. So for example so far and to this date, I will trust something from the Congressional Budget Office. But I know the labour statistics from the US are pure bogus and have been since Johnson, and have only gotten more so under Obama. The media can’t even report on the GDP figures honestly, focussing on the raw GDP aggregate number, when what really counts is GDP per capita. In Canada, some ways it is worse, because so called research agencies are biased to the left, and received tax benefits from the state.
commented 2015-11-10 10:06:13 -0500
Ridicule – the number one lefty response – Sorry Jack, that stupid psychology doesn’t work on me!!

And you just did want all Lefty’s do – criticize a book you’ve never read!! Do you know how many lefty’s I’ve heard that from Jack?? In the forward to The Road to Serfdom Hayek complains of the same thing. Lefty intellectuals criticizing his book without reading it. This was back in the late 30’s.

This. I believe is why Ben Franklin said that in order to maintain Democracy, every once in awhile we’ll have to declare a state of civil war, kill a whole mess of ppl and start over again (in today’s language). You idiots don’t have the maturity to run a lemon stand, yet the left insist on grabbing the reins and hurling us down a path of self-destruction, all the while thinking you’re “doing good” LOL!! You act like the 5yr old that demands to drive the family car!!
commented 2015-11-10 08:43:24 -0500
DREW WAKARIUK commented 6 hours ago
Jay Kelly he was treated more than fairly, he would not have treated the Americans the same way. And the medic came to help him and his other <b>goat banging buddies</b>. Drew … never knew you were from that region of the world.
commented 2015-11-10 02:38:52 -0500
Jay Kelly he was treated more than fairly, he would not have treated the Americans the same way. And the medic came to help him and his other goat banging buddies.
commented 2015-11-10 01:43:36 -0500
Atikokenconservative, give some thought to why you are a troll on a site like this.
Most people on here know that Khadar was badly injured by the U.S. attack.
We are trying to recognize that Omar Khadr was treated unfairly.
commented 2015-11-09 22:39:21 -0500
So he finds a half dozen left wing Americans (WOW!) (sarcasm) to repeat the same tired old lies and half truths, over and over again because everyone has to believe it if they hear it over and over again a million times, right? Like I said, wow. We must all be wrong, in so many ways, because this ridiculous troll has the support of a half dozen foreigners, and Liz May. Colour us all here at the Rebel Liberal Red, as we have now been shown the way! Thank you Jack, you cunning old socialist you, for showing us the truth! What would we do without you and your connections to such amazing American socialist wisdom? That’s it; the total essence of correctness and truth, there are no more words …
commented 2015-11-09 21:13:58 -0500
Interesting comments… My thoughts still hold “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Whether I like it or not, I feel that posting this took balls lampooning McLean’s and this cover page.
The Rebel’s still has my attention and my support to surface what I feel are fundamental flaws with the media and the social conscience of Canada today.
commented 2015-11-09 20:50:39 -0500

If your posts were more coherent and not just meaningless babble, I would have had a better response for you.

Enjoy your book that no one takes seriously and has been endlessly mocked and debunked.
commented 2015-11-09 20:43:28 -0500

So no facts – but the same shit that Ezra spews. OK, great.

commented 2015-11-09 20:04:36 -0500
Funny how the left thinks this POS is reformed and if he was brainwashed then why is he going back to the brainwashing family? LMAO, sorry to ask real questions like this.
commented 2015-11-09 20:03:11 -0500
Jack Carter how do you think the middle east became Islamic? None of the countries except for one were Islamic. Of course your to stupid to acknowledge the truth though.
commented 2015-11-09 20:01:11 -0500
Jack Carter how was that HIS COUNTRY you moron, it was not his or the Talibans country you clown. The Taliban invaded and took over by force, try some reality you useful idiot. I sure hope you are one of the first to get your REWARD from them, you deserve it.
commented 2015-11-09 19:58:40 -0500
Jack please prove even one of the phony comments about Khadr being railroaded and tortured and not having a trial. LMAO
commented 2015-11-09 19:08:55 -0500
“Where did integrity and doing the right thing go?” No such thing in the lefty universe. It is all about defending retrobates and attacking anyone who disagrees with them!
commented 2015-11-09 18:50:22 -0500
I notice this a lot that when a person tells the truth they are brazenly chastised by the empty headed communists. This is who I think these people are who can’t admit the truth and who try to bury it with lies. I can’t understand why people want to do this. It’s a reflection of today’s society and media, a result of lowered standards in schools. What’s bad is good and what’s good is bad. Telling lies is where it’s at. Where did integrity and doing the right thing go?
commented 2015-11-09 17:03:26 -0500
This is not new. The left has always had murderers as their heroes. They made a hero out of killer Che Guevera. Out of the Sandinistas. Out of Khadr here. Heck, they were praising Stalin and Hitler when they decided to divide up Poland, and the Soviets gobbled up poor Finland.
commented 2015-11-09 15:50:51 -0500
LLRFU – let me know when you hear back from Jack! :-)
commented 2015-11-09 15:48:56 -0500
LLRFU, I think Jack may be tending to his goats.
commented 2015-11-09 15:40:55 -0500
Is being afraid to talk some more an admission of psychiatric problems on your part Jack? Is that why you’re afraid to talk more? If you talk more, it’ll prove my case, if you don’t, it’s an admission of said problems. Oopsies!! Whata ya gonna do now Jack? Hey you could yell obscenities at me. Nope no, that’s more proof. Gee whata ya gonna do Jack? Stuck tween a rock and a hard place Jack?? Hey I know – you could simply “self-depopulate” and say you did it to “save the planet”!!!
commented 2015-11-09 15:35:42 -0500
Hello?!?! Jack? you there? Common Jack. People will think you “don’t know Jack” if you don’t start talking!!
commented 2015-11-09 15:16:09 -0500
Common Jack, start talking!! I want some more examples of your psychiatric problems to see if they match up with this book.
commented 2015-11-09 15:14:42 -0500
You know Jack, if he caused a death here at home, he’d be tried as an adult, if guilty, get 25yrs, be out in 12.5yrs. Know how long he was in jail? 12.5 yrs. So what’s the biggy Jack? Do you know how much injustice goes on in society every day Jack? So why not rag on about that stuff? Why not rag on about the gang banger that kille Jane Kreba instead? Oh wait, they got 25yrs, be out in 12.5. Why only Khader? Is it because you’re a terrorist sympathizer that hates your own country? It is – isn’t it, isn’t it Jack? Or maybe you’re just psychotic like I said. Which is it Jack? Or is it both?
commented 2015-11-09 15:10:47 -0500
Jack. I’ve always maintained the Left have psychiatric problems, something I stumbled onto a few years back. I’d like to thank you for giving us a first hand lexamples. And oh looky, I’ve just stumbled onto a book by a psychiatrist that says the same thing – can’t wait to read it!!
Lyle Rossiter Jr – The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness
commented 2015-11-09 14:36:53 -0500
“So killing a soldier in a firefight in YOUR OWN country makes you a ‘terrorist’ now? I would think that the INVADER is the terrorist.” Jack, you must be totally ambivalent to facts. Khadr is a CANADIAN and committed his crimes in another country against an enemy Canada was fighting. The little terrorist from a known terrorist family is lucky he wasn’t tried for treason. Do some research first before you spout your leftist bullshit rhetoric.
commented 2015-11-09 14:30:06 -0500
And Jack Carter, you can also shove your lust for Omar Khadr where the sun don’t shine as well. Some day you may actually grow up, but I doubt it.
commented 2015-11-09 14:28:51 -0500
As for links, Jack. Shove it where the sun don’t shine. You don’t provide links.
commented 2015-11-09 14:26:13 -0500
“What sentence does a 15 year old murderer get anyways? Usually about 10 years. He paid his sentence in one of the worst prisons on earth. Get over it.”

It is not the worst prison as he was treated very well, even getting his own diet, use of a gym to work out, TV priveleges, and any reading he wanted.

“He killed a SOLDIER from an invading force — (if in fact he did, which is debatable) That doesn’t make him a murderer. I would do the same thing if I could, if a foreign soldier was shooting at ME in my country!”

According the the Geneva Convention, he was not a legal combatant as he was required to wear a uniform and be part of a military. As such his murder of Christopher Speers was a murder and not in the role as a defending combatant.

“So killing a soldier in a firefight in YOUR OWN country makes you a ‘terrorist’ now? I would think that the INVADER is the terrorist.”

First, it was not his country. He was born in Canada. and Second, see my previous reply about the Geneva Convention

“The case against him was shaky, we was in Gitmo for 8 years, its possible he just plead guilty because he did not want to die in gitmo after not being charged with a crime.”

The case was not shaky at all and he was actually charges with 45 years. He admitted he killed Christopher Speer and he said he was proud of having do so. The rest is speculation.

“It was a travesty that Canada did not pull him out of Gitmo and try him at home using all the evidence the US could provide. There’s a reason they never had a trial for him, because their evidence was shaky at best and he only plead guilty because after 8 years of indefinite detention, he had no other choice if he ever wanted to leave Gitmo.”

There was a trial for him and he was tried and convicted for 45 years. He signed a confession.

“He was a 15 years old, a kid, growing up in Afghanistan. He didn’t know better and couldn’t know better. He was brought up to believe USA was the enemy. He was released and looks to be trying to do good now.”

First, he did not grow up in Afghanistan, he grew up in Canada. Second, a 15 year old is considered an adult in Afghanistan. To say he did not know better is simply not true. He is unrepentant for the murder he comitted.