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!
@ezralevant You disgust me. This is propaganda on your part, not theirs.— Chris Vandenbreekel (@Vandecision) November 5, 2015
(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.)
One day you are going to get someone seriously hurt with your vile rhetoric. https://t.co/RfpG75fHFM— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) November 5, 2015
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.
I don't even know what to say to this bullshit. https://t.co/A48uN53F4J— Taylor Lambert (@TS_Lambert) November 5, 2015
But here’s the weirdest examples -- my former colleagues at the Sun newspaper chain:
@ezralevant stay classy.— Trevor Robb (@SunTrevorRobb) November 5, 2015
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.
Just going to place this here for all to see. https://t.co/ur44nHTbXs— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) November 5, 2015
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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