On November 11th, CBC Calgary reporter Sarah Rieger had a problem. During her daily Twitter devotionals she had just come across this dandy snippet of video damning John Carpay. He was that pesky lawyer defending those few pitiful parents left in the province who stubbornly refused to allow GSA clubs into their tiny Christian schools. Ms. Rieger’s problem was the source of the video, another Twitter junkie but unknown to most Albertans. In order for her to run this story on the CBC and leverage this clip into doing some real media damage against Carpay — maybe even the Alberta Conservative Party as a bonus — she needed a more credible source. After a few more thoughtful sips from her triple, venti, soy, extra shot no foam latte she had it solved. Of course! She could call Wells!
Dr. Kristopher Wells would be an unfailing source. So credible. So genderfully compassionate. Dr. Wells along with partner Dr. André Grace had worked closely together for years as co-executive directors of the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. The doctor had produced that beautifully progressive website for Education Minister Eggen and had organized that wonderful Camp Fyrefly for LGBTQ kids. He was perfect. Of course — if the CBC had chosen to cover it — Ms. Rieger may have heard something about some troublesome parents catching the Wells website showing hard-core gay porn to elementary children. Then, too, there was the problem of the new Dean of Education had coincidentally placed Wells on leave following rumours of “irregularities” involving teens at the Edmonton Fyrefly camp which then mysteriously closed. But no matter. Here was her chance to finally put the single nail in Carpay’s credibility coffin, and some Albertans — especially Twitter-addicted ones — have such conveniently short, 140-character-long memories. It was worth the risk.
Wells responded beautifully. Carpay’s comments are “absolutely offensive and require immediate action,” he said. “The true motivations are crystal-clear now of the kind of hate and homophobia behind this kind of opposition. I think Jason Kenney needs to immediately suspend this person from the UCP party and denounce this kind of homophobic hatred.” Now that Wells tied in Kenney this was going to be one heck of a story! Who knows? It may one day rank right up there with the infamous ‘Lake of Fire’ article which single-handedly destroyed the Wildrose Party. One can dream.
And so it ran. Job well done. Whew! Time for another triple, venti, soy, extra shot no foam latte…
But Day Two did not go quite as well. First off, Carpay responded right away by pointing out the 30-second clip was taken out of context from a 20-minute speech and apologizing for his comparison of the rainbow flag to totalitarian ones. Since he also emailed his apology CBC had no choice but to tack it to the end of Rieger’s story. Fortunately, many CBC and NDP faithful will likely dismis his apology as further evidence of guilt and that the tar-and-feathering of Carpay should proceed as planned. Then a second setback occurred when UCP Leader Jason Kenney refused to take the bait and annoyingly brushed off all Rieger’s hard work by accepting Carpay’s apology as just that.
Ms. Rieger’s faced a new quandary. The story had run its course but 630 Ched’s Ryan Jesperson, other social lefties and even Premier Notley jumping on the Smear Carpay bandwagon were leaving such juicy condemnations on Twitter. But Ms. Rieger’s work must have met with approval from higher-ups in the CBC since what happened next was a barrage of story after story on the CBC website all castigating John Carpay:
- [November 11, 2018] Calgary lawyer challenging gay-straight alliance bill compares pride flags to swastikas [CBC Calgary/News/Sarah Rieger]
- [November 12, 2018] Alberta premier slams UCP leader’s past praise of lawyer who compared pride flags to swastikas [CBC Calgary/News/Sarah Rieger]
- [November 13, 2018] Alberta premier challenges Jason Kenney to expel Carpay over pride flag, swastika remarks [CBC Edmonton/News/Michelle Bellefontaine]
- [November 14, 2018] Jason Kenney says Carpay membership decision lies with UCP board, not with him [CBC Edmonton/News/Michelle Bellefontaine]
- [November 16, 2018] GSAs, Kenney and Carpay: The tangled web of Alberta politics [CBC Edmonton/Opinion/Graham Thomson]
In total, the CBC bashed Carpay with five stories on their website over six days. Who knows how many times they dragged his name through the mud on radio and television? This does not include all the other leftist media sharks who, upon detecting blood in the the water, joined in the feeding frenzy to also dine on the hoped-for corpse of John Carpay’s credibility. Sure, some people might think all this treatment a bit harsh for a man who had simply dedicated his career to defending those quaint freedoms to which some naive Canadians still cling. But it was all seen as serving the greater good.
However there was just one little problem. Was this not the same Dr. Wells who in 2016 promoted a Twitter cartoon showing a Christian killing a gay man. Wells’ tweet accused Christians of being akin to ISIS and Nazi murderers slaying homosexuals. However, this shocking image turned out to have been completely altered from its original, which actually showed a Christian not as the murderer but as the victim.
Wells never apologized for promoting such a vile image.
So one must reach one of two conclusions. Either the CBC did not know of the Wells’s blatant hypocrisy — which would be incompetent journalism for it is certainly relevant. Or the CBC did know and deliberately concealed the fact — which is not journalism at all but mere propaganda. One inclines to the latter view since a quick google of “kristopher wells” and nazi yields the story immediately. This means a fully government-funded agency has now joined the NDP and gay movements to work fundamental changes in the culture of Alberta.
Ms. Rieger is a reporter for the CBC and therefore I, along with every other Canadian, am forced to pay her salary. My wife and I and our four children are ordered by the Canadian government to come up with $210 — our share of the $1.25 billion that all Canadians are forced to pay — so that people like Ms. Rieger can churn out such socialist propaganda, often destroying the reputations of many a good man and woman in the process.
When are Canadians going to wise up and realize that the CBC, being a state-funded organization, is ultimately bent of perpetuating ever more state control? We are continuing to fund an entity dedicated to eroding the underpinning freedoms and democratic principles upon which our nation was built. Cutting just a portion of its funding is not the remedy. This is akin to reducing a cancerous tumour but not removing it. The tumour will still kill you.
There is no other solution to the problem. Surely, the time has arrived for the Friends of the CBC to become the Funders of the CBC.