July 07, 2015

Toronto Star's story about Ezra Levant is wrong -- and our video proves it

Rebel Staff
 

Maybe you've read Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter’s account of my encounter with her and her daughter at Sunday's Queen’s Park protest. The trouble is, the central facts of Porter's story are not accurate. And we have the video to prove it.



Porter writes that her 9-year-old daughter Lyla saw me "belittling" someone about global warming, and that Lyla "was preparing to brawl with Levant" and that we had a "fight".

But that’s just not true.

Porter tried to set up some sort of teachable moment between her daughter and me, but it just didn’t happen. So she made up the facts she wanted.

It doesn’t really matter to me – I’ve had worse things said about me, by better people.

As I said in my earlier report, I had a great time at the protest. I met a lot of colourful people. I had some lively debates. But no fights or brawls.

I met some really weird people, to be sure.

But to be honest, the weirdest person I met was Catherine Porter, who demanded I talk to her young daughter, and then told a tall tale about it in the newspaper.

PS: Here's the shorter "highlight reel" of my conversation with Porter and her daughter:



UPDATE: On July 17, the Toronto Star's Public Editor, Kathy English, wrote a full-page piece in the paper, acknowledging errors in Porter's report:



UPDATE: On July 22, Catherine Porter's "apology" to me appeared in the Toronto Star. I wasn't impressed:

 

 

 

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commented 2015-07-24 11:52:32 -0400
Happy you were prepared with the camera rolling Ezra. She may not have “apologized” but your cameraman set her lies straight. Will these lefty/commie reporters ever change and start reporting the truth??
commented 2015-07-21 15:15:50 -0400
That was unreal. She posted a follow-up saying she “made mistakes” but seems to be liberal speak for “I lied”. She should be fired.
commented 2015-07-19 12:54:22 -0400
Had a difficult time understanding it because it wasn’t clear because people were talking over people but I could see there was no fighting with her mother.
commented 2015-07-13 17:29:04 -0400
Liberals are criminals. Criminals lie. Lying is the most basic form of theft; it’s the (at least, attempted) theft of the Truth. Since all crimes are forms of theft, lying (“fraud”) is a crime.
commented 2015-07-13 15:49:24 -0400
Way to go Ezra expose her for who she really . Keep up the good work .Thank you.
commented 2015-07-13 15:28:33 -0400
Thank you, Ezra, for always being a champion for truth.
Of course this woman lies. That’s what the main stream liberal media does because, unfortunately, they believe that the truth isn’t as exciting as their fantastical aggressive agendas. It’s not just the msm, though.
We have a 3 year old grandson who is going through a phase right now. He is surrounded by love and security every minute of his every day, yet lately, he has taken to complaining and being grumpy when he wants something. We know that this behavior will change soon because we are teaching him that there’s a better way to get what you want. Then we’ll be teaching him that what he wants isn’t always the best for him or others.
Many people have not had anyone care for them enough to lead them properly into adulthood. They end up believing that lying, cheating and stealing is an appropriate way to achieve their goals. Liberalism and socialism caters to these individuals and they gravitate toward these ideologies for nurturing.
It’s very, very sad, really.
I feel sorry for that little girl. Hopefully, she doesn’t grow up thinking she has to defend childish, immoral and unethical adults. If so, I suppose she could become a lawyer.
commented 2015-07-13 15:28:30 -0400
Katherine Porter did a marvelous job of showing the world what a lying hypocrite she is! I feel very sorry for her foolish brainwashed little girl! Being shown that hypocrisy and entitlement is acceptable! Very poor parenting I’d say!
commented 2015-07-13 15:25:36 -0400
Thank you, Ezra, for always being a champion for truth.
Of course this woman lies. That’s what the main stream liberal media does because, unfortunately, they believe that the truth isn’t as exciting as their fantastical aggressive agendas. It’s not just the msm, though.
We have a 3 year old grandson who is going through a phase right now. He is surrounded by love and security every minute of his every day, yet lately, he has taken to complaining and being grumpy when he wants something. We know that this behavior will change soon because we are teaching him that there’s a better way to get what you want. Then we’ll be teaching him that what he wants isn’t always the best for him or others.
Many people have not had anyone care for them enough to lead them properly into adulthood. They end up believing that lying, cheating and stealing is an appropriate way to achieve their goals. Liberalism and socialism caters to these individuals and they gravitate toward these ideologies for nurturing.
It’s very, very sad, really.
I feel sorry for that little girl. Hopefully, she doesn’t grow up thinking she has to defend childish, immoral and unethical adults. If so, I suppose she could become a lawyer.
commented 2015-07-13 14:28:04 -0400
Another shallow, myopic helicopter Mum with a narrow outlook that’s she’s clearly passing on to her daughter without offering her the benefit of wisdom or research into specific facts on climate change, and an unworldly hypocrite to boot. There are far too many of these people around and they do the next generation no service at all. If she’s so worried about the effects that humans have on this planet why did she bring a child into the world? God forbid she has more. Hopefully she’ll soon learn to pronounce ‘Nuclear’ correctly too, NOT ‘nuculur’ as she stated. if she can’t even get that right what hope does her daughter have? The apple, as it’s said ’ don’t fall far from the tree’.Pity. Ezra has gone up in my estimation. It’s no wonder I refuse to read the ‘Star’. They should dump this broad, and fast, she’s also not doing them any favours!
commented 2015-07-13 13:25:40 -0400
Well, JJ is either deaf or he hears what he wants to. The little girl never ever said the mean word. This mother is the one that orchestrated the whole thing. Horrible parenting to teach your child to lie and be a hypocrite. The whole crowd was so worried about being politically correct that maybe these people should just be honest and maybe even find out more about what they’re protesting about.
Go Ezra!!
commented 2015-07-13 12:51:36 -0400
Yeah sorry JJ never heard the child utter you are being mean to my mom and I have watched it repeatedly to see if I missed something. he sad part of all of this is people should be able to have spirited debates and disagreements and concede points when valid, without the need to personalize and teach our kids to be angry or using them as props for a manufactured stunt. I might not think it necessary to fire the reporter but at the same time I think the boss needs to set her down and have the talk. A message needs to be conveyed to the other reporters on staff. Integrity means something or look for a line of work in which fiction is encouraged for purely entertainment purposes.
commented 2015-07-13 12:50:59 -0400
I don’t know why everyone takes the TorStar so seriously. They are not a newspaper. Better to compare them to the National Enquirer. I’ve personally decided to boycott the local advertisers of the Toronto Star, and to communicate to them that they shouldn’t be paying for advertising space in a periodical that promotes itself as a newspaper when it really isn’t.

I would call for the firing of Catherine Porter, but I don’t think that the editors would care, as the more fiction she writes, the more papers they sell. Left-wing Socialists love fiction, because it’s the only way to justify their viewpoints.

Good journalism, Ezra. Keep it up!
commented 2015-07-12 16:39:49 -0400
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. The fact that the CBC is not always lying is not much of an endorsement. The fact that a publicly owned news organization is so left leaning is the point. If all tax payers are funding your organisation, then you should work overtime to be unbiased. The Star is privately owned and can have whatever spin it wants. The Sun has a responsibility to keep it’s competition honest. The fact that the Sun has to fight against an organisation (CBC) that is partially funded by it’s own base of readership is not fair. If you can’t see that Jimmy, then you are not much of a fair minded liberal.
commented 2015-07-09 14:32:34 -0400
Ezra, you’re a far better man than I. Your ability to keep your composure when dealing with people like this is astounding. I couldn’t do it. I feel bad for that little girl. Someone her age should not even be thinking about stuff like this. Cannon fodder is surely the word for it. It’s just sad.
commented 2015-07-08 22:15:53 -0400
I await Jimmy’s response. What do you say Robert, bets he won’t?
commented 2015-07-08 21:34:48 -0400
Jimmy DaSilva you are such an imbecile. I get it you can come on here and spin a lying reporter who was culling a story of conservative “hate” using her child into a problem with conservatives describing the MSM inaccurately. You saw the video, should we add Portuguese subtitles to it so you can better understand what was being said? Her story is entirely contradicted by the video, I get it she had an assumption that “hate monger” Ezra would attack her daughter and it backfired, but what they hell just write it as if your “plan” had worked, the Jimmy Dasilvas and their red and green rag waving, old dress clothing to dig streets up asses will still eat it up fact or not.
commented 2015-07-08 20:10:30 -0400
I was pleasantly surprised by the sporting response from the Star editor- offering rebuttal – but the Star still sucks because of the droning smarmy conformity of its writers.
commented 2015-07-08 19:35:35 -0400
Stepping away from the story at hand – just a bit of a read re: CBC
http://cbcexposed.blogspot.ca/
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/02/peter-mansbridges-abandoned-cbc-mission http://rabble.ca/news/2015/03/news-lies-and-videotape-legitimation-crisis-journalism

Canadians are subjected to journalistic biases daily. The CBC being the worst source, in that, Canadians pay for the privilege to be mis-lead and outright lied to. Canadian’s do not have the option of subscribing to CBC as they do other media outlets. Rather, canadians are taxed whether they are CBC followers, or not!
commented 2015-07-08 19:15:37 -0400
Definition of a lefty, courtesy of Jimmy: “You are all easily bought and paid for, simply based on who tells you the things you already want to hear.” B.TW. I think Legal Counsel for the Red Star may have advised Management to accept Ezra’s rebuttal to subvert potential for a lawsuit. Had it been denied, a pretty much slam dunk decision would have come out of such a suit in Ezra’s favour. My opinion of course.
commented 2015-07-08 19:07:27 -0400
Caught, " RED" handed, pun intended!
they can’t deal with facts so this is what the left does best, LIE!
commented 2015-07-08 19:02:02 -0400
I find it interesting how that little girl stood up to Ezra at the end there, you know that family loyalty thing – even though she was maybe too young and/or unsophisticated enough to understand what was going on. Good for her anyway.
I wonder if the Catherine Porters of the world get the irony that the agenda they support and promote – with what ever despicable means and ‘reasoning’ they can summon up and get away with in order to achieve their ends (for the liberal left the ends always befit the means) at ‘news’ organizations like the RED STAR and fellow travelers , where they accept benefit to disseminate the misinformation, spin, out right lies and sins of omission – is an agenda that is actively and effectively working to destroy that family unit, that family loyalty and the stability that brings to society, and trading it in for state-raised-children….or maybe she likes the idea of state-raised children…given her willingness to put her daughter in a situation like that for her own selfish and devious ends…
Isn’t she (the mother), or the the Star open to libel or something for telling such bald faced lies? With the video and the column there’s not much room for doubt?
commented 2015-07-08 18:43:09 -0400
Thank you Ezra for exposing Catherine Porter’s unethical, mendacious journalism. Ms. Porter is in a position of public trust to which, in this instance demonstrates her moral and ethical compass to be sorely defective. Her ‘style’ of journalism is a contradiction to what the Toronto Star proclaims in their Policy and Journalistic Standards Guide – “Ethical journalism is the foundation of the Star ’s integrity and our credibility with our audiences. Accuracy, fairness and quality journalism have long been essential to a great metropolitan news organization such as the Toronto Star.”

Catherine Porter’s moral and ethical contradiction extend beyond her journalistic purview. The blatant manipulation of her daughter in this nefarious sideshow calls to question the existance of moral fiber. A public apology, not only to you, but to her daughter, and her readers is apposite.
commented 2015-07-08 18:22:58 -0400
She took a shot and it backfired big time hahahaha! Wow…talk about biting the hand that feeds you, these people.
commented 2015-07-08 17:24:31 -0400
LOL. Well done, Ezra! And you gave us a fun seminar on how to counter punch in the new media.
commented 2015-07-08 17:19:19 -0400
Without the welfare support coming from our taxes, the CBC would be history because no one would be interested in the one sided spin news in which the CBC specializes, in my opinion.
commented 2015-07-08 17:01:59 -0400
57 and counting Jason
commented 2015-07-08 14:39:57 -0400
People, Jimmy cannot be convinced of anything. His leftwing indoctrination coupled with his unfounded arrogance will not allow him to accept anything we say here. Has anyone here ever seen him concede even the smallest point to anyone? Nope. He simply thinks anything we say is “right wing crap” and dismisses from his tiny little indoctrinated mind.

He is only here to cause disruption.
commented 2015-07-08 14:25:06 -0400
Jimmy, I am a fact checker. And I still consider myself to be one. And…not a lot of wrong things said or posted by anyone at SNN or here that you don’t already know about. Do you know of anything that was posted that was incorrect? Anything?
commented 2015-07-08 14:21:06 -0400
To all those " real journalists" who dismiss Ezra as a non journalist by their standards, I think they follow his stories more than anyone else and they all seem to feel threatened by him and his reporting the truth.
commented 2015-07-08 13:46:15 -0400
Dale, that’s quite an article, cbc is an embarrassment to Canada.