Annual Report of The Rebel - 2018

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
2018 was the year the people fought back

This was the year that patriots around the world decided to fight back — and The Rebel was the news network that documented every move.

From the yellow vest protests that brought France to a standstill, to the Tommy Robinson phenomenon in the UK, to the rebirth of pro-freedom parties in Eastern Europe, The Rebel was there on the ground, telling “the other side of the story”, when the mainstream media attacked the people, or just ignored them.

That wave of grassroots protests has come to Canada, too. From the huge convoys of oil workers protesting against Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley in Alberta, to the populist wave that made Doug Ford the premier of Ontario, to the breakthrough election of the new CAQ party in Quebec on a platform of reduced immigration and banning burkas, that same spirit is in Canada, too.

We've known about this populist movement for years; we know the people; we know the motivations. The elite attacks on Canada's oil industry are well-known to us -- we've produced more than 1,000 news stories exposing foreign-funded lobbyists attacking it. The CBC? Well, their star personality, David Suzuki, actually is one of this foreign-funded lobbyists attacking us.

But you wouldn’t know it — you wouldn’t know any of these things — if you relied on Trudeau’s CBC state broadcaster to tell you the news. Like Trudeau, the mainstream media believes that anyone who dissents from their globalist views — high taxes; environmental extremism; open borders immigration; sympathy for Islamic terrorism — must be a “Nazi”. That’s literally what they call people who disagree with them, even though polls show that fully 80% of Canadians disagree with them on core issues.

But 2018 was the year the people stopped listening to the scolding, partisan media and started following their own course. And The Rebel played a key role in all of this. Because in each of these battles — in Canada, in Europe, and even in America — the media is in league with the political establishment. If it weren’t for us and a handful of other independent voices like us, important issues just wouldn’t be discussed in public. If it weren’t for independent media, voices we want to hear would be silenced.

Our rivals at Trudeau’s CBC state broadcaster are keenly aware of this — and they constantly berate newsmakers for even talking with us. It’s bizarre, but it proves our thesis: the mainstream media no longer cares about publishing news; they care about not publishing news; they care about spinning the news, and downplaying stories that their political masters don’t like.

2019 is the year Trudeau nationalizes the Canadian media

At The Rebel, we coined the term “the Media Party” to describe the pack mentality of the mainstream media, and it proves more accurate every day. Canada’s journalists have always been pro-Liberal, especially the CBC state broadcaster. But 2019 is the year Trudeau will formally take control of the remaining private sector media in Canada, too.

It’s an election year and Trudeau will be making plenty of spending promises in return for votes. But his $595,000,000 bail-out fund for journalists is explicitly a political bribe — it will only be given to those journalists he says he can “trust”. And he and his worst cabinet ministers have made it crystal clear: they don’t trust The Rebel.

Well, the feeling is mutual; so we announced our refusal to be rented out by the Liberals, at www.YouCantBuyUs.com.

We take that as a badge of honour; journalists should never be in the pocket of politicians. But the problem with Trudeau is that, like Notley who sent a sheriff to ban our Alberta reporter from the provincial legislature, Trudeau isn’t just offering a bribe to journalists who toe his line — he’s threatening any hold-outs who don’t. In a shocking ultimatum, Trudeau told a senior Facebook executive that if they didn’t voluntarily censor his political enemies in the 2019 election campaign, he’d pass legislation forcing them to do it.

Trudeau and Ahmed Hussen, the immigration minister, have already signed a United Nations agreement — the UN Global Compact for Migration — that specifically calls for governments to “educate” journalists on the right way to discuss open-borders mass immigration, and to punish journalists who don’t comply.

Between the $595,000,000 bail-out fund, and the threats to punish any dissenters, 2019 will likely be the worst year for journalistic independence in Canada since the Alberta government’s Press Act in the 1930s, which compelled newspapers to publish official government editorials. Except, back then most reporters were up in arms. Today, they’re part of the deal — it’s an inside job.

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Global censorship — the case of Tommy Robinson

We’ll fight censorship in Canada, as we always have, both by reporting on it, and probably by being an early test case of it. Trudeau’s justice minister has publicly mused about bringing back the notorious section 13 censorship provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act that created the counterfeit human right not to be offended. The legal attack on us could come in various forms, such as when disgraced former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne had Elections Ontario send us a threatening letter.

But so far, Canadian censorship of dissident journalism hasn’t come close to what the United Kingdom has done to Tommy Robinson, an independent journalist and best-selling author, who used to work for The Rebel.

In May, Tommy was broadcasting a political commentary outside a courthouse in Leeds, UK, where a Muslim rape gang was on trial for repeatedly raping British girls as young as 11.

Tommy had been live-streaming his comments on Facebook for more than an hour, when a squad of police suddenly pushed him into the back of a police van, and whisked him away. In a matter of hours he was arrested, charged, convicted, sentenced to 13 months in prison, and packed off to jail — without even being given the opportunity to say a word in court. The hearing itself was less than ten minutes.

Even more incredible: Tommy’s hasty trial was put under a publication ban.

Tommy was no longer our employee, but we knew we had to help — so we started reporting on the subject, producing dozens of videos, on everything from the irregularities in how Tommy’s case was handled, to the underlying issue of Muslim rape gangs, to the shocking bias of the UK media itself.

And with the permission of Tommy’s family, we launched a global crowdfunding campaign, successfully paying for a top-notch legal team to appeal his case.

That appeal was heard by a three-judge panel, presided over by no-one less than the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and their judgment was a scorching rebuke of Tommy’s treatment by the judge that day in Leeds. The Rebel covered all of the courtroom action in a series of videos, and met up with Tommy hours after he was finally released from prison.

It was shocking to see him — he had been kept in solitary confinement for nearly 10 weeks, and had lost 40 pounds and clearly was in shell-shock. He later sat down for a two-hour interview that detailed his mistreatment in prison, including terrorist threats delivered directly to his prison cell.

Europe’s slow-motion civil war

Tommy Robinson had a personal connection to us, but he is a cautionary tale for anyone in Canada and the U.S. His story is about censorship, but it’s also about an entire political class being corrupted — what our regular guest commentator Dr. Daniel Pipes calls “the 5-P professionals”: politicians, the press, police, prosecutors and professors. When the entire establishment elites are at odds with their own citizens, something’s got to break. And it is breaking — whether it’s the UK’s vote for “Brexit”, or the French “yellow vest” protests, or the rediscovery of national pride in eastern European countries like Poland, places once dominated by the Soviet Union. The Rebel has had reporters on the ground, and captured some of the most dramatic footage ever filmed of the battles on the streets of Paris.

We also have a new guest contributor based in Milan, Alessandra Bocchi, who helps us to understand the rise of Italy’s populist politician, Matteo Salvini.

We’re interested in Europe because there are dramatic stories unfolding there, that are either being ignored by the mainstream media, or covered with the same combination of bias and ignorance that we see in domestic political reporting. But studying the crises in Europe helps us to predict where Canada will be in five or ten years if we continue on the same path, too.

Europe is a cautionary tale of what happens when mass immigration, political censorship and undemocratic globalist governance combine, and the seeds of all of those problems are already planted in Canada, and to an extent, the U.S.

Covering the United Nations

Canada is not a member of the European Union, but Justin Trudeau has made it obvious that he believes in the same world government approach, especially through the United Nations.

The Rebel places a special emphasis on reporting the goings-on of the UN, and we have sent journalists to five UN conferences, including three global warming conferences, a “nanny state” conference, and the recent UN conference for global migration. The UN no longer grants us media accreditation, specifically telling us that the Canadian government has asked them to blacklist us. That doesn’t stop us from going to the conferences anyways, and doing better reporting than the submissive Media Party journalists who attend but act as stenographers or even cheerleaders.

All of our UN videos can be seen on our compilation page.

Canada’s last independent news network

We love to cover world events, because they’re interesting, and because the Media Party torques them to build a narrative about what they think Canada and the U.S. should do. It’s also visually interesting to see Rebel personalities covering dramatic news in faraway places — like when David Menzies embedded himself with the Mexican migrant caravan that was making its way to the U.S. border.

But most of the Rebel’s journalism is done at home, in Canada — telling the other side of the story that the Media Party won’t. Sometimes that’s simply providing opinions and commentary. But we also do investigative research, and we file hundreds of access to information (ATIP) requests to various government agencies. It’s a significant cost — and often, governments try to scare us off by telling us that such requests will cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. To us, though, that’s usually a sign that we’re on to something, and our viewers help us crowdfund the fee.

Trudeau and Notley are notorious for destroying or hiding documents, but nonetheless, we have produced literally hundreds of exclusive scoops due to our research.

Sometimes those scoops simply show lying and cover-ups, such as when Trudeau’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, published an embarrassing Twitter comment praising Syria and Nicaragua — and then blamed bureaucrats. (She was lying.)

Sometimes those scoops show something much more — like the total meltdown in Trudeau’s scheme to relocate tens of thousands of Syrian migrants to Canada. Whether it’s “refugees” saying they’re rather go home than stay in Canada, or the deliberate cover-up by Trudeau’s bureaucrats of the $50,000/year in benefits Trudeau gives each migrant family, it’s news The Rebel breaks, and that other media usually choose not to follow.

That’s a sad fact: while Media Party reporters focus on Trudeau’s fancy socks, our reporters break national scandals on a regular basis. But whether it’s because our competitors don’t want to acknowledge our journalism, or because the underlying stories are embarrassing to their own left-wing agendas, they often ignore our scoops, even when they can arguably be called the biggest stories of the year.

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A great team

There are about 20 of us working full-time at The Rebel. Most of our staff are behind the scenes — from our accountant, to our video editors, to our team that manages our e-mails and responds to requests for help.

The Rebel’s longest-serving full-time journalists are Ezra Levant, our Alberta bureau chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, and Ontario’s David Menzies. In September, Keean Bexte joined the Rebel, based in Calgary — but like all our journalists, he goes where the story is, including this dramatic confrontation with the terrorist Omar Khadr outside an Edmonton court house.

In London, Jack Buckby covers UK politics, including Brexit, the battles over free speech, and the crisis of Islamic terrorism. Martina Markota covers politics and culture.

We have a strong U.S. contingent, too, with Ben Davies covering Hollywood and doing movie reviews from a conservative point of view, Amanda Head covering the music and culture scene, and Kurt Schlichter, a retired Army infantry colonel who is a prolific author and practices as a trial lawyer.

And in Washington, D.C., but with a beat that covers all of the U.S. and Canada, is Rob Shimshock, the host of Campus Unmasked, our daily video series on crazy university news, from Antifa professors to the politically correct absurdities of grievance studies.

These Rebel contributors are joined by occasional guest commentators including Joel Pollak on U.S. politics, Allum Bokhari on Internet censorship, Candice Malcolm on Canadian current events, Lorne Gunter on Alberta news and dozens of other pundits and experts from around the world. With close to 11,000 videos produced and around ten more being added each day, it’s impossible to list them all, but some of our most popular videos of 2018 include a fun one by David Menzies about a vegetarian protest outside a meaty restaurant, and one by Sheila Gunn Reid about a crazed feminist on a Russian subway. You never know what’s going to go viral!

Putting ideas into action

Most of the time, The Rebel produces videos with news and commentary. But sometimes we just have to do something about what we’ve reported on, because if we don’t, no-one else will. Those campaigns can range from a simple petition to a political decision-maker, to putting up billboards, or even just fundraising for a charitable cause. Sometimes we do all of the above — like in the case of Omar Khadr, where we petitioned the government; commissioned a statistically valid public opinion poll; and even raised $230,000 to pay for college for Taryn and Tanner Speer, the children of Christopher Speer, the U.S. army medic murdered by Khadr.

(If you’ve never heard of Taryn and Tanner, and their mother, Tabitha, then you must be getting your news from the Media Party; they have written Khadr’s victims out of the narrative, and made him, a terrorist, into a victim himself. It’s a disgrace.)

In the past year or so, we ran dozens of campaigns, from a petition (and Jumbotron billboard campaign) to www.FireMorneau.com, to an information campaign against a pro-terrorist “Arab Idol” pop singer who was touring through Canada (we called that one www.HatefulIdol.com).

In the UK, we petitioned to keep a terrorist propagandist in prison for his whole term, commissioning an independent public opinion poll, a Jumbotron billboard truck, and even personally delivering the petition to the door of 10 Downing Street. In the end, Theresa May didn’t listen to the thousands of Brits demanding that she www.JailAnjem.com, but we ensured the whole of the UK knew about the scandal, their own version of Omar Khadr.

Our largest petition ever — close to 200,000 names — was done in cooperation with Tommy Robinson. It was to support UK troops who had been subjected to a political witch-hunt by military brass for simply taking selfies with Tommy at a gas station!

Sometimes we organize protests and rallies — for two years, we’ve been fighting against the carbon tax, with boisterous rallies against the scheme, when more timid conservative politicians were toying with endorsing the tax. Even the CBC felt compelled to report on our rallies, and we’ve kept o the issue ever since, keeping the pressure on with our own protests, and reporting on protests organized by others, too.

We distributed so many “stop the carbon tax” lawn signs, they’re still showing up — even in the pages of our competitors.

Politicians hate our campaigns — because they prefer citizens to be passive readers of the news. When we heard about a Canadian military base whose soldiers were so poor, they literally needed to use a foodbank, our viewers raised over $15,000. But when the military brass heard about that, they set in motion a massive effort to block our donation, out of fear that it would embarrass Justin Trudeau. They’re right, it did embarrass him — and so did the cover-up, that we discovered when we filed an access to information request. Dozens of military personnel were ordered to block our help for the troops. (If only they had been ordered to give help to the troops.)

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of military personnel or veterans in need of assistance, so we eventually found a veterans’ charity that wasn’t subject to Trudeau’s political veto.

We like to help people who are "forgotten" by the establishment; people who fight for justice, and suffer, and shouldn't fight or suffer alone -- that's why we've helped John Alabi, a Christian landlord unfairly prosecuted by his Muslim tenants, even though it's been an uphill battle. And we'll keep fighting for him, and for other forgotten people in 2019.

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Helping other journalists

One of the most successful campaigns we ran in 2018 was our www.RealReporters.uk crowdfunding campaign. We knew that the UK media was extremely biased against Tommy Robinson, to the point that they were simply not even covering the shocking court rulings in his favour. So we crowdfunded four other journalists from Canada, the U.S. and even Australia to fly to London with no obligation other than to report on the trial. It was a great success — and yielded some surprising results, when the UK Media Party didn’t recognize one of our reporters, and spoke too candidly near him.

Events

In addition to campaigns, we hold events, including our now-famous day-long Rebel Live conferences, where close to a thousand Rebel super-fans spend a day with our most interesting on-air personalities. In past years, guest speakers have included Prof. Jordan Peterson and Doug Ford (then a Toronto city councillor). In 2018, our speakers included Laurier University free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd and political leader Maxime Bernier (Andrew Scheer was also invited, but declined).

We also have periodic receptions around the country with our Producers Club members, often held at Legion Halls, for the patriotic symbolism, and we held our first donor appreciation dinner in the UK with Tommy Robinson.

In 2018, our most ambitious event was a fact-finding trip to Israel, where over 60 Rebel viewers joined us as we toured the country and were briefed by politicians, military personnel and academics, and had VIP access to events such as the graduation of Israeli Air Force cadets.

Books and documentaries

The Rebel has published several books since our inception, all of them becoming instant bestsellers. In 2016, we published Barbarians by Lauren Southern and The Destroyers by Sheila Gunn Reid; in 2017, Trumping Trudeau by Ezra Levant; and in 2018, The Case Against David Suzuki, also by Sheila.

In 2018 we produced our first two documentary films: www.SaveTheChristians.com, the story of ISIS’s ethnic cleansing of ancient Christians from Iraq, and www.killingfieldsmovie.com, about the violent attacks on the remaining white farmers in South Africa.

2018 by the Numbers

In August of 2018, we crossed the million subscriber mark on YouTube. As of December 28th, we have 1,116,236 YouTube subscribers, which is up by 250,034 from 2017. We have more YouTube subscribers than any other news network in Canada, including the CBC state broadcaster, though they have recently poured millions of dollars into marketing their YouTube channel and may catch up before 2019 is over.

The Rebel has 172,000 Facebook followers and 158,000 Twitter followers, and individual Rebel personalities have over 1 million followers on their own social media accounts.

The total number of people who have interacted with The Rebel — whether through our social media or through our petitions — is 3,467,182 and growing daily. If Rebel fans were a Canadian province, it would be bigger than Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia — combined!

To commemorate passing the YouTube milestone, we commissioned a special collection of Rebel lapel pins. You can see them at www.ThanksAMillion.ca — and we still have a few left if you want one.

We received a beautiful commemorative plaque from YouTube, with a letter of congratulations from their president. That was lovely, but we note that YouTube has demonetized our site, along with many other conservative news sites. That means they no longer allow our channel to be part of large advertising buys by premium advertisers, and their computer algorithms often automatically block ads from our videos altogether, especially when we use key words such as “Trudeau”, “feminism” or “terrorism” in headlines.

Left-leaning sites are not demonetized, and are never “de-platformed” on social media. It’s a threat that only conservative sites face. But as we approach our fourth birthday, we are confident that we have strong systems in place — including a proprietary app that doesn’t depend on YouTube, Facebook or other social media companies. (You can download it for free, here.)

Recruiting and developing new talent in 2019

Most Rebel reporters are new to the business — they have never been professional journalists before, and few have gone to journalism school. While that means they have a steep learning curve when they start, it also means they don’t have to un-learn the liberal groupthink that has come to define the profession.

Over the years, some Rebel personalities have come and gone — by definition, hiring “Rebels” is a volatile prospect. Some flame out; some are head-hunted away from us by deep-pocketed competitors; others want to spread their wings and try working independently.

Helping independent thinkers launch their media careers is a rewarding task, and Rebel alumni have gone on to make a name for themselves around the world — sometimes as dissident troublemakers. But in an era of conformity, that’s better than the alternative.

And that turnover gives us the exciting mandate of recruiting and developing new talent. We have three young journalists — two in Canada and one in the U.S. — who are preparing their debut at The Rebel in early 2019.

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What can Rebel viewers expect in 2019?

The Rebel will continue to do what our viewers want most from us — to tell the other side of the story. That means keeping a close eye on the United Nations; shining a light on stories that the Media Party wants to downplay, like open-borders, mass-immigration. It means speaking honestly about the threat posed by radical Islam, and the insanity of political correctness oozing out of our universities.

And we’ll be acutely sensitive to any attempts to silence us or other voices, either through government censorship, or the more insidious censorship by Silicon Valley tech companies.

We’ll do that through our daily videos; through our premium, long-form TV-style shows; and through events, conferences and meet-ups.

We’ll continue to raise a ruckus when we think governments are off base, holding rallies and launching petitions, and even putting up billboards if that’s what it takes. Somebody has to, and in an era of political correctness, that often falls to us. We’re beholden to no-one — no party, no politician. It’s in our name: we’re Rebels.

2019 is an important political year in Canada — Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau both face an angry electorate, and it’s our job to make sure Trudeau’s $595,000,000 media pay-off doesn’t smother real reporting. 2019 is also the year Brexit will happen — unless that referendum is overturned through an anti-democratic edict, which is not impossible to imagine.

We’ll cover these news stories honestly and vigorously.

And we expect to publish several books in the first quarter of 2019, to debut another documentary series; and to try out our new reporters to get them up to speed in advance of the elections.

Things we need to improve in 2019

We’re not part of a corporate giant; many of us are amateurs. We don’t always get it right. But we’ve survived all of our mistakes, and hopefully we’ve learned from them. 2018 was a year of steady growth and stability. Here’s what we want to improve in 2019:

1. New website, new store

In late October, we hired a new IT manager who has been busy updating our site, making it more secure, faster to load and more user-friendly. It’s a huge website, with tens of thousands of pages, so it has to be done carefully. Our big goal in 2019 is to re-launch the site with a new look and feel. Right now, most of our viewers find us on YouTube; we want to make our own website as beautiful and easy to use as that. Our goal is to have this done in the first quarter of 2019.

At the same time, we plan to revamp our Rebel merchandise store. There are so many great T-shirt, bumper sticker and hat ideas — plus other goodies, from coffee mugs to cell phone cases — and we just haven’t kept up.

Our new store will be easy to use, up to date, and most importantly, shipping fees will be reined in. We have found a great solution, and hope to have it up and running as soon as possible.

2. Better donor recognition

We take no government money, and YouTube has demonetized us, so we’ve survived on the support of our premium subscribers, and our $250/year Producers Club members and other donors. We have thousands of supporters, and the average gift since our inception is just over $62.

We need to do a better job of thanking donors — especially people who give on a recurring basis, and our super-supporters, who have gone beyond the call of duty. We have started to do that, with Ezra Levant setting aside time for scheduled thank-you calls to especially generous donors. In January, we will start a more methodical system, including Producers Club-style receptions for people who have gone beyond the call of duty in helping us.

3. Working with volunteers — and rewarding them

Since we started, we’ve had supporters offer to act as volunteers for us, but it was always difficult to manage, given how geographically spread out our support base is. And volunteers need to have meaningful work, that is truly connected to the success of The Rebel.

One of our new IT manager’s goals is to improve the volunteer tools on our website, to allow our grassroots supporters to help us, especially in spreading the word about The Rebel (which is especially necessary given our lack of a marketing budget!) For example, Rebel ambassadors will be able to earn points for sharing Rebel news stories on Facebook and Twitter — and also for donating to our crowdfunding campaigns! — and those points can be redeemed for goodies, including special online meet-ups for our most enthusiastic fans.

4. Personnel “wish list”

Hiring an IT manager was a key success for us in 2018. If our budget could sustain it, in 2019 we’d ideally hire:

  • * an additional travelling reporter, to help cover the 2019 Canadian federal election and other breaking news around North America
  • * a Facebook manager, to unlock the potential traffic from that massive site and other social media
  • * a coalitions manager, to promote our work to like-minded groups and allies around world, including becoming the go-to journalists for foreign media looking for comment on Canadian stories
The greatest dangers of 2019

The greatest danger to The Rebel in 2019 is not from competitors — in Canada, there will actually be less competition, as most mainstream media sign on to Justin Trudeau’s bail-out fund, and effectively neuter themselves politically. We regard other conservative-leaning websites, like Ontario Proud, the True North Initiative, and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, as allies in our lonely fight.

Rather, the greatest danger to The Rebel is being de-platformed — through government action; through lawfare-style litigation; or most ominously, through censorship by Silicon Valley corporate giants that we rely upon, like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or even more important infrastructure, such as credit card processors like PayPal.

We’ve had a taste of government prosecution before; and unfortunately we’re very familiar with lawfare — right now, we’re being sued by anti-Israel extremists, in an obvious attempt to censor us. We have excellent lawyers and are confident of our position, but it is still a drain on our time and money.

But the threat of a sudden, unexplained corporate blacklisting — such as has happened to a number of conservative-leaning Internet-based media in recent months — remains an existential threat. We have had smooth sailing for a while; but unlike government prosecution or civil litigation, deplatforming strikes without any warning and often without any explanation. And Trudeau’s demand of Facebook that they censor his opponents during the 2019 election campaign is so obviously pointed at us, we must stay vigilant, and our lawyers must be ready on a moment’s notice to apply to the courts if Facebook or any other tech companies submit to Trudeau’s demands to censor us.

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The greatest opportunities of 2019

It’s easy to become pessimistic in the face of so many threats. But in February, The Rebel will turn four years old. And so many liberal media outlets who predicted our demise — and in fact, lusted for it — are themselves collapsing, as fewer and fewer Canadians are willing to read their predictable, boring, government-approved “journalism”. The Rebel’s epitaph has been written countless times, and sometimes things did indeed look rough. But it was precisely in those tough times that our viewers showed they cared the most.

And that’s our secret — a secret that our competitors probably know, but would never have the courage to act on. Forget what the Media Party “mean girls” say; forget politicians calling you names, forget pundits scolding you. Just do what’s right, tell it like it is, tell the other side of the story, show some courage, and listen to the people. Report the news.

It’s what’s turned us into the largest YouTube channel in Canada, it’s what’s motivated us to dig up literally hundreds of scoops and run circles around the think-alikes of the mainstream media so far.

So: wish us luck in 2019. And if you can, please click here to join the thousands of Canadians — and friends around the world — who really value an independent media that fights for them.

And don’t let the bastards grind you down. Rejoice in the fact that around the world, whether it’s Brexit in the UK, Trump’s “deplorables” in the U.S., or the rising democratic nationalism across Europe, we the people really can push back against the corrupt elites, and even win.

That’s our job at the Rebel, and we love doing it. Hopefully you love watching it, and will help us continue our work in this critical year ahead.

Yours truly,

Ezra Levant
Rebel Commander

P.S. Thank you for helping us build The Rebel. We wouldn’t exist without you.

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commented 2019-01-07 21:44:37 -0500
Rebel Media Quietly Dropped Katie Hopkins

By Jared Holt | January 7, 2019 12:03 pm

Rebel Media personality Katie Hopkins seeks public support after the mayor of Molenbeek sued her defamation in a video posted May 18, 2018. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube.com)

The Canadian far-right web network, The Rebel, and racist media personality Katie Hopkins appear to have parted ways months ago. Neither Hopkins nor The Rebel have made announcements regarding Hopkins’ departure.

Hopkins joined The Rebel at the start of 2018, where she spent months producing columns and video segments for the web platform that largely revolved around fear-mongering about immigrants and advancing racist and white nationalist tropes. Hopkins’ website still displays this message:

Dear friends and foes,

As we dive into 2018, I could not be more excited to share my news. I have joined the team at Rebel Media and am thrilled to already be working hard on my first mission with Hopkins World.

[…]

With this platform provided by Rebel Media, and the kind support of my sponsors, subscribers, and adversaries, we will be heard.

The Rebel has not uploaded a video featuring Hopkins since October. Hopkins no longer appears on The Rebel’s staff list on the website’s “about us” page and is also not mentioned by name in The Rebel’s 2018 annual report. However, Rebel “Commander” Ezra Levant described Hopkins as one of “our own” as recently as November 10. Episodes of Hopkins’ Rebel.media show have been moved into the site’s archives.

Rebel Media’s website shows that Katie Hopkins’ show, “Hopkins World,” has been archived.

Right Wing Watch reached out to The Rebel and Hopkins for comment but did not receive responses. Vice News reported in 2017 that “Levant requires Rebel employees to sign strict non-disclosure agreements and has a history of being litigious.”

In September, Hopkins applied for an insolvency agreement to avoid bankruptcy after she lost a libel case involving food writer Jack Monroe. Hopkins’ prior employer Mail Online (an affiliate of Daily Mail) paid “substantial damages” to a teacher that Hopkins had made false accusations against.

The Rebel’s YouTube channel, Rebel Media, has more than one million subscribers, but only occasionally breaks more than 10,000 views on any given video

Hopkins is the latest figure through The Rebel’s revolving door for far-right media personalities who have served up white nationalism, including Jack Posobiec, Lauren Southern, and Faith Goldy.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rebel-media-quietly-dropped-katie-hopkins/
commented 2019-01-02 20:51:51 -0500
Suggestions:
Deplatforming – Get on Gab now (at least a mirror acct) for when Twitter bans you. Get on BitChute for when YouTube/FB bans you.
A BC reporter (missing Christopher Wilson’s reports)

The Rebel is doing a great job getting the news that the leftist MSM will not broadcast.
commented 2018-12-31 21:09:10 -0500
Excellent report Ezra and probably the longest that you have ever written, on the Rebel at least. I found it uplifting, scary, sad, stirring, happy, thoughtful and inspiring. One thing is certain, the Rebel has to keep on fighting regardless of outside interference by the MSM and the Trudeau Gang, even if communication is by Cell Phone and a weekly Newsletter. Rebel members must never be in a position where they cannot express their thoughts and communicate via comments. Rebel members must always have access to the articles published by the Rebel.

Keep up the good work Ezra and we, who Rebel will help you fight the good fight.
commented 2018-12-31 19:35:27 -0500
I actually feel optomistic about 2019. My prayer is that we get rid of Notley and Trudeau. I also hope John Horgan, Horgan the horrible, also goes down to defeat. And when I get my yellow vest from The Rebel Store, I’ll wear it proudly everywhere I go. What an awesome conversation starter.
commented 2018-12-31 19:10:12 -0500
Great write up Ezra! Thankyou for your great reporting! Cheers!
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