March 09, 2017

Media’s selective moral outrage depends on which Premier is locked up

Brian LilleyArchive

Recall that event last December that had the whole country aghast at the invasion of low brow American politics coming to Canada, the arrival of Trumpian bombast, all so bad for the Conservative Party and the conservative movement?

I’m referring to the chants of lock her up called out at The Rebel’s anti-carbon tax rally in Edmonton. How dare those people say that, right?

A Twitter storm quickly erupted, followed by an avalanche of media coverage.

The chant and those that took part were denounced by the mainstream media. There were talk radio segments across the country, it was a top story for Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s The National for two nights.

Back in December the media couldn’t get enough of this.

Politicians of all stripes but especially right leaning ones were all asked about this, all forced to express moral outrage at what was said, to denounce it and say they didn’t back that sort of thing.

We were lectured for a week or more about how talking about putting a politician you disagree with in jail was anti-democratic, fascist even.

Which brings me to a picture of Brad Wall in jail at a union rally outside of Saskatchewan’s legislature in Regina.

Lots of civil servants and union leaders were there, so were a pile of NDP MLA’s, the leader of the provincial NDP Trent Wotherspoon even spoke at the rally. A rally where Brad Wall was put in jail because they disagree with his policies.

Is that anti-democratic? Shouldn’t we be hearing all about this?

When it was chanted that the premier next door should be jailed it was a massive story, now, crickets.

Where are the tweets of outrage from journalists? Where is the fretting about the regrettable tone entering Canadian politics?

It’s different this time though isn’t it. It’s different for a few reasons.

First, Brad Wall is a man, so that makes this ok. Secondly he's seen as a right leaning politician and you can say or do anything to them. Third, this was a union protest and unions can do whatever they want.

Kudos to local CBC reporter, Stefani Langenegger. She tweeted out a photo of the jail asking her Twitter followers if it was akin to what happened in Alberta. But it didn’t make her online story.

The outrage over the Alberta incident was driven by the hectoring of establishment media types mostly located in Ottawa and Toronto. And what their silence over Wall being jailed by union folks tells me is that the entire furor was always more about who said it rather than what was said.

Chanting lock her up and putting a premier’s effigy in jail are the same. You can’t deny it and if you try, you're fooling yourself.

But in Edmonton it was a Rebel rally, those were Rebel people and supporters, ordinary Albertans upset at the imposition of a carbon tax.

In Regina it was unionized civil servants, the educated professional class that so many in the establishment media can relate to. They can’t relate to a rabble of normal people, rubes that chant lock her up.

This is about tribalism and they don’t like your tribe - so a story for a week, the pestering of every conservative politician in the country to denounce the rally in Edmonton.

And now, complicit silence, the quiet backing of their own tribe. It speaks volumes.

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commented 2017-03-10 11:42:48 -0500
NDP . . . read their Constitution, the party of Karl Marx !
CBC = Canada’s Pravda.
commented 2017-03-10 10:20:55 -0500
You must be really bored to watch the CBC. They are SO PREDICTABLE. To work there you must park your brain & pickup the government song sheet. No diversity of thought at all & they do not care.
commented 2017-03-10 09:58:36 -0500
Space Moose, Brad Wall is awesome! He is hero. Great Idea, Brian should do an interview with Brad Wall.
CBC lies! Rex Murphy is pretty good. Right on Jim Reinhart!
commented 2017-03-10 09:26:24 -0500
I don’t believe anything I see or hear on the CBC, except for Rex Murphy.
commented 2017-03-10 07:19:07 -0500
Just wait until closer to election time, if Brad Trost is thought to have any chance at beating the liberal cabal, Mr Trost will be doing some real hardtime or disappear all together, that is how the liberals try to stay in power, they did and still do it to Trump and the they presently doing it in France to the Right leaning candidate.

The liberals either “Vince Foster” you or compromising “evidence” will be “found” against you, thank your local liberals folks it is they that bring this to our great Country.
commented 2017-03-10 06:25:35 -0500
David Ross, exactly and I have one more group to add to the list who should be denied our financing and that is every government, political party and politician in the land as they are all TRAITORS TO US AND OUR COUNTRY! NO MONEY, NO POWER and perhaps they too would all just die off so we can get our country back. I guess it is too late now though as trudeau and his muslim brotherhood government are taking away our Charter of rights and freedoms from everyone but Muslims on March 21 as he said he is going to push this through to silence us all. Sharia in full force is where we are now at because no one in the country cares about this nation, our futures, those who built it and those who laid their lives on the line for it and us! How very sad indeed. The death of Canada only took 15 months and one seriously disturbed, mentally unstable traitor who brought his new found relgion into government: justin trudeau!
commented 2017-03-10 06:19:12 -0500
I’m embarrassed to say I’m a “Canadian” – whatever that is these days. WE are the global idiots and deserve everything coming our way. In all fairness though, it is little wonder given the decades of national liberal/p.c. brainwashing beginning with our politicians all wanting to re-colonize the land with the entire globe for votes followed by the schools especially here in Ontario where Ontarians are so far left it is a wonder they can function!
commented 2017-03-10 01:43:52 -0500
Look up the word Hypocrisy in the dictionary and there is a picture of the left.
commented 2017-03-10 01:43:27 -0500
That was CBC. not BC
commented 2017-03-10 01:43:02 -0500
Quit financing the BC with our tax dollars and the chief propagandist Peter Mansbridge will dry up and float away along with the whole Left Wing propaganda machine.
commented 2017-03-09 22:40:10 -0500
Interesting how the more Donald Trump is proving to be right, eg Sweden, fake news, etc. the Conservatives and candidates are changing their tune? Par example; what did Rona Ambrose have to say about this incident? Nothing as far as I can find..
commented 2017-03-09 22:04:55 -0500
Brad Wall is awesome. The rebel needs to call him to do an interview.
commented 2017-03-09 21:44:54 -0500
Thanks for shining a light on this Brian. I can still feel the sting from the slap and the lecturing that followed. Well, the good news is, now that we ‘deplorables’ with the ‘wrong opinions’ are starting to understand their simplistic rules of engagement, we won’t even flinch from future attacks. Bloody hypocrites, I hope everyone on the right writes about this and rubs it in their smarmy faces.

( The unions are run by a bunch of entitled babies who have never done an honest days work in their life, as are most members. They deserve whatever Brad is bringing them to attention on. Sask is the only province actually prospering on its own steam. Notley is a witch who is doing everything in her power to destroy Alberta and along with Wynne and Trudeau actually deserve to be locked up for real)
commented 2017-03-09 21:17:08 -0500
Hypocracy watch
Thanks BRIAN
commented 2017-03-09 20:41:58 -0500
We should be hearing from " I’m Peter Mansbridge and the rest of aren’t" any time now.
commented 2017-03-09 20:32:09 -0500
Brian, thanks for the balanced journalism ; I would never have seen this comparison or even the Brad Wall part on the MSM.
commented 2017-03-09 20:05:23 -0500
The MSM went crazy over the Notley face on range markers at an Alberta golf course, they were even more outraged by the lock her up chant at the Carbon Tax rally in Edmonton & now crickets when a similar attack is on Brad Wall. What a crock! God forbid the media would ever bite the Liberal hand that feeds them. This is so unfair, but until the Libs stop feeding$$$ the media, this type of bias will continue. Thanks to Rebel for revealing the double standards.
commented 2017-03-09 19:03:02 -0500
Muta Ween-good point. Conservatives need to stop giving the power to the left. Turn it back around with the truth and keep shoving it back in their face.
commented 2017-03-09 18:02:41 -0500
Well Peter ,(Mansbridge) , “a lot of people think you should be locked up for the outrageous salary taxpayers pay you” . That’s what a good politician would say.
Our politicians never throw it back in their face. Time to show contempt because a lot of viewers are fed up and the ones that aren’t are all liberals anyway and will never vote for you.
Tell then to go pound salt.
commented 2017-03-09 17:38:01 -0500
Remember that there were a few conservatives, such as CPC leadership candidate MP Brad Trost, who, unlike Rona Ambrose and others, that did not join the virtue signalling chorus that this was awful behaviour for conservatives, but tweeted that he wished that he had been there.
commented 2017-03-09 17:27:41 -0500
Felt so good standing in the cold chanting “Lock her up” after hearing all the hurt and harm experienced by Albertans as a result of Rachel ‘the destroyer’ Notley’s socialist ideological policies!