How the media chooses to frame a story will change the story.
In fact, defining reality for the collective public consciousness is often based less on what actually happened, and more on what the media says happened.
It has been two weeks since the Parents for Choice in Education peaceful rallies in Edmonton and Calgary, where over 4300 people joined together to advocate about the protection of Alberta children through upholding parental rights.
Since then, hundreds of people who attended the rallies have filed complaints with various media outlets and the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council because of the inaccurate reporting of the event.
Some people have shared their messages with me. Here are two of those messages – one is from a Central Alberta grandmother who drove to the Edmonton rally and the second is a media “report card” written by a teacher who attended the Calgary rally.
Thank you to these two Albertans for their willingness to help publicly set the record straight on the truth of the PCE rallies, especially after the strikingly distorted portrayal of the event through the warped lens of the media.
Saturday May 14th, 2016 I traveled from Central Alberta to the Parents for Choice in Education peaceful rally in Edmonton, attended by over 4300 people in both Edmonton and Calgary.
There were many parents with small children, as well as many concerned grandparents such as myself. Together we represented thousands more Albertans who couldn’t make it physically to the rally but have shown overwhelming support through social media and emails.
We are Albertans who are able to see past the transgender issues of Bill 10 and the Guidelines – and find it incredibly alarming.
The majority of people against Bill 10 agree the transgender group is one of many minority groups that experience bullying. That’s not in dispute.
Unfortunately, there are still many more Albertans who are not aware of the extent of Bill 10 and the Guidelines and the implications they have for families.
Why do so many Albertans remain oblivious to these tremendous concerns?
As I discovered, the biggest fault by far lies with the media.
While I watched the news on Saturday night, and again the next day, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. I couldn’t even sleep because the injustice of it all outraged me so much!
EVERY SINGLE TV STATION WAS LYING TO THEIR VIEWERS!!
There were many reporters at the event. They had cameras. They had a good view of what was happening. They could hear just as well as anyone else there what was being talked about.
But what did they come up with? EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM? That the rally was about transgender rights, and how all these thousands of people were against transgender people.
WHAT?? What about the parts of the event they chose NOT to report?
NOT about parental rights being compromised.
NOT about the schools being legally obliged to now keep secrets of children from their own parents.
NOT about the hundreds of signs that had been printed declaring the importance of parents and family in a child’s life.
Certainly NOT about the very small – but very vocal – group of transgender supporters that day who spewed vulgar language and bitterness to be heard clearly by all around them, including many young children (how ironic that they claim to be supporting “safe, welcoming, caring” schools!).
NOT the courageous presenters at the rally who had to face the full onslaught of these aggressive verbal attacks for the entire 2 hours of the rally, and try to speak to us in spite of it. I even know of at least one of the presenters who asked to be escorted to their vehicle because of fear for their safety. How’s that for human rights?
NO!! The only thing I heard from the news was that all these thousands of concerned Albertans were against transgender people. EXCUSE ME??
And what footage did they show?
NOT any of the excellent presenters giving their talks about parental involvement, freedom to teach their values and the importance of family.
NOT the angry and vulgar transgender activist group trying to disrespectfully interrupt the speakers with their obscenities and loud chanting.
Instead the media stories focused on two people who had a verbal disagreement – one person out of 2300 from the peaceful rally who was unfortunately goaded to the point that he responded.
And GUESS WHAT?? THAT small little clip was shown as the main event! Our supporters were shown with their signs, but the voiceover on the footage only talked about how all these people were so against transgender people!
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? I know as well as the next person that the media will skew stories to their advantage, but to make the story into something it completely wasn’t?
THAT is unacceptable.
I have no idea why all the media appears to be scared to tell the truth, but I do know it’s something that should scare everyone else.
All these TV stations have now lost any credibility with the thousands of people that know what really did happen that day.
Sorry CTV, sorry CBC, sorry Global and CTV national news, and every other news station that can’t or won’t provide the public with the truth.
Shame on you all!
So sad you think your viewers will continue to be so gullible and believe anything you say.
Anyone seen a National Enquirer lately? I’ve heard they report ‘news’ as well.
PDF: CTV report card