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 17:28:57 -0400
Using her child to get a few clicks on the star website. How low can a mother go.
commented 2015-07-07 17:28:54 -0400
Even though we’ve known that reporters are left-biased for a long time, it’s still appalling that they’ve now “progressed” to flat-out advocacy “journalism”. While one would think video would force them to be more honest about events, clearly they don’t even care what really happened; after all, it’s not as though she didn’t know she was being filmed. She either just didn’t care or doesn’t think the truth matters, likely because she believes her cause is just and those who oppose her are as evil as she chooses to present them, whether or not she can catch them being so. OTOH, maybe it’s a good thing – after years of suspected misrepresentation, they are now finally revealing their true nature and, thanks to people like Ezra Levant, it’s there for people to see for themselves. Maybe The Rebel can feature a regular critique and rebuttal of her columns from now on.
commented 2015-07-07 17:24:18 -0400
Columnist? That is a pretty big title for someone so flaky. Her title should be “creative liar” or “creative exaggerator!”
commented 2015-07-07 17:21:17 -0400
Has anyone checked with her boss and the editor of her newspaper about how they feel about her publishing lies?
commented 2015-07-07 17:16:51 -0400
Can’t or won’t buy a Tesla? How about a hybrid? How about a bike? I sure hope that wasn’t oil based paint on the daughter’s sign…which looked like it had evil EVIL plastic as a windshield.
Ms. Porter doesn’t know where to buy hemp clothing? Maybe she should have 9yr old Lyla help her with the interwebz searchy thingy.
commented 2015-07-07 17:14:47 -0400
Very interesting. I know we all can come away with a slightly different take on any given issue however after witnessing this great discrepancy I would be seriously questioning her version of events after this and I might want to revisit her old columns and start fact checking. It was also very fortunate and wise the Ezra was taping the conversation. I know a Minister who deals with some extreme personality types some even borderline pathological ( I am being kind) who emails and keeps the email interactions evidence to allow the church hierarchy officials to come to their own conclusions. I am also a man made climate change skeptic. I try to stay open minded and encourage healthy and rigorous debate. I want to hear what the best experts on both sides have to say and I have to admit I get a bit confused by the wide disparity of claims. On example Nasa claiming the ice shelf would be gone by the year 2020 and the other side saying they have increased the last two years. I do think it is valid to ask if man has anything to do with global warming or cooling and to what extent. But the tactic of trying to shame someone for being a skeptic only makes me more skeptical that their arguments are not very sound or in some cases very well researched. If I am stupid rather than informing me that I am stupid enlighten me with facts and if you can show me why these sources are credible experts and be willing to look at any biases they might have or been payed to manufacture. If I have learned anything watching Ezra’s prior videos some protestors and lobbyists have invested conflicting interests.
commented 2015-07-07 17:13:45 -0400
Orian B. said, “What literally disgusts me is that we live in the information age and if these people are sooo passionate about the subject then they should be reading ALL about it. But you see they don’t.”

You can say that again. Moral vanity, or preening as Ezra called it, regurgitating suzuki, nye, moore and gore sound bites, with no real thought, or information. Just imagine if they had to admit they have been duped? That’s why they hold onto the lie so tightly. Tara you’re right, Mom didn’t think that out too well. She should have spared her kid, but she was wholly responsible for the interaction with Ezra. Then Mom made a bad situation worse by not telling it the way it really went down. Porter’s article won’t go far to furthering her employment or credibility.
commented 2015-07-07 17:10:35 -0400
Better yet show up with long white capes with a hood made from 100% cotton after all they are acting like the KKK
commented 2015-07-07 17:09:56 -0400
What audacity……did Catherine Porter not think the camera was rolling and her story could be discredited? Makes me wonder about the rest of her “reporting”.
commented 2015-07-07 17:08:58 -0400
I read Ms. Porter’s rant in the Star. It was not some much about the “event” but rather her childish agenda to get back at Ezra for calling her out. Congrats Lying Catherine, you are the, Lying Brian of the Red Star. At the very least she owes Ezra an apology for her lies. She can be reached at cporter@thestar.ca or on twitter @porterthereport or 416-869-4889.
commented 2015-07-07 17:00:38 -0400
Too funny Ezra. Glad I read Porter’s story first so I could see how distorted the Lie-beral loving Star distorts things. Can we believe anything reported about Trudeau the mosque crawler ?
commented 2015-07-07 16:54:14 -0400
I think Ms. Porter has some serious anger management issues or perhaps she is just a deranged, pathetic individual. Clearly she went to this event to stalk Ezra and play out her prearranged script. A script that didn’t work out in her favor. I hope Ezra challenges her and the Red Star and exposes her defaming lies.
commented 2015-07-07 16:53:54 -0400
Left wing “reporters” will make up total fiction. However last night when I watched Morgan Freeman narrate a show on the How the Universe works the topic was “why do we lie?”. Early in the show it said that perpetual liars have more “white matter” than “grey matter”. The grey stuff holds memories. The white stuff is pathways between. Liars use many “facts” and connect them with the white matter rather quickly so they actually try to sound believeable to themselves. I think these people actually believe their own lies and know of someone with personal experience that was like this. I think lefties are the same as perpetual liars. They invent facts and connect them really quickly so they will sound believable but in reality it’s that active white matter just stringing her hopes of “facts” together really fast so she can make a fake-truth for herself. This one just wrote about it. Your video proved her 100% a fiction writer. I guess those creative writing classes really paid off for her.
commented 2015-07-07 16:47:02 -0400
Mom didn’t think that out very well………
commented 2015-07-07 16:46:51 -0400
Child services should take her child away!
commented 2015-07-07 16:45:22 -0400
commented 2015-07-07 16:44:28 -0400
What a great piece Ezra, still laughing. It’s funny how these lie-berals like to fabricate facts just like all those global warming alarmist do. Lets not get confused with the facts. You should have brought a few of Mark Steyn’s book Climate Change the Facts, to give out I’m sure Mark would have donated a few it would have been a hoot.
Here’s a great way for THE REBEL to make a few extra bucks. The next time they hold climate day, show up with some hemp T shits you could cow them into buying them at $50 each you know how gullible they are might as well take some of their money.
They are a loony bunch but they are good for a laugh.
commented 2015-07-07 16:40:17 -0400
I know something about her…she’s an imbecile raising a child that will most likely be similar. Here’s facts, here’s information, here’s… What literally disgusts me is that we live in the information age and if these people are sooo passionate about the subject then they should be reading ALL about it. But you see they don’t. So they don’t see the energy balance with wind or solar energy being unsustainable – their fav word. They can’t seem to use google to search co2 logarithmic properties, or how SATELLITE DATA (both sets) show us no run away warming, or PDO flips, or physics on the sun along with CERN studies on clouds – All sufficiently destroying man made global warming or climate change or whatever these idiots are believing in these days. Poor kid.
commented 2015-07-07 16:32:32 -0400
her 9 year old was set to brawl… typical left wing totalitarian born and bred…but the little girl should be careful who she confronts.
commented 2015-07-07 16:25:17 -0400
I notice the Star story doesn’t allow comments. That’s interesting.