As is his wont, Rebel News' Ezra Levant flings himself onto his fainting couch, clutching his pearls and playing the downtrodden victim:
when even a cursory investigation shows that the PPG is entirely within its rights to tell Rebel News to eat a bag of dicks. Let us proceed.
Anyone is entitled to read the official application to be a member of Canada's PPG here, and it takes no time at all to spot Ezra's problems. Let's focus on the following declarations that any applicant is required to accept:
so let's go through them one at a time to appreciate why Rebel News does not even remotely qualify.
Declaration the first:
My principal occupation is reporting, interpreting or editing Parliamentary or Federal Government news.
That would be strike one since, to my knowledge, Der Rebel has never, ever, ever had a staff member whose principal occupation was focused on Parliamentary stuff. What the above demands is an applicant who does not run around the country covering protests and vaccinations and truck rallies, and pops in to check out Parliament only when they happen to be passing through. That alone would explain why ex-Rebeler (and Alberta resident) Keean "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" Bexte was repeatedly turned down, given that he seemed more interested with stalking transgender people and chasing a creeped-out Greta Thunberg down a hotel corridor:
So we can already understand why the PPG told Bexte to take his Maxime Bernier blow-up doll with realistic orifices and hit the road. But it gets worse, as we read declaration the second:
I am assigned in Ottawa on a continuing basis.
Once again, we can see that the PPG is not interested in occasional drop-ins; if you're not a resident of Ottawa, you don't get to stop by and do PPG-type stuff on your way through town.
Which brings us to declaration the third, which simply expands on the first two:
I require day to day use of Gallery services to fulfil my functions.
See above ... either you're there on a daily basis to fulfill your Parliamentary reporting obligations, or, well, piss off, all of this explaining why the PPG is entirely within its rights to keep showing Rebel News the exit. And if all that wasn't enough, well, there's this towards the end [emphasis added]:
I understand that as a Gallery member I can't represent interests of political parties, governments, non-parliamentary organizations or others than the news organizations I work for and I commit myself to follow the rules of the Gallery.
And given that Der Rebel regularly sells pandering news coverage to whatever politician or political party can write a suitable cheque, well, can we all agree that Rebel News does not check a single box required for being a member of the PPG?
Are we done here? Yeah, I think we're done here.