The bitter partisan environment that dominates US politics is coming here. Three examples are have been captured and posted to Twitter – here the ‘freedom rallies’ exhibit hostility toward media crews on the ground who are there covering the event.

These two incidents may not be typical of the all the protests but I think are indicative of the misplaced skepticism and vilification of established news media sources that is becoming normalized in Canadian society.

I am not endorsing less media awareness or less critical thinking, on the contrary, triangulating news events and stories is vital for a more comprehensive grasp of the issues at hand. But this isn’t what is happening. It is outright hatred and physical violence against media outlets perceived not to be the home team.

These sorts of actions are not acceptable in Canadian society.