As most people know, Rebel News' Ezra Levant recently convinced a truckload of gullible yobs to hand over almost half a million dollars to not only pay off an outstanding Rebel News loan in its entirety, but leave him with a wad of leftover dosh to blow any way he wants:
However, there is a nagging question in all of this -- given that Ezra was handed some $380,000 in late 2017 and early 2018, where did all that money go? It's a worthwhile question since, in asking for financial assistance, Ezra was asking his intellectually-limited groupies to not just help with paying off the outstanding loan, he was asking them to pay off the entire amount. Every penny. That is, he was making no offer to chip in any cash of his own, which leads one to ask -- did he simply not have any of that $380,000 left? And if not, where did it go? And here's the curious part.
Ezra himself admitted publicly that the initial loan was for ... well, let's let Ezra explain it himself:
OK, that's fair ... money to do more journamalism, and to hire new talent. The curiosity here is that, if one followed Rebel Media/News throughout 2018 and 2019, nothing seemed to change that much. If anything, it seemed that Rebel was shrinking, not growing.
Courtesy of the Intertoobz's Internet Archive, here's a shot of all the talentless hacks, yahoos and bottom dwellers on Rebel's masthead in early 2018:
At that point, one would think that with a massive infusion of capital, a few more folks would have signed on. Alas, such was not the case, so that by late 2019, even after $380,000 to expand Rebel's operations, this is the pathetic group of hangers-on that were left:
Five. All of five. Which inspires the obvious question -- if that money was not used for, as Ezra himself claimed, doing more journalism and hiring new talent, what in the name of Mutt happened to all of it?
Frankly, if I was a regular Rebel supporter and had been asked to bail Ezra out of a $380,000 hole, I might be just the slightest bit interested in where that original $380,000 had gone, since it doesn't seem to have gone to hiring or journalism.
I'm just curious, and wondering why Rebel's regular donors don't seem to be.
AFTERSNARK: Curiously, in his tweet above, Ezra promises that any surplus would be directed towards "hiring a full-time Parliamentary reporter." This is an odd promise to make since, as recently as December of last year, the PPG made it clear it was rejecting Rebel News for membership:
Under the circumstances, then, it's not clear the value of hiring a full-time Parliamentary reporter who has no accreditation to cover Parliament. That seems just ... weird.