The Trump effect

Fake news: Montreal student union copies Trump approach

Letter demands newspaper apologize for coverage or lose access
Photo: vanou

Over the past year, it has often seemed as if the world has turned upside down. After Trump, are there still any lines you can’t cross? Or is the whole world turning into one giant do-what-you-want orgy of outrageous dickery?

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Into this breach comes a student union at a Montreal university with some well-timed comedic relief.

Clearly excited by what they must view as the dawning of a new age in government-media relations, the Arts and Science Federation of Associations at Concordia University has made the bold choice to follow in the footsteps of their cheetos-faced trailblazer.

In fact, they’ve gone a step further. Perfected the Trumpian work-in-progress, you might even say. While the ignoramus-in-chief has what might be described as a love-hate relationship with the media, and his banishments of the disobedient press have been temporary, this brave student federation has taken his schtick one step further.

“The media are mean to us,” they cry. “Let us give them a timeout in the corner until they apologize.”

I’m not kidding.

On or around Jan. 30 (their missive is undated), the federation sent a letter to one of the university’s two student newspapers, The Link. It declared the following:

  • The student union executive team will not interact with the student newspaper in any way. No information, no interviews, nothing.
  • This decision is due to the newspaper’s “unethical practices” intended to further their “biased agenda.”
  • This policy will remain in place until the newspaper publishes a public apology.

The Link’s editor, Jonathan Caragay-Cook, declined to comment, explaining to Ricochet that “we are choosing not to engage in this publicly and will continue to report on them as best we can.”

Whatever the student journalists’ sins, withholding access in a bid to blackmail them into offering a public apology for those sins is absurd. It’s the kind of thing only an orange-faced vulgarian would attempt.

While The Donald can seemingly get away with such intransigence, these student leaders are but mere mortals. I expect this imbroglio will end with an apology, just not the one ASFA is awaiting.

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