Sometimes a small story illustrates something big. Like if you’re walking by a picket fence, and one plank is missing. For just a moment, you get a glimpse of what’s going on on the other side.
I think that happened yesterday in Canada.
It was about a Google search result. There are literally billions of Google searches every day. I can’t think of anything more trivial — in theory. But earlier this week, if you typed in the words “Canadian soldiers,” Google showed various Canadian soldiers — but it also listed Omar Khadr, the convicted, confessed Al Qaida terrorist, who actually murdered a soldier — the U.S. army medic Christopher Speer.
And they showed Khadr's smiling face.
Now, when I saw this — our friend Manny Montenegrino first tweeted about it — I thought, that can’t be real. Is that photoshopped or something? So I immediately just typed in Canadian soldiers into Google and sure enough it really did come up that way.
So Google is literally trying to whitewash the horrific crimes of Omar Khadr. But why should that surprise us? The Media Party does that too. I think our reporter, Keean Bexte, was literally the first reporter in Canadian history to actually attend an Omar Khadr press conference and refer to him as what he is, what he confessed to, and what he was convicted of — being a terrorist.
Khadr's lawyer there was shocked. He’s used to obedience, not challenges.
Anyway, back to yesterday:
On Twitter, Manny Montenegrino made a fuss about those Google search results.
This spread like wildfire — through normal society. Because normal people never bought into the pro-Khadr love affair. Our media did, our politicians did, our courts did. But not the people.
Eventually whoever writes Andrew Scheer’s tweets these days tweeted about it. (I like Andrew Scheer’s tweets these days. I just wish Scheer was like that in real life...)
Omar Khadr is a convicted terrorist who murdered a medic and blinded another. He is not a victim, nor should he be portrayed in this way alongside real Canadian heroes. @googlecanada:fix this.
Oh, you better believe Google read that. And — good for them — they fixed it. I don’t know if they would have fixed it just with a public outcry. But with the leader of the opposition, they did. Maybe they don’t want to be embarrassed in public; maybe they want to keep all politicians on side; maybe they know that one day, Trudeau will no longer be prime minister, so best to hedge bets.
In fact, Google’s PR boss in charge of searches responded:
Our systems generate lists like this automatically and can sometimes get the wrong signals. This has now been fixed.
OK, story over, right? Maybe it was just an error. A big nothing.
But no. Weirdly, bizarrely, the Liberal Party of Canada fought back.
Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, took time away from everything else he was doing that was less important (like Canadian hostages in China, an industrial crisis in Alberta) to weigh in on this matter on Twitter, not once, but four times, as I'll show you TONIGHT.
First, Butts floated a full-blown conspiracy theory as to the origins of this "Canadian soldiers/Omar Khadr" story, that involved "the alt-right in Canada." After that, he even started arguing with that Google search executive.
Why was Gerald Butts so obsessed with keeping this fake news alive? And why was he so mad at Andrew Scheer? And why was he calling anonymous people on the Internet “alt right” or whatever?
For one thing, Gerald Butts is absolutely terrified of people saying the obvious — that Trudeau has a weird affinity not just for Islam, but for radical Islam.
Trudeau never praises moderate, liberal, pro-western Muslims. He prefers the radical variety, like Omar Khadr.
And I think Gerald Butts is part of that cult in some way.
Why would he defend Omar Khadr being improperly on that list?
By the way:
I did a search, and Gerald Butts has tweeted his defence of Omar Khadr ten times over the years. Ten times he stood up for Khadr. I typed in Speer — the name of the man murdered by Khadr — and Butts hasn’t written that word once...
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