Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bollocks on Rye With a Side of Cole Slaw and Pickles

The Ceej is in a major snit over Steyn:

In his April 12, 2010 Maclean’s column, “True, North, Strong, Not Free,” journalist Mark Steyn claimed that Canadian Jewish Congress had taken a variety of positions directly against the interests of Canada’s Jewish community. Mr. Steyn, however, rooted his assertions in quotations that Canadian Jewish Congress never uttered. Maclean’s apologizes for this misattribution in its current issue. Please click here to read Congress’s letter to the editor of Maclean’s as well as Maclean’s apology. Mr. Steyn has neither apologized nor even acknowledged his error and continues to post the fallacious column, without any clarification, on his private website.
Apparently what happened is that Steyn misattrubuted an article written by a Mississauga News scribbler  posted on the Ceej site as being the words of Bernie Farber. An honest mistake, since the scribbler wrote, in essence, that that old saw about sticks and stones breaking bones but names never hurting you was a load of crapola; in a similar vein, Mr. Farber, one of our land's most vocal and vehement proponents of state censorship, had been heard to observe that "hate speech" almost always invariably leads to genocide and that Canadian Jewry's sense of "well-being" hinges on Section 13 remaining on the books. Mr. Farber took enormous--dare one say excessive?--umbrage at having such comments placed in his mouth, despite the fact that the following are some of the things he has been heard to utter:
And let's not forget this golden oldie, from a Ceej publication:
Anti-hate laws under our criminal code and human rights legislation continue to offer much needed protection for minorities in Canada. Yes, by all means let's fix the parts of the law that are broken, but let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Now, I ask you: does that sound like someone who would ever concur with the sentiments expressed in the Mississauga News article posted on the Ceej site, i.e. that sticks and stones can break one's bones but only Section 13 and the CHRC can protect the vulnerable from dangerous "haters" (like the ones that the Ceej's beloved "Nazi" hunter, Richard Warman, has turned up in his tireless Web-probings)?

How awful it must be for Mr. Farber to have had such alien concepts misattributed to him!

4 comments:

paul said...

BF is a swishy liberal crybaby.

mbrebaf said...

I happen to be a long time Mark Steyn fan. His works such as Londonstan and others are classics in my library.

Yet here he made not just a simple error but he in effect misquoted someone. This is not an error a seasoned journalist like Mr. Steyn should have made and the CJC,has every right to strongly complain. I would also add that had Maclean's thought it was only a simple honest mistake it would never have printed such a strong apology.

Oh one more thing Scaramouche, Mr. Steyn did not quote Mr. Farber, he attributed the words to the entire organization.

I hope he does apologize. That to me would be the true mark of this man.

scaramouche said...

The organization and Bernie are one and the same (it's a Sun King "L'etat c'est moi" sort of thing). Me, I think it's time to thrown the Bernie out with the bathwater.

Chapel said...

Do you actually believe that Farber wrote this letter without the full support of his president and Board? If you do you are living in a fools paradise. I've been told that the new CJC pres, Mark Freiman is well regarded and runs the show. You may not like Freiman either but the possibility that Freiman will chuck Farber or that anyone in the Jewish hierarchy will want to lose either Freiman or farber is highly remote.