August 22, 2017

Why The Rebel rejects the Alt-Right

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's show, I explained why The Rebel has denounced the alt-right. 

Our Faith Goldy was reporting from the leftists counter-protest to the alt-right rally in Charlottesville when a car plowed into the crowd.

Faith was mere feet away from the attack. A few steps closer and she could've been killed.

Leftists jumping at the chance to attack The Rebel are using our coverage in an attempt to label us as racists and neo-Nazis — a bizarre claim considering I'm Jewish and our staff comes from a variety of races and background.

WATCH my video to see why I believe the alt-right has changed since its inception, and why The Rebel is denouncing this racist ideology.

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commented 2017-08-16 21:21:39 -0400
“Ayan Ray, I continue to wonder, if you dislike The Rebel so much, why you come here night after night after night to rant and rave.”

God sent me to prevent you from being brainwashed by Ezra Levant and the like.

What Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you.

Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s ties to right-wing groups

What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me."

I am also not comfortable with the increasingly harsh tone taken on issues like immigration, or Islam. There are ways to disagree on policy without resorting to us versus them rhetoric."

More lies!

“Kevin has been ordered not to publish details relating to the charges, but we did discuss the Canadian government’s crackdown of opinions critical of Islam.”

“And I can’t help but think:

How long until the police come to my house, to handcuff me in front of my wife and kids, for what I say on TV?"

Ezra Levant and the like are not telling the truth and inciting hatred and violence through divisive and biased news coverage.

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.
commented 2017-08-16 19:03:01 -0400
To Joe Siciliano… since when visible minorities have been mistreated? I consider myself as a member of such visible minorities and I have been in this country for 43 years. I had and still have all the opportunities, benefits and health care that I needed and still perhaps require. Visible minorities apparently seem to fare better than most as I don’t think they are denied those same opportunities and benefits which I had access to.
From your comment I thought that you are an american or perhaps you were referring to another country! Check your facts before you comment, please.
commented 2017-08-16 16:36:38 -0400
You can say that again Rick, and Brian and Barbara and John HAD to know this would be the result, which is why I have zero respect for them. They are not stupid people. It is pretty sickening to watch. There is no way the Rebel is going down. This will only steel our resolve. These sorts of attacks can never succeed in stopping the truth from coming to light. This is but a bump in the road.
commented 2017-08-16 15:53:08 -0400
Wow! The trolls are on a roll! Defamation run amok! Just like 1930’s Germany, the knives are out!
commented 2017-08-16 11:52:37 -0400
Brian never struck me as a real Rebel, though he was co-founder. Ezra is flamboyant and a leader, and he’s used to the hot-seat of controversy, whereas I think Brian was a long for the ride. I wish him and the rest well in their future endeavors. It’s a shame that they had to be seen distancing themselves from the real conservatives, in order to maintain their livelihoods. It takes determination and real courage to go against the grain of public opinion.
commented 2017-08-16 11:43:38 -0400
Lynda Palmer,

Actually, “Alt right” as an epithet, applies to toe overall right exactly the same as “antifa” and "liberal fascists’ apply to the overall left.
commented 2017-08-16 11:31:50 -0400
Just as these liberal facists have ridiculously adopted the term antifa, they are on a mission to relabel common sense, middle ground conservatives as the alt-right. We need a powerful, no nonsense, sensible new name to shut these delusional hypocrites up. The Middle Majority?
commented 2017-08-16 11:23:25 -0400
“Oh SARAH! I don’t want to burst YOUR BUBBLE but yes it has to do with their careers. They are more concerned with what the Mainstream Media thinks of them than following their own career direction. |”

That is true. The Rebel is a far smaller fringe than most care to admit. The “mainstream media” is mainstream for a reason, and its followers outnumber “alternative” news readers a hundred to one. If you want to.

It’s hard to argue that the Rebel hasn’t become very dogmatic as of late. It’s mostly anti-immigrant dog whistling now, and the departed commentators are aware of that. Lilley acknowledged it directly. Hostility based on racist stereotypes can only get you so far.

The other issue is the identity politics. My favourite example is this: “Backstabber: Scheer whips MPs to vote for UN instead of Canadians”.

Let’s just think about that for a second. This title is incredibly dogmatic. Not even the slightest attempt at objectivity. The implication here is that the only real conservative, indeed, the only real Canadian, perspective is to oppose Paris. This is not at all objective. You are being told how to think, and if you disagree with Ezra, you’re wrong. It becomes identity politics in which ideology supercedes reasoned debate. There’s no issue with covering it… but that coverage is deeply skewed. Paris isn’t a partisan issue, and a whole lot of Canadians support it at least in principle, and a piece such as that abandons any pretense of nuance in favour of a harsh, identity politic driven dogma.

When you do that, you begin catering to a smaller and smaller, and increasingly extreme, group of individuals. Why is being tossed off of Youtube arising now? Their policy of removing extreme content has been in place for years. Why do they feel the need to pigeonhole themselves even further, with a membership driven private, Ezracentric club that seems deliberately designed to exclude those outside a very specific political opinion? Most journalists are seeking broader debate, not a blindly cheering peanut galley, who invariably agree, that yes, Scheer is a “backstabber” because he endorsed a policy that only a small group of individuals vocally opposes. Instead of broader debate of the cause, you end up further isolated from the “mainstream”.

Incidentally, it’s interesting how “mainstream” has become an epithet, as in it seems you take pride in being a fringe group.

If your goal is to present an alternative media source, then you should at least aspire to some degree of objectivity. That was, I suspect, what LIlley referred to.
commented 2017-08-16 10:59:52 -0400
“Jim Webb commented 11 hours ago
Presenting controversial stories for consideration cannot be compared to actively cheerleading for physical violence, let alone a murder. Taking it a further step and saying that The Rebel’s portrayal of any particular story could somehow lead, Pied Piper-like, to an actual act of physical violence gives Ezra and his contributors way too much credit. The blame for any such physical act lies with the perpetrator of the act, not from what was read on the Internet. Or should we also go back to blaming comic books, pool halls, and rock and roll for society’s misfits as well? "

For mentally normal individuals, yes, this is the case. But… it sounds like the driver was not mentally stable, and very likely radicalized. Don’t underestimate the motivational power of propaganda on radicalized individuals. In particular, the right wing media’s portrayal of Antifa as a vague but powerful enemy may well have lead him to believe that his actions were justified, since they’re a force of evil that deserve what’s coming.

That the people he ran over weren’t Antifa doesn’t matter. The alt-right narrative is that anybody that opposes … anything that falls into the right wing identity politics, really (the list is large) must be an agent of a massive foreign army of anti-patriots, Antifa, agents of Soros, “globalists”, etc. Even if untrue, you’d need to read beyond alt-right media to determine that, and they’ve systematically discredited them in their circles. The culture wars become literal physical wars.
commented 2017-08-16 10:52:48 -0400
I was sorry to hear that Barbara Kay and John Robson from the National Post have chickened out on supporting The Rebel. They have abandoned us as well. So I’m going to abandon them and will be cancelling my many-year subscription to the National Post. (It has gone liberal left anyway, so no loss).
I fully support The Rebel in its efforts to look for the truth and expose lies and distortions wherever it finds it. These days those lies and distortions are easy to find.
Thanks Ezra.
commented 2017-08-16 09:59:32 -0400
Absolutely fascinating to see how the left has turned reporting on a political group into supporting it. Clearly, the left has won the debate about whether or not Nazis are socialists ( they are / were) and equally clearly they have created an atmosphere where the storied history of left wing violence is now unassailable. But those who have left the Rebel have shown that their concern for their careers is far larger than their concern for disseminating the conservative viewpoint. In America they would be called ‘RINOs’. In Canada we call them ‘pink conservatives’ who have surrendered to the pressure of the left. Good luck to them. They’ll need it.
commented 2017-08-16 08:54:27 -0400
Jim Webb said, “As you know, what is, or is not, considered “extreme” is only defined by virtue of its distance from your own point on the spectrum, and on your personal willingness to accept thoughts at considerable variance from your own.”

An apt observation.
commented 2017-08-16 02:32:22 -0400
Nobody new exactly what position the Alt Right was, including you until last weekend.

And Brian is so scared about his career he’ll be guest hosting The National before you know it.
Damage control, that’s not damage control, that’s informing the Liberal Left, the Social Justice Warriors and the Clueless Political Hacks (choose your own group) what the truth is because otherwise the only thing they would hear is their own lies.
It’s Brian that’s not the same, he’s become a politically correct puppet of Left Media in the hopes he can feed from the Trudeau Media Trough.
Why would anyone wipe clean the Truth? Is that what you would do, if you were Brian’s employer, wipe clean his work?
commented 2017-08-16 01:54:57 -0400
Drew Wakariuk,

Perhaps you have missed all the damage control posts and need to catch up. Let me know when you do. There is Ezra’s staff video, Faith’s in her own words video and a couple of videos that talk about how The Rebel now hates the alt-right when they used to love them.
commented 2017-08-16 01:52:46 -0400
Keith and Helen Harvey,

If it had to do with their careers, CFRA would have already wiped The Rebel’s existence from their website.

Brian also said it had nothing to do with any career pressure. Unlike Ezra, Brian isn’t known as a liar, so I have no reason to not believe him when he says that this is a personal decision and his baby – The Rebel which he started with Ezra, isn’t the same anymore.
commented 2017-08-16 01:45:20 -0400
Sarah go pretend those fake hate crimes really happened LMAO!
commented 2017-08-16 01:45:08 -0400
I forgot something. If The Rebel is SO OFFENSIVE according to you. How come you spend SO MUCH TIME here?
commented 2017-08-16 01:44:35 -0400
Sarah the MSM has been offensive you mean.
commented 2017-08-16 01:44:06 -0400
Sarah they have not been in damage control you halfwit, and sorry but ignorant left wing pigs posting things does not make something true. Now go hate White Christians like a good left wing twit. And by the way blacks kill way more whites than vice versa. LMAO!
commented 2017-08-16 01:41:17 -0400
You have to get out of your state of denial, it has more to do with their careers than you can even imagine. And if Brian worked with The Rebel up to now, I mean really it would be ludicrous for any current employer to try to cover that up or simply deny his connection with The Rebel but sadly there won’t be any more.
commented 2017-08-16 01:34:28 -0400
John S.
I come here for the truth from The Rebel Team, not to view your Fake News, if I wanted the Left Wing Media Fake News I can always view CBC, CNN, CTV and others. Your news tidbits are your own convoluted truths that mostly start with the letter “I”.
commented 2017-08-16 01:34:22 -0400
Drew Wakariuk,

So please explain why The Rebel have been in damage control mode with posts trying to defend themselves and now 3 people quitting in the span of 24 hours.

Those are not the actions or response to innocence.
commented 2017-08-16 01:30:28 -0400
Keith and Helen Harvey,

It has nothing to do with their careers – The Rebel has been offensive long before now and as Brian has stated, changed for the worse from Ezra and Brian’s initial vision for The Rebel.

Anyone can see that who have been her since Day 1.

There is still Rebel content on Brian’s page at CFRA. Clearly they had no problem with him working at The Rebel.
commented 2017-08-16 01:20:58 -0400
Sarah how about you attack the alt left , The Rebel has never supported neo nazis. Oh sorry i mean the main left as they are mostly fanatics. And your false claims are merely to try and silence, the race card BS does not work on people with a brain.
commented 2017-08-16 01:20:57 -0400
Sarah how about you attack the alt left , The Rebel has never supported neo nazis. Oh sorry i mean the main left as they are mostly fanatics. And your false claims are merely to try and silence, the race card BS does not work on people with a brain.
commented 2017-08-16 01:18:17 -0400
John S Islam is not a race and people can react accordingly to the actions of the believers of the religion.
And there is more racism against whites than against people of color and you damn well know it. We are told we are responsible for everything bad that has ever happened for crying out loud. Sorry if assumed incorrectly that you are white.
commented 2017-08-16 01:17:38 -0400
Oh SARAH! I don’t want to burst YOUR BUBBLE but yes it has to do with their careers. They are more concerned with what the Mainstream Media thinks of them than following their own career direction. Kind of like our politicians allowing scum terrorists into the country, they kill people, but they don’t want to identify them as being members of a particular group so that they aren’t branded as Racists.
And that vision didn’t change, Brian Lilley lost it, the controversies are getting more serious and require a harder line, too many dirty tricks committed by the Left Wing Media, the kind of Media that doesn’t exist in Canada according to Siciliano, but that’s all there is on TV. And really, nothing is the same, everything is changing at a rapid pace because of the destruction of the western nations by the elected leaders. If you think The Rebel has changed like Brian seems to think, I would say they are adapting to whatever conditions are happening, obviously Brian is unable to make the transition to the new world reality.
commented 2017-08-16 01:14:54 -0400
So tired of these left wing scum making up things that have not been said in the interest of pushing their personal bigotry. The Rebel did not promote the incident in Charlottesville , nor did Faith Goldy sympathize or support any hateful actions, yet some ignorant fool claims that. Try and stick with what actually happened and what people actually say. In other words GROW UP!
commented 2017-08-16 01:00:37 -0400
I frankly feel that the free market is a complete lie, and why I support protectionism, progressive conservatism and the mixed economy.

Basically, I support a mishmash of ideas and I am not truly tied to the left or the right but I view myself I guess as a radical centrist meaning emcompassing both sides and taking ideas from both sides.

Also, my viewpoint is they are extreme in the sense of where most Canadians vote on because most Canadians want centrist thought in order to get things done, run the nation and that means fiscal responsibility and social progressive ideas. The fact is Conservatives now in the Conservative party reject the idea of the mushy middle. I feel that we need a party for nation-building, infrastructure spending, small business stimulation, a state bank, paying down debt, challenging the wars and ending them, and more independence in Canada.

Some people may that this a left wing party but nation-building mixed with fiscal responsibility and social progress are very much centrist and even right-centrist ideas.

I also believe that we need facts, evidence-based ideas, and ways to bridge the divides because the Blue Tories meaning the Conservative party is not helping Canada move forward and neither are the liberals. That is why Canada needs more parties and better members of parliament.
commented 2017-08-16 00:49:07 -0400
Except I ran for the Progressive Canadian party and that party strictly talks about being a party that is centre/centre-right and would be fiscally responsible and socially progressive, end the wars, peacekeeping, secularism, using the Bank of Canada to fund infrastructure and use the state bank to pay down debts, funding social programs, keep health care public, and simply be a liberal-conservative party. I, of course, took the positions, and accepted most of the Progressive Canadian party positions, so I am in the Red Tory category of a Joe Clark, John Charest and many famous progressive conservatives. Canada needs a party that does stand up for Canada’s nation but not in the sense of Rebel that wants Canada completely privatized and all its social safety nets shut down. Rebel, in fact based on that premise, is for selling out Canada.

The Progressive Canadian party also says that many on Rebel Media are simply just chameleons and continentalists and for the North American Union and never had a loyalty to Canada’s state and nation-building in general.

How can you have a nation without protecting Canada’s safety nets and vital programs? That is the question. The fact is the Reform party believes in globalism as Harper spoke on many YouTube clips championing more war and wanting to change Canada from being a nation that follows Pearsonian foreign policy. Harper even said many times Canada has to rid itself of public health care during his time at the National Citizens Coalition, and he lied about Libya, Iraq and many other conflicts which he supported and so does his successor, Andrew Scheer.