Women-blaming has been a problem in Canadian journalism. Patrick Brown getting turfed has nothing do to with a witch hunt.
One talk show host doesn't see the any "criminal" element in the allegations against Patrick Brown...so what's the problem?
It doesn't have to be criminal. If someone is in a position of power is abusing someone in a weaker position, that's bad enough.
Brown's behaviour was known to the PC Party. They ignored it.
And now you have journalists making all sorts of excuses how the takedown of Patrick Brown is a bad and chilling thing.
No, it isn't.
Sexual abuse was always rampant in newsrooms and in corridors of power.
Journalists always knew about it, but never bothered to report it.
I was just a j-school student standing in one City Hall corridor and within five minutes, reporters certainly told me about a lot of dirt.
But journalists are twisting the narrative -- in Brown case, the accusers were not grown women or adults -- it was a particular type, and neither case could be accurately as a "bad date". In one case, he was not her "date" -- but had professional power over them.
These are not "mistakes" -- it was deliberately calculating behaviour.
And the griping of career "ruining" was not the fault of the accusers, but the fault of a man who wanted to be a leader but proved to be a very incompetent one. Where was Brown's accountability?
Worst of all, the defenders repeatedly -- and manipulatively -- try to equate power abuse with sexuality.
Nice try, but sophistry is not reality. People have been so conditioned by journalism to always see the rot as blessings, that they are becoming alarmed that their sunny view may actually be a big, fat lie.
Had journalism in this country been about reporting facts -- they would be able to see it.
But they can't see it. They are too busy sucking up to power, whether the power is government -- or business.
Patrick Brown getting treated the same way women in this country have been treated for decades, has shaken Canadian media to the bone.
Because the little rules were supposed to make life simple, and now no predator is safe.
Good. Reality is a wonderful medicine.
And Canadian media needed that medicine a long time ago.