January 30, 2016

INSANE: Rebel Media KICKED OUT of Alberta royalty review meeting!

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

The results of the Alberta Royalty Review Panel are in and, all in all, the panel's findings were anticlimactic. But really, with the oil industry in such poor shape these days, how can you get blood from a stone?

The results were anticlimactic but the press conference was exciting. The Rebel was asked to leave.

Rebel Contributor Holly Nicholas was in the royalty review media lock up since 9 am. She had checked in as media, showed her ID and her press pass and was allowed in.

But things changed when I showed up for the 11 am press conference around 10:30. I was told I would be able to go in at 11 because the reporters inside, Holly included, were under a press embargo until then. Moments later, Holly was asked to leave.

Just to be clear: this was a government of Alberta meeting. Paid for by tax dollars. It wasn't a private NDP party meeting.

Holly had been in the technical briefing for journalists for 90 minutes already, with the full knowledge (and assistance) of the government's civil servants. But then an NDP operative overruled them, and kicked her out.

"Oh you're with the Rebel? You have to leave." Being the polite Canadians we are, we did. Not to be deterred, I went up to where the government was holding the royalty review stakeholders.

I wanted to know who the stakeholders were. I was hoping one might want to talk to me and I was curious who the NDP considered to be stakeholders. For me, stakeholders, are oil and gas companies, land owners, land owners associations and municipalities. But I guess I'll never know.

I went up to the lady watching the door and I identified myself as media. She scurried off to whisper my presence to the other people around, and seconds later a woman stormed up to me.

She told me I had to leave. She said her name was Marcella Munro and she told me that I wasn’t accredited media, I wasn’t going to talk to "her stakeholders", and I had to wait in the lobby downstairs. At least now I know Marcella Munro must have read my book.

I complied. And I regret complying. That’s not like me, but I was caught off guard.

This is a free country and I don’t need the government's permission to be a reporter. Just think about that. The government, in the form of Marcella Munro, an anti pipeline activist from Vancouver who now runs stakeholder relations for the McDougall Centre asked me, an Alberta reporter to leave. For what? For the crime of wrong think?

What is this? Venezuela? Did the socialist fairy godmother finally grant NDP MLA Rod Loyola his wish?

Holly was there all morning without incident. She's an accredited geologist and contributor with The Rebel. What changed? The NDP figured out who we were. And they weren't about to have critical thinkers in that room.

What would the mainstream media have said if Huffington Post or Vice had been kicked out of a Harper event? Could you imagine the mainstream media freak out? And you know what? I would have joined them.

For the NDP, accredited media doesn’t mean real media or even good media. It means friendly media.

And I am no friend to Rachel Notley or the NDP and so I had to wait in the lobby.

I am a professional. I work for a professional news network. We are busier than some of our competitors. The Rebel is legitimate.

We weren't disruptive. We weren't anything except dangerously conservative and that was too much for the NDP. Holly Nicholas and I apparently couldn't be near the NDP with our dangerous thoughts.



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commented 2016-02-03 00:33:11 -0500
Liza, what does “reporting on the bull” mean? Is it a typo?
commented 2016-02-03 00:14:04 -0500
What are you so bitter about Sam? Tall poppy syndrome or what?
commented 2016-02-02 20:18:18 -0500
The difference is, I do not need to follow up what I say by adding that I am some kind of a professional. You can agree with my comments or not, that is your choice. But me saying that I am a professional or not should not affect your opinion to what I have to say.

Sheila, on the other hand, needs to remind all of us that she is a professional.
commented 2016-02-02 12:49:49 -0500
What’s with all the supposition. Its clear that all of Sheila’s hard hitting reporting on the bull has won her a reputation with the ‘right’ people. I just hope next time the Rebel stands its ground, gets it on camera and exposes the hypocrisy of NDP for everyone to see. Its a sad day for our country when media is banned for not reporting obediently.
commented 2016-02-02 12:18:34 -0500
Sam Young: But then again you aren’t professional so why should we consider anything you say seriously?
commented 2016-02-02 04:12:37 -0500
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-02-01 14:16:33 -0500
Did Sheila Gunn Reid have a press pass to attend the media event? Just because she wrote a book a while ago does not mean she has freedom to attend any event she pleases.
But what about Holly Nicholas who did have a press pass and had attended the media lock-up without incident? She was asked to leave after Sheila arrived on the scene. Did Sheila say or do something that cast suspicion on Holly?
commented 2016-02-01 13:58:34 -0500
Sheila Gunn Reid might be a lot of things, but journalist is not one of them. I took the time to read her, ahem, book, and among all the grammatical errors and poorly-conceived insults, not once did she provide any sources (which you normally list at the back of the book), or provide even one item of attribution to back up any of her claims. And she still needed someone to do research for her? And while Rebel Media is basking in its faux glow of entering the book publishing industry, how can her work be classified as a best-seller when it’s available as an e-book for free? Ezra, you’re getting more delusional as an egomaniacal media baron every day!
commented 2016-02-01 10:27:54 -0500
I am not surprised that this happened! More of it to come! This was a warning shot at the Rebel! When Brian Lilly questioned Mckenna when she was about to leave it was the look in her eyes and the body language of hate and the stuttering in her speech.. She got cornered! I hope that the Rebel has a backup plan if this site gets hacked!
I don’t know if it was only my Internet provider but i had gotten a couple of Site not available errors recently!
commented 2016-02-01 09:33:32 -0500
Andy Neimers, thank you for clarifying that. I should have researched it, but was on my way out the door. I should have suspected there would be bachelors degrees at the very least specifically for journalism by now; I got my BSc in the 70’s at the U of A, and don’t recall any specific journalism degrees being available then, but of course, back then things were not as varied as now. My children went through their university times over the last 12 years and some of the courses they told me of were completely “out of the box” from core studies in my day. As best I recall, the courses we took that faintly resemble what is there today would be in first year, English, and third year, technical writing. My, my, how these times they are a changin’. I struggle to understand where some of today’s studies would be applied in the real world, as they are way out of the box.
commented 2016-02-01 05:40:50 -0500
D MARY… There actually are bachelors degrees in Journalism and universities like Ryerson, Carleton and Western Ontario afford them.. And some of us were proud to have earned them!… But in reality they are increasingly “meaningless” in recent years since the bias instilled by the curriculums, and “professors”, are doing more to degrade traditional Canadian journalism standards than advance them… As is now evident by the rapid decline of print media and the cynicism towards TV news… And our last federal election demonstrated that in spades!… The damage having been done, it is ironic to note the recent spate of layoffs at newspapers as their circulations plummet and columnists who took great delight in dissing Harper, now having second thoughts about The Shiny Pony… "The chickens coming home to roost, eh?’…
commented 2016-02-01 04:45:39 -0500
It is not clear to me: was Holly Nicholas asked to leave the press lock-up because Sheila Gunn Reid showed up? Did Sheila say something about Holly that led to her getting kicked out? Holly had a press pass; did Sheila?
commented 2016-02-01 00:14:37 -0500
Which reinforces the point that the ndp had no right legally or morally to exclude rebel staff. They know the message they are sending is not intended for those of us who reject the tass news agency
commented 2016-01-31 22:12:47 -0500
Most humanity degrees can not be taken seriously to begin with. People with degrees in things like history, sociology, women’s studies, film studies, etc, sure as hell are not professionals.

In many cases, the line between what considers a professional and what does not constitute a professional is quite thin and blurry. In the case of journalists, they would for sure be on the side of not being professional. It also does not help when a journalist resorts to click bait headlines that start with INSANE.
Most journalists are just pundits, and that does not take any skills. The pundits don’t have any special skills that any of us in the comment section don’t possess.
commented 2016-01-31 22:11:22 -0500
Sam young and his ilk beieve that somehow a piece of paper from a bunch of elitist snobs makes you a professional. Who says the hacks from cbc or the calgary herald are somehow more legitimate than sheila or any other citizen? A degree in journalism? Really that is legitimacy your parents could affors to send you away for 4 years makes you smarter than someone who has worked and did it by on their own… i doubt it
commented 2016-01-31 21:10:16 -0500
There is no bachelors degree for what I do, because we invented it. My degree is in Engineering, so I am a PEng, but for what I actually do, there is no degree. So, for what I do, Sam Young, you say I am not a professional? There are journalism schools although I don’t think there is an actual bachelors degree in journalism, I could be wrong. However, if a journalist got a BA, and then went on to journalism school, would they not be a professional?
commented 2016-01-31 19:46:11 -0500
What I said was that I don’t consider news reporting to be a professional job. If somebody that works in news has some kind of a professional degree, then it is because of that degree the person is a professional, and not because of the news.
commented 2016-01-31 17:22:33 -0500
You are pretty full of your self—-Sam Young. Your grammar and sentence structure is pathetic.
commented 2016-01-31 16:37:08 -0500
Jerry C. …that was one long sentence, I think I got your point.
commented 2016-01-31 15:16:36 -0500
Sheila and Holly, you rock.
commented 2016-01-31 14:36:12 -0500
One TROLL,with multiple personality complex.
Go back under the bridge ,don’t come up till Tuesday.
commented 2016-01-31 13:52:43 -0500
I believe all those working at the Rebel, and Thank You all for the great job you do! – need to done body cameras – possibly like those the police are now wearing – when you even go for a walk – especially amongst the zombies of the NDP.
commented 2016-01-31 12:53:33 -0500
Just looking at this degenerate group of oppressors compells me to immediately shower with very strong soap! Ugh!
commented 2016-01-31 11:38:24 -0500
And another thing,other media reporters write books too and still retain their jobs as anchors,such as the book that Donna wrote called “I baked a cake for Pierres Heir”?,and Mansbridge wrote one too about a Liberal elite wedding, so it’s allowed.😂
commented 2016-01-31 11:09:40 -0500
There’s only one commie troll in Alberta now. tol. Troll out loud. When I was a kid we were told trolls lived under bridges.
commented 2016-01-31 10:38:53 -0500
The most obvious question that has to be answered by Ms Notley is “What does she have to hide from all the citizens of Canada and Alberta by excluding the press ?”
commented 2016-01-31 04:44:16 -0500
lol…Sam Young, you’re as curmudgeon as it gets. Your post is an attack at the credentials of the people on The Rebel, and not a commentary on the story. You complain when crowd funding is requested, taking perceptible offense to it, when you can easily opt to NOT participate. You can OPT not to sign a petition. You can OPT not WATCH. I’m beginning to think you’re a bit addle brained. “I want my free content, but I hate it when my free content doesn’t cater to my tastes. How dare I just clicked on this video, and I was subjected to something I didn’t like. Here I am now, entertain me!” If others wish to contribute, that’s simply none of your business.

Let’s focus on the actual point here; you said: "Because it was her book that got her kicked out. " Exactly. A book got her kicked out. A. Book. Got. Her. Kicked. Out. Isn’t that the reason people are protesting? Yet you offer a dissertation on who is a professional and who is not, by your criteria (and since no news media personalities are professionals in your first paragraph, why did you contradict yourself in the second paragraph?). I’ve never seen somebody bitch about free shit as much as you. You know what they say when you don’t like what you’re watching? Change the channel.
commented 2016-01-31 03:28:03 -0500
My conclusion? For starters, I don’t consider news media personalities to be professionals. They are merely loudmouth pundits, , and that doesn’t make anybody a professional. I also don’t consider rebel media to be professional. Lets be honest, this place is a right wing political tabloid, similar to the Sun newspapers. The staff here are mostly in super right wing character mode, doing bad comedy sketches, or are feeding us distorted versions of the truth that is meant to motivate us into donating to this website. To be fair, I don’t consider any news to be professional. So don’t let it get to your head, Sheila.

The only two people at the rebel that I consider to be professionals, are Ezra and Holly. And that is only because they have legitimate degrees that allow them to come off as something more than a pundit.

The thing is, Sheila trolls the hell out of any party that is left of center. She exaggerates and twists shit up. She blames the government for driving up suicide rates. Is this credible of her? Is this professional of her? This is the kind of arm chair psychology that news media is infested with, and it turns out that the rebel is no exception.

To bring this back to the original point, Sheila had to make it about her and her stupid book. Because it was her book that got her kicked out.

And what self proclaimed journalists keeps reminding their audience about their book? Gee, there’s no self interest there. Can you imagine just what it would look like if Peter Mansbridge kept bringing up his book on every show he did?

And lastly, I hope nobody here mistakes Sheila for some kind of a martyr, and that we all need to donate money, as to preserve the truth.
commented 2016-01-31 01:54:25 -0500
Not surprised at all. This seems par for the NDP at any level these days.
commented 2016-01-31 01:41:50 -0500
Time to stop being naive about the nature of this enemy. They are not reasonable, nor are they fair. They are sociopathic and determined to get their way by any and all means necessary. The day is coming where all thoughtful arguments with be brushed aside by this sort of thuggery. It is then that Albertans must be prepared and ready to destroy this government and all its agents.

War is coming; you only have your freedom to lose.