Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Day Ezra Levant Claimed That He Was Being Bullied
It could only happen in a country still recovering from the depraved rule of Stephen Harper.
Where members of Ezra Levant's hate mongering site The Rebel were thrown out of two Alberta government news conferences for posing as journalists.
Only to threaten to sue the government for not recognizing their phoney credentials.
The Alberta Government has asked former Canadian Press journalist Heather Boyd to review its media policy after two Rebel Media reporters were denied access to government news conferences.
The review comes after Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media hired a lawyer to help them regain access to Alberta government news conferences.
And even more outrageously, accuse Rachel Notley of bullying THEM.
“She bullied Alberta’s oil and gas workers, hitting them when they’re down. She bullied farmers and ranchers with her farm unionization law, Bill 6,” says Sheila Gunn Reid in the video.
“Well, now she’s trying to bully the Rebel because we dare to criticize her.”
When in fact Sheila Gunn Reid is no journalist.
She's a right-wing extremist who likes to wear sweaters like this one...
And it was her and other members of The Rebel who bullied Rachel Notley by whipping up hatred against her at a time when she was being bombarded by ugly threats.
Including many printed in The Rebel itself...
And Ezra Levant is no journalist either.
Having sworn under oath at one of his defamation trials that he's just a "commentator" whose words shouldn't be taken seriously.
In his blogging about Canada’s hate speech laws, right-wing personality Ezra Levant defamed a young law student as a serial liar, a bigot and a Jew-hating “illiberal Islamic fascist,” bent on destroying Canada’s tradition of free expression, a judge has found.
The judge rejected the argument of Iain MacKinnon, Mr. Levant’s lawyer, readers of his blog would not take his comments “at face value” because they would be “well aware of Mr. Levant’s penchant to stir controversy and make outlandish comments.”
As if that wasn't only too obvious...
And Levant wasn't one of the most disgusting hate mongers this country has ever known, who attacks everyone from Muslims and the Roma to bullied gay children
But is still good enough apparently to be defended by the Globe's Con editorial board.
The NDP government of Alberta violated the basic principles of a free press and open government this month when it announced it was banning a right-wing media outlet from attending its news conferences and events.
This is beyond deplorable. It is not the place of a government to decide what constitutes a journalist or a media outlet. This is not Russia, not Egypt, not Iran – countries where government controls the media through bogus licensing regimes or outright censorship.
Which couldn't be more disgusting.
But is of course music to the ears of the grotesque Ezra Levant, who is using this controversy as yet another fundraising opportunity.
Where the Rebel Commander or the bully in chief gets to beg for money, and accuse others of bullying HIM.
And really what can any decent person say? Except that when the Con media join forces with The Rebel media this country is in real trouble.
And has lost its moral compass.
And the good news?
Last Friday was the one-year anniversary of the wonderful death of Sun News...
Which also set out to be controversially Canadian.
Only to go down with all hands onboard...
And leave a humiliated Levant swimming for his life in the only place he belongs...
And if what I hear is true, The Rebel is also having trouble keeping it's head above water.
It's being weighed down by its lack of money, and/or the weight of its accumulated excrement.
So it should soon be following Sun News to the same place...
And only be mourned by the same people.
But yes, we do need to strengthen the hate laws in this country.
Bigotry should be buried.
So should the Con media.
And hate mongers should be jailed...
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