by Brad Salzberg
August 27, 2022
A pattern of abuse and threats directed at female journalists has become so extreme in Canada, it’s now drawing condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The pattern of harassment of journalists is incredibly alarming and completely unacceptable. This type of behaviour has no place in our society. No journalist should ever be threatened for doing their job,” Trudeau tweeted.
Upon which Cultural Action Party point out the irony involved:
No person in Canadian society has exacerbated public anger at mainstream media more than Justin Trudeau.
Yet, with the Liberal government funding over 1000 media outlets in Canada, journalists are loathe to reveal the truth regarding an unprecedented uptick in anger against media publications. Therefore, they do what they always do in these situations: blame it on the public, and more specifically, our so-called “racist tendencies.”
NDP MP Leah Gazan:
“Recently, it has come to our attention that female journalists, primarily members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), who are simply doing their job have been subjected to abuse and violence that include rape and death threats.”
CAP do not condone violence. We will, however, point to an aspect of human nature relevant to the discussion. When people are frustrated, they lash out.
In this case, media are functioning as a proxy for the true target of public anger: our Liberal Government. It is government, and PM Justin Trudeau in particular, whom the public would target with anger– if they could.
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