Terrorism in Canada: A Tale of Two Stories

A rather bizarre, but none-the-less, serious terror incident unfolded last month in Ontario. It involved an Egyptian man wearing a suicide vest, who took a bank full of hostages and demanded to speak to Donald Trump.

However, you would be excused if you had not heard about it, as the public broadcaster, CBC failed to honestly inform the public of these details, despite being the recipient of $1.2 billion of tax payers money per year to do just that.

Here’s how the Toronto Sun reported the incident:

Vaughan hostage taker wore suicide vest, demanded to speak with Trump

‘Demanding to talk to United States President Donald Trump, the 25-year-old man had nine bombs strapped to a suicide vest, a detonator in one hand and a gun in the other.

And he was threatening to use his entire arsenal inside an RBC branch — at the corner of Major MacKenzie Dr. and Dufferin St. in Vaughan — where he had up to 13 hostages Wednesday.’   Read Full Story

Contrast that with CBC’s report on the incident:

Hostage situation at Vaughan, Ont., bank ends after police fatally shoot armed man

‘The province’s police watchdog is now investigating after York Regional Police officers shot and killed an armed man who entered a bank in Vaughan, Ont. Wednesday and took more than a dozen hostages.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is called in whenever someone is killed or injured during an interaction with the police.’   Read More

The first noteworthy observation is the very specific details included in the Toronto Sun version of this story; details which are essential in drawing a comprehensive picture and crucial to determining motive: this individual wore a suicide vest; was originally from Egypt and demanded to speak to U.S. President, Donald Trump.

Rule #1: Ideological motivation equals terrorism. That last detail in itself suggests a political motivation, mentally illness not-with-standing.

The other point to make, is that ommission of such important details follows a pattern already well established by CBC, in which they consistently don’t report details that may lead to suggest the Muslim identity of a criminal, or their motivation when Islam was a factor.

Instead, CBC from the opening line of their article chose to make this story all about the potential for a police shooting investigation and in doind so, chose to ignore the real story.

Most of the details missing from the CBC version were already confirmed by police. So why would CBC chose to play down and omit important details that mislead the public and frame the event in a dishonest and unrepresentative angle?

To find the answer to these questions, Canadians need to stop seeing CBC as a journalistic organization devoting to exposing the truth for their consumers, and instead start seeing them as a state funded propaganda apparatus engaged in a progressive re-education program; in which, a story about an Eyptian man with a suicide vest and a bank full of hostages demanding to speak with the President of the United States, becomes a story about the process of internal investigation after a police shooting.

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