October 29, 2015

Do readers know Toronto Star "is selling its news" through Tides Canada "partnership"?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The Toronto Star has sold — for a secret amount of money — editorial access to their pages to the Tides Canada Foundation, the Canadian branch plant of the San Francisco-based, $150 million a year lobby firm that sponsors anti-oilsands, anti-pipelines and anti-tanker activists in Canada.

In yesterday’s newspaper, on page A4, the Star ran a glowing, slobbering interview with a global warming extremist, promoting his propaganda against oil and gas and industry and Stephen Harper.

I wrote an e-mail to the Star’s public editor, Kathy English. "Can you disclose how much money Tides has paid The Star in this deal?," I asked, among other things.

Kathy wrote back and said she passed my inquiry on to someone else at the newspaper. No-one has gotten back to me. I'll let you know if they do.

It’s the kind of thing that, say, if the National Post did, selling to an oil company, would be scandalous news, covered by every other reporter in the country as a crisis of media ethics.

But because it’s the left-wing Toronto Star, and global warming, no-one cares.

Frankly, I bet the editors at the Globe and Mail and the CBC are contacting the Tides Foundation right now, asking how they can get in on the action.


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commented 2015-10-31 19:06:03 -0400

There is a huge difference between being left or right leaning vs. posting articles that you know are not true in any capacity, but you post them anyway – because you are literally a propaganda tool for the conservative party and you are bought and paid for.

I have been talking with Ezra via email – he knows that he is posting lies and just completely making shit up, but that won’t stop his agenda. He is very thankful for people like you that lap it up.
commented 2015-10-31 11:09:01 -0400
I see Pravda now owns the Toronto Star.
commented 2015-10-30 16:25:51 -0400
Jimmy, you whine about the bias of the theRebel but are fine with the bias of the other left leaning media. It’s okay for the CBC and the rest of the left leaning main stream media to biased, but not theRebel. Hypocrite.

As for Prince Knight, I can understand your want to see theRebel not biased, but they are what they are. Knowing that they are biased means you can read / listen with a discernment.
commented 2015-10-30 15:38:43 -0400

I appreciate that you can be objective when it comes to The Rebel even though we disagree on many issue. I wish more people here could be as objective as opposed to thinking that they are just hearing the truth.
commented 2015-10-30 14:51:46 -0400
Andrew Stephenson — I am no friend of the Left, as many who lean Left and comment here will attest. But your points are well made. Earlier, TheRebel.media posted a “petition” on here to get rid of “bias” in the media (God knows there’s enough of it), but failed to acknowledge the bias here. Many articles (can’t rightly call them “stories”) on here are definitely slanted against the NDP and the Liberals, and sometimes with reason. But articles like this one, even though the data is factual, paint a different picture than the data themselves because of how the data is presented — thus, bias. (I just hate it when I have to agree with Jimmy et al…!)

TheRebel.media might want to cut down on the editorializing tone of many of its articles and just present the facts, like responsible journalists are supposed to do…
commented 2015-10-30 14:09:39 -0400
Ezra, look for a clarification on page Z99 stating “We regret any misnaming of an advertorial by as a partnership with Tides Canada, the person or persons responsible have been suspended with pay and a raise. We will make every effort to not this happen again until tomorrow”
commented 2015-10-30 13:13:34 -0400
KELVIN GRABOWSKY, that’s why I appropriately refer to the trolls that post here as “useful idiots”. Lenin referred to these socialist enablers, indoctrinated with liberal/socialist propaganda, as “useful idiots”, because they are cynically used and then conveniently disposed of once the end-game to transform the country into a socialist “utopia” is achieved.
commented 2015-10-30 12:09:51 -0400
Until the left in Canada wake up tothe fact that they are being duped by the likes of George Soros this kind of propaganda will only be ramped up. This man who likes to live in the shadows and destroy lively hoods must be exposed for what he really is. His anti-coal movement in North America is one of his greatest achievements . Shut down the coal mine industry till they are sold for pennies on the dollar and then buy them back. Busting union jobs and then putting people back to work on the cheap. This is the saviour of the left, and David Suzuki is in bed with this asshole. This same guy started the occupy movement, ironically the radical left was being puppeteered by one of the richest men in the world. The left has to wake up.
commented 2015-10-30 11:30:07 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE, of course they grasp the reality, “even when it is slapping them in the face”, but it is all about ideology for the “useful idiots”. That’s why they have absolutely no problem with the leftist modus operandi of passing off propaganda paid for by a Canadian branch plant of a U.S.-based anti-oil lobby group, as ‘news’.
commented 2015-10-30 11:26:03 -0400
I really have issues with lefties who cannot grasp reality even when it is slapping them in the face.
commented 2015-10-30 11:23:38 -0400
Andrew, I read your reasoning, but to be quite frank, anyone who thinks that the actions of the government do not affect the decisions of businesses within their jurisdiction are just plain stupid and ignoring common sense to support their lust for the government, in this case the NDP.

I bet even after the NDP completely trash the Alberta economy throughout the next four years you will still be so in love with these NDP fools that you will still be apologizing for them. So go live in your self-deluded bubble of a fantasy world where unicorns roam and pixie dust grown on trees powers the world and the NDP are singing in a choir in the background and everyone is holding hands and singing Kumbya.
commented 2015-10-30 11:21:13 -0400
Of course, a lefty like ANDREW STEPHENSON, has absolutely no problem with the leftist modus operandi of passing off propaganda paid for by a Canadian branch plant of a U.S.-based anti-oil lobby group, as ‘news’.
commented 2015-10-30 11:12:55 -0400
Terry said, “Ezra has asked the Star for an accounting of its sponsorship practice. I did the same to Ezra, and have received no response.”

And neither one is required to respond since they are both privately owned corporations. And in regards to Ezra’s comment to which you responded, you left out one critical detail, the advertisements in the Toronto Star that Ezra is referring to are made to look like real articles, intentionally made to look like a legitimate article. That is deception.

When Ezra held the “anti NDP, pro oil development rallies” there was no attempt at deception. The two things, the Star’s advertisements and the anti NDP, pro oil development rallies are not even similar at all, apples and oranges.
commented 2015-10-30 11:08:46 -0400
I won’t be reading their trashy propaganda, and when I see any news papers lying around, I will gladly do my duty, and throw them in the trash bin, where they belong! I won’t be assisting with the spreading of their lies.
commented 2015-10-30 11:07:50 -0400
“I see that Andrew Stephenson decided to take the wimpy cowards way like the rest of his little leftie buddies and run when challenged to prove their accusations. "

We could also point out that you waited all of half an hour, in the middle of the evening when most people have better things to do.

Here are some examples.
- Shell cuts project MINUTES after NDP announces budget. Implication: NDP budget killing jobs. Reality: Unfortunate coincidence. Shell has apologized. Cancellation related to pipeline constraints. Conclusion: misleading.
- Cenovus JOINS list of companies cutting jobs. Implication – Cenovus is starting to cut jobs, ostensibly because of the NDP. Reality: Cenovus cut a fifth of its workforce in February, long before the NDP was even elected, and has made several rounds since. Conclusion: Misleading.
Do readers know the Star is selling “news” ? Implication: corporate interests are manipulating the media in exchange for cash. Reality: The Star is not unique in doing this, and even The Rebel was offering to sell sponsored stories in its spring rate card. Conclusion: hypocritical “Gotcha” story,
- Moody’s declares Alberta “credit negative”. Implication: Alberta is in trouble, because of the NDP. Reality: Alberta is in trouble, but this predates the NDP. Various credit organizations were raising red flags over resource overreliance even five years ago.
“Allah is great” – ISIS celebrates Trudeau’s victory. IMplication The terrorists are coming! Reality: The tweets referenced say “it is good you are pulling out, we no longer need to kill you”. Conclusion: Misleading.
- Notley leads first “Made in Alberta” recession. Implication
as titled. Reality: Alberta experiences a "made in Alberta’ recession every time oil prices fall. Conclusion: Outright fabrication.
- Trudeau, May to push socialist, anti progress agenda. Implication: The socialists are coming! Reality – the agenda is already well established, and this piece merely rehashes the usual talking points against regulating industrial emissions. Conclusion: Opinion piece passing itself as news.
commented 2015-10-30 11:03:02 -0400
Edward Jobin said, “… any open minded person would, like in a court room hear both sides of the story before rendering a judgement.”

I completely agree Edward! I always frequent other sites, even left leaning sites, to get a complete picture on any given issue. You make a good point.
commented 2015-10-30 10:56:38 -0400
The disclosure at the bottom of the article about the interview with Suzuki’s Australian counterpart, Tim Flannery, reads, “This article is part of a series produced in partnership by the Toronto Star and Tides Canada to address a range of pressing climate issues in Canada leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015. Tides Canada is supporting this partnership to increase public awareness and dialogue around the impacts of climate change on Canada’s economy and communities. The Toronto Star has full editorial control and responsibility to ensure stories are rigorously edited in order to meet its editorial standards”. It is so comforting that The Toronto Star “has full editorial control and responsibility to ensure stories are rigorously edited in order to meet its editorial standards” as it spews out this propaganda in partnership with Tides Canada “to increase public awareness (?) and dialogue around the impacts of climate change on Canada’s economy and communities”.
The Red Star has had a long fawning relationship with Flannery. For example, ‘journalist’ Catherine Porter, who Ezra learned from first hand experience, is quite adept at spinning a tale or two, penned a fawning article in 2013, “How globalization can (unexpectedly) save the planet”, promoting a book written by “celebrated Australian biologist”, Tim Flannery:
Note the clear revelation of the agenda of this fraudulent ‘science’: “globalization can… save the planet.”
commented 2015-10-30 10:45:15 -0400
What did he pay for the Star?
Whatever it was, too much.
commented 2015-10-30 09:35:48 -0400
Terry who do you think you are? I wouldn’t respond to an ass like you.
commented 2015-10-30 09:19:23 -0400
No big news here – This just confirms that the 1%er slush fund is buying PR influence with the zombies who subscribe to the LPC daily GTA publication. Anyone who believes what they read in the Star deserves the lobotomy they get from it.
commented 2015-10-30 08:43:53 -0400
TERRY RUDDEN, through his diversionary questions reveals one thing loud and clear that he is quite happy and comfortable with leftist propaganda paid for by a Canadian branch plant of a U.S.-based anti-oil lobby group, sold as ‘news’.
commented 2015-10-30 08:26:41 -0400
Charleton, a tip. Three tiny, really stupid thoughts don’t add up to one not-stupid thought.
Ezra has asked the Star for an accounting of its sponsorship practice. I did the same to Ezra, and have received no response.
commented 2015-10-30 08:06:22 -0400
Terry idiot did you ask the Star if Tides funded them?
commented 2015-10-30 08:05:01 -0400
So Terry why should Ezra even acknowledge a little creep like you?
commented 2015-10-30 08:03:28 -0400
Ah Terry I believe it was crowd funding moron. If big oil was backing Ezra, Sun would be alive and well.
commented 2015-10-30 07:55:46 -0400
Thanks for the reminder, Ezra. Remember when I asked in these pages, and by email, who was paying for the anti NDP, pro oil development rallies you were holding in Alberta, and you never responded? Given your newfound Righteous Rage over corporate sponsorship of ostensible “news”, could you provide that information now? Thanks so much.
commented 2015-10-30 07:48:48 -0400
True deception. The paper is given away most days. This may stave off their demise for a bit longer.
commented 2015-10-30 02:45:00 -0400
I doubt the average star reader and most Canadians for that matter know who Tides are or the extent of their involvement in Canada. Keep spreading the word guys and posting links when you can to this website on related stories. Many won’t bother to look because they only want to hear opinions that agree with their viewpoint but there are many people who have just never heard the other side of what the MSM has been spoon feeding them for years and any open minded person would, like in a court room hear both sides of the story before rendering a judgement.
commented 2015-10-30 02:29:46 -0400
The term “journalistic integrity”, is one that is completely foreign to the Toronto Star. They only pay it a cursory glance if they are call out, just as Ezra did.
commented 2015-10-30 00:49:20 -0400
The Media Party got away with their criminality in regard to the election. They’ve gotten with collusion and criminality before the election. Why wouldn’t they think they can get away with this, or anything else. With all due respect to Ezra and THEREBEL, no one’s putting the brakes on these guys, or their masters.
It’s a barrelin’ down the pike at us!