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propagandaofthememe  asked:

You hear about Ottawa mayor Jim Watson blocking a prominent Black journalist on twitter to sidestep accountability and then lying about why he did it? Ethan Cox on Ricochet has a pretty good summary.

Here’s the article:

Ottawa mayor accuses Desmond Cole of ‘name calling’ over Abdi case


Over the weekend, the Ottawa mayor blocked prominent Toronto Star columnist, radio host and civil rights advocate Desmond Cole from interacting with him on Twitter. According to the mayor, Cole had been “personally insulting” and engaged in “name calling.”

Cole described the allegations as “lies” on Twitter, arguing that the mayor was hoping no one would investigate his claims, and described Watson’s behaviour as “calculated and meant to deceive.”

According to a tweet from Cole, Watson blocked him at some point over the last several days. Cole also pointed out that his tweets are all public and anyone can review them.

Ricochet reviewed Cole’s Twitter timeline back to July 25, when news of Abdi’s death broke, and were unable to find any examples of personal insults or name calling. What we found was criticism of the mayor for remaining silent in the days following the shooting, and pointed criticism of how his city handles issues of racism and police violence. Cole’s tweets were within the bounds of fair comment, addressed to the substance of the mayor’s job performance and about as mean as pundits often are to mayors and legislators across this country.

In short, pointed criticism of politicians is in the job description for columnists and radio hosts like Cole.

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