Shooting The Messenger: Canadian Newspaper Does Hit Piece On Critic Of Islamism

The National Post, a leading Canadian newspaper has published what amounts to a “hit piece” on the Point de Bascule blog, a French language publication published by Marc Lebuis covering Islamism in Canada and whose work has been cited many times here at the GMBDW. The Post article centers on Hussein Hamdani, an advisor to a Canadian agency similar to the US Department of Homeland Security who was suspended over ties that were first identified by the Point de Bascule and reported last month. In the Post article, titled “Hero or extremist?” the author asks “So who is Marc Lebuis, and who is behind his website?” The author then raises four issues about Mr. Lebuis that appear to us to be carefully constructed to damage his credibility.

The issues and our response to them are as follows…

  • Jim Horne

    IMO Point de Bascule is the foremost authority on radical Islam in Canada. The National Post does not even come close to being, in any way, authoritative on the subject.

    • DD_Austin

      The post should be spelled POS, for that is what it is, along with every other
      “national newspaper”

  • John

    The Post’s first criticism, that of Lebuis’ anonymity, is too much to be believed.
    –I first met Mr Lebuis at a conference/talk held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Montréal in Sept 2009. Bruce Bawer was the guest speaker. The event was advertised on the Pointe de Bascule website well in advance and with all contact info provided. When the big day came Mr Lebuis was much in evidence. I exchanged a few words with him and we shook hands. It’s not as though he spent the evening hiding behind a pillar.
    –The fact The Post couldn’t obtain Mr Lebuis’ phone number is hardly suprising. Many people are unlisted and for very good reasons. Mr Lebuis gets in the craw of islamists, and so it’s no wonder that he would wish to remain somewhat remote when it comes to his daily routine and personnal life
    –That The Post would find that surprising betrays just how much they foolishly underestimate the degree to which islamists will bluster, intimidate and threaten those intent on exposing their activities and agenda.
    –Mr Lebuis isn’t seeking to remain anonymous; he’s merely established a parameter of personnal security because he’s fully aware of the nature of the threat.
    …I neither buy nor read The Post anymore.

  • SDMatt

    “There’s a campaign to make Canadians afraid of Muslims and the religion of Islam,” Hamdani says.

    Yes, it’s called reading Islamic scripture and observing what Muslims do.

    Ihsaan Gardee, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said . . .

    A terror-supporting organization né CAIR-CAN – cited as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial – said what?>

    Seigfried Mathelet, a post-doctoral researcher . . .

    Not a post-doctoral researcher! This journalism at its finest!

    Matthew Duss, the lead author of Fear, Inc. 2.0 . . .

    Seems to be a big supporter of the terrorists known as Palestinians.

    There is probably no worse thing to call someone than a pedophile.

    Well, actually being one is worse. And then worshiping one as a “prophet” (cough – Mohammad!) is doubly-worse.

    • It was a shitty article by a shitty paper.

    • Achmed

      You have nothing to fear………… as long as you convert and join the faithful.

  • Sarah L.

    Seigfried Mathelet cited by the NP is a close collaborator of Adil Charkaoui’s “Collectif québécois contre l’islamophobie”. Charkaoui is currently investigated following the arrest of radicalized teenagers who attended his mosque and classes in 2 colleges.
    Charkoui lists Muslims like Tarek Fatah and Fatima Houda-Pépin on his list of the most islamophobic people in Quebec. It is the equivalent of excommunicating Muslims with liberal views.
    According to Charkaoui and Marthelet, any liberal Muslim is an islamophobe, as well as everyone critical of islamists.

  • ontario john

    Freedom of thought and expression is the enemy of socialists that control the media, politics and the courts. In the Toronto Star today is a story about the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court giving a talk at some sort of islam propaganda event. What I found interesting was that she stated that churches needed to be more inclusive as she put it. Is this a foretaste of future Supreme Court involvement in forcing Christian churches to not say anything negative about islam or homosexuals? Will a future Supreme Court force churches to allow activities and individuals into their buildings against their beliefs?

  • WalterBannon

    The Nazi Post sucks and has ever since they managed to get rid of Conrad Black.

  • Sir Roderick Spode

    I gave up on NP in disgust some weeks back. It is unreliable and it’s readers are morons. This confirms how duplicitous they are.

  • simus1

    The National Post, once upon a time a leading ………………………..
    That looks better.

    • Alain

      Only during the time it was owned by Conrad Black.