Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Why Is Big Oil Supporting Ezra Levant's Bigot Site?
I've always been curious about who exactly funds Ezra Levant's grotesque hate mongering site The Rebel.
Because as you know the grubby Rebel Commander spends at least half his time begging for money.
And since I've always had trouble believing that his depraved but tiny core readership could support Levant, his gang of bigots, and their increasingly extravagant lifestyle.
Or that the site's cheap ads or cheap swag could possibly pay the bills.
Like the blogger Balbulican at Dr Dawg's blog, I too wondered who is paying for this garbage?
Hmm. No real advertisers, no prospect of real advertisers, and a small pool of aging donors. So where does the money come from?
Like him I also wondered whether Levant was getting a helping hand from his friends at Big Oil.
So I asked, clearly, but politely, who was paying for Ezra’s anti-NDP, anti-Liberal, pro-oil tour (and thus its subsequent exhaustive and exhausting coverage on the Rebel). It seemed a fair and relevant question: I have no problem with oil industry advertising and advocacy, but I think readers/viewers should be told if they’re watching a paid infomercial hosted by a lobbyist pretending to be a journalist.
I received no answer, and shortly afterward, I was banned from asking questions or posting at the Rebel site.
But Balbulican couldn't prove anything one way or the other. And neither could I.
And then I saw this story or podcast by Levant's hapless sidekick Brian "The Fish" Lilley...
And when I looked up, I saw the ad that went with it...
And it's what I would call a smoking gun.
Now I'm not going to link to Lilley's story or podcast. Because too much of the The Fish's fumes can make you feel nauseous...
Or make you feel like you're drowning in ignorance.
And of course it is all bullshit.
Preliminary February and early March temperatures are in, and it’s now abundantly clear: warming is going into overdrive. As of 3 March, it appears that average temperatures across the northern hemisphere breached 2°C above pre-industrial levels for the first time in recorded history, and probably the first time since human civilisation began thousands of years ago.
But what I will say is that if Big Oil is funding that collection of climate change deniers and bigots, its actions need to be exposed.
And if TransCanada thinks that supporting The Rebel will help it build any pipelines anywhere, they've got another thought coming.
For the opposite will be the case, and all they are going to be is publicly embarrassed.
No decent person or company should be funding that bigot site.
Any company that does should be boycotted.
The Rebel should be driven out of business.
And of course, and as always.
For his filthy hate mongering, the Rebel Commander should be jailed...
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