Cameron Gray: Something Remarkable is Happening in Canada that will Change the Future of News Media

 Don’t Like the News? Crowdsource Your Own

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They are crowdfunding cameras, crowdfunding reporters, even crowdfunding Red Bull and pizza for the staff…

[read the full text here, at Ricochet]

Ezra Levant, with a crowdfunding update:

Cameron-Gray-68x68For Ricochet reports: On Feb. 13, Sun News Network went dark, as did the jobs of about 200 employees, including very talented people like Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley, and Faith Goldy. Sun News was often called Canada’s Fox News, featuring reporting and analysis from a conservative point-of-view, and serving as a balance to very liberal Canadian news outlets.

“All of this should scare the heck out of the mainstream media, in any country. Here in America, we are seeing the dinosaur media with record low viewership, while alternative online news sources are thriving…”

The shutdown was not unexpected. Sun’s eventual downfall started in August 2013, just two years after the network debuted. Unlike it had for the CBC and CTV, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied it a spot on basic cable TV packages nationwide.

“…No longer do people have to rely on the traditional gatekeepers of media. And as The Rebel in Canada is showing, people will help pay for quality, accurate journalism. This is a fantastic thing that should, and will, be replicated, a lot.”

This severely limited the amount of viewers Sun could attract. From the Globe and Mail’s Steve Ladurantaye:

The unprofitable (and controversial) channel won’t get any financial help from Canada’s broadcast regulator, throwing its future into doubt just two years after it went to air with a promise of “hard news and straight talk.”

The controversial all-news channel hoped to be forced onto basic digital television subscriptions across the country, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rejected its application….(read more)

The next nail in Sun’s coffin occurred in October 2014. From Huffington Post Canada’s Sunny Freeman:

The struggling Sun News Network suffered another blow this week after Canada’s broadcast regulator ruled against it in a payment dispute with Rogers, the country’s largest cable company….(read more)

After years of uphill battles and unsuccessful negotiations to sell the network, Sun set.

But out of the ashes of Sun News Network, a phoenix is rising.

It all started with a tweet:

And a YouTube video by Ezra Levant called: “Help us crowdfund TheRebel.media”

And with that, The Rebel was born.

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Insensitivity Training: Mark Styen and Ezra Levant Sued by the Fraudulent Dr. ‘Hockey Stick’

Dr. Michael Mann (R) is suing Mark Steyn (L) for “defamation of a Nobel prize recipient,” according to Mann's complaint to the court. Michelle Siu/National Post//Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Michael Mann (R) is suing Mark Steyn (L) for “defamation of a Nobel prize recipient,” according to Mann’s complaint to the court. Michelle Siu/National Post//Pennsylvania State University

The urge to litigate disagreement is never far from the surface in contemporary discourse.

Mark Steyn writes: Five years ago, I and my fellow rightwing blowhard Ezra Levant were in the midst of a spirited campaign to rid Canada of its disgusting censorship laws and restore a centuries-old tradition of free speech to a land that, in the name of “human rights,” had surrendered it too easily. The Canadian Islamic Congress had brought simultaneous complaints before the federal, Ontario and British Columbia “human rights” regimes against Maclean’s magazine for publishing an excerpt from my book. Despite the advantages of triple jeopardy, they struck out all three times, and at the federal level their suit so damaged the reputation of “Section 13” (the national censorship law with a 100% conviction rate) that last year Parliament finally repealed it.

 “…he is suing because he didn’t like being described by Rand Simberg of the Competitive Enterprise Institute as, metaphorically, “the Jerry Sandusky of climate change”

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But the urge to litigate disagreement is never far from the surface in contemporary discourse. So both Ezra Levant and I find ourselves back in court yet again. In my case, I’m currently being sued in the District of Columbia by Dr. Michael Mann, the eminent global warm-monger, for mocking (in America’s National Review) his increasingly discredited climate-change “hockey stick.” So Dr. Mann has sued for what his complaint to the court called “defamation of a Nobel prize recipient.”

In fact, Dr. Mann is not a “Nobel prize recipient.” But, as Donna LaFramboise recently pointed out in these pages, he has spent many years passing himself off as one. The nearest he got to a Nobel was as one of several thousand contributors to one of various reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 shared a Nobel Peace Prize. So Dr. Mann is a Nobel laureate in the same sense that my mother is: She’s Belgian, and Belgium is in the European Union, and the European Union was collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year. My mum does not claim to be a Nobel prize winner, but Dr. Mann did, on an industrial scale, including in his publicist’s bio, his book jackets and his website — until, in the wake of his false complaint, the Nobel Institute in Oslo declared that he was not a Nobel laureate at all. In that sense, Dr. Mann is, indeed, a fraud. It is a fascinating legal question whether a man guilty of serial misrepresentation can, in fact, be defamed. But it’s not that fascinating, and certainly not worth the court’s time and seven-figure legal bills.

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