24 October 2007

Talking with Ezra

The Calgary Sun apparently pulled this story from their website after deciding it was too hot to handle.

I emailed author Ezra Levant to see if he had any reaction.

He... unlike some of his media colleagues... replied promptly and courteously.

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Ezra Levant
to me
4:32 pm (8 minutes ago)

Hi there. The Sun obviously approved the story -- they accepted it from me, edited it, laid it out on the page, wrote the headline, sent it to press, etc., etc.

I guess they just didn't like the heat they got from it -- which is really weird, because it was fairly innocuous, and the heat I've seen has been a few hard-left permanent-complainers.

Looks like political correctness has infected even the Sun -- who knew?

They took it off their website; but here is the original (unedited) version that I sent them.

Cheers.
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The school bus accident last Thursday that killed a nine-year-old child and wounded others was a sorrowful tragedy. The amount of media coverage of the accident was appropriate: children should never pre-decease their parents.

Calgary’s radio stations, newspapers and TV news covered the event exhaustively – inspecting every detail, and asking good questions about how such accidents might be avoided in the future.

Every detail was examined except one: the woman who was the school bus driver was wearing a Muslim-style head covering that blocked her peripheral vision.

Why was this fact omitted? We read and heard hundreds of words about other elements of the accident. We know all about the truck on the side of the road; we know all about the little bus, and how it "drifted" over; we know all about the ongoing debate about school bus seatbelts. We know about everything detail except the most important one: the bus driver herself.

I saw two fleeting glimpses of the bus driver – once, quickly, in a TV newscast, and the other in a newspaper photo. Both showed her wearing a veil. Not a niqab – the full, cover-the-face veil that some Muslim women wear. But a smaller hijab – a scarf the surround the face. In both glimpses, the bus driver’s hijab was worn far enough forward that it clearly blocked her peripheral vision. It looked almost like blinders on a racehorse.

Is that not an extremely relevant fact in an accident where a bus "drifted" off the road, side-swiping a vehicle parked on the side? Wasn’t peripheral vision a key issue?

This was the leading news story of the day; the CBC even flew in its top TV reporter from Vancouver. Did no-one find it odd that a bus driver whose job requires keen eyesight wore a hood-like scarf?

I can’t believe that, of the dozen reporters there, none had questions about this. Who is the woman? What is her name? Why was she wearing a headscarf? Was the scarf a factor?

Reporters are inquisitive people. They must have asked those questions, at least to themselves.

I think it’s obvious why these questions were not asked: because it is politically incorrect to question a Muslim veil – or even anything that looks like one – for fear of being regarded as politically incorrect.

Maybe the woman wasn’t Muslim; maybe it was just a scarf to stay warm. Why didn’t a single reporter even ask?

Of course, it doesn’t matter if the woman was Muslim or not, or it if was a religious hijab or just a winter scarf. What matters is that a school bus driver was allowed to operate while wearing a hood. Clearly, that is an unacceptable risk – and something that should be banned by common sense.

Ten years ago, to say that head scarves on bus drivers should be prohibited would have been uncontroversial. But to say so today is to be called Islamophobic – even if the bus driver in question was not a Muslim.

The bus driver has been charged; we’ll know what the justice system says caused the crash. But for the dozen reporters there, they’d rather find any other reason than a head scarf – even a non-religious head scarf worn by a non-Muslim – than to admit that there are simply some parts of modern, secular society where it is inappropriate – and even dangerous – to allow politically correct multiculturalism to trump common sense.


Ezra Levant
Publisher, Western Standard
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(first found via "let freedom reign")

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SIDENOTE: Of course, in some parts of the world...

They don't just kill your story.
-- Washington, D.C., October 24, 2007 -- Alisher Saipov, a journalist who reported extensively for the Voice of America (VOA), was killed outside his office earlier today in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. Saipov reported for VOA's Uzbek language service on a variety of sensitive political issues critical to the audience throughout Central Asia.
It's all relative, isn't it?

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31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Veiled Muslim women are equivalent to cattle among Muslims and it doesn't really matter too much if they get killed in vehicle accidents.

The civilized in Canadian society should demand that laws already in place requiring vehicle drivers to have unobstructed vision be enforced.

Meg Q said...

I can’t believe that, of the dozen reporters there, none had questions about this. Who is the woman? What is her name? Why was she wearing a headscarf? Was the scarf a factor?

Reporters are inquisitive people. They must have asked those questions, at least to themselves.

I think it’s obvious why these questions were not asked: because it is politically incorrect to question a Muslim veil – or even anything that looks like one – for fear of being regarded as politically incorrect.

Maybe the woman wasn’t Muslim; maybe it was just a scarf to stay warm. Why didn’t a single reporter even ask?


The reaction thereby proving his point. Hivemind once again trumping clear thought in Canada.

skuleman said...

In Canada today, political correctness will always trump the life of one child or 100 children.

Anonymous said...

A very good article but a very sad commentary on the state of the canadian media...personally,I no longer subscribe to print media in this country

Joanne (True Blue) said...

BCL has the video. Judge for yourself.

Solange said...

That is MSM control in action...

The demographic winter is here.

Aging workforce in Canada.
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Website with good information on the subject.
Welcome.

Have a nice day.

Sincerely,
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Kirk West said...

Well done Neo. And Well done Mr. Levant.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

Joanne, thanks for the link. My grandmother wore bigger head scarves while driving and it never caused an accident. Nor did she have an Islamic bone in her body. Neo, I love you, but this is lame.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I'm sure there is a law against driving while your periphery vision is obstructed. Whether or not it was an issue in this case is a matter for the police and courts, I guess.

The real question is, why was Ezra's column pulled?

Anonymous said...

Just wondering.
What about motorcycle helmets?

Neo Conservative said...

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"kateland says... Neo, I love you, but this is lame."

kateland, you'll notice that i offer no commentary on veils, or muslims, in this particular post.

as joanne correctly points out... the sun published, then without explanation, pulled ezra's column.

that's the real story here... political correctness. if the sun felt the story was a misrepresentation... they were obligated to publish an explanation, or a retraction.

they did neither.

fwiw though... kate at sda felt the same way you did.

i stand by what i actually posted... because it is what actually was said by ezra to me.

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Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is the parents who would allow their children on a bus driven by a woman with a burka.

Ezra is like the little boy in the The Emperors' New Clothes.

Unfortunately it appears that our country's politically-correct sheep don't seem to be as 'smart' as the townsfolk in the fairy tale.

Neo Conservative said...

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"Anonymous said... What about motorcycle helmets?"

interesting point.

full-face helmets both... offer more protection AND cut peripheral version.

it's why i always wore a three quarter face... but bought a full-face for my then girlfriend.

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Crabgräss said...

I think the full-face helmet is the answer. Women who wear a burka while driving a bus should also wear a full-face helmet, so that the burka is hidden. The further impairment to peripheral vision would be rather minimal, and it would save us from having to read this kind of tripe.

Anonymous at 9:04 - You came so close to nailing it - Ezra is like the emperor in the Emperor's New Clothes.

dmorris said...

The woman in the video is quite clearly wearing a babushka, not a burkha, and there's little chance it caused the accident. Perhaps the woman is simply a lousy driver. Yes, m/c helmets do cause more loss of peripheral vision than either type of head scarf mentioned, so experienced m/c riders (me) turn their head, which seems to be a novel idea.

Neo Conservative said...

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"dmorris said... so experienced m/c riders (me) turn their head, which seems to be a novel idea."

got plenty of experience... 3 bikes over 15 years.

"see more, hear more"... i'll stick with the three quarter face helmet.

you get t-boned by a car you didn't see... (guy blows a sign at a cross street...) your full-face skid lid isn't gonna save every other bone in your body... whereas seeing him coming will. same thing with cars switching lanes on the highway... every millisecond counts.

you wanna debate babushka vs burqa... talk to ezra. he answered me almost immediately.

my post is about a mainstream paper yanking a story because it was perceived as "politically incorrect".

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Werner Patels said...

Was it actually pulled on purpose? I have found that stories on SUN websites disappear very often, which is why I stopped linking to SUN articles. Here one day, gone the next.

Werner Patels said...

CHQR, Calgary's Number One radio station, still has a story on its website (with links to Ezra's story on The Shotgun, my article, etc.).

Neo Conservative said...

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"Werner Patels said... Was it actually pulled on purpose?"

werner... i can only quote ezra here, "I guess they just didn't like the heat they got from it -- which is really weird, because it was fairly innocuous, and the heat I've seen has been a few hard-left permanent-complainers."

note that "big city liberal" both cherry picks from my post... and also does so without any attribution... (the cowardly, leftbot blogosphere in action).

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bigcitylib said...

But with a link, so don't bitch.

Neo Conservative said...

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"bigcitylib said... But with a link, so don't bitch."

oooh... that's right... no dissent, no deviation... is permitted by the lunatic left.

resistance is futile... thank you comrade bcl.

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Crabgräss said...
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Crabgräss said...

Neo, what makes you say that The Sun pulled the story because it was perceived as politically incorrect?

Maybe they pulled it because they decided that there's no way that the scarf was a meaningful contributing factor to the accident, and to run the story would have suggested otherwise.

Neo Conservative said...

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"crabby said... they pulled it because they decided..."

"and maybe aliens landed and..."

geez, i just love you apologists for political correctness.

just a thought here, but if you were correct... perhaps the "powers that be" would have issued a correction, or a retraction... instead of "disappearing" the story like a russian dissident, huh?

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Crabgräss said...

yhowuFrom a newspaper of decent quality I would expect a retraction or correction. However, I expect that a quality newspaper wouldn't have considered this piece in the first place, making the point rather moot.

But to be honest, do you actually expect more of this particular rag? You may as well go looking for retractions or corrections on Bigfoot sightings in the National Enquirer.

If you're disappointed in the Calgary Sun, adjust your expectations immediately and avoid future disappointments.

Neo Conservative said...

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"crabgrass says... expect that a quality newspaper"

yeah... what do all us dumb as dogshit rednecks outside of the center of the universe... toronto, ontario... know about anything?

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Crabgräss said...

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neo: "what do all us dumb as dogshit rednecks..."

That's awful. Who called you that? I say just turn on your heel and walk away when someone talks like that.

I'm not able to find in the comments before your replies any reference to aliens landing (which I think you are attributing to me), nor can I find the words "dumb as dogshit rednecks" (I'm not sure who was suppposed to have said that).

If there's some sort of Calgary versus Toronto thing going on here that I wasn't aware of, it might please you to know that the Toronto Sun is not better than the Calgary version in any meaningful way, if indeed at all. The Red Deer Advocate is better than either if I recall correctly, but we're kind of scraping the barrel here with the "Sun" chain of papers, non?

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Neo Conservative said...

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"crabgrass asks... some sort of Calgary versus Toronto thing going on here"

calgary vs toronto?

i'm not sure how to break this to anyone still living inside the bubble... but "trawna" is not especially well-regarded in the rest of the country right at the moment.

perhaps something to do with self-involved, smug obliviousness?

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Crabgräss said...

Neo: "Toronto is not especially well-regarded in the rest of the country right at the moment".

What in God's name are you talking about?

I think we're probably in agreement on this. People who don't see Toronto's appeal should not be forced to live there. In fact, they should not be required to even think about Toronto.

Neo Conservative said...

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"crabgrass said... People who don't see Toronto's appeal"

yup... it's all relative isn't it?

i guess if i was livin' hand to mouth in cuba, darfur, jamaica or waziristan... i'd be on that big silver bird to "trawna" in a heartbeat.

but for me?

as a 70's chanteuse once said... "i haven't got time for the pain."

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