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The Gaza war’s domestic version: Mass media’s war against Israel

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Now retired from the Senate, Linda Frum told the Upper Chamber, “Public broadcasters might be expected to be more professional than most, but when the topic is Jews [/Israel] Radio-Canada is less professional than any. It’s not a new problem.” (Screencap: Twitter)

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Trudeau, the CBC and the mass media

A reasonable person would think that if the Trudeau government was genuinely committed to fighting antisemitism, it would insure that no part or emanation of the federal government and, for that matter, no employee thereof, would engage in behaviour susceptible of generating or whipping up antisemitic feelings and behaviour.

During and after the Gaza war, one had to be deaf and dumb not to notice CBC and mass media’s distortions and misrepresentations of the facts about the war.

A  reasonable person would also think that Trudeau, the man who professes that antisemitism has no place in Canada would call the riot act to  the CBC, a Crown corporation  for its journalistic failures concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts and in this instance the Gaza war. 

More specifically, Trudeau would demand that CBC’s broadcasts and the articles posted on its websites comply strictly with the Corporation’s Mandate and Principles and as such must:

1. state the “truth”, “the whole truth” and “nothing but the truth” and more specifically,

2. ensure that its broadcasts and publications are properly researched and written to insure both factual and contextual accuracy, be fair and objective and, as importantly to update them in a timely fashion.                                                     

Reasonable assumptions as these may be, Trudeau ignored the problem. 

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On May 25, 2021, Senator Linda Frum speaking in the Senate highlighted CBC’s bias:

“…Our elected leaders may say there is no place for hate of any kind in Canada, but, of course, that’s not true.”

“For people who hate Jews, there’s most certainly a place in Canada. It’s a large place, a growing place and an increasingly comfortable and respectable place. Those who inhabit that comfortable and respectable place might not deface a synagogue themselves or throw a brick at a school, but they create permission for those who do commit those overt acts of hatred. They teach our fellow citizens to think it is perhaps excessive to throw a brick, but those Jews, they brought it on themselves. They deserve it. The real victim is the brick thrower.”

“I want to talk today about one of those teachers. It is, unfortunately, a taxpayer funded broadcaster, Radio-Canada. In recent weeks, one reporter at Radio- Canada has embarked on a campaign against a former ambassador of this country to Israel. The trouble is the reporter has got no facts to support the campaign, so the campaign has to proceed by insinuation.”

“She wants to tell a story of a sinister Jewish conspiracy. The conspiracy does not exist but photographs can be placed side by side under a suggestive headline to create a false impression. Then the photos and the headline can be posted on social media to use as a weapon the false impression on thousands of minds that will never click to the underlying report to read how baseless it all is. “

“I was one of those side-swiped by this campaign. I was singled out as a member of the conspiracy, illustrated by a photo of me standing beside an Israeli flag. Just in case anyone missed the point: Jew plot, Jew danger, Jew enemy.”  

… “Professional news organizations usually have standards to prevent this kind of sly defamation. Public broadcasters might be expected to be more professional than most, but when the topic is Jews [/Israel] Radio-Canada is less professional than any. It’s not a new problem, and it’s not one person’s failure. It is a deep cultural malformation that starts with ancient paranoid fantasies and culminates in violence in the streets of Montreal.” Senators’ Statements –Antisemitism

Needless to say that CBC was not alone in engaging in its journalistic war against Israel. It waged it together with major mass media players.

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Trudeau also failed to publicly call the mass media to task by calling upon 

a. the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission or to the appropriate body in this field of broadcasting  to promptly  request the private media  to comply with  their code of ethics and principles  in  their coverage the war; and

b. Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) to do the same. 

These initiatives are fully justified by the evidence marshalled by Honest Reporting Canada (HRC”) and illustrated in its December 2021 issue  which bears the title ”2021:The Worst Year For Canadian Media Bias Against Israel”.  

Had Trudeau done right on this critically important matter, it might have tamed to some extent the surging numbers and rates of criminal behaviour against the Jewish community. 

Even   if such  an outcome did not materialize, nevertheless, it would have provided the Jewish community with the comfort of knowing that their government handled the adverse impact of the Gaza War in Canada with due care for the needs of the Jewish community under siege, when the express need for it arose.  

If by demanding and insisting   that the professions abide by their code of ethics and principles, the Prime Minister was to be accused of breaching the freedom of the press, it will not be long before inventing, deliberately omitting, distorting  and misrepresenting material facts become common currency of the free press.  

Comparing Israelis to Nazis is not just a claim based on falsehoods, but it is bona fide antisemitism. In response to a complaint that As It Happens allowed guests to do just that in May 2021 during the Gaza war, CBC Ombudsman Jack Nagler denied it constituted a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices. (Image: Honerstreporting.ca)

At all events, Trudeau government certainly showed  no  hesitation to muzzle mass media’s “freedom” when the Trudeau government decided  to buy off the news organisations with a sum which will exceed $600 million dollars over a period of  years, to be distributed to ”deserving organisations” to secure their compliance with Objective 17 of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration  (“The Compact”) of 2018 which I propose to address in a future Part.

In the meantime the reader might be interested in Terence Corcoran’s piece, The Liberal government’s meddling in media independence has just begun, Financial Post Comment, November 23,2018 and Andrew Coyne’s, The coming confrontation over government intervention in the media, The Globe and Mail, September 3,2022.

I support fully the freedom of the press provided, among other things, it does not assert the freedom to be entitled to report the facts in accordance with their opinions, biases and prejudices. 

Interestingly, on September 1 inst., The Toronto Star published an Open Letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada by some 48 media organisations urging the government to take action on harassment and abuse of journalists. Needless to say, harassment and abuse of any kind of anyone any group of persons, is most deplorable and must be condemned and dealt with in accordance with the applicable laws.

Ironically enough, the signatories of the letter include organisations whose staff engaged in anti-Israeli/antisemitic reporting during and after Gaza War without giving a second thought to the fact that these would prejudice the safety of the Jewish community and its members who got attacked and subjected to the kinds of ill –treatment that the signatories are complaining about and worse. David Lazarus, Canada’s Jews reeling after wave of antisemitic attacks sparked by the Gaza conflict, The Times of Israel, May 28, 2021.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs. 

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