It’s been a rough week for The Rebel. Everyone says so: The Toronto Star, the National Post... There have been 30 different stories saying the same thing.
Some people have quit us, like Brian Lilley. National Post columnists were told not to come on our shows.
Norwegian Cruise Line ripped up the tickets for our cruise because we’re “conservative.”
For the past four days, our website was unavailable in most of the world when a DNS provider (that's part of the internet) would no longer allow a partner to host our domain.
Even so-called conservative politicians like Andrew Scheer are blacklisting us.
It started when our reporter, Faith Goldy, went to a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. I explained the whole story last week.
Then, as I told you earlier, two disgruntled former Rebel staffers in the UK tried to extort a massive severance payment from me.
Today, though, we’re back up on 96 per cent of the Internet now. We’ve lost about two per cent of our YouTube subscribers, and the same percentage of premium subscribers.
I won’t lie to you:
I was sad last week because I felt I had let our team down, along with our hundreds of thousands of viewers and tens of thousands of financial supporters.
I am here to apologize, to tell you what I did wrong, and take responsibility.
The Rebel is in genuine jeopardy, but tonight I'm here to to tell you that our future is up to you.
If you want us to live, please go to StandWithTheRebel.com and let us know, especially my staff.
Next: We’re going to make some changes. Not because 30 journalists hate us, but because we need to fix a few things if we’re going to get to the next level.
First, we need to bring in more management help to run the business side The Rebel, so I can do what I’m good at — journalism and activism. That's why today we’ve retained a professional corporate recruiter to find another manager.
Second, when we were small, I used to watch every single video before we put it online. Now we need more oversight, to make sure we’re on brand with what we believe, what we stand for. So we also need what’s called a managing editor.
We're going to reboot with a new team, new talent, new journalists, new TV shows. Not to prove anything to our haters — I promise you they’ll hate our new reporters as much as they hated the old ones. But to prove to you, our viewers and supporters, that we haven’t lost it.
Our Managing Producer, Hannah Vanderkooy, will join me to tell you about our future editorial plans.
We're going to continue bringing you the other side of the story without taking a dollar from the government. We’re going to do it the same way we built the company — through your support, through crowdfunding.
Some people have asked me to disclose more about our crowdfunding. Why not? I’m extremely proud of it.
Tonight, Eitan Gilboord, our Community Manager, will take us through our crowdfunding campaigns in detail.
(See these documents at TheRebel.Media/Trust )
Please go to StandWithTheRebel.com and tell me you still believe in me.
And then I need your help to pay for this new plan. (I’m proud to ask you this way, rather than by going to Trudeau for a bail-out, like Postmedia is doing, like the CBC does.)
We are Canada’s last, best chance at having any sort of conservative media.
Please go to StandWithTheRebel.com.
Help us come back stronger than ever, so we can keep on bringing you the other side of the story.