November 22, 2018

Trudeau sets up a $595 million slush fund for journalists — but only the ones he “trusts.”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

We knew it was coming. But no-one knew it would be this big.

Justin Trudeau has announced that he’s setting up a $595 million slush fund for journalists — but only ones that he “trusts”. That’s really the word: The government said the package will aim to help “trusted” news organizations.

This is unsurprising. The major journalism union has been campaigning for this for months. Just a few weeks ago, they pledged their trustworthiness to Trudeau, saying they would be a trustworthy ally to him to attack Andrew Scheer and the conservatives.

If you’re a lefty having trouble understanding this, pretend that, say, Doug Ford set up a $595 million trust fund for journalists, and appointed a journalist friend of his to dole it out, but only to people he trusts. Like maybe Kory Teneycke, his campaign staffer. Or, heck, to me.

My point is — leftists would freak out, and rightly so. But with Trudeau? I mean, look, these journalist were already pretty compliant with him without the cash. Now they’re positively obedient. With their union bosses whipping them into compliance.

TONIGHT I'll show you how some of the usual suspects in Media Party reacted to this announcement. It's very revealing...

The CBC is already in the tank for Trudeau. $1.5 billion a year ensures that, but again, they’re journalists, so they’re naturally leftists anyways.

Another $595 million sounds insane, but it’s less than half of what he gives the CBCand he just effectively nationalized every other private sector media company in Canada.

That’s a small price to pay, to lock up the next election.

Yesterday was a huge victory day for Trudeau; and for the billionaires who own Canadian media.

But what was on Trudeau’s mind?

The Rebel Media. Seriously.

The only media company that he talked about in Parliament yesterday was us. It was an answer to a question from the Conservatives about open borders mass migration. And he mentioned The Rebel Media.

Huh? No-one mentioned the Rebel in their question. But it’s on his mind. He’s obsessed with us. Because we’re the one group in Canada he can’t buy.

And if you thought that was just a coincidence, last night, Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s handler, tweeted about us too — as he does all the time. He’s obsessed.


Well, you heard Trudeau. We’re the only people reporting the other side of the story — in that particular case, on immigration. On other things, too — like the theory of manmade global warming. Like civil rights for Christians. Like pro-Israel ideas. Like opposing his soft-on-terrorism stances, his love for Omar Khadr.

If it weren’t for The Rebel, it would be 100% unanimity. That’s why he hates us. In fact, the more other media sell out to him, the more aware he is that we are the last hold-out. That’s why he’s angrier and angrier at us.

I should point out that there is one little news organization that has said the same as us:

A statement from Blacklock’s Reporter. We will neither solicit nor accept @CdnHeritage media grants & have always named & shamed those who do…

OK, that’s great. I like them. But they’re pretty tiny — that’s not an insult, that’s a fact. That’s it. No-one else.

Everyone else is for sale. Sorry, it’s true.

Well, not us.

You can’t buy us. We’re paid only by our viewers, in little crowdfunding dribs and drabs — and by you, our premium subscribers, who pay $8 a month. Our average donor is about $65. That’s it. Not $565 million.

We just wouldn’t take Trudeau’s money. We couldn’t. You can’t call yourself a "rebel" and be paid by the government.

This is bad news for us in some ways — we’re going to be attacked even worse than before

And for you, as a viewer, and for your fellow citizens, isn’t it proof that The Rebel is needed more than ever? 

We don’t need $595 million to live. But $595,000 would be great — we’d pay off some old bills, spruce up the website, hire another couple of reporters, cover the 2019 election properly, and maybe even spend some money advertising that we exist.

If you want to do something constructive and productive to fight back, may I suggest doing that?

Please go to — that’s our answer to Trudeau and Butts — and help chip in.

Just Trudeau just forced you and every other Canadian to give money to our competitors.

Between this bailout and the CBC, that’s more than $2 billion — that’s $250 dollars per family.

Would you consider going to and making a voluntary donation so we can provide the other side of the story? We need to survive, we need to thrive, we need to grow — someone has to speak truth to power.

And right now, I’m afraid, it has to be us...

NEXT: Columnist and author Barbara Kay joins me to talk about the disturbing news that a transgender woman in Quebec City was sentenced to only 18-months in prison for sexually assaulting her daughter.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!


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commented 2018-11-25 12:12:27 -0500
This convicted pedophile who abused his daughter should not be given any further access to his child…it does not matter he is undergoing a sexual reassignment surgery… IMO,he will use an object or fingers to further abuse his daughter given the chance. This little girl needs protection from the predator who is her biological father. He would also insist his daughter call him Mommy…this little girl should not be subjected to this. I’m sure an activist judge would over rule any judgement preventing visitation, siding with trans-activists who will no doubt pay for the predator’s legal bills in Family Court.

Good interview with Barbara Kay, as always.
commented 2018-11-24 19:18:59 -0500
Nothing for veterans, but $2 BILLION for Liberal propaganda. Justin Groper, corrupt son of Fidel Castro, OUT!.
commented 2018-11-24 04:25:22 -0500
Nicholas Conklin “a little blog”??? Don’t you wish!?!?! Because right now The Rebel is running the pants off dozens of leftie and fake news info sites and keeping Liberal spin doctors up nights trying to keep the Boy Blunder’s image “polished”… Climate Barbie, due to her all too obvious ineptitude, being a major challenge…
commented 2018-11-24 02:32:46 -0500
Nicholas Conklin i see you do not understand this money will only go to those that lean left and report left. Your comment mentioning both left and right makes me laugh.
commented 2018-11-24 00:41:38 -0500
commented 2018-11-23 21:22:19 -0500
Nicholas Conklin they have never received this much and never were they picked and chosen like this. And they ran quite well before, they are dying for a reason. And this is not only for newspapers halfwit. You are such an uninformed sheep.
commented 2018-11-23 19:46:53 -0500

Put another way: Whichever party (CPC or PPC) is leading in your province or riding as election day approaches in 2019, VOTE FOR THAT PARTY. Never mind which one you prefer, just vote to win that riding and province for a non-left party, whichever one has the best chance to win as election day approaches. How can you know which one that is? Keep watching the polls and focus on your own province to see which way it is going. If it is going toward CPC, then vote CPC. If it is going toward PPC, then vote PPC. That way, we will get a majority of conservatives elected, and they can work out a coalition afterward. The alternative is to vote a a purist either way, split the vote, and get Trudeau another term as Prime Minister. That would be an immeasurable tragedy for Canada and Canadians. So VOTE STRATEGICALLY! You can bet your bottom Dollar the left is going to do just that. We either play the same game and beat them at it, or we lose the election and Canada. Our choice.
commented 2018-11-23 18:46:36 -0500
Given the ‘split conservative vote’ situation we are now in, thanks to Scheer’s ineptitude and Bernier’s ego, what we need to do in the next election is this: Watch the polls in your own province, and whichever conservative (non-left) candidate is leading the other, pile on the votes to him or her, leading up to (i.e. early voting) and on election day. I.E. VOTE STRATEGICALLY! If we all do that, we can get a conservative coalition next time.

‘Nicholas Conkin’ like to ignore the many, many people who have been turfed from the MSM outlets over the last decade because those outlets have been steadily losing their readership and audiences for years now, as they have become ever more left-leaning and traitorous. He must be rejoicing now that the corrupt Trudeau regime is funneling hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ Dollars to them, over and above the $1.5 Billion Dollars per year that it takes to keep the corrupt Trudeau propaganda TV network on the air, doing its Pravda-style propaganda work for him and his corrupt Marxist regime. Shame to them all!
commented 2018-11-23 15:53:06 -0500
Given that the Rebel is doing what it can to split the conservative vote and thus ensure the reelection of Trudeau, it would be fitting for Trudeau to return the favour and donate money to the Rebel. A heartfelt thank you is also in order
commented 2018-11-23 15:24:04 -0500
- They will be forever labeled Unifor government journalists. They will never be trusted to tell the truth again after taking this money. $600 million to buy the souls of Canada’s mainstream media – Judas only took 30 pieces of silver. Canada has opened its branch of the Ministry of Truth.

- We need to expect this from the far left now. Fake rights for a fake woman from those who brought in fake refugees, fake climate science & fake ethics. “1984” – I’d encourage people to read the book because the movies did not do it justice (the Hollywood one or the older BBC black & white one – good movies but they miss too much – it’s a quick read though it may be time to move it to the nonfiction section).
commented 2018-11-23 14:01:29 -0500
Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy duh troll give it a rest, everyone knows you are being paid to shill on this site. How many monikers does this now make?
commented 2018-11-23 12:40:16 -0500

I see you that you don’t understand the difference between a major corporation with a left or right bias that has hundreds – in some cases thousands of employees vs. a cute little website run out of a shithole office with a huge turnover of employees and contributors.

You also don’t understand that media and entertainment in Canada has received government money since the 1970’s, so this is nothing new.
commented 2018-11-23 11:29:11 -0500
The video below is a little off topic but worth viewing. If you are in a hurry then fast fwd to 21.30 min and see what the Brits think of the Trud.
commented 2018-11-23 11:25:51 -0500
commented 2018-11-23 11:16:54 -0500
Moose and Conklin, Eff Off, we don’t need you, go wine to the Red Star or something.
commented 2018-11-23 09:20:03 -0500
I’m looking forward to watching on judgement day when we see God’s enemies held to account for all of their evil actions. Junior is not smart enough to have thought of any of this. He’s merely the string puppet being played by the devil.
commented 2018-11-23 08:58:21 -0500
Nicholas Conklin commented 1 hour ago
“Alberta Maga,
You do realize that running a major newspaper and the overhead that comes with that, is much different than running a little blog like The Rebel. Of course you don’t realize that – otherwise you wouldn’t have made such a stupid comment.”

Yes that is true, The Rebel does not need large fancy offices with decorating budgets through the roof or expense accounts that would shock most Canadians nor all the fancy coughs perks. CBC and the MSM that continually need taxpayer bailouts refuse to live within their budget and know if they whine loud enough Trudeau WILL throw more money at them, must keep the propaganda machine running smoothly. But hey you iz da only brainy one here so silly ole Maga for having an opinion that differs from yours.
commented 2018-11-23 08:32:03 -0500
SPACE MOOSE commented, “Not a week goes by without the rebel asking us for money or petition signatures.”

Not a week goes by that Spacedout Moose doesn’t grumble about the Rebel. Your option is to watch the CBC because you are paying for it anyway.
commented 2018-11-23 08:22:04 -0500
So the MSN has now become one big long TV commercial for turdo.
Now that they have taken the money there redin and repotin will improv 100%.
I wus not paid by the medier or turdo to say this here stuff.
commented 2018-11-23 07:49:01 -0500
This is the beginning of dictatorship in Canada. Buying the media’s silence is the first step.
commented 2018-11-23 07:43:54 -0500
Alberta Maga,

You do realize that running a major newspaper and the overhead that comes with that, is much different than running a little blog like The Rebel. Of course you don’t realize that – otherwise you wouldn’t have made such a stupid comment.
commented 2018-11-23 07:35:36 -0500
Andy Neimers,

Yes I do. Anyone can see The Rebel’s traffic and ranking. They are tanking. Why do you think so many staff have come and gone. Hey remember John Cardillo? Gone because no one was watching. Same with many others.
commented 2018-11-23 07:35:10 -0500
Maga said, “If this dictator gets in again Canada is dead to me.”

If he gets in again at least some of the culpability will rest squarely on the shoulders of Conservatives who WILL split the Conservative vote.

We can only blame the suck-up main stream media and partisan unions for some of it.
commented 2018-11-23 05:40:32 -0500
If this dictator gets in again Canada is dead to me.
commented 2018-11-23 05:36:03 -0500
Nicholas Conklin if the other media is so great and doing so well then why do they need this money??
commented 2018-11-23 05:35:22 -0500
Nicholas Conklin wrong as usual. Now go bow to your dictator, as he gives you an echo chamber. LMAO!
commented 2018-11-23 04:56:25 -0500
Actually, this move by the Boy Blunder, is more dangerous than has been noted… While government monetary “tweaks” to assist sectors of the industry have been well documented and argued, doing the same for the news media is far more insidious… Our daily input of knowledge, and hence our perception of the world and reality, is the “brain food” of what makes us “tick”… Anybody dispute that??… In our individual relationship to what we take for “real” each and every day, begins with not only recognizing our toothbrush for what it is but then, very quickly thereafter, “what the hell is going on?”… And in that is implicitly buried – “what are our ‘inputs’ for the day”? If our daily news inputs, hence our view of the world, are being “skewed” by government butt-kissing news agencies, then it takes a very dedicated mind to find the truth… Good Luck on that!….
commented 2018-11-23 04:32:29 -0500
Well dear Space Moose – then “don’t”!… Unlike our federal government, in effect, transferring your tax dollars to people “they like”, The Rebel from day one has relied on the willingness of private individuals to support it, or not!… Gee; what a novel idea!?!? Individuals choose!… As for finding another “news web” of conservative ideals to match The Rebel’s reach – just name one bunkey!… Crickets… Crickets…
commented 2018-11-23 04:10:39 -0500
Ezra already earns lots of money on you tube ads. They have not been pulled to the level he claims.

Rebel is not the only right wing source of news commentary. We still have people on you tube.

Besides, it is bad enough I have to pay for Canadian news media. I don’t want to pay for anything more.
commented 2018-11-23 03:55:35 -0500
“Not a week goes by without the rebel (sic) asking us for money or petition signatures.”

Space Moose,

Would you prefer that The Rebel take money from Canadians without their consent (that is called theft), as the corrupt, traitorous, Trudeau-lapdog MSM are now doing? That isn’t where Ezra is at, nor The Rebel.

As for petitions, you aren’t forced to sign any of them. Would you prefer not to even have the option of doing so? Would you prefer to never have politicians be made aware of concerns the people have?

The Rebel is now the only legitimate media outlet in Canada that can be trusted by the PEOPLE to report the truth. The rest have either corrupted themselves or been corrupted by Trudeau with our money.

If George Orwell were alive today, he would be sickened by the Trudeau regime’s buying of the media with taxpayers’ money, but even more by the corruption of our culture and language in the mold of ‘1984’.