The attempt by the establishment media to take down Doug Ford is clearly underway.
During a recent speech, Ford called for an outside audit to “probe the entirety of Kathleen Wynne’s fiscal mess and follow the money to see how your tax dollars are really being spent.”
Ford said a PC government would bring “outside auditors” to look into the state of finances left by the Wynne government.
Ford also referenced the fact that the former top staffer to Dalton McGuinty – David Livingston – is heading to prison for his part in the gas plants scandal.
Bringing up Wynne’s “reckless spending,” Ford said “If Kathleen Wynne tried to pull these kinds of shady tricks in private life, then there would be a few more Liberals joining David Livingston in jail.”
Obviously, Ford wasn’t calling for jailing Wynne. He was pointing out the total double-standard that lets politicians get away with stuff the rest of us couldn’t.
But that’s not how some of the establishment media spun it.
They twisted Ford’s words, and tried to make it look like he was echoing Donald Trump’s “lock her up” refrain from the US Presidential campaign.
Here’s what the Toronto Star said:
“Echoing Donald Trump’s “lock her up” mantra about Hillary Clinton, Ford told a crowd in Brockville on Tuesday that Wynne’s Liberals are up to no good.”
Here’s what the Toronto Star tweeted:
Lock her up! That’s Doug Ford’s Trump-ian threat about Kathleen Wynne after he accused the Liberal premier of campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime. https://t.co/wt1cB9AXO2
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) April 17, 2018
Here’s what Toronto Star reporter Robert Benzie said about it:
.@fordnation promises "outside audit of @Kathleen_Wynne." Echoes @realDonaldTrump's "lock her up" @HillaryClinton mantra. “If…Wynne tried to pull these kinds of shady tricks in private life, then there would be a few more Liberals joining David Livingston in jail. #onpoli
— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) April 17, 2018
Here’s what a reporter from iPolitics said:
Invoking Donald Trump and the “lock her up” chant aimed at Hillary Clinton, Doug Ford says he’ll order an outside audit of “reckless” government spending if he becomes premier.https://t.co/iadorPWBkh #onpoli
— Marieke Walsh (@MariekeWalsh) April 17, 2018
Here’s what Toronto Now said:
Lock her up! That’s Doug Ford’s Trump-ian threat about Kathleen Wynne after he accused the Liberal premier of campa… https://t.co/w1teRxszvr
— Toronto Now (@Toronto_CP) April 17, 2018
Of course, Doug Ford never said “lock her up.” The media just made up the quote, then acted as if Ford said it, even though he didn’t.
Note also how at least three different news organizations used the same manipulative messaging to make it look like Ford said something he didn’t.
With this kind of deception and manipulation, no wonder so many people see much of the media as fake news.
The Ontario Liberals have been desperate to try and compare Ford to Trump, and now it seems like some of the press are participating in that effort.
That’s why those of us who fight for the truth need to expose the manipulations and speak out. With the Liberals and their cronies increasingly desperate to hold onto power at any cost, the lies and deceptions will continue to spread unless they are countered rapidly and strongly.
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