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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a member of the far-left “Squad,” is uncharacteristically standing up for personal freedom that seems to be under attack from the corporate media and the authoritarian progressive cohort generally.
“I fail to see why any journalist felt the need to report on a shop owner making such a insignificant donation rather than to get them harassed. It’s unconscionable and journalists need to do better,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
The congresswoman was reacting to an article from the Ottawa Citizen about how threats prompted a cafe owner in that city to close her shop after her contribution to the peaceful Freedom Convoy was revealed when the GiveSendGo crowdfunding site was hacked. The owner now says she regrets making the donation.
Almost sounding like media critic in chief, i.e., ex-President Donald Trump, despite their vast ideological disagreements, Omar added this in follow-up tweets:
“I wish journalists wrote the articles they think they are writing. Sorry to say it, but your stories aren’t always balanced and often have a clear political bias. Calling it out isn’t harassment or journalist bashing. Everyone has a right to critique your story and it’s merits.”
“Ps. I fully read the article multiple times and I still don’t believe there was merit to the story as reported other than further harassment. You all are entitled to your opinions, but my opinion remains the same. These kinds of stories ruin people’s lives and are uncalled for,” she added.
I fail to see why any journalist felt the need to report on a shop owner making such a insignificant donation rather than to get them harassed. It’s unconscionable and journalists need to do better. https://t.co/oF7WIoS1jp
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 16, 2022
Ps. I fully read the article multiple times and I still don’t believe there was merit to the story as reported other than further harassment. You all are entitled to your opinions, but my opinion remains the same. These kinds of stories ruin people’s lives and are uncalled for.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 17, 2022
“Members of the media on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border have been sharing names and how much money they contributed to the truckers who’ve been protesting Canada’s vaccine mandate,” Fox News reported about the hack aftermath.
Although she is receiving criticism on social media from her usual left-wing cheering section, Omar is winning praise from people from the other side of the political aisle:
Finally, you’re on the right side of an issue! 😊👍👍
— The USA Patrioteer (@USAPatrioteer) February 17, 2022
I cant believe I just liked an Ilhan Omar tweet
— drefanzor (@drefanzor) February 17, 2022
When reading her tweet, please remember that midterms are coming up…
— Oscar Von Reuenthal (@OscarVReuenthal) February 16, 2022
Am I actually agreeing wit Ilhan Omar for the first time in my life? wow 😳
— Tony Ray(Yankees 27) (@starjumper9) February 17, 2022
Here you go: pic.twitter.com/zBN3BEheZy
— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) February 17, 2022
White liberal women will immediately accuse a Congresswoman of color of not understanding something if they go off “script.” This is the face of liberal white supremacy. https://t.co/m9xEyoB73m
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 16, 2022
According to journalist and podcaster Saagar Enjeti, The Washington Post is getting in on the act by doxxing U.S. contributors to the Freedom Convoy whose names were included in the leaked data.
The Washington Post is contacting people whose donation info was leaked and who gave as little as 40 dollars to the truckers to ask them why they did so
Email provided to me by a source pic.twitter.com/qbzebYyHiP
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) February 16, 2022
Enjeti claimed that the Jeff Bezos-owned news outlet “is contacting people whose donation info was leaked and who gave as little as 40 dollars to the truckers to ask them why they did so.”
“Twitter remains silent on the sharing of material from the hack of Christian crowdfunding website GiveSendGo across its platform, despite the far-left tech company’s strict rules against sharing hacked materials,” Breitbart noted in an example of Silicon Valley’s apparent double-standard.
Twitter said it wouldn’t allow any sharing of the Hunter Biden laptop story because it was hacked info. Yet @twitter is freely allowing the sharing of all the hacked names of the Canadian trucker donors. I’d love to hear an explanation from @twitter on this inconsistency.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 17, 2022
In a separate context, comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla recently quipped that the formerly rebellious, counter-culture left traditionally sought to stick it to The Man. Now, the left is The Man, he noted.
So, @Twitter went to the mat to protect Hunter Biden during the campaign using the "hacked materials" excuse to literally ban the NY Post and other news outlets from mentioning it.
Meanwhile, this jackass brags about having hacked GiveSendGo and it remains up for days. pic.twitter.com/ELsqNr734M
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) February 16, 2022
A Washington Post “investigative reporter” posted the updates, but the Post’s analysis of the hacked date is hardly going over well with left-wing pundit Glenn Greenwald and many others. Here is just a sample:
Absolutely unbelievable: the excuse Twitter used to censor the pre-election Hunter Biden reporting was its policy on prohibiting use of "hacked" material. That was a lie: nothing was hacked.
This donor information was hacked, and Twitter is allowing full disclosure of all names. https://t.co/Xat4DkvC1S
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2022
This is actual doxxing. https://t.co/JamYmPiW7Y
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 16, 2022
American journalists once saw their jobs as demanding justice from those in power on behalf of the little guy. Today, elite journalists at leading newspapers see their job as representing state power and demanding to know why the little guy would dare resist government overreach. https://t.co/BuFOgSr4U6
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 16, 2022
If you're a regular person without a job in media, your first instinct upon being contacted by a corporate media reporter should be to delete the email, decline the call, and never speak to them. About anything. Ever.
— Rachel Bovard (@rachelbovard) February 16, 2022
Good. It’s great to see people standing up against cancel culture and your doxxing efforts against donors to a peaceful, grass-roots protest against unjust and unnecessary mandates. You have inspired others to give!
— ShanePatrickConnolly 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@shanepc1) February 16, 2022
In the meantime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party dodged Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen’s question as to when he will submit his Emergency Act declaration to parliament for its approval let alone put forth a plan or to lift the COVID-19 restrictions.
Trudeau, who Fox News host Greg Gutfeld dubbed the Prime Miniature, instead robotically recited talking points.
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