A lot of people want The Rebel to die, and this seems to be their moment; they’re all piling on.
The mainstream media says we’re dead already. Canada’s biggest newspaper, The Toronto Star wrote, "Is this the beginning of the end for Canada’s Rebel Media?” Their answer, is "of course". But they’ve said that since the day we were born.
It’s really been just 30 journalists, but when they all have newspapers or TV stations or websites, it can sound like the whole world is screaming at you.
But I’m not going to let you down. I’m not hiding, quitting, or going away.
It all started when Faith Goldy went to Charlottesville, Virginia where the alt-right and the alt-left had duelling-protests.
Faith was standing near the leftists, when an alt-right extremist rammed his car into them, killing one person. Faith caught it all on tape. It was an act of terrorism. And it immediately transformed the nature of the alt-right from peaceful cranks to a violent danger.
Faith shouldn’t have even gone to Charlottesville; I asked her not to go, even as a reporter. The alt-right isn’t who we are at the Rebel — they’re racist and their torch-lit march was really nothing more than a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Last Monday, I wrote a staff memo clarifying our position on the alt-right — we’ve never been alt-right, we’re against it.
Brian Lilley announced he won't do any more freelance videos for us, because he doesn't like our ideas anymore — something he never mentioned to us.
Sun columnists have been told by their editors not to come on our shows anymore either.
We had a Rebel Cruise planned for November, like we did last year. But Norwegian Cruise Line just ripped up all of our tickets, no warning, no explanation.
For the past four days, our website was unavailable in most of the world when a DNS provider (part of the internet), would no longer allow a partner to host our domain, on 24 hours notice with no explanation.
Conservative politicians like Andrew Scheer began blacklisting us too.
Two disgruntled former Rebel staffers in the UK threatened to smear the Rebel and our UK star, Tommy Robinson unless we paid them hush money. I met with them to tell them I wouldn’t but they secretly recorded our conversation, and edited clips of it, making it look really bad.
On cue, Trudeau’s Liberals started bashing The Rebel in fundraising letters. Then so did Rachel Notley’s NDP. They wanted to try and end our journalism, so we could no longer hold them accountable.
We’re going to make some changes around here. 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.
1. Bring in more management help to run the business side of The Rebel.
I am part of the problem. I just can’t run the whole company. Maybe I could when we were just eight people in my living room. But not now, with 45 people in four countries, I can’t do my show, and all our campaigns, and also run the company. I need help.
We’ve retained a professional corporate recruiter to find another business manager.
2. We need to hire a managing editor to help on the content side.
When we were small — I used to watch every single video before we put it online. But then I got really busy, we all did. We’ve done more than 6,500 videos, hundreds of full shows. And they’re great. But even if 1% of them were wrong editorially, that could embarrass us. And I think it has.
I think we need more oversight — not more censorship, just to make sure we’re really being on brand with what we believe, what we stand for.
3. Hire new on-air talent and journalists.
We’ve lost Faith Goldy, and some other freelancers. And I should tell you that Gavin McInnes is leaving us at the end of the month — that’s been in the works for a while. So this gives us a real chance to reboot with a new team, new talent, new journalists. To really prove that we have gone back to our roots, journalistically.
4. Transparency in crowdfunding.
We’re going to reboot 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. So I thought: why not? We’re not in trouble for any real reason. So, we published the statistics to our website, at www.TheRebel.media/trust.
How To Help
If you want us to live, please tell me. And my staff. Sign up and tell us that you stand with The Rebel.
I want to show my team that there may be 30 screaming leftist journalists out there. But there are 30,000 quiet allies who are standing with us, even after our bumpy week.
We are Canada’s last, best chance at having any sort of conservative media, any sort of opposition to Trudeau and Notley and Wynne and all the think-alikes and busybodies.
I’m a flawed leader who has made mistakes. But as long as you stand with me, I will still stand.