So, The Star released an updated, high-quality version of one of the blackface videos and then tried to explain it away by ignoring the blackface and explaining that what some people had thought were bananas on were actually Tucans …
… and then pulled it. No questions or comments about the blackface and the wig and, possibly, something shoved in his trousers, just that the “bananas” were, in fact, yellow birds … and that made it OK, I guess.
Then the CBC sent a reporter to “harass” (not my word, but that’s what many are calling it, the man who gave the first blackface photo to Time magazine …
… the man had already released a statement saying when, how and why he released the photo and pleaded for privacy. Time had already said who he was and how the photo came to them. (The Time journalist and the man’s son were university classmates.) Why is more information needed? What does it matter who he is or why he provided the photos to Time?
Surely the issue for tens of millions of Canadians is: what sort of person is Justin Trudeau? What sort of adult school-teacher thinks blackface is acceptable? What does it say about Justin Trudeau the man and his core values? Are those not the questions that The Star and the CBC should be asking?
Is that journalism or is it partisan, Liberal shilling? Should it make one wonder why Rosemary Barton of the CBC and Susan Delacourt of The Star are moderating our election debates? Is the process rigged in favour of Prime Minister Trudeau? Is that what journalism is in Canada in 2019?
Edited to add: And now I see this on social media:
… yes, that’s Gerald Butts having a drink with another debate moderator, Huffington Post journalist Althia Raj. I suppose he’s just going over the questions with her <shrug> there’s no harm in that, right?