March 25, 2015

Ezra Levant: After CRTC scandal, how can we count on CTV News to show all sides of any story?

Rebel Staff

After the CRTC's recent "pick and pay" decision, Bell Media CEO Kevin Crull reportedly tried to ban CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais from appearing on CTV News to talk about it.

Of course, Crull can run Bell Media anyway he likes, but let's call this what it is:


Thanks to Access to Information requests, we know that the Media Party does this kind of thing all the time, as we told you in another story a few days ago.

With a federal election coming up, can we really count on CTV News to give Canadians all sides of that story, or any other?

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commented 2015-03-26 18:42:06 -0400
Ezra admits to favouring conservatism; that’s no secret. But in this article, he stands up for CTV’s right to freedom of speech. When was the last time a CBC commentator stood up for Prime Minister Harper? How about NEVER? Ezra’s biases take a back seat to his defense of freedoms, especially freedom of speech.
commented 2015-03-26 14:52:42 -0400
Valerie, by “unbiased perspective”, I take you mean “a perspective I happen to agree with?” Because honestly, I don’t think even Ezra’s biggest fans would claim he was “unbiased”.
commented 2015-03-26 14:43:08 -0400
It sets a dangerous precedent to allow large corporations to dictate to the media what it can and can’t air. CTV News has the right to air whatever it pleases within the law. I choose not to watch CTV, CBC or Global because of their blatant biases, but that doesn’t mean Bell should be allowed to control their output. Thanks anyway, Mr. Crull, but I can make my own decision whether or not I agree with what they say. You have no right to censor them.
Thankfully, most Canadians don’t trust the left-wing media. SNN was born in April 2011 and the last federal election was in May 2011, not enough time for SNN to have made a significant difference to the outcome; a majority Conservative government. I trust that, regardless of meddling by “the consortium” or others, the same will happen in the next election because I don’t think Canadians are stupid enough to once again hand power to the corrupt Liberals and certainly never to the NDP.
THANK YOU, EZRA for once again proving that you are the ONLY TRUE VOICE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN CANADA. You do more for Canadian freedom of speech than any politician, past or present, has ever done and stories like this prove that you do it from an unbiased perspective.
commented 2015-03-26 13:44:54 -0400
With all due respect, Eileen, the level of Media Literacy required to decipher the manipulation of “news”, as presented on this site, is roughly equivalent to the level of conventional literacy required for comprehension of the sentence “See Ezra run. Look, Jane, see Ezra run! Run, Ezra, run!”
commented 2015-03-26 12:45:18 -0400
The mainstream media are experts at manipulating a news story to fit their agenda. They use all the “tricks of the trade” to try and “suck you into” their slant of a story: body language, patterns of intonation in voice, language choice, lighting, imagery selected, etc. Those who do not recognize this should do research on media literacy and become more media literate. Media literacy skills can help:
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Understand how media messages shape our culture and society
- Identify target marketing strategies
- Recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do
- Name the techniques of persuasion used
- Recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies
- Discover the parts of the story that are not being told
- Evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, skills, beliefs, and values
When I read many of the comments being posted, I am confident that more and more Canadians are becoming media literate.
commented 2015-03-26 12:23:25 -0400
EZRA LEVANT is challenging another media outlet to “show all sides of every story”?
Irony is officially dead.
commented 2015-03-26 04:37:43 -0400
What I found interesting was Mr. Crull’s reaction to being shut out of basic cable packages…familiar problem. I suppose the other foot was a different size…my how squeaky that shoe is, now. One reason I can’t believe these media party reports, is the instant little editorials in the story…keep your opinion to yourself. And yes, the bias…last week there was an item on local Global about a ‘bold statement’ from Mr. Trudeau about Bill C-51…and they never even revealed what he said. Apparently, ‘bold’ was all you needed to know…his reluctant support of the bill, in his own words, were not.
commented 2015-03-26 01:39:29 -0400
It made me sick to my stomach also, the utter ignorance of those protesting C-51 was painful to listen to. No extra minutes would have made them sound more informed. How many of them do you think listened to its details debated in the house or in the senate committees? How many even tried to read the actual Bill. Ever hear of CPAC? But how ever you may have wanted it served up, those protesters would have come out looking the same. Greg, there is no hidden agenda on the Rebel, its pretty up front, and I am grateful for the counter to the mainstream.
commented 2015-03-26 00:47:22 -0400
To AToken Conservative: I am no supporter of the CBC or CTV. They have successfully maintained their reputation of impartiality when realistically, that is certainly not the case (their bias or ‘one-sidedness’ is way more subtle than Rebel Media’s).

And I agree with you that SNN reported a different side of the story regarding the Occupy Movement in Toronto. Information and news that wasn’t reported by other news networks. However, there was no integrity behind their reporting of Occupy Toronto. The SNN was obviously predisposed to wrongfully and negatively portray the Occupy protesters and their campground regardless of whether or not there were empty tents.

To be honest, many of the videos on this website I actually do not have a problem with even if I disagree completely with the Rebel Media’s hidden political agenda. What I found to be very troubling and outright ridiculous was the video of Toronto of Action against Bill C-51. The music, the title, the cutting off of people interviewed…… utter nonsense. Com’on AToken Conservative. If you ask someone a question shouldn’t you give them more then 2-3 seconds to answer before cutting them off. Isn’t that fair? And please the music in the background. This video is about a draconian, omnibus piece of legislation that will have devastating effects for the country. The music was childish.

The ambiguous provisions and overall content of this bill was never discussed in this video. Why didn’t Marissa have an intelligent and meaningful conversation with these people. She obviously did with SOME OF THEM!! The only problem is that part of the STORY was completely edited out. Isn’t editing a magical thing? Editing can turn something into its exact opposite.

That video illustrated Marissa’s despicable reporting tactics. It cannot be taken seriously. Whether you are left/right, this type of nonsense should be condemned. I’m sorry guys, this video really made me sick to my stomach.
commented 2015-03-26 00:46:59 -0400
I live in a small northern BC community so I watch about 10 min. worth of CBC for the local news coverage, and I watch a bit of Global for BC stories and the weather, but that’s it. I haven’t paid any attention to MSM commentary, particularly political commentary for years, long before the Sun News Network. I’d caught them blatantly misrepresenting the facts on stories that I had intimate knowledge of on too many occasions. I don’t know how many other people are like me, but I hope it’s lots.
commented 2015-03-26 00:16:46 -0400
I think all Rebel backers should welcome the Gregs and not chase them away. It makes no sense to chase an opposing view out. After all if we want one sided we know where we can go.
commented 2015-03-26 00:08:23 -0400
All the more reason for internet people funded news. “Myself, I prefer to look past the source of the news and try to determine the accuracy of the news itself from other sources.” Absolutely key Atoken! It is good and right that Greg is here. There are more where he came from and I hope they all come. They might morph, even just slightly.
commented 2015-03-26 00:04:58 -0400
Greg says :"Cry baby Ezra Levant continues to cry, complain and cry some more about the CRTC. He is complaining about CTV reporting one side of the story. "

Well Greg…Looks like the CRTC is also complaining about this story!

."…the CRTC issued a statement… “That a regulated company does not like one of the CRTC’s rulings is one thing,” Blais says. “The allegation, however, that the largest communication company in Canada is manipulating news coverage is disturbing.”…“Canadians can only wonder how many times corporate interests may have been placed ahead of the fair and balanced news reporting they expect from their broadcasting system,” the CRTC says.

Thanks you Ezra for pointing out what no one else will say…at least until the CRTC was sidelined by this self-named MEDIA PARTY CONSORTIUM…they are really ticking off a lot of people these days…maybe they will finally reap what they have sown.

Furthermore the article* went on to say: "At least one media watcher says, if true, the report raises concern about concentrated media ownership. “It’s an example of some of the concerns that people have raised about conglomerate ownership,” Carleton University professor Christopher Waddell said. “[It’s] a classic example of … when a company owns news media, it thinks it can influence what’s being printed, broadcast or published.”
“It’s the sort of thing people were afraid was going to happen,” he said.

We already know they are trying to manipulate the advertising for the next election…thanks to informed sources at So there you have it…we are indeed fortunate to have in Canada…time to start supporting them financially folks…they truly are ON OUR SIDE, and may be the only media we can trust.

commented 2015-03-25 23:10:22 -0400
I don’t get it. I just. don’t. get. it. I’ve been explaining to idiots like Greg for years now, on the SNN site and others, that being unbiased is only a point if someone makes it so. CBC and CTV sell themselves, unfairly and unfortunately way too successfully, as unbiased. So, when someone like Ezra shows their bias, this would be fair reporting. The fact that the person making the report is biased is in no way consequential to the news itself, unless you are the type of person who believes everything they are told by one source and absolutely nothing from any other. That’s the definition of being close-minded, btw. It doesn’t matter how much sense someone makes, if they are not supporting your party then they are lying. Must be great to have such a simple life, where every little thing is decided for you by someone else. Myself, I prefer to look past the source of the news and try to determine the accuracy of the news itself from other sources. For instance, when Ezra showed all those empty tents at the Occupy illegal campground in Toronto, nothing was said on the other networks. Does that mean it didn’t happen? Because the guy reporting it is biased, then it was all a lie? Of course not! Of course it happened! Greg, you’re missing half of life: the part the people who decide for you what is news and what isn’t have taken the entire other side of the political spectrum away from you. I feel sorry for you, in your ignorance.
commented 2015-03-25 22:33:33 -0400
Greg, if you dislike Ezra & The Rebel Media so much why are you wasting your time here. Nobody is forcing you to watch the videos. Could it be that you are craving for the other side of the story but don’t want to admit it!! On the other hand & unlike you, I couldn’t stand CBC & CTV & their spin anymore so as soon as SunNews came on air that was the end of It for me & I have not ever gone back on their websites to comment. It was so elating to finally get the truth for a change. Admit or not, The Rebel is doing great & progressing more & more, so I guess that does not sit well with the Left.
commented 2015-03-25 22:06:40 -0400
Once again the media has shown its bias and tripped over itself NOT reporting it. I saw CTV news tonight (6pm east) and they read the prepared statement that had one line of apology and twenty lines clapping itself on the back for their “journalistic integrity.”
What can be done? Seriously, what can we do? 90% of Canadians get their news and opinion from the same sources. When those sources all preach the same message, how can we change the minds of the electorate? In the upcoming election, how will people know that JT has put his foot in his mouth (again) if the msm won’t report it? We are in deep trouble my friends.
commented 2015-03-25 21:57:07 -0400
Greg Grant, maybe you could get somebody to show you how to find the cbc website on your computer you could meet lots of new friends and talk about nice things like Justins latest hairdo, I’m sure you would fit in nicely. We are all just a bunch of rednecks here anyways
commented 2015-03-25 20:29:58 -0400
GREG GRANT for Pete’s sake ,go away, if you don’t like Ezra why are you here ?
Seeing as though you don’t want to be nice and prefer to insult i see no need to be nice.
I see idiots like you on the Rebel facebook page and i realize facebook is open season for jerks like you,but people like you are not welcome, well as far as i am concerned, i might not speak for others
All you are doing is turning this into yahoo comments where all kinds of jerks spew out venom.
You are speaking to deaf ears, everyone here respects Ezra and his opinions.
Just go away, i really don’t know why you here if you have such a low opinion of Ezra and The Rebel
commented 2015-03-25 20:05:28 -0400
Wow Greg… And I thought all the idiotic comments were reserved for the liberal caucus. Not only are you ignorant, but just downright clueless. The CRTC may have spelled the downfall of SNN, however The Rebel which was born from it has done such a great job delivering the news, and without TV restrictions, that Rebel is proving not just a match for SNN, but maybe even superior. Just like a beaver dam. First one breaks, and gets rebuilt stronger and better.
Why you even care, just proves how right they are for continuing their valiant fight for freedom.
commented 2015-03-25 19:54:45 -0400
I doubt there is a single conservative in Canada who trusts the garbage CTV and CBC put on their programs. Trust is something you earn. The result of the peoples trust is what Ezra et al have demonstrated by launching this site. Conservatives trust The Rebel staff to be honest and forthcoming on any topic. We trust them enough, we all GAVE our money for them to pursue HONEST REPORTING WITH INTEGRITY.

Pay attention CTV and CBC. If you learn something here you may be viable down the road. Being Liberals though, I personally don’t trust you to learn…
commented 2015-03-25 19:37:08 -0400
poor greg…eat too much cheese again?…guess you think the mainline newscasters are unbiased and impartial…
Envy, jealousy malice and pride…some of the seven deadly sins, greg…you need to get a grip. I doubt the CRTC had much to do with the demise of Sun News…and they sure don’t have any say now…sounds like YOU are the cry baby here…can’t take the, eh? Pity. We love their sanity and rationality…something that is hard to find elsewhere.
commented 2015-03-25 19:27:52 -0400
Just for the sake of accuracy, Greg, Sun News was shut down because the CRTC, on behalf of the main stream media, denied Sun the same rights to preferred positiioning on basic cable structure that guarantees that viewers are forced to support networks they don’t want, like CBC, CTV, Global etc. Had the requirement to broadcast ‘both sides of a story’ actually been fact, none of the three networks above would be on the air now.
Classically, liberals like you automatically label any differring ideas as dangerously right wing, and biased, which just goes to illustrate how far to the left you and your friends have drifted.
commented 2015-03-25 19:05:15 -0400
Here we go again! Cry baby Ezra Levant continues to cry, complain and cry some more about the CRTC. He is complaining about CTV reporting one side of the story. What a big hypocrite. Sun News (shut down in February FOR THIS REASON) and Rebel Media are so biased and partial when it comes to contemporary news and domestic/international politics that no sane and rational individual could take them seriously.
Hey Ezra stop crying and move on with your pitiful and laughable Rebel Media operation in your living room. The CRTC smacked you like the little annoying and deceitful fly that you are.
commented 2015-03-25 18:56:15 -0400
Nicely said, Douglas. I do not watch CTV, nor CBC, since I figured out a long time ago I’m not going to get the whole story from those sources.
commented 2015-03-25 18:13:52 -0400
I think this is an opportune time to revisit Bob Fife’s “knuckledraggers” bit on CTV News:
commented 2015-03-25 17:57:52 -0400
Ezra, your plain truth on is very much appreciated. I stopped watching CBC a long time ago but I sometimes tune in to CTV news at 11 PM and have been appalled by the selective and slanted reporting that they do on a regular basis. It is so painfully obvious that they selectively leave out little snippets of a story to make it slant one way or another. I sincerely hope most Canadians are not taken by this charade that passes for “objective” news. Yes, I know TheRebel leans conservative, but so what? At least they don’t pretend to be anything else, unlike the “Consortium”. What a farce!
commented 2015-03-25 17:35:05 -0400
I often come across half truths and opinion masquerading as news on CBC and CTV.

We really need The Rebel to continue to hold these people to account.
commented 2015-03-25 17:17:48 -0400
The MSM seems to be padding their `news`with more and more fluff all the time – not to mention the constant weather updates, with appear about every 10 minutes or so. It`s mostly a waste of time.
commented 2015-03-25 16:52:49 -0400
Maybe we can’t count on the mainstream media to tell us the whole story but we can The Rebel.
Myself, i haven’t watched any of the mainstream media for years, i will admit to CP24, but it is a light news network,
As i mentioned before, my tv was always on SNN.
I know that during election time we will get the truth from The Rebel,especially about that air head Trudeau,
I bet he was glad to see SNN go down, he thought he was in the clear now, no one to show his "foot in the mouth " disease , i am sure when he saw The Rebel Rise from the ashes he wasn’t a happy camper at all