February 14, 2019

Tomorrow, The Rebel Media celebrates its fourth anniversary: Looking back — and ahead to the future

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Four years ago I read on Twitter that I was out of a job.

Someone had leaked the news to a rival news agency that the Sun News Network was being shut down. It was a depressing way to learn it, though I imagine there was no good way. It was pretty sad, but frankly, no-one was surprised.

We had been euthanized by the CRTC. Our owner, Quebecor, had pumped, I don’t know, $50 million into us, on the expectation that we’d be treated the same way by the government regulator as the two existing all-news channels owned by CTV and CBC Newsworld.

But we weren’t.

Like I say, we all knew the end was coming. So I had been thinking a bit about possibilities of life after the Sun, and that day, when we were all commiserating, I invited some of my colleagues to come to my house to see if we could hammer out a plan to keep the momentum going online that we had on TV.

I knew our audience wasn’t huge — because of course the CRTC had ensured we were hard to find, hard to order, and in many cases, simply not available. But we had built up a loyal audience over the years, and I knew we had to catch them quickly to let them know we had a plan.

So we immediately put up a video, just to let people know we were working on it.

We started making videos, very home-made, almost all of them outside, and it was as cold four years ago as it is now. My old studio had cost more than a million bucks to build; it had huge robotic cameras that cost more than a quarter million bucks each. At Sun News, it was 200 people — including, for example, a make-up team!

Well, none of that at The Rebel — we used $2,000 hand-held video cameras, edited things on our laptops, and uploaded videos to YouTube. We knew we had to go ultra low cost to survive.

We became, and we still are, the largest YouTube news channel in Canada, measured by the number of our subscribers — we now have over 1.1 million. But YouTube has punished us, by cutting off ads to us — not just to us, but to all conservative news sites. But they haven’t banned us yet; and they in fact have sent us plaques commemorating our huge milestones.

We have now, actually, been operating the Rebel for longer than Sun News was on the air. We’ve published more than 11,000 videos and we upload around ten more every day.

TONIGHT I'll look back at our last four years, and how far we have come.

As we mark our fourth anniversary — and enter our fifth year — we do so stronger than we ever have been. And, if I may say so, more needed than ever. With Trudeau paying off the mainstream media with his slush fund, and social media companies censoring conservatives, our Rebel voice is needed, in Canada, and even around the world.

Thank you to our staff; thank you to our crowdfunding donors. Thank you to our on-air talent, who are routinely abused in public, either through mere slander, or, unfortunately, actually physical attacks — including David Menzies, just last week.

Thank you to everyone who believed in us.

And most of all — thank you, our viewers. You are the reason we do this.

And I hope we will continue to serve you for years to come.

Happy birthday to us — I promise you, we’ll keep fighting for freedom...

NEXT: Commentator Pardes Seleh joins me to talk about the scandals coming to the surface now that Democrat Amy Klobuchar has declared her run for the presidency in 2020.

It hasn't taken long for many of Klobuchar's former employees to come forward with strange and disturbing allegations about what kind of boss she was. Is this really someone we want running the United States?

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-02-22 01:02:19 -0500
I will pay for evidence put forward if Ezra Levant can smile without frightening anybody.
So what if his nose almost touches his chin. God made him beautiful just the way he is and he can show a natural smile even if it scares us so.
I do. All the time.
commented 2019-02-16 02:19:06 -0500
John Wick the Rebel is a media watchdog as well.
commented 2019-02-15 18:41:22 -0500
Keep fighting to help inform Canadians.
commented 2019-02-15 16:54:23 -0500
It would, wouldn’t it ,Ron Shea. I am sure Butts and the other dystopians currently in charge, curse Ezra’s name everyday.
There would be so many more Canadians without the factual information to make informed decisions. It is amazing all the source material the Rebel has made available which the average person wouldn’t have had time to search or bothered to search out. It really is a service, and the guys who are up to no good don’t like us being that informed. It makes it much harder for them to pull the wool over our eyes.
commented 2019-02-15 16:42:48 -0500
Alberta Maga,

What does Canadaland have to do with The Rebel? They are completely different sites and are not in competition. I would expect The Rebel to do better than Canadaland.

Do you ever know what you are talking about?
commented 2019-02-15 13:55:22 -0500
Without ‘The Rebel’ Canada would be in a much, much darker place then it is presently. The Rebel commentators are passionate, articulate and informed Canadian patriots and ‘The Rebel’ enhances their knowledge and patriotism. God bless Ezra, the reporters and all the staff.

A 14 year old asks Andrew Scheer why he is avoids the Rebel. In typical Scheer fashion, Scheer avoids directly answering the question. But as he told CBC today, when asked if he would cut funding to the CBC, Scheer said “the best way to avoid cuts would be to vote out the Liberals this October.”
”https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/andrew-scheer-on-nova-scotia-issues-1.5017920?cmp=rss" rel="nofollow">https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/andrew-scheer-on-nova-scotia-issues-1.5017920?cmp=rss

Scheer would just give non-answers and probably would be embarrassed if Ezra gave him a serious interview as to why he should be PM of Canada, which is why he won’t dare come on ‘The Rebel’ again. Scheer is just hoping to receive all the “I hate Trudeau” votes.

Scheer has no plan to end equalization payments to the provinces.
No plan to slow or stop immigration.
No plan to stop crony capitalism.
No plan to end identity politics.
No plan to end supply management cartels in dairy, media and forestry.
No plan to abolish corporate welfare.
No plan to defund the CBC.
No plan on the sinister UN pact on migration.
No plan to end the Paris Climate Accord which he whipped all his MP’s into signing.

“Walk with me the wise man said. But then he walked behind.” Leonard Cohen If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything. Pandering Andy is the man with no plan.
commented 2019-02-15 12:09:07 -0500
Al, it was impressive that that young teen called him out on camera for banning the Rebel from the conference though. You’d think he’d be a bit shamed.
commented 2019-02-15 12:01:42 -0500
Seems like just yesterday we were building the Rebel brick by brick, after the loss of the SNN. Have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Keep it going. Many thanks to the Rebel team and fellow supporters.
commented 2019-02-15 10:56:31 -0500
When I first stumbled onto The Rebel from a link in a NFA email it was like finally getting out the smog and breathing fresh air. Ahhhhh….
commented 2019-02-15 10:55:16 -0500
Liza, it appears that Scheer has learned well from The Groper. Neither one will answer a question directly but instead they follow this approach:

“The more troublesome a problem, the more desiccated and vague the public language describing it should be”.
commented 2019-02-15 10:15:13 -0500
Congrats to Ezra and his team!!!!

Thanks for holding all levels of government and politicians to account – even if they snub you.
EZRA: Why is Manny so anti-Bernier?
commented 2019-02-15 10:09:22 -0500
Happy Birthday Rebel! Been with you from day 1 and will continue to contribute to the dark side lol. Cheers!
commented 2019-02-15 10:01:26 -0500
Happy birthday, Rebel Media!
commented 2019-02-15 10:01:26 -0500
Happy birthday, Rebel Media!
commented 2019-02-15 08:16:33 -0500
Keep the good work ! I’ve followed the Sun Media since the very first hours of the TV news show . All the best in the future !
commented 2019-02-15 07:45:25 -0500
Hi Ezra been here since the beginning and the Rebel is a success despite the efforts of the wood be sensors and nuisance law suits.
As a result I have gone to my first protests and rally,s at the ledge in my life.
You and the team also have my support.
commented 2019-02-15 03:44:38 -0500
Well done Ezra , you will always have my support.
commented 2019-02-15 03:44:16 -0500
John Wick no that would be Jesse Brown, and Ezra is far more successful no matter how much you whine and claim otherwise LMAO! 4 years and many more to come and you cannot do a damn thing about it.
commented 2019-02-15 00:55:39 -0500
Speaking of Sun News, can anyone explain why the EZRA Show was on at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm Pacific Time during the week? Surely there was someone else with talent in the Toronto area?
commented 2019-02-15 00:15:27 -0500
Keep those thoroughly cited,researched and access to information reviewed “conspiracy theories” coming and lets hope the conservative party “engages in peddling” more of them.
commented 2019-02-15 00:12:19 -0500
Viva Levant Libra, get us out of this hole in which we sink Ezra….Les’t we should pause and blink, The enemy we need hoodwink.
commented 2019-02-15 00:12:11 -0500
An interview with Scheer would be stellar! I know he has been invited more than once. He has declined . I hope he changes his mind as well. I agree Karen that would be awesome.
commented 2019-02-15 00:05:37 -0500
I really hope in the new year, Andrew Scheer is interviewed. Not promoted, not shunned, but interviewed…
If someone handed me a million dollar cheque, it would not be as sweet as seeing that happen.
I’d drop dead instantly.
What do other people want to see from the Rebel in the year ahead?
commented 2019-02-14 23:26:16 -0500
Well you’re welcome. And thanks for bringing us out of the dark
commented 2019-02-14 23:23:21 -0500
I think the Rebel used “Fearless” in a lot of its promotion.
In the absence of another commentator, I offer this.
The song is neither pro-life or pro-abortion.
Congrats Rebel.