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Your blog led the husband of PM Trudeau's chief of staff to slander you on Canadian TV

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Submitted by Andrew Baldwin (Canada), Aug 11, 2018 at 15:11

Your blog on Alghabra has been in the Canadian media recently in a shameful way, insulting and defamatory to yourself. Vassy Kapelos, the host of the CBC-TV program, Power & Politics, interviewed Alghabra on August 9 on her show. It was about Saudi Arabia's over-the-top reprisals after our Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, channeling her inner Donald Trump, chose to conduct our foreign policy with the Kingdom by insulting tweets and can be watched on the P&P video for August 8 at the 1:45 minute mark.

Conservative Senator Denise Batters tweeted afterwards about how it just repeated Liberal talking points, although to be fair to Alghabra, that's all federal Liberal MPs ever do in interviews. Batters' tweet went on: "With this MP on #pncbc, may have been interesting whether his birthplace being #SaudiArabia impacts this file for him." It was indeed a striking omission, showing how even a very competent interviewer like Kapelos can be afraid to ask an obvious question for fear of being chewed up by this country's so-called "progressive" political correctness hate machine.

That machine quickly went into overdrive with calls for Batters to resign from the Senate because of her "racist" tweet. An Albertan Conservative MP, Blaine Calkins, who had served on the House Defence Committee, tweeted in Batters' defence, providing a link to your blog on Alghabra. On Twitter, Alghabra said he expected "this type of garbage from an online troll or bot" but not from an MP. Calkins folded, tweeting: "Thanks to everyone for pointing out the poor source I posted. I was unsure about what I was reading, and that was the information I found. I apologize for any consternation this tweet caused, and I was happy to take it down." Senator Batters also folded, apologizing for her own inoffensive tweet.

This became a topic of discussion on P&P the next day August 9 on the Power Panel, The Liberal panelist, Rob Silver, at the 34:20 mark on the videotape says: "The source he [Calkins] tweeted was a US bigot who was one of the main sources for spreading rumours that Obama was a Muslim." "Rumours" is a strange word to use for the conclusive evidence that you produce that Obama was at least a Muslim during the time he went to school in Indonesia. This is the only reason Silver gives for calling you a bigot. Silver is a pathological liar, so even if he had read your blogs on Obama and Islam he still might have said what he did. He is also the husband of Katie Telford, Justin Trudeau's chief of staff, so this slanderous attack of Silver's was pretty much like an attack from the PMO.

Neither Kapelos, nor, even more surprisingly, Stockwell Day, the Conservative panelist, came to your defence. Day started in the Conservative government of Stephen Harper as Minister of Public Safety, so you would think that he, at least, would have some familiarity with your work.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thank you for this full account. I was aware of some of it and responded to Calkins above at here. I have also cited this comment there.

The Conservatives in Canada make the Republicans in the United States look brilliant and daring.

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