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Jonathan Kay: Justin Trudeau’s Sun boycott is morally justified | National Post
In today’s National Post, my colleague Tasha Kheiriddin calls out both Ezra Levant and Justin Trudeau for letting their political passions get the better of them.
Kheiriddin notes, correctly, that Levant’s September 15 segment on Sun News Network — alleging that Trudeau is some kind of ego-maniac sex monster because he obliged a wedding party’s request for a playful photobomb — was hysterical and factually wrong. (Levant sketched Trudeau as a libidinous marauder descending on an ingénue bride — which, according to members of the wedding party itself, is complete nonsense.)
Kheiriddin also calls out Levant for his cruel and vulgar attacks on the sexual mores of Trudeau’s parents. Since we now know that Justin’s mother was battling mental illness at the time of the events Levant describes, Levant’s words seem especially low.
These are the sort of your-momma taunts that high school boys shout at one another to incite a brawl. And it is a complete embarrassment to Sun that Levant was permitted to go on air with such a rant. The rumor is that quality control at the network is so poor that Levant can say anything he wants during his monologues — including vicious and unhinged attacks against identifiable ethnic groups. This episode would suggest that the rumor is true.
Yet Kheiriddin argues that, no matter how vile Levant’s words, Trudeau still should not have taken the step of boycotting every journalist in the Sun chain. “The boycott reinforces the notion that Trudeau shuts down people whose views he does not share,” she writes. “It plays into the current controversy over Trudeau’s refusal to allow pro-life Liberal MPs to speak and vote their conscience on abortion, because he disagrees with their position. Finally, Trudeau’s stance disrespects the public, who rely on the media to hold politicians accountable for their views and acts.”