March 17, 2015

Why our #StopC51 video went viral: Only The Rebel refused to let protesters off easy

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Now that the video has gone viral, I asked our reporter Marissa Semkiw about her interviews with protesters at Toronto's #StopC51 protest on March 14, 2015.

Most of the protesters -- many of them self-described communists -- were incapable of explaining why they opposed the bill.

Thousands of viewers across Canada and the U.S. found the video made for hilarious (as well as depressing) viewing.

Marissa explains that, contrary to criticism and questions she's seen online, she did not handpick the protesters. In the end, approximately 90% of the people she approached randomly made it into the finished video.

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commented 2015-03-21 15:56:00 -0400
Blatant cherry-picking and editing of clips?? This is absolute garbage reporting. You can’t give someone a couple of seconds to answer a question then cut them off like that. This is not news, far from it. This is propaganda at its worst. I like how Rebel Media’s right-wing neocon followers will do anything to protect their beloved Ezra and Marissa. Seriously, whether you are left/right, leave your political beliefs aside and condemn this deplorable and childish reporting. Hey right wing followers, you aren’t fooling anyone but yourselves. Ezra now operates out of his living room and I know that all of you can fit in there. XD
commented 2015-03-18 20:43:16 -0400
Everyone likes to talk about how this or that violates the Charter but they never ever mention section 1
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
commented 2015-03-18 17:44:18 -0400
Funny watching the original interview. Just ask a few questions and let these stupid communist fks show how smart and informed they really are.
commented 2015-03-18 14:11:07 -0400
Thanks to TheRebel and Marrisa for exposing the ignorance of the leftists who would destroy this country completely if their ilk ever gains power federally. Look what they have already done to Ontario. Once the economic powerhouse of Canada, now it is the economic basketcase of Canada, dragging us down. ‘The rest of Canada’ (TROC) used to be a phrase applied to the country outside Quebec. Now it’s the country outside Ontario, the province that is leading the loony leftist competition to destroy Canada.
commented 2015-03-18 12:58:23 -0400
This should be a warning to anyone thinking of voting liberal in the next election. These are the types who would steer the country into the future. These folks are the ones who blindly vote liberal because of something someone’s brothers sisters aunts babysitter told them about Harper. Thanks Rebel for showing us who the real liberal voters are. I always wondered who would be so stupid to vote for Trudeau, now I know. Terry, I think I here the troll bell calling all trolls back over to the CBC for there daily indoctrination therapy.
commented 2015-03-18 11:45:30 -0400
@eileen McRae: Yes, if you’re standing at the far eastern edge of the forest, it will look to you as though all the trees are to the west. That perception, Eileen, arises from your point of perspective…not from the forest.
But here’s a simple test. Point out one story on Rebel Media’s current slate of little video snippets that provides what YOU feel is (a) insightful analysis that is CRITICAL of a Harper government policy.
commented 2015-03-18 11:34:44 -0400
Mr. Rudden, no argument put forth by anyone on this site is logical and comprehensive to you as you have “prejudged” all comments to fit your own miniscule view of mainstream media. I taught media literacy in the Quebec education system for years, and I am appalled by the obvious bias that I see every day in the news reports by CBC, CTV, Global, etc.
And, lest you think that I do not read newspapers, there is obvious bias in newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, etc. And when reporting on politics, the Huffington Post and McLean’s show blatant bias in support of the Liberals, and Mr. Trudeau.
I just visited the Huffington Post on-line and the number of negative/biased reports about Mr. Harper and his policies is astounding! They are all completely one-sided articles whose only intent is to “slam” the Harper government!
To make an intelligent decision about an issue, I always keep the following in mind: Media are constructions in which audiences negotiate meaning. Media have commercial, social, and political implications, and each medium has its own unique, aesthetic form. There are a series of questions that I always ask when I view any media which will let me determine if it is biased on any one particular issue.
Yes, Marissa’s video did tell only one side of the issue, but, that was the intent of her video: to show that some of the protesters who were being “counted in the thousands” at the protest simply had no clue about Bill C-51 at all. And, she has made her point! And, that is why this is being discussed on this site. Open discussion about an issue is what is IMPORTANT!
commented 2015-03-18 11:25:17 -0400
OOO ya, “rebels” support sweeping government legislation allowing the curbing of privacy and free speech. What a bunch of idiots.
commented 2015-03-18 11:06:16 -0400
It is interesting that this site is now attracting liberal trolls (Terry Rudden). The Rebel is clearly being taken as a threat by the idiot left such as our pajamas boy-in-momma’s-basement Rudden.
commented 2015-03-18 10:37:33 -0400
It is great to know that Terry Rudden thinks the CBC is an unbiased haven for “journalism” where there is balance on all sides of a story, where segments are not edited to fit a pre-conceived political agenda. A couple of quick questions for him: Did the CBC give coverage to the attacks in Peel Region and Calgary on lawful protesters by a religious mob with the complicity of policemen in plain view? Did the CBC give prominence to Justin Trudeau’s idiotic comments about admiring China’s political system, how budgets balance themselves or his blind refusal to acknowledge the existence of violent, organized jihadism in Canada despite its evidence? He knows the answers to all these are a resounding “No”. Please stop pretending that “journalism” has EVER been about being fair and balanced – we are not that naïve (especially with the political biases of the so-called professors at most “journalism” programs).
commented 2015-03-18 10:16:35 -0400
@atokenconservative: greetings! The new digs are a little crummier, but it’s nice to touch base with my old friends.
I didn’t know about your journalism background. That’s interesting, thanks for sharing. I myself worked full time in television from the late 1970s to 1990, on staff and as a freelancer, starting as a studio cameraman and eventually working as a director and producer. I continue to do limited writing and editing work as a sideline, just for fun.
I’m here under my real name; you’re not. But I’ll accept your claim that you’re familiar with journalism. If that’s true – please don’t play the idiot. You know exactly how that segment was shot and edited, and with what goal.
commented 2015-03-18 10:01:22 -0400
@peter Neterville: Exactly correct. And Chretien (and Pierre Trudeau, for that matter) expressed their dislike of the CBC repeatedly and quite unequivocally. My point is that folks who somehow convince themselves that the CBC is a platform for the Liberal Party are quite mistaken. The CBC tends to be the whipping boy for whatever party is in power, because they report on the actions of the government of the day. And because real journalists seek balance, that means accommodating perspectives hostile to Government. When the Liberals were in power, Liberal supporters complained constantly about how the network “ignored” the governments achievement and failed to “attack” the Conservatives. The reason is simple – when the Conservatives are in opposition, they’re critics of the government – just like real journalists.
commented 2015-03-18 09:44:57 -0400
TERRY RUDDEN The only comedian we have in Canada , and a lousy one at that, is Trudeau! A failed drama teacher, a failed Liberal leader in an endless line of failed Liberal leaders, and a terrorist loving traitor!
commented 2015-03-18 08:23:21 -0400
I watched this with great concern. Concern for the people who don’t have a clue of what’s in this bill, but felt free to comment on it. I agree with Melissa that these are the people that need to be front and center to counter the argument that the left media is reporting. This is what I call balance reporting. Some don’t like it and don’t call this journalism. Call it what ever you want, but just the same reporting on this part in particular show the other people the left don’t want you to see. This why they only talk to the people that are the organizers of this event. They love these people to be there for the sake of numbers, I call them sheep, to show the world that there are a great many people who don’t want this bill to pass. But won’t talk to them because they know as well as that these people are just empty heads following the instructions of the left. Maybe the left should educate these people more about what to say instead of just showing numbers!!!!! So Terry, you should understand that the left will show one side only and the right will show the other side only. It’s up to us to look at both sides and make up our minds about this bill.
Great reporting Melissa! And a great show REBEL!!! I’m sure glad we can still enjoy to see the other side of things instead of being dumbed down by the left!!!!!
commented 2015-03-17 23:51:37 -0400
Hey Terry, LTNS! Anyhoo, I should tell you that I have several years journalism experience, enough to be called on a few times to be a pundit for no less than the CBC. And, I have no problem calling what Marissa did there a fairly decent piece of … journalism. What more do you want? The editing thing, sure, everyone does that, consider it the sizzle for the steak that is the story. You want “Balance, objectivity, and the goal of exploring an issue rather than selling a single perspective”, well, she found a different angle that contradicts the mainstream and she showed that. I’d say that qualifies as exploring an issue rather than selling a single perspective. In fact, I’d even suggest that it’s the definition of that. Now, as far as balance and objectivity are concerned, you very thinly accuse that she cherry picked responses from the people she talked to, or she cherry picked the people before she talked to them, or both. This story, the response story (not the original story with her video) addresses that possibility. If you continue to claim this, you are essentially calling both Marissa and Ezra liars. That pretty much everything they say in this conversation is a lie, and that she did indeed cherry pick either the respondents, their responses, or both. So, Terry, which is it? She’s either lying, or she’s telling the truth and it’s a valid story. Which one is it, according to you?
commented 2015-03-17 22:06:16 -0400
Terry, it was the Chretien’s Liberals that made the biggest cut to the CBC.
commented 2015-03-17 21:41:51 -0400
@ron Voss: here’s a little pop quiz for you, Ron. Which Government cut the largest percentage of CBC funding: Harpers Conservatives, or Chretien’s Liberals?
commented 2015-03-17 21:40:23 -0400
@peter Netterville: "Is the only valid journalism that which comes from someone with a journalism degree or is there other criteria which makes you insult this reporting? "
There are several criteria that distinguish journalism from propaganda or comedic editorials, Peter, Balance, objectivity, and the goal of exploring an issue rather than selling a single perspective are among them.
commented 2015-03-17 21:25:43 -0400
You are sadly mislead if you think any journalism is different. All media purports a perspective, or bias. But to call it faux journalism simply because you do not agree with it is disingenuous and intellectually dishonest. Is the only valid journalism that which comes from someone with a journalism degree or is there other criteria which makes you insult this reporting?

Where I have a problem with biased media is with the CBC because they take 1 billion from the tax payer, a percentage of which are Conservatives. They have a special duty or requirement to remain objective for that reason.
commented 2015-03-17 21:18:02 -0400
Terry, have you renewed your membership with the “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting” or rather Friends of the CBC. If the CBC’s political ‘friends’, such as the Liberals and the NDP, who are aggressively courting the CBC through the FCB’s “Friends’ Leader Series About the CBC” ever get elected and restore the CBC’s budget-cut funding and then some, then it will become a full-fledged official state propagandist, Pravda North.
commented 2015-03-17 21:13:27 -0400
One of the drawbacks of a democracy is that stupid people get to vote, and have their say in the public square. (Apparently, this also includes posting comments online). I’m note saying that it shouldn’t be thus, but while can be amusing, it can also be tiresome.
commented 2015-03-17 21:07:57 -0400
@ Peter Nettervile: Nope, I’m neither stating nor implying that, and I don’t think for a moment that’s what happened. What I’m stating explicitly – not “implying” – is that this snippet was conceived, shot and edited to mock the folks who attended the demonstration, and, by association, public concerns about Bill C51. It’s a technique honed by left wing faux-journalists like Michael Moore, and adopted in recent years by right wing faux-journalists like Ezra Levant. It’s intermittently amusing a propaganda. But as you can see from some of the comments in this thread, a lot of people have actually swallowed the notion that it’s “journalism” or reportage.
commented 2015-03-17 21:01:18 -0400
Terry – Marissa spared us the long pauses of the protesters ‘thinking’ – anyway, care to comment on the few dozen people that showed when there are 6 million average Canadians within an easy drive to Nathan Phillips Square? If this bill is so egregious, why didn’t at least a few hundred real people show up?
commented 2015-03-17 21:00:35 -0400
Terry, ALL videos from EVERY news outlet are edited. But you misleading assumption, one you do not quite say but imply, is that that this video was edited splicing in words and phrases to make the people say what Marissa wanted them to say. If that is the case and I am if I am not misreading your implication, then your implication is incorrect.
commented 2015-03-17 20:52:51 -0400
Milan…you DO understand that the video was edited, I hope? You know, bits of it were left out? It’s a technical thing.
commented 2015-03-17 20:44:39 -0400
Excuse me, Terry Rudden…..Marissa did not make fools out of anyone – they did it THEMSELVES. She was nothing but respectful, dignified and professional. I know asking tough questions like “what alternative would you propose” in a protest and NOT A SINGLE suggestion is so unfair of her. So, if you remove the paid union members, professional protesters/ perpetually offended, homeless passersby that had nothing better to do and Occupy Bay Street anarchists, you may have 30 real protesters there. Out of a region of 6 million people within a short 20 minute drive, that is appalling. Anyway – great job Marissa – we love your reporting and the ROCKS! Much success to you all. Thank you!
commented 2015-03-17 20:34:57 -0400
Joan, I’m delighted to find a reader here who actually understands the distinction between journalism and propaganda. I think it’s great that the Conservative Party has its own online comedy channel – it’s just that, well, a lot of people here used to watch Sun News, and thought they were actually watching “News”. Clearly you know better, and that’s encouraging.