Sunday, February 01, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Sheep Media
Well as we know Stephen Harper chose to deliver his deranged speech on terrorism the other day, at a campaign-style rally in Toronto rather than in Parliament.
But who knew that while Big Brother Harper ranted and raved about the need for new terror laws, and the need to read our e-mails, back in Ottawa the Parliamentary media were also being terrorized?
Locked up, deprived of information, caught up in an Orwellian nightmare.
Reporters in Ottawa became surly quickly Friday when it was discovered the government lock-up they attended for a briefing on proposed anti-terror legislation was light on information and heavy on restrictions.
Until they finally revolted.
The minor grumblings about the lack of information that had been moving around the room suddenly matured into outright dissent. ''Can you give us an explanation for why you would hold a briefing and not give us the legislation at the beginning?'' boomed one reporter.
''We'd be happy to take your questions on the substance of the information,'' replied a frazzled bureaucrat attempting to maintain a social veneer. He was then interrupted by another salvo of displeasure. ''We don't have any information,'' they said.
''We haven't even had time to read the backgrounders!'' and ''Give us the bill!'' were shouted by reporters on chairs circling the room.
Even as Big Brother descended from the ceiling to deliver his message...
Meanwhile, a massive white screen lowered from the ceiling behind two Canadian flags. A six-metre-tall Stephen Harper was projected onto it as he gave a speech to introduce the new anti-terror legislation live in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The prime minister talked about a growing ''great evil'' Canadians need to be scared of in the form of violent jihadists wanting to kill anyone ''who does not share their narrow and oppressive world view.''
And when I'd read the story, and stopped shaking, with laughter. All I could think of is it's about time.
For if the MSM had revolted years ago, instead of spending the last nine years polishing Great Leader's behind with their noses.
Or singing his praises in unison...
We might not be living this nightmare...
But at least some in the MSM are finally standing up on their hind legs. And finally explaining how Stephen Harper tried to kill the messengers.
Some of the book’s most valuable sections illustrate how the kind of control applied to the media and the public sphere is being applied to policy-making – think the dismantling of the long-gun registry, cancelling the long-form census, or ignoring declining crime rates when crafting new justice legislation.
If you are determined to pass certain kinds of laws, then suppressing the flow of information about how effective the laws are will make them more difficult to criticize.
Or muzzle them.
So more Canadians can understand how Harper's totalitarian mindset reflects itself in the totalitarian way his Con Death Machine operates.
Some of the book’s most valuable sections illustrate how the kind of control applied to the media and the public sphere is being applied to policy-making – think the dismantling of the long-gun registry, cancelling the long-form census, or ignoring declining crime rates when crafting new justice legislation. If you are determined to pass certain kinds of laws, then suppressing the flow of information about how effective the laws are will make them more difficult to criticize.
In a manner as I have pointed out before, that would make Orwell's Big Brother turn green with envy...
So more Canadians might understand where Harper might take us if he should ever win another bloody majority.
And the other good news is what that Orwellian lockup story also tells me.
And that is, if anyone thought that the Big Blue Machine was sailing on through the storm unscathed by the fact that its campaign platform has been blown out of the water.
And despite the sad state of its Captain or Great Leader...
Well now they know better.
The whole Con cult has been rocked from top to bottom. The Death Machine is running around in circles, as the voices in Harper's head scream out their jumbled orders. They're now so desperate they're becoming a parody of themselves. And making it up as they go along.
Which is exactly the state we want them to be in with an election on the horizon.
Yup. Great Leader set out to kill the messenger, and/or muzzle the truth.
But the truth would not lie down with him.
And finally neither did the sheep.
And in the final act of his sordid reign, our ghastly Big Brother ended up revealing his true colours.
And only hurting or honking himself...
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