It’s chaos this week at Rebel Media, one of the few conservative media resources available in Canada.
In the last week, the news service has lost at least four employees to resignation and another to a firing while Rebel founder and editor-in-chief Ezra Levant now says he is being blackmailed over alleged misuse of fundraising dollars.
And forget the November cruise where Levant promised up close and personal interaction between Rebel personalities and supporters. Norwegian Cruise Lines is no longer sponsoring the Caribbean voyage, citing the Rebel’s politics being “inconsistent” with their own vision of the world.
New Canadian Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer cancelled a Friday interview with the Rebel, citing in a statement the need to change the “editorial directions” of the news service.
The cancellation just the latest in a series of corporate rebuffs that have hurt Rebel Media’s advertising base.
The trouble all started last weekend when headline reporter Faith Goldy — fired on Thursday — was covering the Charlottesville protest. Her on-scene commentary was perceived as favorable to the white supremacists that leadership candidates in the newly-minted United Conservative Party of Alberta began to complain and insist that the party distance itself from The Rebel.
Levant sent a memo to supporters — and obtained by The Daily Caller — on Tuesday that disaowed any support for the alt-right; but it was not enough to satisfy malcontents within the organization.
Co-founder and commentator Brain Lilley quit on Wednesday. That resignation was followed by the departures of contributors Barbara Kay and John Robson.
Levant announced Thursday that provocative right-wing commentator Gavin McInnes had also left the company.
Now Levant says he is being blackmailed by former British contributor Caolan Robertson, who released a video on Thursday on YouTube that alleges Rebel Media has been conducting dishonest fundraising campaigns for the express purposes of raising money for the organization and increasing into database.
Robertson goes so far as to claim he has a recording of Levant offering him thousands of dollars in “hush money” and said he would sue him if he spoke to the British media. Robertson also claims that Levant manipulated news about the UK Independence Party while he sought to hire Nigel Farage, its former leader.
“Ezra didn’t seem to care about the truth,” states Robertson on the video.
Levant has been limiting his comments to his own website. He says he is being blackmailed.
“I’ve always known the rule that if you’re ever being blackmailed, don’t pay. I mean, even if you think you can pay a blackmailer, they’ll just ask for more a second time. But you’re scared. So you pay. I thought I could make the problem go away, so I actually paid. And then I paid again. But then they threatened again. Last night actually. So I haven’t slept,” he wrote.
An associate of Linda Sarsour and an organizer for the Women’s March – who is a convicted terrorist and murderer – was stripped of her citizenship and ordered to be deported from the United States on Thursday after lying to U.S. officials.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh (First name also spelled Rasmea), 70, lost her citizenship and will be removed from the U.S. for intentionally falsifying her U.S. citizenship documents after an in-depth investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), according to a statement from ICE.
Making the announcement was acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch and HSI Detroit special agent Steve Francis.
“Today’s court action clears the way for this defendant’s removal from the United States and should serve as an unequivocal message that the U.S. will never be a haven for those seeking to distance themselves from their past atrocities,” Francis said.
Lemisch explained Odeh’s past as a convicted terrorist before she immigrated to the U.S. in 1994 on an immigrant visa:
In 1969, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine conducted two bombings in Jerusalem, Israel. One was at a Supersol supermarket, in which two individuals were killed and many more wounded. The second bombing was at the British Consulate. Defendant Odeh was arrested and charged with participation in the bombings, and in 1970 was convicted. She was sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released in 1979 after ten years’ imprisonment, as part of a prisoner exchange. In numerous television and video interviews throughout the years, other admitted participants in the bombings named Odeh as the person who chose the supermarket as a target, scouted the location and placed the bomb.
Far-left Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour – who recently called for Muslims to wage a form of “Jihad” against President Donald Trump – has a long history of defending Odeh and has spoken with her at events.
In April, Sarsour spoke alongside Odeh at an event and gave her a warm embrace, The Daily Caller reported at the time.
The New York Post reported at the event Sarsour said she felt “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.”
Sarsour has also defended and promoted Odeh on Twitter:
In her plea agreement, Odeh admitted to lying about her criminal history by claiming that she had never been arrested, convicted of a crime, or imprisoned.
“Had Odeh revealed the truth about her criminal history, as she was required to by law, she never would have been granted an immigrant visa, admitted to the United States, allowed to live here for the last 22 years, or granted United States Citizenship,” ICE also noted in their statement.
My footage from Boston: violent clashes between the police and protesters. pic.twitter.com/S1vWB0hDV0
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) August 20, 2017