Rare candour from Prime Minister Baublehead on the misconduct that got four Russian diplomats kicked out of Canada last week. While the 86ings were officially touched off by that Novichok nastiness in the UK, the perfidious Rooskies, he confirmed, ultimately earned their tickets home by talking shit about our bril’ foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland:
“I think we all can remember the efforts by Russian propagandists to discredit our minister of foreign affairs in various ways through social media and by sharing scurrilous stories about her.”
Those would include the awkwardly well-documented story (Frank 82) of Britney’s sainted grandfather Michael Chomiak, and his wartime editorship of the Nazi propaganda rag, Krakivski Visti. (The paper’s original Jewish proprietor, Moshe Kanfer, had won a one-way trip to Belzec extermination camp.)
Accounts of Chomiak’s no-Jews-is-good-Jews cheerleading comprised an unwelcome coda to Chrystia’s previously established immigrant song, which had her patriotic grandpa fleeing the Soviet invasion of Ukraine, starting over in Canada after the war, and…er, that’s it!
Kirill Kalinin, the Russians’ 32-year-old press secretary and the only dip shipped out of their Ottawa bunker, admitted in an exit interview with the Ottawa Petfinder‘s David Pugliese that he’d shopped the Chomiak story, which was already in the public domain. (Komrade Kalinin’s rudeness so displeased Freeland that he’s been slapped with a lifetime ban from Canada and all NATO countries.)
But the Ottawa press corps, mindful of who had dealt it, pretended for weeks that they hadn’t smelt it. The Globe and Minion‘s Bob Fife finally addressed the Panzer in the room, amid much forelock-tugging that this was all obviously a Russian smear job.
Cue the pushback from Britney’s many admirers in the fourth estate, including Postmedia hack Terry Glavin, who sneered, “The main problem with all this is that it’s rubbish, from top to bottom. It’s also the hottest political news story in Canada right now.”
But even Glavin struggled to find the actual disinformation in this disinformation campaign:
“And the story was accurate enough, so far as it goes. And even fair, if you gloss over the fact that the newspaper, Krakivski Visti, was the only intellectual lifeline left to the people of the dismembered Ukraine at the time, and that Freeland’s grandfather, the journalist Michael Chomiak, had no control over the Nazi mumbo jumbo he was obliged to print as the newspaper’s titular editor.”
It was, after all, hard out there for a Uke, jammed between Stalin and Hitler, with bigger perogies to fry than the growing misfortunes of sundry Jews and Poles. Poor Grandpa Chomiak was only following orders!
Frank can only hope our backward Russian friends have learned their lesson about undermining our cherished democracy, in which even true stories are fake news if they annoy Madam Minister.