1921 demonstration by steelworkers and the African community in Whitney Pier, Sydney, Cape Breton. Banner declares, “Africa for the Africans!” Courtesy Beaton Institute and Shunpiking Magazine’s Black History Supplement
By TONY SEED
(April 4) – CTV News is repeatedly promoting on a hourly basis an unabashedly racist and militaristic W5 special to be aired Saturday night, April 5.
The program is being billed as “a never before seen look” of ”Canada’s elite team of secret soldiers, the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR)” and their “training” in Niger in the Sahara in Western Arica, “where violent extremists are organized, well-funded, and well-armed violent extremists.” The “extremists” are depicted as Islamic and the segment is entitled “Secret Warriors.”
The promotions feature reporter Mercedes Stephenson, whom the Department of National Defence (DND) selected to be embedded in Flintlock 2014, an annual U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) military exercise that includes NATO forces from the old colonial powers – Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 
Flintlock military exercises involving participation of Canadian Forces have been held in different locations on the African continent since 2005. But no reason is given as precisely why it is at this time that the DND and the Harper government is bending over backwards to embed the media in its shadowy African adventure and manufacture this disinformation. CTV’s hype about its “a never before seen look” serves to hide the hand guiding this “look.”
Stephenson speaks not as a journalist but as a public relations flack whose profession is to lie. This sycophancy to the Harper government in and of itself is not unexpected but the depth of CTV’s political whoring is outrageous. This media is not only delighted that Canada boasts covert forces but it wants Africa bushed back to the “dark ages.” Continue reading