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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezrrata

AHRC legal counsel Arman Chak, a frequent target of Sun News TV personality Ezra Levant over the years, has been elected to the BOD of the Alberta Law Society.  Ezra’s encounters with the Society have been of another kind altogether.  So congrats Mr. Chak.

PS. Ezra’s now thoroughly debunked anti-Muslim screed from last week has picked up a few “likes” from notorious Canadian racist Paul Fromm.

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Latest Disgraceful Bigot Eruption

Ezra Levant is without a shadow of a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian television.A greasy, grubby oil pimp, a far-right demagogue, a bully and a bigot.But even by his low standards, this is absolutely outrageous.Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bernie Farber On Ezra Levant And The Jewish Tradition

My favorite bit:All too often Levant cloaks himself in his Jewish heritage as a true defender of Jewish values, in contrast to those he refers to as the “official Jews,” or Jewish leadership.Make no mistake, Levant’s antics and intimidation tactics have nothing whatsoever to do with Judaism. Both Jewish law and tradition speak powerfully about “loshon hora,” derogatory speech against a fellow human being, which is absolutely forbidden.Indeed, in the Jewish tradition, we believe that the tongue has such awesome power that it requires two gatekeepers, the teeth and the lips. It is recognized that words have (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The Postmedia-Quebecor deal: Welcome to newspaper hell, where the lowest common denominator will prevail

An unreconstituted Toronto Sun front page. Newspaper hell? Turns out it’s not quite as bad as we imagined it would be, except for the few unfortunates who still work in what’s left of the industry. Below: Tom Kent, who headed the 1981 Royal Commission on Newspapers, which was ignored when it was written and is still ignored.

If you want proof the Canadian newspaper business is on its last legs, look no further than yesterday’s announcement Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is about to take over Quebecor Media Inc.’s 175 English-language newspapers and a few other assets, including the five (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Silence of Ezra Levant and the PMO Network

Well I see Ezra Levant is keeping a low profile, and remaining unusually silent.After being spanked by his bosses at Sun News, with a soft fluffy feather. Even as critics call for Levant to make a personal apology for a monologue that included calling the late Pierre Trudeau a “slut,” the host of Sun News Network’s The Source declined to answer the Star’s questions when reached by email Tuesday morning, and again in person later in the afternoon as he was leaving the network’s downtown Toronto studios. “My comments are that I have no comment,” said Levant, (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Sun Media – not its squalid commentator Ezra Levant – is the problem

Ezra Levant, on the job with his Sun News microphone. Mr. Levant is not the problem. Sun Media is the problem. Below: Justin Trudeau, Bernie Farber, and Brian Mulroney.

Ezra Levant is a squalid nuisance, barely worth contemplating.

Sun Media is the problem.

On Monday, Sun Media apologized for Mr. Levant’s repellent and sexually obsessive hysterics about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s parents, one dead and the other an elderly grandmother and thus neither in a position to defend themselves.

This only happened, of course, because Mr. Trudeau threatened no longer to talk to legitimate Sun Media journalists, of which we (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Disgraceful Sham Apology of Sun News and Ezra Levant

Well it wasn't much of an apology. The Sun News network has apologized to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and declared that an “offensive” rant against his parents’ morality — which included a description of Pierre Trudeau as a “slut” — should have never made it to air.Ezra Levant wasn't man enough to deliver it himself.So instead it was scrolled on the screen like a public health warning…

But it did tell us all we need to know about Sun News.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: When Is An Apology Not Really An Apology?

When it is delivered, not by the offending party, but rather by an unseen narrator instead.

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra’s Apology, An Early Draft

Yesterday afternoon, we learned Brian Mulroney called Liberals to say Sun Media will apologize tomorrow for offensive rant by @ezralevant vs @JustinTrudeau. #cdnpoli— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 28, 2014

Today it was announced that Ezra himself would present the apology.  And I was able to secure a first draft of this document from one of my informants inside Sun News.  I have reproduced it below:

Dear Justin,I know I’ve acted badly.  I’ve said things about your mom and dad that would’ve earned me a well-deserved punch in the mouth from a less finely bred man.  And I’m sorry (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Did Brian Mulroney Order the Humiliation of Ezra Levant?

Yes, according to Robert Fife:

Brian Mulroney called Liberals to say Sun Media will apologize tomorrow for offensive rant by @ezralevant vs @JustinTrudeau. #cdnpoli— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 28, 2014

You know, the CTV reporter who first exposed the Senategate scandal.And if it's true it couldn't be more delicious.Or more humiliating for Levant.Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun News Prepares To Grovel

RT @RobertFife: Brian Mulroney called Liberals to say Sun Media will apologize tomorrow for offensive rant by @ezralevant vs @JustinTrudeau— National Newswatch (@natnewswatch) September 28, 2014

If you’re thinking WTF Brian Mulroney? New Chair of Quebecor “@chevymo: Brian Mulroney? Why him? @cfhorgan @RobertFife @ezralevant @JustinTrudeau“— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 28, 2014

And an update: Even with apology for @ezralevant rant, @JustinTrudeau may ban Sun from campaign plane until Tory editorial links cut, say Libs #cdnpoli— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 28, 2014

Turn the screws until they can be turned no further, say I!

Politics and its Discontents: Another Pundit Supports Trudeau’s Rejection Of Sun News

Reaction continues to be mixed on Justin Trudeau’s decision to boycott Sun News following resident madman Ezra Levant’s tirade against his entire family. Pollster Bruce Anderson is now the second pundit to support the decision, as he makes clear in his inaugural digital column for The Globe and Mail.

His has several reasons for taking this stance: First off, if a competing politician uttered the things that Mr. Levant said about Justin Trudeau, we would expect an apology or a resignation, or both. If we wouldn’t tolerate such shameful behavior among political competitors, what would it say about how low (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau is Right to Boycott Sun News

I must admit when I first saw what Ezra Levant had said about Justin Trudeau's parents, I wondered whether Justin would challenge him to a duel.So he could do to him what he did to Patrick Brazeau…

Because Levant was there that night covering the fight live for Sun News with his reptilian colleague Brian Lilley…

And I've never seen those two Con stooges look so bitterly disappointed after it was over. It was HILARIOUS.But what really disappoints ME is the way so many of the useless stooges in the MSM are saying that Trudeau is wrong to boycott Sun News. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, It’s Not "Short Sighted"

I’ve seen stories popping up recently where Justin Trudeau is being criticized for refusing to engage with Sun Media.   The issue is that Sun Media has allowed people like Levant to run amok.  Of course, they’re going to play the taunting card.  What Levant’s tirade demonstrated was that Sun Media is acting as a mouth organ for the PMO.   From the Liberal party’s perspective, why would they engage with a group who is so obviously biased, and will no doubt take anything that Trudeau says before their cameras and splice it into something entirely different?   If Sun (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: On Trudeau’s Sun ‘News’ Boycott

When I wrote a brief post the other day on Ezra Levant’s disgusting and puerile tirade against the Trudeaus the other day, I had no intention of revisiting the issue, but two columns calling into question the decision by Justin Trudeau to boycott the organization leads me to further comment.

Writing in The Globe, Simon Houpt, while fully agreeing that the attack was just the latest in a series of outrageous nonsense from the mouth of the perpetually angry Levant, says that when a politician cuts off access to select media, it is an affront to everyone. Sun Media (Read more…)

Trashy's World: I can’t tell which is which…

… as much as I try. (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Montreal Simon: The Utter Disgustingness of Ezra Levant

I never thought Ezra Levant could stoop as low as he did when he donned a red wig after Jack Layton died to mock his supporters.But his recent attack on Justin Trudeau shows that he is still crawling through the gutter.Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is refusing to speak with Sun Media until the company responds to his allegation it aired an "offensive" attack against his family. Because let's be clear eh?This is nothing less than political pornography…Read more »

Alberta Diary: Brian Gallant has a thin resume? Stephen Harper hasn’t held a real job since he quit the mailroom in ’79 or whenever!

New Brunswick Premier-designate Brian Gallant, grabbed from his campaign website. Below: Cranky old National Post opinion thingy Kelly McParland, age undetermined; Justin Trudeau, 42, getting off an airplane with some old guy, 62; Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, 59.

As the present now will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’ …

— Bob Dylan (age 73)

If anyone has the right to be bitter about bright young Liberal leaders with good looks, great hair and supposedly thin resumes like those of New Brunswick (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Do People Really Watch This Crap?

Five minutes was my limit for this video.

And apparently Justin Trudeau has reached him limit with Sun News. His decision to boycott the network, I’m sure, will send the foaming right wing into a howling frenzy. Recommend this Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Dear Rob Anders, Take a Hint and Take a Hike.

TweetMany Canadians hoped to have bid a final farewell to offensive conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders when he lost the Conservative Party nomination in Calgary-Signal Hill to Ron Liepert earlier this year. But perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe a stunning rebuke in the area of the city he represented for 17 years was enough to end […]

A. Picazo: A Circus On The Levant

“Being a Jew isn’t like being Black or being gay or being a woman, or even Israeli where many Jews come from. Being a Jew is a choice, like being a Blood or Crip. Jews are the medieval prototype of the Occupy Wall Street movement; a shiftless group of hobo’s that doesn’t believe in property … Continue reading →

Alberta Diary: With floodwaters rising again, will Sun News Network renew its hysterical ‘gun grab’ attacks on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter is presented an award by National Firearms Association President Sheldon Clare for his commentary on the so-called “High River Gun Grab.” (Grabbed from the NFA’s website.) Below: Floodwaters roar through High River last year. (CBC Photo)

Rain is falling and floodwaters are rising again in Southern Alberta.

A year less a day since catastrophic floods hit the nearby town of High River, population 13,000, local states of emergency were declared yesterday on the Blood Reserve, around the towns of Claresholm and Cardston, and in the areas of the cities of Lethbridge and (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: How Ezra Levant Wrecked The Harper Government’s Energy Strategy

From Bloomberg:

Still, the prime minister was unhappy that depictions of Canada as a “dirty oil” nation were not being adequately confronted by the industry or his ministers. He had become enamored with an argument put forth by conservative commentator Ezra Levant in a book called “Ethical Oil.” It posited that many petro-nations used their oil riches to finance nefarious activities and subjugate their own citizens.[...]Canada, in the view of Levant, stood practically alone as an ethical producer. In a “mandate letter” setting forth his priorities, Harper instructed Oliver, his new Natural Resources Minister, to become (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Wildrose tells Craig Chandler to get lost; Tories might be smart to do the same

Craig B. Chandler in a portrait snatched from his Facebook Page. Below: Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith’s brisk communication to Mr. Chandler.

GRANDE PRAIRIE

If Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party leaders were smart, they’d quickly find a way to send the same message to Craig B. Chandler he just got from Opposition Leader Danielle Smith.

On April 10, Ms. Smith, concerned Mr. Chandler was suggesting he was just the guy to bridge the gap between her Wildrose Party and the foundering Tories, Tweeted to him: “Your views & how you express them are wrong for Wildrose and Alberta. I would never (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The ‘Self Preservation Society’ wants Jim Prentice for ‘The Alberta Job’ – but can he forgo his ambition to be PM?

“The Alberta Job.” Will the original “Self Preservation Society” get to keep the Tory gold? Is Jim Prentice – above, not exactly as illustrated – the man to help them do it? Read on to find out why we’ll probably never find out. Below: The actual Jim Prentice. Below him: Possible, rumoured, putative PC leadership candidate Stephen Mandel.

The question Jim Prentice really needs to ask himself is this: “Do I really want to ride that bus all the way to the bottom of the cliff and be sitting in it when it bursts into flames?”

The (Read more…)