Alberta Conservative MP Garnett Genius was trying to parody Bohemian Rapsody lyrics while he raked the Liberals over the coals, because that's the music Trudeau was singing in London.
In Question Period yesterday, I tried to explain it in a way that Justin Trudeau would understand. We have Inflation Landslides and No Escape from Poverty. He’s not a poor boy, but he should have some sympathy! #cdnpoli #shpk #fortsask pic.twitter.com/x7gp6bo3iq— Garnett Genuis (@GarnettGenuis) September 22, 2022
So anyway, then freelance press gallery journalist Dale Smith tweeted this:
Something is up with Michelle Rempel-Garner.— Mike Gibbs🏳️🌈🇺🇦 (@Mikeggibbs) September 21, 2022
She's rolling her eyes while a CPC MP speaks. And then she's the only CPC MP refusing to clap for him. pic.twitter.com/4ZrKVOcfVs
Now, you young whippersnappers won't remember, but there was an incredible Sydney Pollack movie from 1969 starring Jane Fonda about a dance marathon titled "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and this phrase became part of our culture.
Genuis tries to includes lyrics from “Bohemian Rhapsody” in his question, and I cannot adequately tell you how lame it is.— Dale Smith (@journo_dale) September 21, 2022
When horses are this lame, you shoot them. #QP
Dale, you are using a violent metaphor invoking an image of shooting someone you disagree with. You are a member of the parliamentary press gallery. If a Conservative MP did something like this, you would be the first to demand their resignation. You are a complete hypocrite. https://t.co/NpxIz2bQGw— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) September 21, 2022
Pierre P finally expresses some outrage. There is none when F*ck Trudeau flags fly, when nooses are paraded with Trudeau's name on them, when Swastikas are scrawled on our Flag, when the PM's life is threatened. Methinks Poilievre is disgusting.— Mike Morris (@1MikeMorris) September 22, 2022
Good Christ, what? The press gallery said WHAT? What an utterly craven bit of underbusthrowing. https://t.co/WBn8AXe4AY— Andrew Coyne 🇺🇦 (@acoyne) September 22, 2022
Others appeared to think the statement was "well-worded" - harumph! harumph!
I said the question was lame, not the MP.— Dale Smith (@journo_dale) September 22, 2022
🙄🙄🙄 It was an analogy, not a threat, or "violent rhetoric", against anyone. Gimme a break.— WMR 🇨🇦 🍁 (@Jinxy_Minxy) September 22, 2022
Good grief. When the Conservative MPs are still harping on this nonsense a week from now, better remind the PPG journalists to skip the "beating a dead horse" tweets.— 🏙 🍁 🇨🇦 🌻🐝 (@theKeenUrbanist) September 22, 2022
And speaking of mealy-mouthed, here's Genius' response to Coyne:
He didn’t threaten you, you preposterous fraud. https://t.co/w9iC3f5oto— Andrew Coyne 🇺🇦 (@acoyne) September 22, 2022
Of course, there actually are some larger issues going on:
If only he had just held up a noose with your name on it then Pierre Poilievre would call him a hero and bring him coffee and donuts like he did for the convoy assholes. This hypocrisy stinks.— Chizzler (@FidlumBenz) September 23, 2022
Ballingale is Canada’s Bannon. And to quote Steve Bannon:— loribgood (@loribgood1) September 23, 2022
“The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.”
Polievre and Ballingale are trying the same playbook.
...The point here is that this is how the intimidation game is played, and why they think that journalists are uniquely vulnerable.If you are critical about anyone on their team, they declare that you are biased, even though you are critical about every team.They howl and moan, in the hopes that you either apologise and retract, and then they know that you’re weak, and that they can silence you through these kinds of tactics.It’s partially why so many journalists have resorted to scrupulously both-sidesing all of their lies—because they screamed and moaned about being treated unfairly, and insisting that they were “insulted” when they were called out for their blatant falsehoods, and yes, this has absolutely happened—until those reporters and their editors stop calling them out, and instead, just both-sides what is said.Both-sidesing in turn allows them to lie with impunity, because they know they won’t be called out for it, lest they begin this cycle again.And now, our political discourse is completely fucked as a result.So no, I’m not going to let Scheer or Ballingall intimidate me, and their winged monkeys don’t scare me.