You gotta love state-run media. No, I’m not talking about China or North Korea. I’m talking about the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) who is owned by the government of Canada. The CBC is actually a “Crown corporation,” which is said to be “wholly owned by the state but operate at arm’s length from government.”
Whatever the case, it’s government-owned media. So it should come as no surprise that some of the CBC hosts and commentators make arrogant statements and provide inflammatory questions that make them sound a lot like the “woke” leader North of the border.
CBC foreign correspondent Katie Simpson, who’s based in Washington D.C., asked a very ignorant couple of questions ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Thursday press conference addressing the killing of 176 people aboard a Ukrainian flight out of Tehran on Wednesday.
Simpson’s questions insinuated that Trump could be the person responsible for the tragedy.
Here’s what Simpson asked and said:
But I think a significant question that Canadians and particularly the families of these victims are going to have is, are 63 Canadians dead because of the unintended consequences of a decision made by the U.S. president? And that's going to be a big question because there have been very significant questions and concerns raised here in Washington about why the United States decided to act, why did it decide to kill Iran's top general when it did? The United States’ top officials in the Trump Administration have publicly said there was evidence that showed General Soleimani posed an imminent threat to American lives.
“Top officials in the Trump administration?” Besides those “top officials,” Trump himself said why they went after the terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. Being based in D.C., you’d think Simpson would’ve listened the day before when Trump addressed the world from the White House on Wednesday.
Trump said the following concerning the reasons for going after Soleimani, according to a White House transcript:
At my direction, the United States military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. As the head of the Quds Force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities.
He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims.
Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American, and he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.
Is that enough of an explanation? It’s not Trump’s fault that Iran has no self-control and acts out despite not understanding the situation. It can only be one of two things. Either Iran overreacted to possible U.S. retaliation, which never happened, or the leadership did what they usually do — fly off the handle and kill people because they don’t understand how to live in the civilized world.
Apparently, Trump’s statement wasn’t enough of an explanation because she continued by posing the question of why was Soleimani an “imminent threat?”
Again, Trump said that he was “planning new attacks on American targets.” Sometimes, you don’t need to know any more than that. We had eight years of “leading from behind” with former president Barack Obama, who would telegraph almost every military move his administration made — almost as if he was trying to let others know the U.S.’s plans.
It's absolutely horrible that all 176 people lost their lives. But before asking her questions, maybe Simpson should begin to practice the very thing she’s paid to do — journalism. She might find that her reports will become a little heavier on information and a little lighter on the conjecture.
Here's video of Simpson's comments: