Thursday, July 19, 2012

The T.O. Shootings: Toronto Media Imposes A Comments Lock-Down

Toronto Skyline
Toronto Skyline (Photo credit: Bobolink)
The National Post and the Globe and Mail have embargoed comments on their coverage of the Toronto shootings this week. Probably they're afraid citizens have un-PC opinions and may want to express them. A bit like Fawlty Towers' The Germans episode: "mustn't mention the war".

I learned today the organizer of the "block party"/BBQ bought $1500 of booze for the event. Not sure if she charged people to attend or if the booze was sold or given away. I'm wondering if this was even legal, and/or if a permit was needed and/or obtained. I'm not expecting the media to do any deep digging or ask any tough questions. They are all tip-toeing around the obvious social issues involved.

A sub-culture where single-parenting is the norm, the police are distrusted if not despised, and gangs and guns are tolerated if not glorified, is a recipe for mayhem. Toronto has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.


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7 comments:

robins111 said...

Thank Gawd, for Sun News, Krista Erickson sliced and diced the Ontario AG today, and they have essentially left the doors open for comment.

Jen said...

Man, oh man Krista let the idiot AG have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

Nothing at all to do with black gang culture. Nope nothing to see here. La la la la

Anon1152 said...

"The National Post and the Globe and Mail have embargoed comments on their coverage of the Toronto shootings this week. Probably they're afraid citizens have un-PC opinions and may want to express them."

--- "un-PC" comments appear all the time. They are probably afraid of things showing up that are libelous. They want to avoid potential legal ramifications. I don't blame them.


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"I'm wondering if this was even legal, and/or if a permit was needed and/or obtained."

--- I'm sure that in other contexts you'd be horrified that a permit would be needed for a BBQ.

RkBall said...

"I'm sure that in other contexts"

You know what, nope. 200 people gathering with alcohol present and, indeed, served? Nope. Must be my conservative Ontario upbringing showing -- I was enculturated to be respect law and be law-abiding. I'm not a libertarian.

RkBall said...

" probably afraid of things showing up"

I suspect it's the same collusion that results in the media never indicating the racial composition of such events. "Don't mention the war".

Anon1152 said...

"I'm not a libertarian."

Oops. Sorry. I forgot.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"