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Friday, April 30, 2010

TV News reveals the reality of crime in the streets. Listen up.

Where are Simon and Garfunkle when you need them?

Come to think of it, where are the usual suspects? Where's cop-basher Nahanni Fontaine? Where's her Marxist university pal, Elizabeth Comack? Where's her professional and far-left political colleague Jim Silver?

Here's an obvious case of a racial hate crime, and all we hear is...the sounds of silence.

CBC Television News carried an interview Thursday with a young man who was carjacked on Bannerman Avenue by some armed criminals who were, ahem, aboriginal in appearance. Before leaving they threatened their victim with the words: 'stay out of the North End white boy.'

Say what? This, by any politically correct dictionary, meets the definition of a racial hate crime.

And yet, where's the outrage?

Where are the demands from Nahanni Fontaine for greater protection from aboriginal racists? Where's Jim Silver to declare that poverty breeds Indian racism? Where's Elizabeth Comack to condemn the police for failing to stem racial threats by Indian gang members?

Oh, of course, we're not living in never-never land. We see clearly now how their usual well-publicized kneejerk responses to crime and the native community is not based on principle, but on their Marxist agenda. Racism against whites? Who cares, eh Nahanni? Eh, Jimmy? Eh, Lizzie?

Maybe the next time the mainstream reporters go running to these usual suspects for comment on anything, they'll ask.

Yeah, in never-neverland.

We've said before that television has become the exciting new frontier for news stories. And Thursday was a perfect example. Along with the CBC aboriginal racism story above, Global News broadcast video that should be rebroadcast throughout the city.

A Global cameraman captured the arrest of an auto thief who led police on a high-speed chase that ended only when the thief crashed his stolen vehicle into two car at St. Matthews Avenue and Strathcona Street.

The thief was face down beside a fence whining that his arm hurt. A police officer was atop him with his knee in the thief's back.

Policeman: "Any weapons on you?"

Thief: "No. I don't think so. (pause) I might have a knife."

Repeat: "No...I may have a knife."

That's the reality facing police every single day in Winnipeg.

The mainstream media was only too happy to broadcast, and re-broadcast, and re-re-broadcast the video of police arresting car thief Cody Bousquet. Police brutality, the reporters screamed.

Now will they juxtapose the Cody Bousquet video with the Global car thief video to put the job of the police into its true context --- where police have to act quickly and decisively to subdue car thieves before they can reach for their knives.

The Bousquet video shows him with his hands unrestrained, fighting back at first, then resisting efforts to pull his hands out from under his body where police, as you can now plainly see, had every reason to suspect he was reaching for a knife or other weapon.

Or will the Global video go into the archives to the tune of Simon and Garfunkle---the sounds of silence.


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