As I spent so much of my Adult LIFE Advocating for Decent Things . . . But Mostly For FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, much like President Trump is doing now, that I too took a Beating at the Hands of the Media, much like Donald Trump, without his Money and Position. But I certainly did everything I could TO GIVE AS GOOD AS I RECEIVED, to which there are Plenty of People who were in Montreal at that time, to attest to the Veracity of what I just wrote.
DURING THE HEYDAY OF MY POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN MONTREAL – CIRCA 1990’S:
I REMEMBER A DAY . . . When the Executive Vice President (Lee Hambleton) of the CHOM Montreal Radio Group, part of Canada’s Largest Radio Broadcast Group, invited me to Lunch, Because He Wanted To “CHAT”.
The CHOM Group, which included CKGM and CHOM FM were Montreal Radio Powerhouse Stations, with which my Advertising Agency did substantial business. And from time to time, I would speak with Lee Hambleton when our paths would cross in the Office Hallways at the Station, when I was there to do some business.
SO I FOUND IT STRANGE . . . That Lee Hambleton wanted to meet me for Lunch, to “CHAT” – just like that, since we NEVER had more than a casual 60-Second Conversation.
It should also be Mentioned, that Lee Hambleton, in those days, carried an ENORMOUS amount of Prestige & Respect amongst the ENTIRE Radio & Television Broadcasting Industry, both in Montreal and at the CRTC (the Canadian equivalent to the FCC). So, for Lee Hambleton to ask me out to Lunch just to “CHAT”, it was Quite Extraordinary.
LEE HAMBLETON WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMEN’S GENTLEMAN:
TO DESCRIBE LEE HAMBLETON . . . he was a man of average height and weight, who could look as if he came off the Cover of GQ Magazine, even if he was wearing Grungy Jeans.
And if Lee Hambleton was in the same Room as Presidents, Kings and Queens, he would fit into this Group like a Fine Glove fits a Cultured Hand. And it should also be Noted, that if Lee Hambleton had a Political Thought and/or Preference, I don’t believe he ever made it known. At least not to me.
SO WE MET AT THE RADIO STATION . . . and walked to a small Sandwich, Soup, & Coffee Joint down the street, where we sat together, almost as the Philosopher King . . . Schooling a Disciple.
AT THE TIME LEE HAMBLETON . . . and I had that lunch, I was Leading the Fight for Equality in the Province of Quebec, TAKING A VICIOUS BEATING FROM ALL SIDES, from the Quebec Separatists who HATED ME with a Passion, and Actually Put a Price On My Head, because I was RAINING ON THEIR PARADE, showing them to be the Racist BASTARDS they really were, and from the ANGLO LEFTIST SELL-OUTS, because I wouldn’t Take a Knee, which very much INCLUDED the English LEFTIST Media, who REPORTED & COMMENTED that I was TOO AGGRESSIVE in my Battle for Equal Rights & Respect . . . and from the Quebec Provincial Government and the Federal Government, for Upsetting Their Political Applecart.
IT SEEMED AT THE TIME . . . that the ONLY People I was able to Please, who gave me their Generous Support, were the Working Class, who had More than Enough of Being Treated like Second Class Citizens in their own City, Province & Country.
THIS WAS UNDOUBTEDLY . . . the Shortest, and the most Media/Political Comprehensive Lunch I ever had, which was spoken in very Few Words.
We Sat . . . Lee Hambleton Spoke, I Listened, and within 10-15-Minutes, we had Finished Eating, I Finished Listening, we Shook Hands . . . I Thanked Mr Hambleton, & Drove Home Deep In Thought.
WHAT LEE HAMBLETON TOLD ME . . . VIRTUALLY OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE WAS THIS:
I Will Paraphrase This Conversation As Close To What Was Said As Possible.
As We Sat Down & Began To Eat . . . Lee Hambleton said to me, that he PRETTY MUCH KNOWS how much Pressure I must be under, and how all the Criticism that was Flying My Way from every Direction, must be Getting To Me . . . BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THAT – HE ALSO SAID:
“The Media are Cowards, who watch the Battle in the Valley from the Safety of a Hill, and after the Battle is Done, they leave the Hill, go to the Valley, and MURDER the Wounded, so as to Curry Favor with the Victors. The Media Doesn’t think You Are Going To Win . . . PROVE THEM WRONG!”
I Never Spoke With Lee Hambleton Again . . . And not Long After that Lunch, Lee Hambleton Passed Away.
LEE HAMBLETON’S WORDS WERE PROFOUND TO WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE & NOW:
THE MEDIA IS BESIDE ITSELF, because someone like Donald Trump, a Political Outsider, who came from virtually Nowhere, somehow has the TEMERITY to Challenge the Media’s Narrative, Accuracy, Honesty, Integrity, Morality, Intent, Bias and EVEN THEIR LOYALTY . . . To The Point, where THEY CAN’T HANDLE IT, and are seeing their Ivory Towers beginning to Crumble before their very own Eyes.
THE MEDIA IS ALL ABOUT COVERING A GREAT FIGHT . . . But obviously, NOT a Fight where the Media is Taking The Blows . . .
AND THE MORE TRUMP GIVES . . . The More They Can’t Take.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov