August 14, 2017

Alt-right and alt-left clash in Charlottesville: What happens now?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Until this weekend, I knew Charlottesville, Virginia as home to perhaps the most beautiful university campus in America: the University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. 

But this weekend it became a place where two extremist street gangs clashed, and three people ended up dead.

Our own Faith Goldy covered the alt-right rally in Charlottesville. She was reporting from the midst of a leftist counter-protest, when someone rammed their car into the crowd.

Had Faith been five feet further onto the street, she might have been killed.

Now, the events in Charlottesville, and our coverage of them, has become fodder for our critics, who are desperate to paint us as racist or even neo-Nazi.

It’s bizarre — I’m a proud Jew myself, and we have people of a variety of races and backgrounds working with us.

Simply covering controversial figures doesn’t mean we agree with those controversial figures. It means we’re covering the news, not just Justin Trudeau’s socks.

A year ago, I thought being alt-right meant saying no to wishy-washy fake conservatives, and having fun on the Internet with goofy images. 

But the alt-right has changed into something new, especially since Trump’s election. Now the leading figure is Richard Spencer, who released a racist manifesto in Charlottesville. He admits he is not conservative but an economic socialist who believes your race is your key characteristic.

As I told The Rebel staff — and you — today, we disagree.

We believe that character, ideas and actions are more important than skin colour, sex or sexual orientation.

We will continue to report on the the alt-right the same way we approach the alt-left: As the most honest reporters out there. (Which is why everyone from NBC to CBS to Reuters asked us for permission to use our footage this weekend…)

TONIGHT’S GUESTS: Faith Goldy joins me to talk about what happened in Charlottesville; then the Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein and I talk about Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s decision to step down.

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commented 2017-08-16 21:30:17 -0400
“I think that this will leave the impression that you are an extremist, “alt-right””

It’s not an impression. It’s a fact.

Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s ties to right-wing groups

What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me."

I am also not comfortable with the increasingly harsh tone taken on issues like immigration, or Islam. There are ways to disagree on policy without resorting to us versus them rhetoric."

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/rebel-media-co-founder-quits-over-companys-perceived-white-supremacist-ties/article35988984/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&
commented 2017-08-16 21:29:06 -0400
“Ayan Ray: If you had been paying attention you would have known Ezra reserved support for Kevin Johnston in order to get more information.”

If you learn to read, you would know that is a lie.

Is this how you “reserve support?”

https://www.therebel.media/the_consequences_of_silencing_criticism_of_islam

“Kevin has been ordered not to publish details relating to the charges, but we did discuss the Canadian government’s crackdown of opinions critical of Islam.”

https://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_july_27_2017

“And I can’t help but think:

How long until the police come to my house, to handcuff me in front of my wife and kids, for what I say on TV?"

Ezra Levant and the like are not telling the truth and inciting hatred and violence through divisive and biased news coverage.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-16 16:10:18 -0400
Hi Ezra, I’m really discouraged with the departure of Brian Lilley, Barbara Kay and John Robson. I think that this will leave the impression that you are an extremist, “alt-right” and it will start a domino effect, so that we will have NO one to speak for concerned conservatives! I think that it would be good for you to put this video ( including your comments at the end, outside the pay wall, so that anyone who wonders will be able to know exactly where you, and then.Rebel, stand! Please Fight Back! We need you!
commented 2017-08-16 16:10:09 -0400
Totally confused at Lilley leaving and his reasoning. When not many were watching Sun and then followed to the Rebel he was someone to watch along with the myriad of others who have joined up with the Rebel.

This entire world has gone to chit in a hand basket. I am so sick of feeling like I have no voice, none of us have a voice any more in our own Country. It is absolute BS!!!

The main stream medias (yes Fake news) has been up the Lefts arses for so long they know no different! Sick of them all… Go Rebel! If they are not talking about you then you are doing something wrong, if they are talking about you, then you are doing it all right!

Brian Lilley you’ve got some splainin’ to do to true blue followers IMHO!
commented 2017-08-15 19:34:04 -0400
In a nutshell Freedom Rebel, in a nutshell. They are both blowing smoke out their rears.
commented 2017-08-15 19:31:49 -0400
I think a better word for reserved would be withheld so as those who are inclined won’t deliberately misunderstand.
commented 2017-08-15 19:28:22 -0400
Ayan Ray: If you had been paying attention you would have known Ezra reserved support for Kevin Johnston in order to get more information. If the government/courts hadn’t put publication bans on it and been so secretive we all would have known allot more earlier. So much for your transparent liberal government.
commented 2017-08-15 19:22:59 -0400
“The only hate I see here on The Rebel comes from Kelly Weber and Ayan Ray.”

Are you mad because I pointed out the truth?

What Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you.

Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s ties to right-wing groups

What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me."

I am also not comfortable with the increasingly harsh tone taken on issues like immigration, or Islam. There are ways to disagree on policy without resorting to us versus them rhetoric."

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/rebel-media-co-founder-quits-over-companys-perceived-white-supremacist-ties/article35988984/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Ezra Levant and the like are not telling the truth and inciting hatred and violence through divisive and biased news coverage.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-15 19:20:56 -0400
Donald Trump hit a major nerve when he revealed and denounced the violence of all sides (including Antifa) This is why the left has come unhinged and has pulled out all the stops. Don Lemon on CNN today claimed he didn’t know Antifa … and he has been a journalist how long? Seriously Denouncing violence of Antifa does not = support for white nationalists. It means nobody should be showing up at rallies with weapons. The rule of law is meant for all. I have to wonder why the left is covering up for them. Are they the new arm of violence being used by the left to bring about their globalist agenda? We have seen from project veritas the Democrats were more than willing to hire thugs to cause problems and try to blame it on Trump supporters.
commented 2017-08-15 19:19:55 -0400
“I share Kevin’s passion in that I do not want my grandchildren indoctrinated into seeing that as normal and acceptable.”

It’s obvious that you are indoctrinating your grandchildren into something far worse.

Ezra Levant and the like are not telling the truth and inciting hatred and violence through divisive and biased news coverage.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html
commented 2017-08-15 19:18:38 -0400
“Ayan Ray, even YOU don’t believe your bullshit!”

Here’s more BS for you.

What Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you.

Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s ties to right-wing groups

What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me."

I am also not comfortable with the increasingly harsh tone taken on issues like immigration, or Islam. There are ways to disagree on policy without resorting to us versus them rhetoric."

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/rebel-media-co-founder-quits-over-companys-perceived-white-supremacist-ties/article35988984/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&
commented 2017-08-15 17:45:18 -0400
We are being bullied, and instead of standing up against the bullies, he caves because he doesn’t want to be associated with the nasty names (which don’t apply) that the bullies are dishing out. Thanks for nothing Brian. I can’t get over the cowardice or the timing. That sure shows the cut of your cloth.
commented 2017-08-15 17:22:41 -0400
Brian sure comes off as a pious prick.
commented 2017-08-15 15:26:46 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 2 hours ago
This makes me think about a situation here in Canada that we hear nothing of anymore and will probably never hear the truth about. It has been buried. A stupid white boy who shot up the Mosque. There has to be more to that story. The kid behind the car, and the kid behind the gun in Montreal are to blame and no excuses for what they did, but there is a whole bunch of back story they don’t want us to know.

Yes Liza, when one of your own goes off the rails, it’s a big conspiracy. Why don’t you asked Faith about the mosque shooting? She was going to uncover the truth but hasn’t come up with anything.(at least not anything that suits her agenda) Remember when you’ll contributed to her trip to Quebec where she stood on a corner and told you absolutely nothing?
commented 2017-08-15 14:53:15 -0400
Thanks Liza, I also share your assessment of Brian.
commented 2017-08-15 13:59:56 -0400
Lisa commented
“This whole thing was a set up, and who;s surprised.”
Without a doubt and the responsible authorities need investigating.
commented 2017-08-15 13:54:58 -0400
Liza Rosie: Thanks for that link. Last fall when I saw the project veritas videos I was floored but not totally surprised. Then when you look at this history of the Democratic party it is one of continued abuse and suppression of rights for their own political gain. Even Anderson Cooper was stunned by the content on the veritas videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ1qT-XtNk0
commented 2017-08-15 13:37:54 -0400
Jimmy Reece: As I mentioned earlier I can only speak for myself. I can honestly say I would love under normal circumstances if the rebel carried a wide variety of topics including a few of the typical fluff stories, sport and entertainment that many news organizations cover. But these are not normal circumstances. I believe this is the fight of a lifetime and I wonder at times is this what Germany was like before the Nazis took over? People accusing Jews of being Nazis, blacks of being white supremacists, where the power of shouting down your opponent with repeatedly rules over having a reasonable dialogue and then trying to silence them with horns and other noises in the attempts to let anyone hear what they are saying for themselves. Yes it takes an emotional toll to have people accuse you of racism without basis, to feel awkward defending the rights of those who you know would never defend your rights of free speech ( those who cannot or more likely do not want to differentiate between agreeing with someone and defending their right to free speech). I look at free speech as a court room. If we ever get to the place where we will only listen to one side, where we won’t or are too afraid to ask questions we are no longer a democracy and we will be no different than the racists who want to shut up rights. That is why I defend free speech. I a not against legal planned immigration but I am against the globalist agenda that has been forced upon society by politicians lacking the decency to explain their beliefs before being elected and have in some cases only been revealed by hacked emails (Hillary Clinton). She might have had the basic courtesy of informing the public before the election before wanting to imposing such a life altering decision. Same goes with Trudeau. It was important that we knew in advance because there is no going back afterwards. I liken globalisation to a man owning a house and then being told by the government meet your new neighbours as 20 strangers move into his house without his permission and some of them openly hostile towards their host and if you complain about it you are outed as some from of bigot. I don’t think you or any other sane individual who has worked their life to pay for your house would agree with this. Yes this fight is emotionally injurious at time takes it physical toll but if we are not the resistance who will be? Who will speak up when everyone else is running for cover and afraid to report crimes for fear of being accused of racism and police looking the other way for similar reasons. I cannot speak for anyone else but for me the cost though heavy is worth the fight.
commented 2017-08-15 13:32:39 -0400
This makes me think about a situation here in Canada that we hear nothing of anymore and will probably never hear the truth about. It has been buried. A stupid white boy who shot up the Mosque. There has to be more to that story. The kid behind the car, and the kid behind the gun in Montreal are to blame and no excuses for what they did, but there is a whole bunch of back story they don’t want us to know.
commented 2017-08-15 13:25:50 -0400
Edward Jobin, isn’t it rich! Kessler says he’s reformed, honestly, these people must think we are stupid. Kessler is a plant. This whole thing was a set up, and who;s surprised.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L58T2dl997A
Bombshell Connection Between Charlottesville, Soros, CIA
commented 2017-08-15 12:15:40 -0400
The next thing will be to take our property and our possessions, and then our lives. Just like Hitler did to the Jews! Don’t think it’s not coming to this because it is.
commented 2017-08-15 11:54:55 -0400
“Shobhna Kapoor commented 2 hours ago
Rebel Media had every right to cover this Charlottesville rally as media, and it didn’t mean that Rebel agreed with any side there. "

Except we all know why they were actually there. They were there to put out a puff piece about how nefarious Antifa is for opposing free speech. If Goldy got into a small scuffle with purported “antifa” so much the better. However, nobody’s freedom of speech was infringed upon (freedom of speech does not mean freedom of unchallenged speech), and the counter arguments mostly revolve around civil permitting issues, the sort of pointless red tape the Right usually opposes.

What actually happened is the violence originated in the Right this time. Perhaps not an agent of the right, but someone definitely motivated by it and possibly by the deliberate dehumanization that blaming activist groups entails. A local paralegal who had nothing to do with Antifa or BLM got killed. Faith Goldy herself was unconfortably close to what happened.

That they were there for a puff piece and had front row seats to murder … is worrying. But, ultimately, the attempts to vilify the left as Antifa etc was actually a contributor to the driver’s radicalization. Lilley, I think, realizes this. He seems a reasonably grounded man … and this incident was a wake-up call to all of them. I suspect Ezra Levant’s “memo” has similar motivations, an acknowledgement that they’ve overstepped in their partisan motivations.
commented 2017-08-15 11:46:27 -0400
Bonnie Dooley agreed, we have to stand firm for what is right. Now more than ever. If we caved now we would all be no good turncoats. The lines must be drawn, distinctions made clear to those who would call all patriotic Canadians Alt Right neo Nazis. A patriot has an attachment to his homeland, they love and support it. The OPPOSITE of traitorous, misanthropic, anti social hater.
Shobhna Kapoor, absolutely right, Conservative ideas are more important than skin colour. This has NEVER been about skin colour. Race baiters are trying to make it so, but it won’t stick. Denounce, denounce, and keep forging ahead.
commented 2017-08-15 11:29:33 -0400
Brian caved. He used this as an excuse to cut and run. I have a hard time believing his input was ignored and if it was why didn’t he leave before this? Why did he pick this incident to cut and run? He had to know it would bring out the ghouls and paid trolls. He did not have to jump ship at this time, he knew the effect it would have. It seems spiteful to me. He owed us more respect than that. He has insulted all of us. That’s a lot of people Brian.
People are making excuses for him because he was well liked ,appreciated and respected. His contributions to the Rebel were terrific and we were thankful for them. I never thought he would cut and run like this. It was a classless move in my opinion. Not what I would call a graceful exit.
I guess it’s true, Ottawa really is full of spineless cucks and turncoats.
commented 2017-08-15 10:34:28 -0400
BRIAN was the main man watching and reporting the moves of the fool on the hill
Can you imagine the pressure his children and wife were under , not to mention himself
There will be more defections
Ottawa is a Liberal political town , it even molds and curbs the most right minded of the Conservatives
commented 2017-08-15 09:27:28 -0400
Rebel Media had every right to cover this Charlottesville rally as media, and it didn’t mean that Rebel agreed with any side there. I am glad Ezra covered what Alt Right is because I have observed more anti Semitic people and people who are racist towards me because I am not white, infiltrating the conservative movement. IT was getting to a point where I asked myself,, do I really feel comfortable in the conservative movement? But thanks to Ezra I know these people are not conservative. WHo created the term Alt right? IT sure wasn’t us conservatives. It is a term created by the left to cause division and make Jews and people who are not white, leave the conservative movement. It is not working. Our ideas are more important than skin colour.