The Rebel to Rabble Review: Rebel’s showdown with YouTube

“YouTube has come for Rebel News.”

That’s how Rebel News commander Ezra Levant broke the news that the unabashedly right-leaning outlet he co-founded after the shuttering of Sun News has been suspended from the video-sharing giant’s ad program, effective immediately.

“They’re completely cancelling all remaining ads on our channel, even from advertisers who specifically request our channel,” he explained.

“Worse, they’re banning our 1.45 million YouTube subscribers from voluntarily paying us through what are called livestream SuperChats.”

All in, he estimates that the move will cost the Rebel “about $400,000 a year” — unless, that is, they “stop criticizing the lockdown,” and “reapply in thirty days.”

The catch: “We have to stop saying what we say. We have to say what they say.”

Alternately, “we could gut our company — cut out $400,000 a year in costs,” he notes.

“So option one is to obey YouTube and become liberal. No. Option two is to do what Huffington Post just did — fire everyone to cut costs. No.”

That, leaves “option three, which “is to do what I’m doing now.”

The first step in his three-point plan to get ready for what he believes will be YouTube’s “next step” — namely, to “suspend our channel altogether”: Get his supporters to head over to to “sign up before we’re entirely deplatformed.” Next, he says, “you can follow us on other platforms, too” via a link to the Rebel channel on Rumble.

Finally, he “[has] to ask — not for me, but for my team: please help me replace the $400,000 that YouTube just took from us. Please help me keep our editorial policy independent; please help me make payroll for all these new journalists.”

In the meantime, Rebel fans can rest assured that the sudden drop in Youtube ad revenue doesn’t seem to have daunted roving reporter Keean Bexte in his ongoing battle against “COVID jails,” one of which he found himself briefly, if memorably, detained.

“I was recently on a work assignment in Florida, covering Canadian vaccine refugees fleeing Trudeau’s procurement failure and heading stateside for a poke in the arm,” he explains.

“Upon returning, I was threatened with a $750,000 fine and six months in jail if I did not submit to an illegal throat inspection and subsequently present myself to a local gulag.”

Now he’s “suing Justin Trudeau’s government,” he says.

“Enough is enough. Not only does this program trample over the fundamental rights and freedoms of thousands of Canadians every week — it is causing irreparable financial, emotional, and in some cases, physical harm to countless vulnerable citizens. Specifically, our lawsuit argues that this government program is a flagrant and ongoing violation of sections 7, 8, and 9 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (along with a few other laws and freedoms).”

Last week, he filed the necessary paperwork to launch an application for judicial review, which is “the right thing to do,” he contends.

“It is not just to get justice for ourselves — we are applying to a federal judge to strike down this illegal and shameful program nationwide,” which is why he’s asking readers to “please consider helping us crowdfund our legal bills,” as that’s “the only way we can keep going.”

Elsewhere on the anti-lockdown beat, Alberta Rebel Sheila Gunn Reid “was on the scene in Edmonton” as GraceLife Church Pastor James Coates was released from a local remand centre, which, as the Edmonton Journal reported, was preceded by the pastor “pleading guilty to breaching a court undertaking,” and paying a $1,500 fine.

Rebel reporters also hit the ground in Toronto and Montreal last weekend to cover protests held “as part of a ‘Worldwide Freedom Rally’ … in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions across the world,” during which “the entire Rebel team in Montreal” were hit with fines totalling $6,000.

Also on the Rebel radar last weekend: The federal Conservatives’ first all-virtual convention, where Erin O’Toole delivered his first major address to the rank-and-file party faithful since eking out a surprise win over Peter MacKay last year.

“Remember, the convention was held online only, because of the lockdown, so it was a bit awkward; the leader’s speech is usually an emotional and energy highlight of the convention — it’s tough to do that in an empty room,” Levant noted in his recap.

“And so it was that both Sheila and I were struck by the same comments that O’Toole made in his speech. There were a lot of weird things; but the emphasis on global warming was the weirdest.”

He acknowledges that the Conservative policy book “has had blather about global warming in it for some years,” but contends that “it was either discounted, or ignored, by everyone involved.”

O’Toole, however, “said to the media: watch me emphasize this; watch me declare the issue off limits; watch me tame my own party,” Levant points out.

“He announced the issue as the thing his party had to ‘change’. And they didn’t.He did this to himself. He emphasized it. And I think he loves it. I think he still thinks he’s winning on it.”

It’s safe to say that Levant doesn’t seem to share that opinion — and he’s already thinking about what will happen if O’Toole “pulls an Andrew Scheer and snatches defeat from the jaws of victory,” and loses to Trudeau.

“How about a proven winner — someone who is already a household name, someone who can keep the different parts of the party coalition together, and someone whose reputation for serious, conservative policy is exactly what the party — and the country — needs? How about Stephen Harper?”

Finally, over at Post Millennial, Dan Kozel gives readers a crash course on “stonks, diamond hands, bitcoin and NFTs,” and “why cryptocurrency matter.”

He also offers a stark warning on what he describes the “emotional greed” that has led to “an entire generation” that “believes the stock-market will only continue to go up, and stimulus checks will last forever” — namely, “with greed at all-time highs, the markets are one less stimulus check away from reckoning.”

Trending on the progressive-left side of the Canadian activist mediasphere:

  • The Press Progress research team examines how anti-abortion groups Right Now and Campaign Life Coalition “quietly installed activists” within the Conservative Party’s elected National Council during last week’s virtual convention, with “nearly 40 percent,” or seven of 18 slots, now filled by candidates endorsed by at least one of the two groups.
  • Ricochet reporter Alex Nguyen explores the “lived experiences” behind the #BlockHate social media campaign, which “aims to spotlight the experiences of young, racialized women as well as those who are queer or trans as part of the push for company policies and government regulations to curb online hate.”
  • Amnesty International Canada campaigners Justin Mohammed and Marisa Berry Mendéz team up to alert Rabble readers to the “dire conditions” and “COVID-19 risks at the Laval immigration detention centre, where “detainees … have resorted to hunger strikes on three previous occasions” over the last year.
  • Canadian Dimension contributor Owen Schalk explains how the upcoming election in Ecuador “could be a turning point for Latin America,” and examines how Canada’s “complicity in anti-progressive initiatives is usually evident through its silent rather than vocal cooperation.”
  • Finally, Passage writer Christo Aivalis accuses the New Democrats of having “wasted another chance to push for nationalizing telecoms” by not using the proposed deal between Rogers and Shaw Communications to “assert the necessity of public ownership within this vital industry.”

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