August 28, 2018

In defence of the fake news article from the Globe and Mail

Eitan GilboordGuest Post

Hamish Marshall, the national campaign manager for Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives, said “Hi” to me in Halifax, where I was part of The Rebel team covering the Conservative Party of Canada convention.

Or maybe I said “Hello” to him. I don’t actually remember. It really wasn’t an important part of the day. That is, until the Globe and Mail reported on this “shocking incident.”  

The Globe even called it a "top story," and put it on the front page. A creepy picture of us chatting was posted on Twitter: Sheila Gunn Reid, our cameraman and I, along with someone else I had just met, were exposed to the world... saying hello to a former colleague. The horror. 

The story backfired to some extent. The journalist at the Globe was widely ridiculed for her bizarre article. Some delegates at the Conservative Party convention even gave out sarcastic buttons with the words, “Hamish said HI to me” on them.  

The buttons mocked the very idea that such an interaction was even newsworthy. 

But the more I think about it, the more I understand why the article was written. And it’s partially the fault of the Conservative Party.

The Conservatives have decided that The Rebel is toxic. That’s why they decided to ban The Rebel from their convention this past weekend in Halifax. (Initially the party permitted us access, then they reversed their decision.)

This wasn’t entirely unexpected. Andrew Scheer made the directive one year ago to disassociate with The Rebel after a former Rebel reporter named Faith Goldy went to report on the hate-march in Charlottesville, despite being told not to, and then also went on a neo-Nazi associated podcast as a guest. Faith was immediately fired for that, but for some Conservatives seeking mainstream media approval, it made The Rebel too toxic to be associated with.

Actually, the Conservative politician de-platforming began before that. It began when The Rebel had an anti-carbon tax rally in Alberta and rally attendants facetiously chanted, “Lock her up”. The mainstream media decided that chant went too far, and they called for politicians to disavow the jokey call for Premier Rachel Notley to be locked up. Of course, it was just a fun comparison between that Rebel rally and the Donald Trump rallies in the United States going on at the same time. Nobody was actually advocating the incarceration of Rachel Notley, and I believe that the talking heads, and even the virtue signaling politicians who denounced the chant, knew full well that the eight-second chant was nothing more than a joke, a way for a few frustrated voters to harmlessly let off steam. 

But regardless, politicians seeking Canadian mainstream media approval decided it would be best not to interact with The Rebel at all after that. 

That decision lends further credence to the outrageous things said about The Rebel all the time. Left-wing rags regularly publish articles (often without bylines) accusing The Rebel of being bigoted, or even racist. Of course, it’s all nonsense. The Rebel has made our fair share of mistakes, but we’re not bigoted. 

But if you believe, as Andrew Scheer and others have decided to imply, that The Rebel is prejudiced, then I understand why the Globe would think it newsworthy to report that Hamish said hello to me and some staff. If we were any of the things that we are accused of being, then it would be a big deal to have senior Conservative staff speaking with us.

Faith Goldy was fired from The Rebel for speaking positively with real neo-Nazis. And I would expect the same from any organization that had staffers who positively associated with real racists. Except that’s my point: Hamish and even Andrew Scheer both know that The Rebel isn’t any of these things. They are simply virtue signalling. That’s why so many convention delegates, political staff, and politicians all made a point of saying hello to our Rebel crew this past weekend in Halifax. Because they too know full well we're not the racist monsters we’ve been made out to be.

The Rebel is just a conservative news, commentary and activism website. That’s all. But when Andrew Scheer capitulated to our ideological competitors in Canadian media, he provided the media with ammunition to bolster nonsensical claims about The Rebel. And if Andrew Scheer, or any political leader, actually believed the crap they say about The Rebel, then they probably should consider disassociating with every staff person, party member, and politician who spoke with us this weekend, too. Yet I doubt that will happen.

By disassociating with The Rebel, by banning The Rebel from reporting inside a convention, Andrew Scheer has brought the fallout from these dumb media stories back upon himself.  If Scheer was honest about who he knows we are, then these media stories would be subdued.

Hamish says hi to a lot of people. It’s not newsworthy to report on who Hamish says hello to. Yes, it would be news if the national campaign manager of a Canadian political party spoke positively with racist monsters. But we’re not that, and everyone knows it. That’s why so many people at a convention we were banned from said hello to us anyway. Because they know who and what we are, and they are probably one of our million YouTube subscribers.

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commented 2018-08-30 07:34:50 -0400
“Faith Goldy was fired from The Rebel for speaking positively with real neo-Nazis.”

What is that supposed to mean?
commented 2018-08-30 03:27:25 -0400
I suspect that the Smirking Chipmunk is going to be “gob-smacked” by reality in the coming days and weeks… Couldn’t happen to a more deserving “rodent”….
commented 2018-08-29 00:17:38 -0400
Nice to see you Eitan. I also would like to see more of you doing reports.

Thanks for that look back at Trudeau history.
commented 2018-08-28 20:14:26 -0400
Since Andrew Scheer considers The Rebel to be so toxic to the Conservative Party of Canada that he banned its attendance at its Convention, refuses to be interviewed by anyone from The Rebel or even casually associate with anyone in its employee, how can Scheer possibly reconcile hiring Hamish Marshall directly from the clutches of your banished news organization?

Wouldn’t Scheer consider Hamish Marshall to be permanently ‘tainted’ by his past association with The Rebel, by the friendships and memories he developed while employed by The Rebel, thus rendering him unsuitable for a senior position in the Conservative Party of Canada, one where he must interact with Scheer regularly?

Did Hamish Marshall have to swear his undying support for the Andrew Scheer Dairy Consumer Price Gouging Racket in order to secure the job?
commented 2018-08-28 17:42:31 -0400
I would love to see Eitan do more videos.
commented 2018-08-28 14:00:58 -0400
Jan G , Shunned yes, but more than that. Ostracised and cast into the outer darkness by Scheer and his gang.
commented 2018-08-27 23:31:29 -0400
You’re right Eitan, and if Scheer is an installation of the Left, then no doubt he thinks it’s working perfectly, as he’d like nothing more than to assist his Lefty comrades by assaulting The Rebel.
commented 2018-08-27 23:21:33 -0400
Jan G.. hmmmm two votes going on at the same time to split the numbers… Isn’t that illegal .??
It certainly is imoral.!!
commented 2018-08-27 22:30:04 -0400
What disturbs me is, when the CPC shuns The Rebel, they are shunning us.
In particular, I believe they have shunned The Rebel because of social conservative issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, etc.. Those in the CPC who do not want or support any aspect of pro-life, are trying to label The Rebel as socon troublemakers. I think it’s those who are the pro-choice/progressives who are the instigators here and want to make sure The Rebel is distanced from them. Michelle Rempel is one. She is pro-choice and proud of it.
Example: Campaign Life Coalition attended the convention. When the vote for bill #65, Abortion, was taking place in one room, the vote for bill C-6 Free Speech (? going by memory here) was taking place, at the very same time, in another room. Therefore, any socons voting for #65 wouldn’t be able to vote for C-6! Coincidence? Ya, no!

The progressives in the party want nothing to do with anyone or organization that is remotely associated or involved with any social con. issues, so they use Faith Goldy and Calgary as their on-going excuse.
commented 2018-08-27 18:32:22 -0400
“Question: Does the CBC support and encourage Communism? Lots of people think so, because they are so supportive of a PM who admires Communist China’s dictatorship and spoke so positively of Fidel Castro, a man who was an Honorary Pallbearer at his father’s funeral.”

During the Trudeau era it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between the bureaucracy and Trudeau allies within the Liberal Party. Take the case of Pierre Juneau, a long-time Trudeau friend. In 1968, Juneau became the first chairman of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC), where he led Trudeau’s mission to increase Canadian content over the airwaves. Trudeau brought Juneau into his cabinet in 1975 as minister of communications before winning a seat in the House of Commons. Trudeau opened up a riding for Juneau by appointing the member from Hochelaga, Gerald Pelletier, to become Canada’s ambassador to France. But Juneau lost what was considered a safe seat in the by-election and was forced to leave cabinet. Juneau then moved into the public service as undersecretary of state. In 1980, he became deputy minister of communications, and in 1982, the president of the CBC.
In 1963, as you will remember, Trudeau had campaigned for the Marxist New Democrats, and had called the Liberals “idiots” and “a spineless herd.” Two years later, in 1965, Trudeau, Gérard Pelletier and Jean Marchand, of Cité Libre, decided to run for Parliament themselves – as Liberals.
In an article in Le Devoir, Trudeau and Pelletier explained to the dumbfounded N.D.P. that, “we are pursuing the same objectives and adhering to the same political ideas we have been espousing for so long in Cité Libre…” Among these ideas was “a politics open to the left.”
It should be understood, they explained, that “a political party is not an end, but a means.”
Trudeau, in other words, was still working for Communism. He had become a Liberal simply because the Liberals could win and the N.D.P. couldn’t. He was frankly using the Liberal Party, in accordance with the Maoist tactics he so admires.
The three revolutionaries were elected, shortly after which Prime Minister Lester Pearson appointed Trudeau his Parliamentary Secretary.
commented 2018-08-27 17:44:08 -0400
Question: Does the CBC support and encourage Communism? Lots of people think so, because they are so supportive of a PM who admires Communist China’s dictatorship and spoke so positively of Fidel Castro, a man who was an Honorary Pallbearer at his father’s funeral.

Maybe Sheer should consider dissociating himself with the CBC?
commented 2018-08-27 17:03:51 -0400
The left is sooooo transparent. Everything they don’t want us to hear or read is labelled racist or any variety of words that end in “phobe”. Their endless virtue signaling is nothing more than them showing their desperation to prevent people from knowing the truth.

Is it any coincidence at all that ALL alternative media gets the “racist/nazi” label? The truth is the government wants to control the narrative and the information the people see and hear. Anything they don’t control is racist.

Honestly, it’s getting old, it’s transparent and is shows how pathetic and desperate the government, the elite and the MSM are. That means they are losing. I just fear what comes next.

Desperate people do very scary and irrational things when cornered and losing. I smell a big false flag coming. And we all know that white, conservative/libertarians are the target and will be the group that will be blamed.

The left is panicking, and we should be aware of that and keep our eyes and ears open. Somethings coming.
commented 2018-08-27 16:58:19 -0400
“As noted by the Toronto Red Star on September 20, 2017, “The Foreign Affairs department confirmed that Ottawa recently contributed $33 million, through NATO’s trust fund for the Afghan National Army, for the construction of the Kabul Military National Hospital’s Rehabilitation Centre.”

The report also pointed out “Canada — which had a military mission in Afghanistan for more than a decade — would be the largest donor to the Kabul facility, paying half the cost of the project. It is meant to accommodate 100 military and police personnel as well as civilians injured as a result of the country’s conflicts. An attached facility would house 20 women medical students in training. The goal would be to have the centre built by 2019.”

The cause itself is a good one, as injured Veterans from the Afghanistan military should get good treatment. However, it’s simply not acceptable for Canadian taxpayer dollars to be spent on that. Canadian politicians could have used their social media platforms to encourage people to donate through private-sector means. A tweet or video from Trudeau could have raised lots of money.

But instead, the government took money from Canadian taxpayers – money which should be staying within our country – and gave it to Veterans in another country while saying our own Veterans are asking for too much.

That is a disgrace.

Canadian taxpayer money should be spent on Canadians, and the government must take care of our own Veterans"
commented 2018-08-27 16:22:02 -0400
Let free speech reign ’till the heavens fall.

“Nothing endures but change.” Heraclitus 6th century B.C.

The future of supply management in Canada.

In the near future, Trump asks Justin, “Mr. Trudeau, did you end supply management?” Trudeau responds, “No.”
Trumps says, “Fine. 25% tariff increase on all Canadian cars crossing our border. I’ll talk to Andrew Scheer next Fall. Goodbye.”
Then in Fall of 2019 after the Canadian auto industry collapses, a sweaty Doug Ford travels with newly elected PM Andrew Scheer to Washington…
Trump asks, “Mr. Scheer, did you end supply management?” Scheer responds, “No.”
Trump says, “Fine. A further 50% increase on cars and a 75% increase on all other Canadian goods crossing our border. Grab a carton of made in America milk as you’re leaving my office. It is quite tasty and healthy despite what your cartel propaganda said about it. Oh and by the way, what is Max Bernier’s phone number?”
Ford glowers at Scheer knowing his political career is over.
commented 2018-08-27 16:17:01 -0400
No wonder why Scheer went silent after doing the double cross with the Paris Climate Accord..Is he just as slimy as trudeau and his immediate crew?..Sure looks that way.
commented 2018-08-27 16:08:32 -0400
Scheer is another manlet leading a Canadian political party…there’s a lot of that going around!
commented 2018-08-27 15:55:07 -0400
What is Smilin’ Andy going to do when Trump crushes the Dairy Cartel? Poor little guy will be all alone.
commented 2018-08-27 15:08:37 -0400
George Orwell said and I quote War is Peace . Freedom is slavery . Ignorance is strength . End quote
commented 2018-08-27 14:46:20 -0400
If Scheer actually was elected ,we would be governed by what Ezra refers to as The Media Party. Between the media and public opinion polls ,Scheer would answer to and be a slave to both.
That’s the definition of a lack of leadership, lack of direction,lack of values and principles.And that’s why his leadership is being challenged.
commented 2018-08-27 14:46:13 -0400
Virtue-signalling Jason Kenney, a pal of Scheer’s, has also thrown the Rebel under the bus.
commented 2018-08-27 14:40:08 -0400
“So, Scheer is the puppet of the MSM, or in other words a Career Politician…..What a pity. "


“And the dairy man puppet… I always thought there was something “cheesy” about Andrew.!! "

Dead on FW-FE and KEITH.

Scheer is Mr. 2 percent. Bought and paid for by the Dairy Farmers of Canada and sucking to the MSM for all he’s worth.

Come hear the sad story of 2 percent Scheer
Still sucking up milk when he should have had beer
No hair on his chest, and his balls never dropped
So turdo the fairy stayed up on the top
commented 2018-08-27 14:39:07 -0400
Brigham Young said and I quote , True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right . Endqoute
commented 2018-08-27 14:19:36 -0400
And the dairy man puppet… I always thought there was something “cheesy” about Andrew.!!
commented 2018-08-27 13:44:53 -0400
So, Scheer is the puppet of the MSM, or in other words a Career Politician…..What a pity.
commented 2018-08-27 13:40:32 -0400
If we drain the muskeg it will have the maximum effect…

lock her up.!! Lol
commented 2018-08-27 13:39:19 -0400
Well said Eitan.
Ron, so I guess now Smilin’ Andy is a muskeg creature. Works for me.
commented 2018-08-27 13:24:28 -0400
Not my quote but let’s drain the muskeg ! And not a little we have to make sure we all do it so it has the Maximum Effect !