July 07, 2015

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

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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 2015-07-08 13:44:35 -0400
What do you expect? Porter is the product of 12 years of Indoctrination Camp otherwise known as Public School followed up by more of the same in J School. Sadly her daughter seems to be slated for the same.
commented 2015-07-08 13:26:55 -0400
Hey Jimmy . . . . “This coming from people who claim the CBC is lying” ? ? ?
The LIED about the London Soldier beheading . . . there is even website where the CBC lies are on display.
https://jdlcanada.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/cbc-exposed-james-cohen-and-fred-litwin/
Have a little look . . . you are obviously uninformed ! ! !
The CBC needs to be an “INDEPENDENT” news source . . . without MY TAX DOLLARS . . . and then I care not what they say . . . stopped watching them decades ago ! ! !
commented 2015-07-08 12:27:35 -0400
Because, Jimmy, you have never answered a question with fact you are what’s called a circle talker , it’s been perfected by most muslims are you a circle talking muslim?
commented 2015-07-08 11:09:25 -0400
I wonder what her sign read? Anybody know? She was dead-set keeping it from the camera…….
commented 2015-07-08 10:09:57 -0400
Right on , just another leftist-enviroliar, having a media outlet on which she can propagand her ideology, she is against the market economy and all the novelties it brings to the people to make their lives better but she can’t live without it, especially against Hydrocarbon derivatives , poor one sided mind.
commented 2015-07-08 00:30:12 -0400
Small L liberals think that telling lies is okay because in the end, it helps a just cause.
Big L losers.
commented 2015-07-08 00:22:25 -0400
Jimmy while your family members were murdering Africans under that green and red rag in the name of fascism first world people were defining freedom as allowing your opponent his right to speak, don’t lecture us on what freedom of speech is and who abuses it. Portuguese people should live in shame.
commented 2015-07-07 23:57:46 -0400
Liza said, “Just because you don’t agree doesn’t make it a lie.”

There is another thing the left likes to do in addition to calling someone a liar just because they do not want to hear what was said, and that is if someone misspeaks, makes a mistake, and that person is a conservatives, they automatically assume it was a lie rather than giving the person the benefit of the doubt and initially assume what they said was a mistake, not something deliberate such as a lie.
commented 2015-07-07 23:49:34 -0400
What did her sign say anyway. She seemed quite intent on not showing it.

I’d like to ask Jimmiy to be specific, but any point blank question I have ever asked him, he has ignored. Lies Jimmy? give it up. If anything it is comprehension, and which side of the fence you are on. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t make it a lie. Put it on the table, but not with out proper backup and links, I am tired of your …. vomit.
commented 2015-07-07 23:42:01 -0400
Jimmy says, “Going through The Rebel would be a wet dream to a professional fact checker and it wouldn’t look good for The Rebel.”

Jimmy you keep claiming theRebel is full of lies but provide no proof of any kind. Why should anyone believe you, just because you said it? If theRebel is full of all sorts of lies, then it should be easy for you to find a link and post it for all of us to see.
commented 2015-07-07 23:10:06 -0400
His side of the story is the story Jimmy
commented 2015-07-07 23:08:19 -0400
Well Harry, Sun News Network and The Rebel have lied – the difference is that it’s a lie you don’t mind hearing because you support what’s being said. Going through The Rebel would be a wet dream to a professional fact checker and it wouldn’t look good for The Rebel.
commented 2015-07-07 22:59:46 -0400
Funny how Left wing media call the Sun News Network or The Rebel as right wing lying. Wow that sure is the pot calling the kettle black. Hypocrisy! A Staple of the Left!
commented 2015-07-07 22:53:33 -0400
Porter’s article is more proof that the Toronto Star is a left-wing propaganda rag.
commented 2015-07-07 22:24:42 -0400
And good of the Toronto Star to post Ezra’s response. They certainly don’t have to give Ezra the time of day. I have no problem with the Toronto Star now in this regard, because they let Ezra tell his side of the story.
commented 2015-07-07 22:20:31 -0400
I didn’t like seeing the little girl distressed by the interaction with Ezra and her mum. It is no ones fault but Porters, but she could have at least curbed her tone etc, as kid’s will pick up on the first sign of distress from a parent. Porter, was so irresponsible in this. Not exactly thinking of her daughter first.
commented 2015-07-07 22:13:35 -0400
JASON good place for him, rest his brain for his next blah,blah Ezra rant. ( thats how it should have read )
commented 2015-07-07 22:11:41 -0400
JASON oh,,,, that last post was meant for you not that jimmy guy
commented 2015-07-07 22:10:26 -0400
JIMMY good place for him, rest his brain for his next blah,blah Ezra rant.
commented 2015-07-07 21:49:28 -0400
Jimmy gave up easily… Maybe it’s bedtime for him.
commented 2015-07-07 21:30:05 -0400
Left – not honest and trustworthy.
commented 2015-07-07 21:05:44 -0400
Geez I can’t send video of barbecue beef from Alberta farm. Next time call me. I’ll show the sissified libs a brawl.
commented 2015-07-07 21:00:36 -0400
Thank you for the link, Joan.
commented 2015-07-07 20:58:00 -0400
Liza, Jason, Up to 26 likes now. Additionally, there is another comment there now not complimentary to Ms. Porter. I clicked on the “like” for that one too. What a Rebel I am!
commented 2015-07-07 20:55:45 -0400
I emailed Porter today- CPorter@thestar.ca
Got the on vacation message, so I fwd the same to the desk.
Said I watched the video version of her story, and the jig is up.
I suggested she owes Levant an apology. As well as her little girl.
commented 2015-07-07 20:53:44 -0400
Joan. Thanks for the link. Amazed the Red Star even published/posted it!
commented 2015-07-07 20:50:30 -0400
Ah yes, the moral high ground. Well done Ezra, you pulled it out from under her feet.
commented 2015-07-07 20:42:13 -0400
We don’t need to bother posting this link at the star. Ezra has already done so:

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2015/07/07/ezra-levant-begs-to-differ.html

I googled “toronto star catherine porter” and pulled up the article. Right under it, in the same link, is a link to Ezra’s letter, posted above. I knew the Star couldn’t afford to not cover Ezra’s side of things.

Porter is done like dinner. Dust in the wind.
commented 2015-07-07 20:38:06 -0400
Ramaz, Milan, Prince, Al, Mark, Donald, Peter and Vlad – the story is about Porter and Levant, not Jimmy da Silva.
commented 2015-07-07 20:37:31 -0400
She was probably hoping that Ezra was as crazy as herself and would attack the poor indoctrinated Child, in a fit of uncontrolled rage. This poor little girl is probably getting ‘bitch slapped’ by ‘Mommie Dearest’— right about now.