Welcome to Episode 2,386 of "Let's talk about Ezra Levant's reputation," wherein we discuss the reputation of one Ezra Levant, and why it matters. Recall, if you will, my earlier explanations of how, in this country, one of the non-negotiable requirements for something to qualify as defamation is that what is said or published must, in some way, injure or damage or tarnish the reputation of the delicate, whiny, victimhood-obsessed crybaby being talked or written about. If said crybaby already has such a general reputation, then -- by definition -- it's not defamation. See how that works?
For example, say you are accused of being a "scam artist." That has a good chance of being considered defamatory ... unless that is already your widely-known reputation amongst the general community and public. Then (as I read the fairly unambiguous law) you don't have a legal leg to stand on.
This is particularly relevant for moi, as a fundamental part of Ezra's 2016 defamation suit against me involves me describing him as (among other things, to be covered in subsequent episodes) a "grifter," which apparently was so massively traumatic for Ezra that he was reduced to curling up in the fetal position in the back seat of his Hummer, sobbing quietly to himself, with barely the energy to organize another grift. Or something like that.
Which brings us, of course, to the research that will allow us to establish Ezra's reputation as a grifter, wherein we will restrict ourselves to a simple, reverse chronological search to see what Twitter has to say, given that Twitter has a convenient search feature that allows us to do exactly that.
And when it comes to what Twitter in general thinks of Ezra Levant and his griftiness, well, starting on Sept 3, 2020 and working our way backwards, there's this:
and this:and this:
and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:
and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and this:and ... dear God, we haven't even made it out of 2020, and there's a whole world of other regular media and social media that one could scour. If 30 examples are not enough, what about 50? Or 100? In terms of just Twitter, here, help yourself.
In the end, not only have I obliterated any argument Ezra might have that dismissing him as a cheap grifter is in any way defamatory, but I've done the same for everyone else that might end up in his sights for saying the same thing, as all of the evidence above is equally useful for anyone who wants to help themselves to it.
Never say I didn't do you any favours.
Coming soon: What the general public thinks of Ezra being a "con man" and "scam artist."
I think I'm going to need a bigger blog.
AFTERSNARK: Even back in January, people knew what was coming:
SPEAKING OF GRIFT ... just gonna leave this here: