As you know, last year Ezra Levant and the Sun News Network arranged a “Freedom Weekend” up in Muskoka for big-C Conservative zealots. Since nobody who signed up for that trip has ever spoken ill of it, or even been seen again, Ezra and the gang have decided to try again with a 7-day excursion up the West Coast to Alaska. A “Freedom Cruise”, as they are calling it. Ezra and co. have even provided a nice FAQ for potential cruise-goers. I shall reproduce a few of the Q/As below, along with my comments and interpretations:
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From the Twitter “fake follower” check, which tells you how many of your twitter followers are real:
So it looks like someone has been buying Ezra bulk followers. Anyway, compare this with the report you get for a real journalist–Canada’s sweetest little angel, Kady O’Malley:
Or even Hairface, from Lethbridge:
So the upshot is Ezra’s fans are mostly among the non-existent. That bodes ill for his “freedom cruise” . Fake people use fake credit.
The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest?
Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret Thatcher’s government have shocked and appalled the world by pushing “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead!” to the top of the charts.
In case you missed it, the former British prime minister, who was in office from 1979 to 1990, died on Monday at 87. But (Read more…) took until yesterday for the song from the Wizard of Oz – an apt metaphor itself for the operational side of neocon governments everywhere – to mischievously reach No. 1 on the British Broadcasting Corp.’s weekly music chart.
The right-wing media in Britain and, quite naturally, here . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!
An interesting thing about The Jewish Tribune’s story about the death of Doug Christie, lawyer to Canada’s far right, is that it isn’t really about the death of Doug Christie. Rather, it is about the reaction to Doug Christie’s death by ex-CJC head Bernie Farber. Anyone that knows Bernie knows that he likes to play things clean, keep it classy, and so forth, so it isn’t surprising, and hardly a big deal, that he would have sent the dying barrister a conciliatory email. Nevertheless Tribune correspondent Joanne Hill spends 300 or so words trying to make something of the issue,
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Dawg has the details. But, as to the reason given by the AG’s rep for NOT going forward the first time, that he “was afraid Levant would make a big noise about [the charges]“, I frankly think not. That’s because, for one thing, Ezra’s career is on the line. Nobody in broadcasting will hire a guy with a hate-speech conviction. Ezra will grovel and beg and eat sand if that’s what it takes to wriggle out of something like this. And, for another thing, Ezra’s preferred style of noise making–smear everyone left, right, and center–has left him with facing
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Dr Dawg, and Haroon Siddiqui in the piece Dawg references, think that the Ontario Attorney General, John Gerretson, will not file hate speech charges against Ezra Levant for his anti-Roma screed of six months ago.
However, the following except from a missive by Gina Csanyi-Robah of the Toronto Roma Community Centre, re her meeting with police and the AG’s people on March 14th, seems to indicate that no final decision has yet been made:
This is dated March 20th, so I would assume it is the latest information available. Its also easier to read if you click on the image.
Insiders (the Sun News Network mole) are telling me that the station’s legal staff committed mass suicide the other night. They couldn’t hack the long hours. And, if you look at the original apology, its sandwiched by an ad touting the Canada Economic Action Plan and an ad for Immigration Canada. So, mandatory carriage or not, you the taxpayer area already funding this crap.
You can read the official document here, but The Sun News Network mole has slipped me a copy of Ezra’s first draft. As you can see, it’s been changed quite a bit:
As you all must know, I’m pretty much fucked right now. I’ve lost one defamation case, the Warman thing is still coming down the pipe, and there’s even some Muslim kid who may be into my pockets to the tune of six figures. Worst of all, dad’s threatening to pull my allowance and, unfortunately, free speech don’t feed the bulldog. Or pay the lawyer’s bill.
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Well I'm glad to see that Ezra Levant has apologized for his hateful comments about the Roma.Although it did take him forever to put his lips together and spit out the words I'm sorry.And knowing him, I'm pretty sure he's even sorrier that he had to write this formal apology. Read more »
This story tallies with what I’ve been hearing. A number of senate Tories aren’t down with the repeal of S-13, the hate speech provision in Canada’s Human Rights Act. After 2nd reading, it may disappear for months in committee. It may never re-emerge. Just maybe the notion that “limitations on expression should be subject to the built-in protections of real courts through libel and slander laws and hate speech provisions in the Criminal Code” is looking less persuasive after this and this.
The captain of the the MV Zuiderdam tells Michael Coren, right, to fetch him a cup of Starbucks. Sun News Network tour group hosts may not appear exactly as illustrated. But you’ve got to admit it’s a pretty good likeness! Below: a sample of unethical oil.
Call me Ishmael!
Would you pay $8,679, or even $2,952, to be trapped for nine days aboard a boat, even a very large boat, with Ezra Levant, Michael Coren, Brian Lilley and a host of other sorry reruns from the Sun News Network commentariat, not to mention the communications vice-president of the Canadian Association
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ahoy there, matey! Talk about maritime disasters! Trapped on a CAPP-sized banana boat with Ezra Levant!
Intervention, observation ou réponse de l’intimé / Intervention, comment or answer by respondentDate reçu / Date Arrived: 2013-02-06Numéro de processus public / Public Process Number: 2013-19Numéro d’intervention / Intervention Number: 2552Demande(s) / Application(s): 2012-0687-1Cas / Case: 179106Demande à comparaître à l’audience publique / Request to appear at the public hearing: Non/NoIntimé / Respondent: Non/NoCommentaire / CommentSun News Network repeatedly aired false and libelous information about me and my husband, even after being told that the information was false.On Ezra Levant’s show “The faces of Idle No More” onJanuary 24,
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Calgary City Hall: The next target for former Reform Party leader Preston Manning’s not-very-merry band of far-right ideologues? Below: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and neoconservative ideological guru Manning back in the day.
Is the so-called Manning Centre for Building Democracy preparing to target Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and other progressive city councillors for a corporate-backed reprise of the far right’s domination of federal and provincial politics in recent decades across Canada?
So it would seem.
Indeed, it would be fair to say the benevolent sounding Trojan Horse founded by Preston Manning, the former Reform Party leader and unflinching market ideologue,
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… colder than Vic Toews at a homeless shelter edition. Robbie’s Follies… Will he stay or will he go? We’ll know this morning. ================================================================================== As I am apt to do once in a while, I lamented the absence of a party leader, outside the GPO, with the balls to start the process of abolishing Ontario’s [...]
Golly. Call me Nostradamus eh? Almost three years ago I wrote this about the outhouse gang at Sun News Network aka Fox News North:They don't have the money, or the infrastructure, or the talent, to compete for even a small part of that tiny news market. Or even to be taken seriously. This is going to be the biggest bomb in Canadian network history.And sure enough, it was a bomb or a lead balloon. Nobody was EVER able to take those Con Klowns seriously, and now they're trying to save themselves by picking our pockets. Read more »
By the same logic you could say they’ve really been a great help to the Roma.
More gruel, sir? The face of Sun News Network that Sun News Network would like you to see as they beg for public subsidies. Below: The real face of Sun News Network.
Sun News Network, that fearless foe of state subsidies for the CBC, wants you, Dear Television Viewer, to directly subsidize it to the tune of $18 million a year.
Have no doubt, that’s just the beginning, but it would nicely cover losses the company says now amount to a modest $17 million a year – hardly a corporate killer, one would think, but apparently enough to get Sun
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Application by TVA Group Inc. and Sun Media Corporation, partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Sun News General Partnership, for mandatory distribution on the digital and analog basic service pursuant to an order issued under section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act of the national English-language specialty national news Category C service Sun TV News.
As I have mentioned previously, I’ve heard from insiders that if they don’t get mandatory carriage they’re screwed, and indeed Steve Faguy says they are losing $17 mil a year and need 18 cents per subscriber per month to get by. That in
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From the website of Richard Warman:
Richard Warman is pleased to confirm settlement of his libel action against Arnie Lemaire (aka BlazingCatFur) on terms acceptable to the parties including removal of all material identified in the current statement of claim.
No details on cash amounts, but rumor has it Arnie and his wife Kathy Shaidle will be moving to new digs shortly. The particulars of the defamation are the same as those in the Ezra Levant case, as those in the case of KKKate from SDA, as those in the case of the Fourniers from FreeD. Expect all of them to
Foxes love his commentary.
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Canadians are all going to be affected by the Harper Government handiwork on many levels. In the news right now of course the Chief Theresa Spence Hunger Strike and the ever growing ‘Idle No More’ movement are, as they say, trending.
The pressure on PM Harper has actually been beneficial to all Canadians because we are seeing up close what a mean spirited dishonest asshole our Prime Minister really is.
Leaking that highly suspicious report from Deloitte Touche has set the neocon scribes loose.
Led by Sun Media’s neocon attack dog Ezra Levant and complemented by
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This is the shit. And you know what? When First Nations sue the federal government, they win. Its a bit like when someone sues Ezra Levant–its a slam dunk. That not actually a coincidence. Harper’s droogs and Ezra share a lawsuit losing gene.
From John Ivison’s column today:
Another area where the government is attempting to make structural changes that could end the cycle of poverty and despair is by creating a First Nations Education Act, aimed at dragging native education into the 21st century. Currently, reserve schools have no regular reporting system, there is no dispensation for kids who fall behind, there is no way to certify, regulate or discipline teachers and there is no way to monitor attendance. A panel on native education last year said 100 schools are “unsafe learning
In response, a few bullet points from a talk by
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Canadians struggle to cope with the offensive noise from the Sun News Network. Typical TV viewers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Commentator Ezra Levant.
It’s 2013, and it’s time for Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant to either apologize for or explain his comments on Sept. 5, 2012, about the Roma.
Now, Mr. Levant appears to be the kind of young man for whom a phrase like “never apologize, never explain,” would take on mantra-like authority. Nevertheless, it’s time, or certain conclusions about Mr. Levant’s views about the Roma people will be impossible to avoid.
More important, the
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