In a Sept 1 Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, a group of prominent Canadian media interests called for the establishment of nothing less than a police state. “We are asking police forces to take several immediate steps… to combat abuse of journalists and all victims of online hate and harassment,” they chimed.
Among signatories to the request are the National Post, the Globe & Mail, Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, TV Ontario, Quebecor, Postmedia, OMNI News, La Presse, City News, and many others.
Citing a global problem “in relation to the increasing and alarming online hate and harassment targeting journalists and journalism as a profession,” the letter called for an abandonment of investigating “individual complaints.” Instead, it called for a system allowing the media itself to report “patterns” that identify “connections of extremist groups” by means of “similar language, the language commonly used by domestic extremist groups.”
Lacking any specifics or examples, the letter is evidence of an inability to counter alternative narratives that demonstrate how inaccurate and misleading their own news coverage has been. The deafening silence from the state-sponsored media in response to Joe Biden’s Sept 1 speech served as an ironic backdrop to the request from a media that can no longer be trusted to report the news.
As accumulating data and verifiable narratives continue to show how the “fake news media” earned its reputation, the natural resentment and disgust with fake news is now being experienced as “online hate and harassment.” But instead of countering alternative narratives with their own, the media fascists have opted for state control of the competition.
Of course, the right thing to always do is to ensure an exchange of ideas and perspectives in an open forum free of any censorship. Through such exchanges – or from a refusal to participate in them – one can best discover and learn to trust those media sources that consistently prove to be Just Right in their search for the truth.
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