Reporters or revisionist historians? If you live in Alberta, there's really no difference. In 2012 the late, great Andrew Breitbart said, “the media class is the wall that we have to climb over in order for our voices to be heard” and those words have never been truer.
Last weekend at our very successful Rebel Live event in Calgary, I said that to get rid of the socialist new democrat government, we’d first have to overcome the mainstream media in Alberta.
As I noted, the media is the public relations and research arm of the New Democratic Party, and it only took them about four days to prove me correct.
I just received a transcript of a media scrum between United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney and some reporters that took place on Wednesday in Edmonton.
It begins with reporters asking questions about remarks made by a UCP member, lawyer John Carpay. The media rushed to throw up a short excerpt from Carpay’s full 20 minute speech at our Rebel Live event (thanks for watching mainstream media!) with comments about free speech and the LGBTQ rainbow flag that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
You can watch the full speech for context and make up your own mind.
Carpay quickly issued a clarification and that should have been the end of it, but the media pressed on trying to make the whole UCP responsible for what one member said, a bizarre standard that seems to only apply to conservatives.
But suddenly, what should have been a scrum, turned into mainstream media reporters trying to rewrite history and “memory hole” some known facts, Ministry of Truth style.
They insisted, despite video evidence to the contrary, that when Alberta's Deputy Premier and Health Minister Sarah Hoffman accused conservative politicians of hanging around with sewer rats, she only meant me and my Rebel colleagues.
Does that make a government minister dehumanizing me in the legislature any better?
Watch as I tell you who those two reporters were since none of the media who witnessed it will, and show you exactly what sort of revisionist gaslighting these two tried to pass off as unbiased press conference questions.
This incident should be a wake-up call for conservative politicians who think they've entered into a peace treaty with the mainstream media.
It's not a peace treaty. It's a disarmament pact where only conservatives lay down their weapons. And no amount of disavowing their political allies will spare conservative politicians from the name calling and lies that are passed off as unbiased journalism.
If the media's pathetic performance at the Conservative convention in Halifax didn't convince Scheer and Kenney, maybe this latest Alberta press gallery stunt will.