Thursday, September 03, 2020

Rebel News' Sheila Gunn Reid: Liar.

I've written on this ugly incident before, but it's worth recapping how Rebel News' "Alberta Bureau Chief" and Connie Fournier-wannabe Sheila Gunn Reid is -- how to put this gently so as not to offend any delicate sensibilities -- a flat-out, bald-faced liar. Sure, that's sufficiently diplomatic. Onward.

It was back in April of this year (note once again, kids, how I am using the Internet's "Wayback Machine" to archive the salient content so that it can't be quietly deleted out from under me) that Rebel's self-proclaimed "oil patch arm candy" horked up the following incendiary accusation:

Wow, that's awkward ... Justin Trudeau cutting a personal cheque for $830,000 ... who would have guessed? Except that, predictably, that headline was pure and utter shash, as one discovers by simply reading Gunn Reid's rubbish.

In case the headline itself was not sufficiently provocative, Gunn Reid pounds home the point again early in the article:

OK, we get it already ... Justin Trudeau is sending our hard-earned petrodollars to people in China who want to kill us. But, lo ... what's this? Gunn Reid then provides an alleged link to official confirmation (patience, folks, we'll get there), but her excerpt in no way bolsters her claim of money being handed over:

What the above snippet reveals is only that there is a federal government grant for $828,046, and it is apparently being distributed amongst a number of parties, the Wuhan Institute of Virology being just one of them, so Gunn Reid's claim that the entire bucket of cash is going to China is, in fact, patently false on its face. But it gets worse (as it always does when Gunn Reid's style of shitty journalism is involved).

Following the link to the official Federal government grants page provided by Gunn Reid further reveals that the grant is destined for a researcher at the U of Alberta,

who appears to simply be collaborating with other parties, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology -- there is absolutely no indication that any of that money is headed for China. And, remember, this is the page supplied by Gunn Reid herself, who seems utterly uninterested in the fact that it completely undercuts her fiction. But, as always, we're not quite done here.

The last railroad spike in Gunn Reid's vanishing integrity can be found in a Globe and Mail article only a couple days later, which makes it nad-grindingly, thigh-suckingly clear that absolutely no Canadian taxpayer dollars are going overseas:

In other words, we have the outrageously dishonest and deliberately provocative headline from Rebel's Gunn Reid:

and we have the mundane reality:

Are we done here? Yeah, I think we're done here.

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