The Establishment Media Is Once Again Doing Trudeau’s Bidding

The establishment press has gotten the message to push the Liberal narrative and protect Trudeau in order to defend their source of forced taxpayer-funding.

In the first weeks of the election campaign, the Trudeau Liberals fell big time in the polls.

In large part, this was due to the anger at Trudeau calling an election for the obvious sole purpose of gaining a majority government to expand his power.

His attempts to divide the country on vaccinations, and his demonization of unvaccinated Canadians also backfired on him, as it was so clearly a political move – and so contradictory to his previous statements – that it further showed how Trudeau will say literally anything to try and hold on to power.

The Liberal campaign got off to such a slow start that the establishment media had no choice but to cover the growing Trudeau debacle.

But, as we have repeatedly seen, the establishment media is always waiting for the moment to make ‘the pivot,’ and switch to their usual role of defending Justin Trudeau and ripping into the Conservatives.

After all, their funding depends on it.

The Liberals have made much of the establishment media dependent on government money, with their $650 million taxpayer-funded media bailout, tens of millions in other payments, and even secret payments media to media outlets and ‘influencers,’ with the Trudeau government refusing to say where that money went – even though it is our taxpayer dollars they’re giving away.

The Conservatives have said they will get rid of the media bailout fund, a move that will strengthen democracy by ensuring that the media is dependent on the support of those who voluntarily choose to consume it, rather than making it dependent on politicians (and thus beholden to them) as the Liberals have.

So, the media knows that a Conservative win means less money for them, and a Liberal win means the forced-taxpayer funded gravy train will continue. Further, given that Trudeau always spends more and more money, the media knows that if he stays in power they will get even more bailouts.

Dangerous incentives

Trudeau’s move to make the media dependent on government funding has generated a predictable, and very dangerous, incentive:

An already-biased media now is basically an extension of a specific political party leading the federal government, and will want to keep that party in power.

And now, we are seeing the result.

As noted above, after somewhat balanced coverage, there has been a rapid shift to anti-Conservative coverage, with the media falling hook-line-and-sinker for the Liberal attempt to make gun crime a wedge issue.

Of course, when the Liberals talk about ‘gun crime,’ they aren’t actually talking about dealing with gangs – the biggest source of gun-related crime by far.

Rather, the Liberals are talking about demonizing law-abiding gun owners, trying to confuse Canadians about our gun laws, and showing photos of ‘scary’ guns to try and make people afraid.

No, I’m not joking about that last part.

This is what Liberal candidates are Tweeting:

“This is a Ruger Mini-14. It was used by the shooter who killed 14 women at the Montreal École Polytechnique.

Erin O’Toole would legalize it.”

“This is a SIG Sauer MCX. It was used to murder 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Erin O’Toole would legalize it.”

“This is an AR-15. Fourteen of these were used by a single shooter to murder 60 concertgoers in Las Vegas.

Erin O’Toole would legalize it.”

“This is a Beretta CX4 Storm carbine. It was used to shoot 20 students at Dawson College.

Erin O’Toole would legalize it.”

“All of these rifles were banned by our government in May of 2020 through an Order in Council. This decision can be immediately overturned by the party that forms government, majority or minority.

Erin O’Toole’s platform on page 90 promises to repeal this order. #cdnpoli”

This is similar to what many Liberal other MPs are Tweeting. As part of an obviously coordinated effort, they also held three press conferences on the same issue in three different parts of the country.

“Liberal candidates are holding three identical press conferences today to claim that the Conservatives would legalize assault weapons. (Still capitalizing off the fact that Canadians largely don’t know what an assault rifle is.)”

It’s a purely fear-based message, with an appeal to ignorance added in as well, since the Liberals are hoping Canadians won’t notice that we have very different gun laws than the United States.

In terms of fear, the Liberals are hoping Canadians will scared by the pictures of the ‘assault weapons’ (a term that has no actual specific meaning in current gun regulations), and will forget that most gun crime is committed with pistols:

Number of homicide victims5
Canada (map)
Type of firearms 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number
Total firearms6 155 179 223 267 249
Handgun7 103 102 130 145 143
Rifle or shotgun7 34 37 50 65 56
Fully automatic firearm78 2 6 6 2 2
Sawed-off rifle or shotgun78 6 23 13 22 18
Firearm-like weapons79 1 2 0 3 0
Other firearms, type unknown8 9 9 24 30 30

Of course, those pistols are being used mostly by gangs, and many are illegally smuggled from the United States into Canada.

Indeed, in a press release in late 2020, the National Police Federation pointed this out:

“Canada prides itself as a non-violent, safe and inclusive country. Yet illegal guns and shootings are on the rise, as is the annual rate of increase of gun violence, resulting in tragic loss of life and injuries to innocent Canadians.

Although we share a border with the world’s largest manufacturer of small arms, 2,242 illegal guns used in crimes here in Canada last year were traced back to manufacturers in the United States. In fact, three of the four firearms used in the tragic mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia, in April 2020, were obtained illegally in the United States.

“The NPF takes this issue very seriously because, as police officers, we routinely see first-hand how illegal weapons are directly linked to increased gun violence and, sadly, death,” said Brian Sauvé, President, National Police Federation. “Our recommendations call for a combination of better legislation, better funding, and evidence-based solutions that we believe are necessary to curtailing the proliferation of illegal guns in Canada.”

Statistics Canada data reveals that Canada reported 678 homicides in 2019, and that 261 (38 per cent) of them were gun-related fatal shootings. Of those 261 homicides, over 60 per cent were committed with a handgun, as opposed to a rifle. Furthermore, homicides, including shootings, have been gradually increasing in Canada, and homicides linked to organized crime or gangs, in particular, have risen by 10 per cent since 2015. The firearms being used the majority of these instances are either already prohibited or restricted in Canada, illustrating the issue of the complexity of illegal firearms usage.”

What this means is the Liberal ‘strategy’ on guns has been a total failure.

“Murder rate down 8% under Harper but up 20% under Trudeau. Bill Blair replies that “numbers alone don’t tell the story””

Gun crime is up.

Gang crime is up.

Illegal smuggling is up.

But instead of addressing those issues, the Liberals’ try to scare Canadians by showing photos of ‘assault’ weapons, and seek to demonize law-abiding Canadian gun owners.

Establishment Media doing Trudeau’s bidding

That brings us to how the media has handled the Liberal narrative on guns:

By repeating it verbatim and trying to go after the Conservatives using the exact same messaging as the Liberal Party.

Despite the Liberal attacks being obviously manufactured – and as noted above – based on fear instead of facts, the establishment press has been doing everything they can to push those attacks, acting as if they work directly for the Liberals.

“Every question from reporters to Erin O’Toole today, so far, is pressing him for clarity on whether he’d repeal prohibition on certain firearms used in mass killings in Nova Scotia, Quebec City and Montreal. So far, no clear response.”

I watched the O’Toole press conference, and it was stunning to see.

It was as if a bunch of Liberal candidates were standing up there asking him questions reading off Liberal talking point sheets. More than just the questions, was the tone in their voice, a tone that was equal parts desperation at the Liberals falling behind, and disdain for anyone ‘daring’ to express a conservative perspective.

The fact that both the Trudeau Liberals and the media focused almost entirely on pushing the same message against the Conservatives shows how much the establishment press is on Trudeau’s side.

And it wasn’t just the press conference.

Look how many times the Globe & Mail changed their headline on a story about Conservative gun policy:

“Media manipulation: same story, title caption edited 3 times (so far) … don’t tell me the media doesn’t influence voters. I still remember when “the news” was exactly that, information. Those days are over. 🗳Flag of Canada #Elxn44

@globeandmail
I’m looking at you.”

https://twitter.com/TWilsonOttawa/status/1434120663653097478

The first headline was the most factual: The Conservatives will toughen penalties on gun crime – penalties the Liberals weakened.

By the end, the third headline pushed the Liberal narrative.

The problem isn’t the media going after O’Toole. The media should go after everybody. But it should be based on facts. To attack O’Toole on gun policy based on an obviously manufactured and BS Liberal narrative isn’t journalism, it’s nothing more than serving as a propaganda extension of the Liberal Party.

And of course, the real story here is the failure of the Liberals on gun crime, their coddling of criminals, and their unfair demonization of law-abiding Canadian gun owners.

Trudeau has made Canada more dangerous, has made things easier for criminals, and has divided Canadians against each other.

Real media would be holding him accountable for that, and would refuse to go along with his narrative.

But since so much of the establishment press is now compromised by government money, only Independent Media has the strength, freedom, and honesty to push back.

With the polls close, the final weeks of this election will be full of desperate Liberal lies and establishment media bias.

But with your support, Independent outlets like SpencerFernando.com will continue to fight for the truth.

Spencer Fernando

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