Can you believe it? A year ago today, TheRebel.media was born!
The Sun News Network had shut down after four great years. Government regulators at the CRTC, plus the cable company oligopoly saw to that.
So a handful of us gathered at my house to talk about keeping the spirit of Sun News alive, on the Internet.
Our first video was recorded in my living room! I was a bit sheepish about how amateur that looked, but I also knew that wouldn’t last for long.
Soon we were working out of a real office, and then a few months later, with the generosity of our viewers, we actually built a studio.
We’ve grown from that first day, with eight people, to double that size.
In the past year, we've produced 2,720 videos that have been viewed 24.8 million times.
Over the past 365 days, 6.90 million different people have been to our website.
It’s a fitting coincidence that on this anniversary day we are faced with an existential threat — that Rachel Notley of Alberta ordered armed sheriffs to block our reporters from government buildings, then ordered the Department of Justice to declare that no-one even “connected” with TheRebel.media is considered a journalist.
So thank you watching, and a very special thank-you to our generous crowd-funders, who have made it all possible with your contributions.
We hope we’ve lived up to your expectations, and will continue to do so in the years to come.
NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief Sheila Gunn Reid was one of two Rebel journalists placed on the NDP blacklist. She joins me tonight to talk about what happened, and what we're going to do next.
We also talk about Sheila's #1 bestselling new book, The Destroyers -- which came out just before Rachel Notley banished her. Coincidence...?
Something to note:
Today on Twitter, Facebook and then on mainstream TV, newspapers and radio, many liberal journalists defended TheRebel.media's right to report the news.
THEN: Lorne Gunter wrote about Notley's blacklist in the Edmonton Sun today, and it set off a national (and international) firestorm.
He joined me today to talk about the reaction to his column, especially the responses from many left of center journalists, press organization leaders (and ordinary people), who expressed their outrage at Notley and support for TheRebel.media's freedom of the press.
FINALLY: I'll read some of the tweets that went out today in support of TheRebel.media -- some of these names might surprise you...!