By Licia Corbella, Calgary Sun
In the news business, it’s called “burying the lead” and means you missed the most important or interesting part of a story … then led with something less significant.
On Feb. 13, the CBC published, and aired the results of an Environics poll, which on their website was billed as “Glad to be Canadian, Muslims say.”
Apparently “more than 80% of Canada’s roughly 700,000 Muslims are broadly satisfied with their lives here.”
That’s a nice and cuddly kind of story, but hardly surprising. I’ve been to Afghanistan—where many of Canada’s latest Muslim population comes from—and even the upper-middle class in Afghanistan live in difficult conditions.
Wa-a-a-a-y down in the online CBC story about this poll is the news that when “asked about the arrests last summer of the 18 Muslim men and boys who were allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in southern Ontario, 73% of Muslim respondents said these attacks were not at all justified.”
That portion of the poll ended there. No more details. Why?
The Environics website made no mention about this portion of the poll either. However, on CBC’s The National television program on the same day, this part of the poll was fleshed-out and the results are alarming.
Fully 12% of “Muslim-Canadians” polled by Environics said the
alleged terrorist plot—that included kidnapping and BEHEADING the prime minister (Stephen Harper) and BLOWING-UP Parliament, and the CBC ……. WAS JUSTIFIED.
Predictably, the C.B.C. managed to find a talking head—in this case, York University sociology professor Haideh Moghissi — who dismissed this disturbing revelation. “It’s really negligible that 12% feel that the attacks would be justified,” said Moghissi. “I don’t think it even warrants attention.”
Clearly, other news agencies and those who put the poll results on the CBC website agree with Moghissi.
But just how “negligible” is 12% of 700,000 people!
If Moghissi knew arithmetic like she knows denial, she’d know if this poll is accurate….. 84,000 Canadian Muslims think it’s justifiable to BEHEAD our democratically-elected Prime Minister, and blow-up the very symbol and centre of our democracy!
Flash-Forward to 2014
Is it just me…or does this not strike anyone else as the opposite of “negligible?” Isn’t this significant news?
Considering this poll was published on the same day it was learned al-Qaida—the Islamic terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks—was urging its followers to target all oil fields, including Canada’s…. should wake-up complacent Canadians.
In other words, the Environics poll indicates anywhere between 49,000 to 84,000 Muslim-Canadians likely would view attacks on our oilsands development as justifiable….. and if so, it’s safe to assume some portion of those tens-of-thousands of [Muslim] people might be prone to carrying out such an attack.
But….hey, this is Canada, where in the interest of political correctness and fear of offending — the lead on these kinds of stories gets buried — and our heads remain planted where there is no illumination and therefore… no Truth.
That wilful blindness will likely only end on the day innocent Canadians get buried — instead of [news] leads — by those who JUSTIFY terror on their fellow citizens and (adopted) country.
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