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'News Literacy Program': American Children Taught that Canadian Truckers are 'Rooted in Extremism'

The News Literacy Program teaches children that Canadian truckers against vaccine mandates are supported by nazis promoting violence.

Canadian truckers fighting Covid “vaccine” mandates are “rooted in extremism”, “overstating their size and popularity,” and supported by “fake accounts with ties to foreign content mills,” according to a lesson for schoolchildren devised by the “News Literacy Program” (NLP).

As reported at RAIR Foundation USA earlier this month, the News Literacy Program claims 37,000 educators use their “Checkology” online platform. This program “teaches school children how to be mindless leftist narrative consumers,” as previously observed at RAIR. The NLP warns that “common misinformation themes” include phrases such as “[T]he media won’t report this” and “[D]o your own research”.

A mass email sent to teachers and supporters Monday dedicates an entire section to the Canadian truckers, who have dared to fight back against coronavirus tyranny and “vaccine” coercion. The propaganda, referred to as an “educator’s guide to the week in news literacy,” can also be found on their website.

All Smear; No Substance

“Canadian trucker protests against government COVID-19 regulations have attracted significant financial and political support from non-Canadian sources, including some extremist groups,” the mass email ominously warns. Further, those supporting the truckers are nazis who carry swastika flags and call for violence.

For the sake of “news literacy,” RAIR checked the source of the claim, an NPR article by Nell Clark dated February 10, 2022. The NPR article did not give specifics, naturally, but linked to an interview with Stephanie Carvin, a university professor. Carvin also declines to name the extremists or give specifics about their alleged extremist activities, but ominously warns that they are there, for sure.

Listen to the propaganda interview, which is all smear, but no substance:

Once again highlighting the leftist authoritarian streak, Stephanie Carvin also laments that the protest is not being squashed by authorities.

Further, Clark warns that protesters are displaying “hate symbols and acutely anti-Semitic writing” such as “U.S. Confederate flags and swastikas.” Some of the protesters are also “calling for violence,” according to the article:

Ottawa City Councilor Matthew Luloff told Morning Edition that hate symbols and acutely anti-Semitic writing have been seen at the rallies. Along with Canadian flags, some protestors have also been showing off U.S. Confederate flags and swastikas.

“Some of the most well-known radicals in this country have now descended upon the capital. Some of them are calling for violence. Some of them are threatening individual politicians,” said Luloff.

Matthew Luloff’s lies are addressed at Breitbart.

One would think the News Literacy Program would insist upon the most basic of standards. The NLP ironically smears a group of people who object to being forced to take an ineffective and dangerous injection as nazis. If not for the vile medical experiments during Hitler’s reign, the Nuremberg Trials, and the resulting Nuremberg Code would have never happened.

Read a portion of the very first point in the Nuremberg Code, a standard that has been sacred until the coronavirus pandemic:

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision…

Those who are fighting to maintain this basic societal standard are now being referred to as nazis by the News Literacy Program and their allies.

The Contradictory Leftist Narrative

Stephanie Carvin gained attention at the Daily Caller for similar statements made on CNN, where she feared that the Canadian truckers are sparking a “worldwide rebellion.” Ironically, Carvin’s “fear porn” conflicts with the message from the “News Literacy Program,” which downplays the influence of the Canadian truckers, using Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approach of dismissing the truckers and their supporters as a “small, fringe minority“:

“They have also become a flashpoint for false and misleading posts overstating their size and popularity (often through out-of-context photos and video) among other claims,” said the NLP email.

A question for teachers to pose to children is offered:

Why do promoters of political causes so often exaggerate the size of gatherings and degree of public support for their efforts?

So which is it? Are the Canadian Truckers sparking a “worldwide rebellion”? Or are they “overstating their size and popularity”? It cannot be both.

‘Foreign Content Mills’

Further, the News Literacy Program warns that “fake accounts with ties to foreign content mills” are swarming Facebook to encourage similar protests in the United States:

Facebook officials told NBC News on Feb. 11 that some groups using the platform to encourage ‘convoy’-style protests in the United States were run by fake accounts with ties to foreign content mills.

Joan Donovan

The NBC “news” article cited claims that “anti-vaccine and conspiracy-driven communities in the U.S. are quickly pivoting to embrace and promote the idea of disruptive convoys.” The article also features deplatforming activist Joan Donovan, who is discussed at RAIR Foundation USA here.

A question for children is posed by the online “educational” platform:

How can foreign-run content mills make money by creating large Facebook groups about the convoy?

Other themes of the NLP guide for schoolchildren include the dangers of going against state propaganda i.e. “medical misinformation” and how “news” organizations are using TikTok to target young audiences.

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Renee Nal

Renee Nal is an investigative journalist and documentary film producer.

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