Saturday, July 30, 2022

Did Rebel News' Sheila Gunn Reid *deliberately* violate a publication ban for the PR value?


While a few souls on social media are (mostly facetiously) asking whether Rebel News' Sheila Gunn Reid purposely violated a publication ban with respect to the identity of Tamara Lich's surety, I think it is incumbent on the Crown to at least consider the possibility because, let's face it, this is exactly the sort of thing that Rebel News is known for over the years.

Your humble scribe has, in fact, written about that very thing, one example being how the hacks at Der Rebel clearly (and proudly) violated election financing law and, upon being fined a grand total of $3,000, promptly started fundraising $300,000 to fight it, which also gave them instant notoriety and, let's face it, that's what this is all about when it comes to Rebel News -- trending for whatever reason. One hypothesizes that Ezra Levant, when threatened with a fine of only a few thousand dollars, figures it's a pretty good deal if he can crowdfund an assload of money while simuitaneously shrieking about being censored and blaming Justin Trudeau.

So who's to say that's not what happened here?

Given the evidence I presented in my previous post -- that Gunn Reid was clearly aware of the publication ban right up to the point she so obviously violated it -- who's to say there was no back room discussion about the minimal risk in violating that ban compared to the stellar publicity and possible crowdfunding that could arise from it?

If I was the Crown, I would fer damned sure put Gunn Reid under oath, then ask her directly and pointedly about whether there was any discussion of any sort regarding the possible benefits of breaking the law for the resulting publicity. And if Gunn Reid wants to deny it, then make her say that. Under oath.

But that's just a suggestion.


Anonymous said...

Given how Sheila clearly understood the publication ban, if the judge lets her off with just a slap on the wrist and a stern lecture, why the fuck should any journalist ever take a publication ban seriously again?

Anonymous said...

SGR is not a real journalist but should expect to be inconvenienced the same as if she was.