Since no one else seems willing to do it, I suppose it falls to me to point out how, despite putting on a brave face and padding its masthead with bogus reporters, Ezra Levant's vaunted Rebel Media is now nothing but shadows ... a desperate but tiny collection of fake journos still trying to pass as a larger and serious media outlet. Don't believe me? Let's do the math.
It seems like only yesterday (well, OK, October of 2016) that Ezra was whining about wanting U.N. accreditation based on the claim of Rebel's "21 full-time journalists":
which even then was an utterly laughable claim. Since then ... well, how the mighty have fallen.
These days, if one heads over to Ezra's boutique media outlet and jackboot emporium and clicks on "About Us", one notices that the entirety of Rebel Media (full-time or otherwise) now consists of only 16 assorted hangers-on and disreputable bottom dwellers:
But even that number is wildly optimistic upon closer examination, so let's examine more closely.
We can first write off two of the listed journos. Neither "BC Bureau Chief" Chris Wilson nor perpetual geology undergraduate Holly Nicholas is with Rebel any longer; Wilson's Twitter account recently described him as "Ex-Rebel TV", while Nicholas' Twitter account simply folded up with no warning whatever, and even more recently, Wilson's Twitter account, "vancity_chris", also went missing in action. In any event, neither have published at the Rebel since December of 2017, and both can be safely assumed to have bolted for smarter pastures. This takes us from 16 down to 14. Onward.
At this point, we can also justifiably write off anyone in the list above that has either not published in quite some time, or that publishes so infrequently that you might have trouble remembering who they are. This wipes from consideration all of Candice Malcolm, Eric Duhaime, Lucy Brown and Alexander Jones, whose most recent collective contributions would barely fill a spittoon. We are now down to 10, and we're not even close to done.
In an admittedly controversial act of pruning, I'm going to disqualify the entirety of Rebel's international contingent, for a very simple reason. When the lifeless form of Rebel Media was first strapped to a table and force-fed 500,000 volts to bring it to life, the idea was that it was going to be a noticeably Canadian contribution to right-wing media. People would tune in to hear how Justin Trudeau was a wuss, David Suzuki strangled kittens, and Rachel Notley went out at night to murder farming families from Lethbridge in their beds, that sort of thing. So while Rebel's American and overseas reps might be doing perfectly respectable work, I submit that Rebel's Canadian audience doesn't tune in to hear what's happening in Upper Stokes-on-Twatwaffle, UK. And with that, we can cross off all of Tommy Robinson, Mark Latham, Katie Hopkins, John Cardillo, Tanveer Ahmed and the newly-acquired Amanda Head. Which brings us to a grand total of ... four. But we're not done.
In one final act of dismemberment, we're going to do away with Rebel Commentator "Victor Laszlo", for the simple reason that, although whoever goes by that pseudonym is undeniably a prolific goober, his contributions can be described as little more than relentless anti-Muslim rubbish. Journalistically speaking, Laszlo brings little to the table other than a daily diet of how much he despises Muslims, which is nothing you can't find at about 12 bazillion other sites on the Intertoobz. So where does that leave us?
Where that leaves us is that the entirety of Rebel Media's down-home journalistic talent wading pool now consists solely and exclusively of (and count along with me here):
- "Rebel Commander" and recently-homeless Ezra Levant
- "Alberta Bureau Chief" and trailer park arm candy Sheila Gunn ("sand box savages") Reid
- The comically inept stylings of "Mission Specialist" David Menzies
That's it. That's the whole show right there. Think I'm kidding? Here's a screenshot from today's online Rebel Media -- note well the limited variety of hosts.
Still think I'm kidding? Here's the latest installment of "The Ezra Levant Show," wherein Ezra interviews ... David Menzies.
That, boys and girls, is the object of pathetically sycophantic adoration from all of "Rebel Nation" ... three talent-deprived yobs struggling mightily to maintain the pretense of a going venture, all the while scrambling to keep the lights on.
And this is the collection of hopeless misfits that are going to eventually deliver an online "app" that will replace the entire functionality of YouTube? I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. But, hey, that's just me. I'm a cynic.
JAN 31 UPPITY DATE: As if I needed any further corroboration of the Potemkin-ness of Ezra Levant's vanity newsroom, I just received an email inviting me to once again peruse Rebel Media's relentless war against the mother of the 11-year-old who fabricated a racist attack. What's fascinating is the collection of screenshots below, all from the same Rebel Media page here -- note well precisely the names involved here:
Precisely the collection of execrable, bottom-dwelling survivors I mentioned above:
- Ezra Levant
- David Menzies
- Sheila Gunn Reid