Suffice to say, I have been critical of Michael Coren’s opinion of police action during the G20 summit. Despite the evidence to the contrary, Coren believes that the police were downright incompetent and that they let the criminals get away while arresting innocent civilians. This version of events doesn’t match up with what we know about what happened. While many protesters might not have smashed store fronts and loot businesses, they certainly at least condoned, if not encourage this kind of nonsense. So when Coren announced that he would have an episode dedicated to the G20 summit, discussing the events of that weekend with protest organizers and people who were detained, I knew it wasn’t going to be balanced. Sure enough, thanks to SDAMatt2, I can give my modest readership a taste of just how blatantly biased and downright irresponsible yesterday’s show was.
For those who didn’t pay attention to the protesters at the G20 summit, John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) was advocating for the use of violence to push a radical political message during the riots. While not only condoning, but encouraging what could easily be seen as terrorism (the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes) would be enough to have this man blacklisted from most everyone’s television show, Coren gives this man a platform to push his radicalism. While Michael does question the validity in attacking franchised stores to push a political agenda, he lets much of what Clarke says go. This might come as a surprise to Coren, but seeing how this man is partly responsible for the violence and destruction that occurred in Toronto, not challenging his radical beliefs, let alone inviting him on your show to discuss said radical beliefs, validate them. Unless you send a strong message to these politically twisted individuals that this kind of activism is wrong, they will continue doing it.
Suffice to say, things only got worse. This next video is not only offensive and downright stupid, but it is ten minutes of uninterrupted and unquestioned dribble from someone who has a very loose grip on reality. Meet G20 detainee Tommy Taylor.
Where to begin? Firstly, I don’t believe that the police didn’t tell them to disperse. It is more likely that Taylor didn’t hear what was being said by police because he either wasn’t paying attention (looks like this guy goes through life not paying attention) or it was drowned out by all the yelling and screaming protesters. It could be that he did hear the police order, but for the sake of the story, purposely omitted that detail. Taylor has every reason to lie about the circumstances of his arrest, especially if he is trying to portray himself as the victim.
Suffice to say, Taylor’s story of his detention was greatly exaggerated. Thanks to Tim at blogTO, we can see exactly what it looked like in the G20 Eastern Avenue Detention Centre. The first thing I noticed when looking at these pictures was how small the cages were. I don’t think it is even physically possible to put forty people into one of these cells. Next, I find it hard to believe those being detained were denied food and drink with all the empty paper cups, the half-eaten sandwiches and fruit strewn all over the floor. It is obvious looking at the pictures that they were given the basics to eat, so it is ridiculous for these protesters to keep denying it. Next, Taylor collapsing while being detained. Assuming he isn’t making this up as well (his story thus far is appears to be mostly fiction), the only reason he would collapse, aside from any serious medical condition, is not getting enough air. With twenty people in those cells, I would imagine those pushed into a corner would have trouble breathing, a far more believable story than the one Taylor gave. I used to work at EB Games in Place D’Orleans and during our Boxing Day sale, a child puked and passed out in one of the far corners of the store. With sixty to seventy people inside such a confined space, it had gotten difficult to breath and after this incident, we were forced to keep the amount of shoppers in the story to a minimum. It is hard to believe even this much would go unchallenged by Coren, but Taylor’s story is far from finished.
One has to wonder how Michael Coren, a man born into a Jewish family, could allow Taylor to compare the Toronto detention centres to Auschwitz? Sure he excuses this comparison by saying a police officer at the detention center said it (does he really expect us to believe that?), but he repeats this comment so many times that it’s hard to believe he himself doesn’t believe this comparison isn’t valid. Those detained were fed, not beaten and executed like those at the concentration camp, so let’s stop with the Nazi references. Taylor goes on to say that some police officers broke down crying as they were unable to handle seeing the protesters being so poorly treated, while other, more sadistic cops were enjoying abusing their prisoners. Excuse me? If I were Michael Coren, after listening to the twit compare the detention centers to Auschwitz, upon hearing this nonsense, I would have cut his mic and demanded that he leave. If anyone needed proof that this episode was a purposeful smear against the Toronto police, here it is. Allowing these claims to go unchallenged is by far the most irresponsible thing Coren could have done. Through his inaction, he gives this false story credit, a story which will encourage others far-left indviduals to take to the streets in violent protest. These violent radicals already blew up a Canadian Forces recruitment centre in Trois-Riviere, Quebec because of this nonsense, so all this does is give them more reason to do it again. Didn’t think of that one did you Michael?
As I have stated before, Michael Coren exposes his less-than-conservative views once in a while in the name of “balance”. There was, however, not even a pretense of balance in yesterday’s show. With the absence of anyone with contrary beliefs, let’s not pretend that such commentary was anything but biased. Allowing such dribble to largely go unchallenged is downright irresponsible. No one benefits from this continued anti-establishment violence and giving voice to those who not only condone, but encourage it, makes matters worse. This is not the way to “raise the level of discourse” Michael.
Next time you want an in depth discussion on an issue, bring both sides to the table. While you might not agree with what one side says, you will actually have a balanced and unbiased debate, something far different from the irresponsible mess you had with yesterday’s show. Disgraceful.