Well, you could see that coming: Rex Murphy rising from the tar pit to tear Neil Young a new one on The National Jan. 17.
All in the key of same-old, of course. T. Rex hates pinko “celebrities vocalizing super high-octane rhetoric,” like Bono, Young and the climate scare mongering, tree hugging whackos of the Occupy Movement.
And don’t forget Greenpeace: “Noxious twits, who fiddle around with nuclear testing, women’s liberation, native rights, the environment, pollution and black studies.”
As for Young’s crusade against the tar sands, he’s just another “autumn superstar looking for one last kick at the publicity can.”
Borrowing the propagandist’s technique from fellow traveler Ezra Levant, Rex wrote: “[For Young] to offer an equivalence, and repeat it, with the horror, mass obliteration and deaths of Hiroshima, goes so far outside all boundaries of good taste, truth, judgment and proportion as to be unfathomably irresponsible.”
Then the classic bait and switch:
“If Mr. Young really thinks this, he’s blind. If he doesn’t, he’s shameless.”
For $10,000 a pop, Rex will tell his audiences whatever they want to hear
Speaking of shameless, wasn’t that Rex banging the same oil drum at a convention of pipeline millionaires in Lake Louise in November? Turns out that Canada’s foremost climate change denier and propagandist for big oil is in big demand as a corporate shill (‘keynote speaker,’ shurely?!—ed.)
For $10,000 a pop, Rex will tell his audiences whatever they want to hear.
“The pipelines bringing Alberta oil to Eastern Canada are nation-building exercises,” he told the oil patch plutocrats. You Big Oil boys, he continued, have no reason to apologize or buy into “the indictments of your enemies…There’s no hiring freeze at Greenpeace.” (er, because they’re volunteers?—ed.)
In rubbishing climate science, T-Rex quoted two climate change deniers, Stephen McIntyre, a retired mining stock promoter and Ross McKitrick, an economist, who have a grand total of one peer-reviewed publication between them. Like Rex, McKitrick has ties to the Fraser Institute, which receives funding from the Republican-bankrolling Koch brothers and oil companies.
Is it possible that CBC journos and editors aren’t aware that T. Rex is peddling this bought-and-paid-for drivel on the side?
Murphy’s entitled to his opinion, but the Corpse should add the disclaimer that he’s already sold it to Big Oil.