To set the stage, it was back in 2016 that Ezra Levant assured one and all that they should send their donations on behalf of Fort Mac, not to the Red Cross directly, but to him, and he gave the unequivocal and unambiguous assurance that he would subsequently turn over "100%" of those donations, fully and completely, to the Red Cross. I could go on but, once upon a time, I wrote up this incident in excruciating detail, and you can read all of that here:
but make sure you come back here afterwards for your chance to win valuable prizes. I'll wait.
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OK, so let's recap what (beyond any doubt) happened back in 2016, shall we?
- Ezra Levant assured everyone that the full "100%" of donations to his Indiegogo fundraiser would be turned over to the Red Cross.
- Throughout the entire month of May, 2016 (and perpetually afterwards), Ezra stuck to his guns over this claim, even as countless people pointed out he was clearly full of Sheila.
- Only after the end of the fundraiser did Ezra concede (privately in his Statement of Claim) that what he had claimed all that time was not true.
None of the above is even remotely arguable, but here's where the valuable cash prize comes in. Because I am a scrupulously fair man, I have always entertained the possibility that, somewhere, Ezra issued a public retraction and correction of his claim of "100%", and I just never noticed it. Trust me, I've looked, and have never found such a thing, but in the interests of fairness, I am always willing to be corrected so here's the deal:
I will pay the bounty of $100 -- no, let's be generous and make it $250 -- to the first person who can leave in the comments section proof that, at some point during the month of May, 2016, Ezra Levant published an admission that his claim of 100% was, in fact, deceptive and misleading and was based on him bragging about his initial $10,000 "donation", only to take it back and use it as a slush fund to make up for the 5% lost to Indiegogo's processing fee. It's not necessary that Ezra use those words; all it will take to collect the bounty is to point to an admission by Ezra as to what was really happening. (And, unlike Ezra, if someone succeeds, I will actually hand over the money.) As I said, I have looked high, low and askance for such an example and, to this day, have never found one, so if you can produce one, the money is yours.
Finally, as always, if you think it's a good cause to stand up to Ezra Levant and refuse to be intimidated by his never-ending stream of idiotic, meritless, whiny SLAPP suits, well, I have a fundraiser.
BONUS TRACK: As I mentioned in an earlier post, I still have my own 2-hour questioning session of Ezra to be scheduled, and I can assure you I will be demanding (using Ezra's own logic against him) that he turn over copious amounts of Rebel News financial data relevant to my defense (and, yes, we will all be learning about the inner workings of The Democracy Fund, among other things). Related to this post, I will of course ask Ezra to provide any evidence that he publicly corrected the record regarding this claim, so I am nothing but fair. But I'm still giving some lucky reader the chance to collect that bounty first. Because that's just the kind of guy I am. There will be more bounties, so you might want to check back regularly.
Coming next: How Ezra misled everyone about donations being "matched", and subsequently screwed the Red Cross out of more than $120,000. You'll really want to read that one, for which I will be offering not one, but two cash bounties.
AFTERSNARK: Just to make sure there is no suspense, here is the public record of donations to Ezra's 2016 fundraiser, showing the exact amount of $162,476.00 donated:
and here is a screenshot of an email I received a few months after that fundraiser ended from the Red Cross' Susan Larkin:
showing that the full and complete amount eventually turned over by Ezra was ... $156,921.00.
Please don't make me explain the arithmetic.