I’ve found the reference to the “man with the middle eastern accent” in a few places, but not the state-run CBC (where it’s still a “so-called war on terror”). 

Here’s the reference at all-news radio station CKWX (“News-1130”) in Vancouver:

This is the third threat made in the last six months. The 911 call was made from Coquitlam Center Saturday afternoon by a man with a middle eastern accent.

The Vancouver Province (a Canwest MediaWorks publication) also reported what the B.C. Ferries chief actually said, as did the Victoria Times-Colonist (Canwest MediaWorks):

Company president David Hahn said last night that a man he described as “Middle Eastern” called 911 to make a bomb threat to the Tsawwassen operation but was not specific about a vessel.

—the Province

The CTV.ca story delved right into it:

David Hahn, chief operating officer of B.C. Ferries, said the threat came in a 911 call to police around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday from a Coquitlam mall.

B.C. Ferries is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the caller who is described as a man with a Middle Eastern accent.

“Whether it was a Middle Eastern caller is a different issue, but that was the accent they were using,” Hahn told the Canadian Press.

Terrorism experts say it is unlikely the call was made by a credible threat.

“The jihadist movement doesn’t threaten, they just attack,” terrorism expert John Thompson told CTV Newsnet on Sunday.


On the other hand, over at the state-run CBC, where it’s a “so-called war on terror”, they omitted that.  Same at the liberal-leftist Toronto Star, CNews and some Canwest MediaWorks publications (Canada.com). 

The National Post’s (Canwest MediaWorks) take on it omitted the reference, choosing instead this wording:

Delta police received the threat, which was directed toward the Tsawwassen terminal, said David Hahn, president of B.C. Ferries. The call was made from a Coquitlam Centre mall payphone from a male, he said.

—National Post

The Toronto Star (online) made it appear as though they couldn’t have cared less about the story, burying it deep within their news section off the site’s front page and explained it in only about six sentences, including this:

BC Ferries has offered a $50,000 reward for information. A spokesperson said the threat was phoned in around 3:30 p.m.

—Toronto Star online

The state-run media fudged around the issue like this:

BC Ferries president and CEO David Hahn said police reported a “credible bomb threat” was made by a man calling 911 from a pay phone at the Coquitlam Centre Mall around 3:30 p.m.


Having a middle-eastern accent is a vital piece of information in the effort to catch the culprit in this very serious case.  But not to the CBC and others.  Perhaps they fear they’ll be accused by liberals and moonbats of “profiling”, which of course I call the more accurate “fitting the description”. 


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