Just a few observations ... recall from just a few months back that Rebel News' Ezra Levant pleaded publicly to help pay off (in its entirety) $380,000 worth of loans, and the drooling yobs of Rebel Nation came through:
Oddly, in the couple of months since that massive windfall, the masthead at Rebel seems unchanged; there have been no new apparent hires, and the quality of journalism seems as misleading and valueless as ever.
On the other hand, it's public knowledge that, in the last few months, Rebel's Ezra Levant has:
- settled a defamation suit with CJPME (terms confidential),
- lost two anti-SLAPP motions, which puts him on the hook for not only his own legal fees, but the entirety of the other parties' costs, and
- is currently fighting a $200,000 defamation suit in Edmonton.
It would be massively irresponsible to speculate that these things were in any way related.
I'm just trying to be helpful.
P.S. While it goes back to 2017, it's worth rehashing Ezra's legal and financial beatdown at the hands of Khurrum Awan, as documented in Frank magazine:
a beatdown that was followed by Ezra's unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, which surely cost a few more dollars, all of which raises the obvious question -- are any of Rebel News' long-time, faithful sponsors getting at all tired of handing over their cash month after month and year after year, only to open their browser to see Ezra having to fork over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and judgments and costs?
Is there a single member of Rebel Nation who's been heard to mutter, "You know, I keep sending in all this money to hear the other side of story, and all I see is Ezra in court on a regular basis"?
And more specifically, are there any current journos working for Rebel News, almost certainly getting little more than a subsistence salary, watching all this money pour in from one fundraiser after another and wondering when any of it is going to trickle down to them?
One wonders when any of those gullible doofs are going to start asking questions.
P.P.S. A completely unreliable source suggests that Ezra is, indeed, planning to appeal those two anti-SLAPP losses, which would give him the opportunity to blow even more money on lawyers and costs. Just in case anyone cared.