October 23, 2015

Help The Rebel expose media bias!

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

The left-leaning bias of Canada's Media Party is obvious, from their treatment of the niqab issue to their jubilation when Justin Trudeau won the election.

(Did you catch CTV's Craig Oliver's anti-Harper rant on election night?)

Liberals who laugh off media bias point to all those newspaper endorsements of Harper, but one single editorial every four years can't compare to the steady drip of left wing "journalism" the rest of the time.

Meanwhile the media union was campaigning against Harper!

TheRebel.media wants your help to raise questions about this issue in an opinion poll.

Can you help Canadians get THEIR voices heard?


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commented 2015-10-31 04:19:23 -0400
To be realistic, I don’t expect any news source to be completely unbiased. The rebel, in its own ways, is just as one sided as the media party. But where the rebel differs, is that I come here to get the side of the story that the rest of the media will not report.

If I want to hear about climate change or how evil pipelines are, I can turn on the news on the tv for it. If I want to hear a different opinion on these two examples, I will come to the rebel.

In addition, the rebel will also report things that are not in the regular media. Where else am I going to find stories on how the alberta economy took a hit, how Harper did not take his full pension, or how the unions dumped a bunch of money into the left wing party election budgets.
commented 2015-10-29 11:21:52 -0400
Terry,

You couldn’t be more right here.

Sam should be saying – I was blind, but now I see in regards to the true intention of The Rebel.
commented 2015-10-29 06:53:26 -0400
“That’s a good enough definition of contrarian, for the purposes of news.”
No, it’s not; and I speak as someone with considerable media experience. “Contrarian” means anything is open to challenge or question, and that’s an editorial stance I respect. The Rebel is a propaganda feed with some specific industry and political messages, directed by a former lobbyist with documented links to the industries it promotes.
I’ll find you a dozen MSM stories on the importance of the oil and gas industry to Canada. You try to find me ONE on the importance of protecting our environment on the Rebel. You won’t.
I’ll find you dozen analyses in the MSM critiquing the Idle No More movement, including several from the Aborigal media like Windspeaker and APTN. You find me ONE on the Rebel that gives a neutral assessment of the movement. You won’t.
You agree with the Rebel’s editorial stance, and that’s fine. But do not kid yourself: this rag makes NO attempt at balance, and real media practitioners do.
commented 2015-10-29 01:26:23 -0400
In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of issues that the rebel sides with are under represented by the mainstream media. That’s a good enough definition of contrarian, for the purposes of news.
commented 2015-10-28 21:36:50 -0400
“First of all, I’m not going on a wild goose hunt for you.”
Yes, I understand that having defined the terms of the challenge, you’re either unwilling or unable to find a balanced clip on the issue YOU chose here at the Rebel. I can tell you why: there IS no balanced statement at the Rebel.
“the whole point of the rebel is that they come from a contrarian perspective.”
LOL. They unfailingly represent the interests and views of the Conservative Party, the oil and gas industry, other industries for whom Ezra has worked as a lobbyist. There’s NOTHING contrarian about that.
CBC and other mainstream media present a range of perspectives on pretty much every issue. The Rebel unfailingly presents the Conservative, Wild Rose, and Oil Industry line. Sorry, that’s not “contrarian”, and it’s not “journalism”. You may mistake it for that because it reflects much of your world view.
commented 2015-10-28 18:19:00 -0400
First of all, I’m not going on a wild goose hunt for you. Secondly, the whole point of the rebel is that they come from a contrarian perspective. If the mainstream news media was actually impartial with its news, you wouldn’t have somebody else with a contrarian view. Hence, this proves the mainstream media is taking sides. So maybe there aren’t any videos on the rebel that bark for an aboriginal women inquiry. But I don’t need to see one, because I’m bombarded by it everywhere else. The rebel offers a contrary narrative that I can’t find anywhere else. But you’ve already made up your mind that the rest of the media is completely unbiased, so I’m not going to argue with you any further.
commented 2015-10-28 12:30:53 -0400
Terry,

LOL. Done and done.

Thanks for doing this to show the truth about The Rebel.
commented 2015-10-28 07:26:58 -0400
Sam:
" I picked cbc tv, not some news article, as my medium of choice."
NO. You said “the CBC”. Don’t change the rules after you join the game, please.
And just so you know, the material that appears on the CBC website is usually a transcript of their broadcast material. So your point is moot in any case.
I take it from this frenzied back-pedalling that you were unable to find even one, single, solitary article on the Rebel that dealt in an even handed way with the issue of an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women?
Thanks for participating.
commented 2015-10-27 21:55:38 -0400
I picked cbc tv, not some news article, as my medium of choice.
commented 2015-10-27 21:54:09 -0400
Sam. Please listen.
YOU picked the topic. NOT ME.
Then YOU picked the medium. NOT ME.
And now YOU have the opportunity to find one – JUST ONE – unbiased story on the topic you picked – the inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women – here on the Rebel.
If you can’t find one – thanks, my point is made.
commented 2015-10-27 20:02:48 -0400
You are just picking one news print article, and passing it off as representative of all media. Of course you would pick something that would serve your purposes. Did you even bother to look up the video on the Idle No More chief that Ezra did?
commented 2015-10-27 16:37:39 -0400
Looking for media bias? Check this out:
http://atokenconservative.com/wp/
The first 4 stories are about the CBC et al. I just posted the most recent one today, about some pretty blatant political censorship in their comments.
commented 2015-10-27 08:19:23 -0400
Sam: The CBC story reported Harper’s position, in Harper’s words.
Please recall that I did not pick the issue OR the venue: I asked you to do both. You did. I found a balanced story.
So, I take it you were unable to find a single story on the Rebel that presented a balance position on the desirability of an inquiry?
commented 2015-10-27 06:56:09 -0400
“The Canadian newspapers have such an overwhelming left-leaning bias that they all endorsed Stephen Harper.”
And have endorsed Stephen Harper in the last three elections.
commented 2015-10-27 06:54:38 -0400
“I was just curious if you thought any conservative leader would have the balls to campaign against the CBC or are they well aware that the CBC isn’t a battle that they can win. "
Oh, HELL no. CBC was under a double whammy under the Harper government. Ideologically, they are opposed to government delivery of or intervention in non essential services, especially those for which there is a real or perceived private sector analogue; and personally, Harper simply loathed critical coverage. If HE didn’t do it, it won’t be done.
commented 2015-10-27 01:03:30 -0400
I have sat through enough cbc tv news to hear aboriginal this and aboriginal thatt. I can tell you that the cbc makes it look like that harper is a racist who does not care about aboriginals. The cbc is always ranting about the missing or murdered women, harper making the aboriginals disclose their financials, or how winnipeg is totally racist against aboriginals. When the cbc does quote harper, it is to use it against him.

I will do you one better than looking for a video here on the rebel. Go to youtube, and find ezra’s sun news video on the idle no more chief. In this video, he outlines how the chief and her boyfriend and others were using the federal money. Ezra even brings up how the band had money for a zamboni.

Now before you say that this is a video that is racist towards aboriginals, I ask you to reconsider. What Ezra is doing, is that he is fighting for the truly neglected aboriginals, that have been taken advantage of by their corrupt chiefs. What other news source in canada would dare stick up for the regular aboriginals by pointing out the corrupt habits of the chiefs?

If you think people at the rebel complaining about the media and the union fixing the election is bad, I say look at what the idle no more reserve did with their election fixing.
commented 2015-10-27 00:58:00 -0400
The Canadian newspapers have such an overwhelming left-leaning bias that they all endorsed Stephen Harper.

“Postmedia, which controls an overwhelming share of the newspaper market, has seen its outlets position themselves uniformly behind the Conservatives. The editorials range from the nearly uncritical (Toronto Sun) to the slightly more nuanced (Ottawa Citizen). As the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons confirmed on Twitter, the decision to endorse the Conservatives was made by the chain’s owners.”
https://ricochet.media/en/671/did-the-owners-of-canadas-national-newspapers-order-them-to-endorse-harper
commented 2015-10-26 22:17:34 -0400
Terry,

Of course you are right. I was just curious if you thought any conservative leader would have the balls to campaign against the CBC or are they well aware that the CBC isn’t a battle that they can win.
commented 2015-10-26 20:17:34 -0400
JImmy:
“What do you think would happen if Harper or the future Conservative Leader made it a campaign promise to pull all funding from the CBC and have a garage sale essentially. What would be the response from Canadians? "
Well, to start with (and to debunk a bad idea advanced every time this discussion comes up) you can’t “privatize” the CBC. It would be like “privatizing” a library. You’d have a “bookstore”.
As you know, the question of whether or not we want to maintain a public component to our mixed public/private system has been asked and answered dozens of time, in dozens of license renewal hearings, Royal Commissions, public inquiries, and Parliamentary committees. The answer is inevitably a resounding “yes”. The only exceptions that I’ve seen are push polls run by Sun Media. That kinda tells you something.
Sam calls that “brainwashed” . I guess that’s one word for people who believe in something. If that’s the case, however, then the entire world is “brainwashed”, since ALL nations provide direct or indirect funding to support national media.
commented 2015-10-26 20:03:08 -0400
" think Chretien hated the CBC because Air Farce kept making fun of him for grabbing the protester." No, Chretien hated the CBC because he had very little patience for critics, and he found CBC excessively critical, just like EVERY incumbent Prime Minister has.
commented 2015-10-26 20:01:36 -0400
Sam: your task challenge was to pick an issue, then to pick the medium (so no-one can claim I’m fixing the test).
You chose Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, and the CBC.
My task was to find a story in which, as I specified below, “e arguments for and against the notion of an inquiry are represented.”
Here’s a link to a story at CBC, specified.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/harper-skeptical-of-inquiry-into-missing-aboriginal-women-1.1394615
In this article, as you see, the story begins with five paragraphs that directly quote or paraphrase the Prime Minister’s view that an inquiry is unneccesary.
It then notes that Human Rights watch has been calling for the inquiry.
Now: your task is to find ONE story at the Rebel that covers the issue with equal balance.
Go.
commented 2015-10-26 19:50:17 -0400
Canadians are conditioned to think that privatization of anything is bad. In the context of the CBC, Canadians have already bought into the necessity to keep the CBC to maintain Canadian culture in television. So of course, many canadians would bitch if the CBC were to privatize.

What do you want me to do about the national inquiry on the aboriginal women? What’s your point here? If you want a news source, then I will point at the CBC.

I think Chretien hated the CBC because Air Farce kept making fun of him for grabbing the protester.
commented 2015-10-26 13:43:55 -0400
Terry,

What do you think would happen if Harper or the future Conservative Leader made it a campaign promise to pull all funding from the CBC and have a garage sale essentially. What would be the response from Canadians?
commented 2015-10-26 13:39:48 -0400
Prince,

I have been saying that forever – every single media source on the planet has a bias one way or another.

I am congratulating YOU in that you are able to see that The Rebel is full of bullshit too. It’s nice to know that you are not a sheep like Peter and Liza – who think The Rebel is the only honest and credible media source in the world and that Ezra Levant is a truth teller.
commented 2015-10-26 13:38:12 -0400
““ it is funded by both liberal and conservative governments. …” and equally hated by whatever party is in power at the time. Doesn’t anyone remember how much Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien LOATHED the CBC?
The problem is that governments DO stuff, and DOING stuff provides fodder for coverage, analysis, and critique. Opposition parties, by their nature, oppose, and that puts them on the same side as the media.
commented 2015-10-26 13:32:41 -0400
Drew,

Yes, it tells me that similar to the BBC, the CBC is Canada’s official broadcaster and as such – it is funded by both liberal and conservative governments.
commented 2015-10-26 12:07:35 -0400
Jimmy — I admit nothing. I’m stating facts. The media has bias, you have bias, I have bias — there’s bias everywhere.

This “media outlet” just states data that the MSM would rather have pushed under the rug. Yes, this outlet is biased, but much less so than the rabidly anti-Harper and anti-Conservative Mainstream Media…

I would think that the most biased “reporting” on here was Preston Manning’s “influence” (if it could even be called that) on the Alberta Wildrose defections to the Alberta Conservatives… at least there it was blatant that Ezra was showing his harbored grudges against Manning. (It didn’t take much digging and even I could find evidence contradicting Ezra’s conclusions…)

But the Mainstream Media’s “reporting”/manufacturing has been worse than Ezra ever was, and this has been going on for decades.

I admit nothing, so don’t congratulate yourself that I’m “co-operating”. I’m stating facts and data, nothing more.
commented 2015-10-26 06:30:41 -0400
“I will pick the debate on whether or not to have a national inquiry on the missing or dead aboriginal women as a hot button topic.”
Good one. Now: I will try to find what I consider to be a balanced article at the “Mainstream Media” outlet of you choice. By balanced, I mean an article in which the arguments for and against the notion of an inquiry are represented. Your mission is to (a) choose my hunting ground, and (b) find a balanced article on the issue at the Rebel.
Okay?
commented 2015-10-26 04:19:32 -0400
Ezra talks aboug getting exiled from Alberta on a few occasions. Something to do with his old boss, Preston Manning, and having to give up a nomination. I don’t know the full story. I just know that Ezra talks about his exile in a few of his videos. But I’m pretty sure the exile was nothing real or legally binding.
commented 2015-10-26 03:22:03 -0400
Sam Young when did he say that and in what context , you cannot be exiled