July 17, 2015

Catherine Porter vs. Ezra Levant: Toronto Star's "mea culpa" is admirable, but it left out something important -- and disturbing

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I was pleased to see the Toronto Star's public editor acknowledge that one of their writers misrepresented me in a recent story.

As you might recall, the Star's "social justice" columnist, Catherine Porter, wrote about her encounter with me at a Toronto climate change protest.

Her account differed significantly from mine -- and I had the video tape to prove it.

I posted the whole video, readers complained to the Star, and today, in a full page article, the paper acknowledged that Porter had made mistakes.

I give them credit for being honest and showing integrity. It's not something you see in the media every day.

But that's not the end:

The public editor told me something about Catherine Porter that didn't make it into the Star's story today.

It's so weird, I can barely believe it.

Watch my report and see what you think...

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commented 2015-07-20 17:23:20 -0400
Here’s my favourite saying of the day for some of you…and you know who!!!
“Why be difficult when, with a little effort, you can be impossible!”

…and also this one
“I had fun once…it was AWFUL!” ~

These are the sayings on my fridge that keep me laughing at those who don’t seem to be able to enjoy life without being a pain to someone else…

as for the Star…that is amazing! Reading the Star is like inviting a troll into your every thought, every day, all the time…no thanks!
commented 2015-07-20 13:45:56 -0400
Kudos to the star for taking a stand on journalistic integrity.!!!!! I get that we all can interpret and remembers events with some variance but we should never be to big to say I got it wrong or I just don’t remember the facts or order of events with or without the camera rolling. If you are going to dig your heels in the sand make sure the hole is big enough to bury your head in.
commented 2015-07-20 13:28:19 -0400
Better a circle jerk than a square jerk.
commented 2015-07-20 13:20:57 -0400
I realize that you conservatives would prefer that The Rebel be a circle jerk paradise – but opposing view and challenging what Ezra Levant has to say is important and needed.
commented 2015-07-20 13:06:26 -0400
Very apt advice from the article Michael Krchnak linked to:

“The next time you encounter a troll online, remember: These trolls are some truly difficult people. It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them."
commented 2015-07-19 21:11:06 -0400
Jimmy Daaaaa…., Terry and the rest of you progressive wing nuts who like to troll this site. Here is little light reading for you.
commented 2015-07-19 20:15:16 -0400
It is too bad Jimmy has to piss in every comment thread.
In order NOT to feed the troll, conversations have to be cut short.
The trolls effectively shut down conversation. Not with dissenting opinions, but with insults and slurs.
Anyone who bothers to make an opinion on their own knows he has quite the version of the facts.
commented 2015-07-19 17:59:12 -0400

LOL. Nice excuse regarding Ezra’s lawyer. No one wants a defense of “he has no credibility” and “no one should take him seriously” – no matter who the judge is, unless it’s actually true.
commented 2015-07-19 14:47:46 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva is the perfect man, just like Mohammed (a legend in his own mind). It is wrong for us to criticize him. Sarcasm intended.
commented 2015-07-19 13:00:55 -0400
Otherwise known as Jimmy having no life. And only get’s his REAL information from left wing propaganda. As far as Ezra’s lawyer, certain defenses are the only way when dealing with liberally elected judges. Or haven’t you figured out that our “justice” system is more biased to the left then you are…?
commented 2015-07-19 12:19:17 -0400

Because The Rebel is like a mocking paradise with you moronic conservatives. It’s very entertaining in this regard.
commented 2015-07-19 12:17:26 -0400

It doesn’t matter if the story is 20 years old – Ezra’s own lawyer had to defend him by saying that Ezra shouldn’t be taken seriously, he isn’t reputable and that he makes shit up just to get a reaction.

Please explain why his lawyer would use such a defense if Ezra is so reputable – keeping in mind that Ezra was fine with it? Again from his lawyer: if you want to enjoy Ezra Levant as entertainment, that’s fine – but he shouldn’t be taken seriously – thus he is not responsible for the lies that he tells. It’s your fault for believing it.
commented 2015-07-19 10:25:53 -0400
Eric said, “The law society hearing is just as bogus. When will you learn???”

Jimmy will never learn. All he wants to do is be an lying asshole, and he is extremely good at it.

Congratz Jimmy! You are good at something after all, just not good for anything.
commented 2015-07-19 08:58:09 -0400
If Ezra has “zero credibility”…..why are you commenting on his site, Jimmy? Please stop chasing your own tail.
commented 2015-07-19 04:21:52 -0400
Um, Jimmy, not sure if you were aware, but this story is over a YEAR OLD. And, the decision is being appealed because it effectively stifles free speech about anti-semitism. As far as this alleged “victim” is concerned, he apparently had no trouble finding a job at a large, reputable firm, despite the basis of his original complaint being that Ezra’s fair comments had hindered his finding employment.
The law society hearing is just as bogus. When will you learn???
commented 2015-07-19 01:42:48 -0400
I really love Ezra’s own lawyer saying that Ezra shouldn’t be taken seriously and he is known for saying outlandish (bullshit) things and that he is a troublemaker.

LOL. Awesome way to defend a client – Ezra has zero credibility and his reputation is in the toilet, so he can’t be guilty – because no one should be taking him seriously in the first place.

Except there are bunch of mindless fucking sheep here that do. Again, Ezra’s own lawyer had no choice, but to state the truth and reality about Ezra Levant.

I can’t wait to see how his minions try to spin this.

commented 2015-07-18 23:37:46 -0400
Lucas (or whatever): Ezra, apparently, got someone’s name wrong on a show. OH. MY. GAWD!!! The fact that he hasn’t been executed for this yet is the biggest miscarriage of justice in forever!
Give it a rest, loser.
commented 2015-07-18 20:19:10 -0400
Peter I don’t think they do. Same as all the oil/gas protesters who show up at protests driving a car. Wearing oil based by products and going home to a house filled with oil based by products. Then they sit down in front of their oil by product computer and complain about oil. I haven’t met one yet who can grasp this simple concept. They seem to have lots of energy to protest and want “someone else” to do something just as long as it doesn’t affect their life style. It is an odd approach to life.
commented 2015-07-18 17:50:01 -0400
No matter how much the leftwingnuts (Jimmy Da Silva, Lucas Browcaw, and Terry RUdden) that post on this website desperately want to point the finger at Ezra to distract from what Porter did (or whatever the topic is), it does not change the fact that Porter is a liar and continues to lie even in the face of facts contradicting her lies.

Ezra make mistakes the occasional factual mistake and then owns up to them when presented with the facts.

Lefties have to get over this this whole concept that when someone makes a mistake when presenting something, such as Ezra has done, that it does not make them a liar, just mistaken. A lie is a DELIBERATE misrepresentation. A mistake is not deliberate.

Porter deliberately misrepresented the encounter. Ezra does occasionally get the facts wrong, but it is not deliberate and he admits his mistake later.

Do any of you left wing nitwits grasp this concept? Do you understand the difference?
commented 2015-07-18 16:31:06 -0400
One can only assume the Red Star was getting some blowback on this story which pushed them to act, rather than just bury the issue. Regardless, it was the proper thing to do. That said, there is still material for a lawsuit should it ever come to that.
commented 2015-07-18 15:15:51 -0400
Dennis….Facts-shmacts…..when does the truth and balance ever count in left-wing activist journalism?
commented 2015-07-18 15:14:31 -0400
Porter is a true journalist in the mode of Brian williams, they have all been schooled in creative writing with the aim of generating revenue with their commentary, without being restrained by the actual facts.
commented 2015-07-18 13:14:30 -0400
So Lucas, or whoever you are… Ezra ADMITTED his error when it was brought to his attention. Porter is STILL denying she did anything wrong. Care to comment on that?
commented 2015-07-18 13:02:17 -0400
Lucas Lowbrow—I mean Browcaw – care to comment on the story here or do you rely on distractions to make your point?
commented 2015-07-18 12:54:47 -0400
Ezra preaches freedom of speech but bars profiles that draw attention to his hypocrisy and lack of integrity which is his favorite accusation to hurl at others.

Ezra, you can bar as many profiles as I can create but you cannot stop the truth of who and what you are from being revealed.

Broadcasting inaccurate information

On January 23, 2013, Levant showed video of a protest that had occurred in front of the Sun News office in Toronto in which protesters objected to the Sun’s coverage of the Idle No More movement. Levant replayed the clip on a subsequent show and proceeded to identify one couple by name claiming that they were “professional protesters.” The couple subsequently contacted Sun to complain that it was not them in the clip, that they had not attended the protest nor even been in Toronto at the time and then complained to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council when the Sun did not correct their story. “The CBSC’s National Specialty Services Panel concluded that Sun News Network breached Clause 6 of the CAB Code of Ethics for including inaccurate information in the talk show. Levant had acknowledged his error on the February 8 episode of The Source.”59

commented 2015-07-18 12:52:01 -0400
Fraser McBurney…..ummmm, thanks?
commented 2015-07-18 12:34:02 -0400
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1950 Honolulu Hawaii – Royal Canadian Navy destroyers HMCS Cayuga, Athabaskan, and Sioux arrive at Pearl Harbor escorted by cruiser Ontario; to join US naval task force to operate against the Communists in Korea as part of the United Nations contingent; war began June 25.
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1691 The Pas Manitoba – Henry Kelsey c1667-1724 travels up Saskatchewan and Carrot River to Prairies; first European to record the buffalo and grizzly bear.
1909 Ottawa Ontario
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1878 Hamilton Ontario – Hamilton District Telegraph Company opens first telephone exchange in the British Empire.
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1783 Montreal Quebec –
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1872 Roald Amundsen 1872-1928
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1792 Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario – John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806 issues a royal proclamation dividing Upper Canada into districts and counties, and setting the allotment of representatives
1536 St-Malo France – Jacques Cartier 1491-1557 returns to St. Malo after his second voyage to the new world, an absence of 14 months.
Montreal Quebec – Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the Montreal Summer Olympic Games in the afternoon, before Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and an enthusiastic crowd of 73,000 at Olympic Stadium; the Games of the XXI Olympiad are Canada’s first Olympics and will cost $1.5 bilion, much for massive anti-terrorist security. A total of 6,085 competitors from 92 nations compete over 16 days; the Stade olympique is unfinished, and 21 countries, mostly African, boycott the games; Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is the sensation of the games with two perfect 10 scores. Canada will win five silver and six bronze medals, becoming the first host country not to win a gold medal.
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1944 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Royal Canadian Navy escorts war’s largest convoy of 167 ships into Atlantic; meets no U-Boat opposition; RCN now controls all Battle of the Atlantic escort forces.
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1838 Niagara Falls, Ontario – John Lambton, Lord Durham 1792-1840 reviews the 43rd and other regulars at Niagara; a show of force to impress American sympathizers of the rebels
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1673 Quebec – Second census of New France shows a population of 6,705.
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1817 Red River Manitoba – Thomas Douglas, Lord Selkirk 1771-1820 makes first treaty with local Ojibway and Swampy Cree people on behalf of King George III.
1944 Caen France – Bomber Command sends 100 RAF and RCAF planes to attack German defenses around Caen; much of the city destroyed and up to 3,000 French killed; Canadians and British gain a few miles in attacks beyond Caen in Operation Goodwood/Atlantic to secure Vaucelles and Colombelles, preparing the way to break through the triangle to Falaise; the 2nd Infantry under Maj. Gen. Charles Foulkes comes into line to join the 3rd and 2nd Armoured Brigade of Lt. Gen. Guy Simonds’ 2nd Corps and they move forward to take the German stronghold on the Verrières Ridge.
1922 Quebec Quebec – Joseph-Elzéar Bernier leaves Quebec City in command of the Canadian Government Arctic Expedition, sent to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
1853 Montreal Quebec – Trains start running over first North American international railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal.
1577 Frobisher Bay NWT
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1950 Korea – UN asks RCAF transport squadron to assist in United Nations airlift in Korea.
1944 Normandy France – Canadians and British start Operation Goodwood/Atlantic, to secure Vaucelles and Colombelles, and prepare the break through to Falaise. General Dempsey, commander British 2nd Army, launches his Eighth Corps of three armoured divisions south of Caen; attacked by 1st SS Panzer Division and forced to halt; 7th Armoured Division fails to capture Verrières and Bourguebus Ridges; the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division under Maj. Gen. Charles Foulkes comes into line to join the 3rd and 2nd Armoured Brigades of the 2nd Canadian Corps under Lt. Gen. Guy Simonds, who fight on the Eighth’s right with infantry; ordered to cross the Orne River into the southeastern suburbs of Caen, force the enemy out of his entrenched positions there, and then forge southward into open country. Their tanks are neutralized by German anti-tank fire and the infantry are decimated as they advance; they gain Colombelles and the Queen’s Own captures Giberville. The rest of the 8th Brigade passes south, and by nightfall the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division has taken Cormelles and the eastern part of Vaucelles; the southern part of Caen is cleared; the Black Watch cross the Orne River, and advance to St-Andre-sur-Orne and the northern edge of Verrières Ridge.
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commented 2015-07-18 12:14:48 -0400
Good posting Ezra. You are much kinder than me. Catherine Porter is not just some otherwise well-meaning fibber or a benign fabulous, she is an out and out liar and she is guilt of libelous behavior. A less generous and kind person than you would take this POS to court; particularly when one of her own colleagues at the Toronto Star, Cathy English, made the effort to call her out.
commented 2015-07-18 12:08:24 -0400
Pathological sociopath would be the term I would use to describe Porter. (And Jimmy)
I would still sue for slander Ezra