This evening, Jennifer Lynch, the chief commissar of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, tried to have CTV Newsnet kick me off their interview program Power Play, hosted by Tom Clark.
To their great credit, CTV refused to be bullied -- and it was Lynch who wound up off the show.
You can watch the episode here.
What an embarrassment Lynch and her CHRC have become to this government -- and to all Canadians.
Here's the story -- it's pretty simple. Lynch and I were both invited on Clark's show to talk about the CHRC's memo issued to Parliament this week. The CHRC is demanding that they be allowed to continue their censorship, and in fact arguing that Canada's police should be more active in laying censorship charges, too. I wrote about the substance of it yesterday.
Lynch's spin is that she wants to "start a debate" about censorship -- how Orwellian is that? Well, CTV was happy to provide a forum for such a debate. But CTV made the honest mistake of thinking Lynch actually meant it. They didn't realize that the CHRC's idea of a debate is Lynch lecturing, and Canadians listening obediently.
When Lynch heard it would be me against whom she would have to debate, she tried to veto my appearance.
She tried to censor me -- and, much more ominously, CTV.
She tried to bully CTV into blackballing me from their show.
She tried to tell them how to run their news business.
In other words, she was just being herself: a soft fascist; a censor; a bully; someone who thinks the government can tell people what they can hear or say.
It's with tremendous admiration that I can report CTV didn't waver for a moment. My invitation was never once thrown into doubt. Lynch's was.
She was the one who threw down the conditions to CTV: either I had to go, or she would.
She thought CTV would say, "yes, boss."
To her surprise, they didn't.
And that ruined Lynch's plans, because she was ready to sell her mush on TV, but she ended up kicking herself off the show!
She panicked. Instead of it being just her on CTV, it would be just me! So she sent along a young lackey from her office, named Philip Dufresne. But Dufresne was told he could only go on the show if he promised not to talk to me!
CTV aren't dummies. They saw how journalistically delicious this was. So they agreed to have us on back-to-back, instead of in an actual debate. I had the advantage of going second. And -- far more importantly -- Clark spent a good amount of time exposing the behind-the-scenes machinations the CHRC had gone through to try to scupper my appearance.
Any guest who pulls such a stunt deserves to be exposed for it. But a censor like Lynch, claiming to respect free speech and claiming to want a debate? Well the Orwellian hypocrisy was just too delicious for CTV to ignore. Clark opened with a powerful -- but professional -- timeline of Lynch's bad behaviour. And he ended his interview with Dufresne with a pretty basic question: would you ever debate Levant? Dufresne pretended he didn't hear the question -- but tens of thousands of CTV viewers did.
The CHRC's media magic at work!
Lynch has been a problem for the Conservative government for years. She has racked up close to $100,000 in five-star junkets to exotic conferences, while her commission was racked with scandal. Any cabinet minister who had her penchant for luxuries on the public dime would be called into the Whip's office. Any MP who ambushed the PMO with her self-serving media stunts, like the Moon report (which poetically backfired on her) or this latest PR campaign, would be kicked out of caucus. Really, who is Lynch besides a slightly less tech-savvy Garth Turner, without the redeeming democratic streak?
Worse, Lynch continues to harass Christian and conservative politicians with her censorship powers (I listed a few on the show).
Do you think for a moment that if Lynch manages to survive in her position without being sacked, and if the CHRC is allowed to maintain its section 13 censorship powers, that she wouldn't use them in a second in a war of political vengeance against the Conservatives themselves, the moment the Liberals ever might take office?
If she's willing to try to blacklist a Tory war-roomer like me today, imagine how she'd abuse her power if she manages to outlast the Conservative government.
Lynch is one of a number of Harper appointees who has turned out to be a Trojan horse -- clearly not enough due diligence was done in advance of her appointment. She is undermining the Conservatives, antagonizing their base, prosecuting their allies and embarrassing the government in the media with her stunts.
My comments on the show were not particularly interesting or new -- at least not to regular readers of this blog who have heard them all before. (One new point was contradicting Dufresne's lie that the CHRC doesn't pay complainants. The CHRC continues to pay all of Richard Warman's expenses for his section 13 complaints, even though he no longer works for the CHRC "officially". Nice gig if you can get it.)
No, today's show wasn't about me. It was a depressing glimpse into the true nature of Lynch and her mob: they're censors who want to shut down debate and censor people. And it was an encouraging glimpse into the character and spunk of CTV's Power Play, who stood their ground and proved their journalistic bona fides tonight!
This page contains a single entry by Ezra Levant published on June 12, 2009 5:05 PM.
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