Media Party worrisome

By Ezra Levant, QMI Agency

We already know what country Justin Trudeau admires most, besides Canada: China.

Not for its culture or history or even its economic growth. He admires it for its political system. That was the question. And that was his answer:

“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest … we need to start investing in solar.’ ”

That’s a shocking answer — factually false about Chinese pollution, morally blind to China’s brutality, ignorant about what values are essential for a would-be Canadian prime minister. But no one in the crowd — this was at Trudeau’s ladies’ night fundraiser — even expressed surprise, let alone objection, to this startling statement.

Neither did the Liberal auxiliary campaign team — that is, the many reporters in the room. Not one media outlet reported the story, other than the Sun News Network.

It was only after the QMI Agency’s story on Trudeau’s gaffe went viral that other media grudgingly reported it. But not all other media — the CBC’s national news waited three days before doing a perfunctory story on the subject, implying that Stephen Harper feels just the same way.

And as of last night, the country’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, hasn’t seen fit to write a single word on the matter.

But the news embargo on Trudeau’s gaffe was broken by QMI Agency, and the story went viral. So the Media Party switched from pretend-it-didn’t-happen mode to spin mode.

On Sunday, a 26-year old reporter with Canadian Press, who usually handles their film festival beat, thought she’d do her best to save her celebrity hero.

Here’s the first sentence of the story Diana Mehta wrote: “An admission that he had a degree of admiration for China’s method of governance had Justin Trudeau deflecting a volley of attacks through the weekend, but some suggested the Liberal leader’s comments carried little to be aghast at.”

Except Trudeau didn’t say he had “a degree of admiration for China’s method of governance.” He said he admired their dictatorship. She couldn’t even bring herself to repeat the word.

Mehta found someone she called a “federal politics expert” to confirm what her heart told her. “Federal politics expert Michael Behiels said there was nothing eyebrow-raising about Trudeau’s comments, although the Liberal leader could learn something from the kerfuffle sparked by his words.”

Just a kerfuffle, everybody! Nothing to see here. A “politics expert” told her so. And Mehta’s wire story was published by everyone from Maclean’s to CTV to Yahoo News.

What exactly is a “politics expert”? And how could he say that admiring a dictatorship is no big deal? Well, Behiels is a long-time Liberal party supporter and member — a fact not mentioned by Mehta. But maybe “Liberal” is just a synonym for “politics expert.” The first page of a Google search of Behiels shows his Twitter account, which is a constant stream of anti-Conservative partisan shots.

Justin Trudeau is an inexperienced, know-nothing whose instincts are bizarre — whether it’s his passion for drug legalization, his call for an anti-Alberta carbon tax or his troubling admiration for dictators from China to Cuba.

But just as worrisome is a press gallery that overwhelmingly sees its role as covering up his scandals.