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 2015-07-07 20:35:34 -0400
Jason – or someone else who cares to – go back into your star account and simply post a link to this page, citing the video, with a comment like “Here’s the full video, folks. Enjoy”. Of course they’ll take it down if you call their staff a liar. But they might not take down a link to this page with the full, unedited video documentary. Even the Star has some integrity to protect.
commented 2015-07-07 20:28:25 -0400
I don’t think Porter is weird, in the sense of strange or unusual. Her type of dishonesty is far too common these days. Maybe she is weird in the same way society was strange in Invasion of the Body Snatchers when there were only a few real humans left. Society today is like that. There are very few who can argue with logic instead of personal attack.

Porter was arrogant to think she could take on Ezra Levant. She thinks she is smarter than he is, that he is so stupid even her daughter could defeat him. She was wrong. Sad for her daughter to be used as a human shield like that.
commented 2015-07-07 20:23:18 -0400
commented 2015-07-07 20:20:05 -0400
jimmy duh-silva is actually catherine porter – just sharing.
commented 2015-07-07 20:16:38 -0400
Reading the last bit of her article, it is clear she is on summer time and thinks she is at a summer festival, magicians, musicians, craft kiosks and more. However she labels it a protest for her daughter, who says, “she likes protests”. Another wannabe hippie, from a time gone way, way by. These pseudo, moral vanity “activist’s” and their light weight protests are looking for some summertime entertainment. AND, they go home with a false sense of having done something for the planet! In Porters case, also indoctrinating the next generation with the lie, and using her kid to get material for her “article”.

Jason when I click on your link I can still read your comment. 11 LIKES so far. no dislikes
commented 2015-07-07 20:10:00 -0400
I would have walked away from this Mom Ezra…Much too argumentative for this civil reporter. I met one young bright Albertan last fall take to the Alberta Legislature steps who read a speech titled “We children want a future too!” Edmonton’s Free News Sharing https://youtu.be/i4tTZ-AYa-I
commented 2015-07-07 20:09:33 -0400
Not much point to posting on torstar – if the comment doesn`t align with the lefty manifesto, it gets deleted.

Those who read the torstar are usually over 70 – it`s a fading rag – layoffs continue at torstar.

Nice job Catherine Porter – putting your daughter out there for your own selfish purpose – your rotten box!!!
commented 2015-07-07 20:02:41 -0400
I was going to write that the truth hurts but then again the person writing the lies in the Toronto Red Star believes they are already telling the truth “from their own warped perception”. I feel sorry her kid, hopefully one day she will realize that it is possible to think for herself.
commented 2015-07-07 20:00:20 -0400
What gets me is the Total arrogance of this ,so-called Parent, that has unmitigated Gaul to brainwash her own child - and then display her in public, on TV——- in the hope that the poor little girl will parrot all of Mommie’s nonsense. Catherine Porter , in all he self-righteous indignity, would probably be the first to accuse some poor person of Child Abuse just because their kids don’’t have nice new shoes. Strange and Weird.
commented 2015-07-07 19:58:08 -0400
Oh good Jimmys here. It’s no wonder Toronto Star LOVES Jimmy Adam da whatevers. Live on lies lies lies. Keep the video Ezra. We’re all hypocrites. This is proof
commented 2015-07-07 19:26:42 -0400
Well my comment on the website she posted the comment on lasted about five minutes before the admin took it down.

Not shocked.

Not that you can comment on the Toronto Star’s website. Guess that’s too uncouth or something. I’ll wait for CBC to pick up the story. Watch ten thousand lefites foaming at the mouth of that one.
commented 2015-07-07 19:26:05 -0400
Jason Lockie. Seems your comment is still there albeit the only one when I checked a few moments ago. I clicked on the “like” button for the comment. Would be fun if other bloggers from this site would go there and click on the “like” button. It would be sure to drive the RED Star editorial staff and management crazy! Well worth it though!
commented 2015-07-07 19:16:03 -0400
I guess some parents don’t want their kids to regurgitate what they hear every day at home.
commented 2015-07-07 19:11:45 -0400
There’s a lawsuit in there somewhere although it would cause a pile on of outrage from the Socialist Media. A parent using their child in that manner is despicable Lefties don’t care though. It’s always someone else’s fault isn’t it?
commented 2015-07-07 19:10:31 -0400
I’m glad you don’t interview children because it’s unfair and ethically questionable. Maybe you can tell David Menzies not to do it anymore. I remember a couple of times when he interviewed kids when he was with SNN and I know one parent who was furious he didn’t ask for parental permission.
commented 2015-07-07 18:48:01 -0400
What is Ms. Porter going to say to her daughter, I wonder, now that she has been exposed as a liar?
commented 2015-07-07 18:44:00 -0400
Thanks for the update, Ezra. It’s a good thing you had the camera rolling.

Porter used ambush journalism with her daughter as bait. Shameful conduct and bad parenting.
commented 2015-07-07 18:36:36 -0400
lol..jimmy no life ….you apparently mistake your plastic keyboard for a social life.. thank you for the constant amusement..
commented 2015-07-07 18:33:58 -0400
Great segment Ezra! So glad this wasn’t just another five minute blurb. This is more like the stuff you used to do on “The Source” and , since you are not really constrained by time of a TV episode, I hope your reports are more in depth like this and longer.

Hopefully at some point “The rebel” will become an actual broadcasting entity where people can tune into multiple one-hour (or thereabouts) shows run in succession so we can just put you guys on and watch like we used to do with SNN.
commented 2015-07-07 18:03:56 -0400
Well Jimmy Da Silva, Ezra has apologized when he got things wrong and he has never used a child to advance his ideology. I doubt Porter will apologize for her lies and deception.
commented 2015-07-07 18:02:13 -0400
JIMMY BOY Oh here we go again Jimmy Boy and his Ezra hate crap, blah, blah blah nothing but verbal diarrhea, oh scuse me; that is leftist verbal diarrhea
commented 2015-07-07 17:57:42 -0400
I’d love to see that example. Jimmy says he’ll answer any point-blank question he’s handed. I’ve given him two. I’m still waiting.
commented 2015-07-07 17:56:19 -0400
What is even worse than the fabricated newspaper article is the ideological ‘columinist’ stooping to use her young daughter as a prop to set it up. Can anybody say “child abuse”?
commented 2015-07-07 17:55:50 -0400
Porter is obviously a liar and deceiver and has let here extremist ideology cloud her thinking and judgement. She is also guilty of child abuse for using her daughter to bait and ambush Ezra. I would hope that the Toronto Star would fire her but I doubt that will happen because they have a political agenda too and truth does not matter to them either. And I doubt that Porter will have the courage or decency to apologize to Ezra.
Porter typifies the left wing environmental partisan extremists who, like other tyrants and totalitarian people, believe the ends justifies the means. These are the people who history has proven to be the most dangerous.
I can at least hope that Toronto Star subscribers will cancel their subscriptions to the Toronto Star to show them that Canadians will not tolerate lies and deceit and extremism. Perhaps Ezra has a chance here now to sue Porter for defamation and slander. I would also hope that child services has a talk with Porter to see if there is some kind of abusive relationship here. I would never have used my child in such a way.
commented 2015-07-07 17:51:36 -0400
Can you give me an example, Jimmy?
commented 2015-07-07 17:40:25 -0400
Hilarious how porter gets all huffy when she’s trapped by Ezra’s oil use questions , proves she’s just another hypocrite .From the star no less, how surprising .
commented 2015-07-07 17:39:58 -0400
Ramaz…..good point.
commented 2015-07-07 17:39:20 -0400
The Mother’s stance and the tight grip she has on that sign slung over her shoulder gives the impression of a bully ready to strike out physically.
commented 2015-07-07 17:36:18 -0400
And Jimmy doing it again – bla bla bla – and hopes somebody will interact with him. Just don’t.