Normally I tend not to address every made up fake news malicious plot against us here at the Rebel.
I would never be able to do actual news and commentary if I dedicated my life to undoing every rumor and lie about my work and my colleagues. And frankly, I think that's what a lot of these lies are designed to do: to pull us away from our work.
But sometimes the hoax and lies get so big — and especially in this instance, when the mainstream media not only becomes, first, an unwitting part of pushing the hoax but then complicit in perpetuating the same hoax despite being shown video evidence to the contrary.
Well, that’s when I've got to put a marker down and do a little debunking.
Let me tell you what started this mess:
My Rebel colleague Keean Bexte was in Winnipeg to cover what turned out to be a "hate crime" hoax in Winnipeg. Coincidentally, while he was there, noted anti-Semite and women's March organizer Linda Sarsour also coming to town to talk.
Keean went down to the protest organized by the Jewish community against Linda Sarsour, to hear and report their concerns.
Before Keean ever got on the ground in Winnipeg, Antifa were already promising to assault him.
Then, at the event itself, left wing Antifa activist and sometime journalist Emily Leedham tweeted:
"Keean Bexte from the Rebel media and other local men cornering me while asking inflammatory questions to get an emotional response. This is how the Rebel media works."
And the mainstream media was immediately outraged at Keean, including Laurie Brown of the CBC, David Akin of Global News and, especially, David Pugliese, who works for the Ottawa Citizen.
Leedham’s Twitter video of Keean now has somewhere around 200,000 views on Twitter — that's how fast the story spread amongst those who just desperately wanted to believe it to be true.
But her video showed just a snippet of a broader incident that required more context.
(Stop me if you've heard this one before...)
WATCH my report as I show you full, unedited video of this incident.
I'll provide more background, too, like the many weird tweets about Keean that Emily Leedham posted in the days and weeks leading up to Keean's arrival in Winnipeg — going back as far as last September.
And, no surprise, we also learn from Leedham herself that the whole "confrontation" with Keean outside the Linda Sarsour event had been planned in advance.
The evidence is clear, and even a local leftist and eyewitness agreed:
Keean was not the bully but rather the bullied.
The media pushed the hoax.
By refusing to acknowledge the role they played in spreading this lie and then by not admitting their mistake, the mainstream media are actually training the radical left, like Antifa, to continue to target us.
Almost every Rebel reporter has been assaulted on the job, and the assaults are enabled by actions of the mainstream media who can't see past their hate for us, to call what happened to us what it really is:
Violence and intimidation.