A video was posted yesterday at the liberal Toronto blog called Blog TO, and it came to my attention because my former colleague from the Sun News Network, David Akin, tweeted it.
Tonight I'll show you the video. Here's how Blog TO described it:
Disturbing video footage of a young woman [named Talia Davidson] hurling racist remarks, [holding a "VOTE ANDREW SCHEER" sign] and spitting at a Toronto resident is circulating like wildfire online today, inspiring shock and outrage across the board.
Farhan Rana, who works across the street from Toronto City Hall, says that he was taking a walk (...) when he was confronted by someone he didn't know.
"Suddenly, a small woman yelled in my ear to 'get out of my country' along with other well wishes," he wrote in an Instagram story. "I walked past her and ignored her remarks."
Here’s what I thought immediately:
If this were a Hollywood script, a producer would say, too obvious; It needs to be more nuanced.
No-one who wanted to promote Andrew Scheer would really do what this woman did.
It is exactly what it looks like — a leftist’s idea of what conservatives think and say.
And the media who reported it knows so little about conservatives and what we really think, that they ran with it.
As I say, I saw this via David Akin. He has since deleted this tweet, but here’s a snapshot:
"Scheer’s opponents will shrug and say, well, of course. That’s unfair but that’s politics. In the meantime, Scheer would do well to go out of his way to denounce this kind of hatred. And to do that quickly.”
So David Akin was not only giving great publicity to this hoax; and putting zero effort into scrutinizing it, he was also giving a prescription to Scheer — you have to react to this, or you’ll own it.
That video was retweeted and republished uncritically countless times, including by Media Party journalists who couldn’t be bothered to even Google a thing.
How hard is it to type Talia Davidson into Google? I did. I found her on Facebook, partying at a hard left-wing activist newspaper in Toronto called Now Magazine.
And she’s not anti-immigrant. She loves immigrants, all her friends are immigrants, she was involved in a Venezuelan restaurant in the city with other immigration activists.
According to this social media page dug up by the Post Millennial, Davidson was an anarcho-syndicalist, a Palestinian activist and an immigration booster — the exact opposite of who she pretended to be on camera.
The weirdest thing was, the website that put this online, Blog TO, did a profile on Davidson just last month. Didn’t they recognize her?
Talia Davidson was charged with assaulting police. Maybe she just snapped, or maybe that’s just me being kind to her, trying to find a less odious explanation.
So even if Davidson is a hoaxer; or even if she’s mad —she’s succeeded —because the fake news media took the story and ran with it.
The election campaign isn’t in full swing —that won’t happen till after Labour Day.
But get ready for a tsunami of fake news just like this.
And it will come from the fanciest of Media Party reporters —the very same people who say you should trust them and only them, not independent media like us.
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