Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ezra Levant: Condescending And Racist

When my local fishwrap prints an unbalanced op-ed piece that comes from someone shilling for the oil and gas industry I get angry I'll admit but I also have come to expect it. My real complaint is that they almost never print an opposing opinion on the same day for balance. Truth is most people don't read the newspaper every day anymore and so if the local paper prints a differing opinion sometime later in the week it may not be seen and a lying narrative is born. The narrative can be killed or have a stake drriven though it but if no one is there to read it then it lives again as a zombie lie -- the purpose of these kinds of zombie narratives is to obscure the truth and affect public policy. The last ten years are rife with examples of zombie lies regularly disseminated as common wisdom in the various media.

  Ezra Levant is someone who makes a living as part of the right-wing Wurlitzer whose purpose in these times is to obscure the case for global warming and clean energy. In the past he has supported Quebec separatism in the hopes that it would end bilingualism and multiculturalism in Canada. He also hoped that Quebec separation would be a catalyst for the government to deny First Nations groups the justice on social issues they were seeking and environmentalists the changes in public policy that they sought.

His career in advocacy for extremist right-wing positions began early: 

As a student he accused the University of Alberta of racism for instituting an program of affirmative action for hiring women and aboriginal professors. He also organized a debate between Doug Christie, a lawyer known for his advocacy in defence of Holocaust deniers and accused Nazi war criminals, and Thomas Kuttner, a Jewish lawyer from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.
He has been involved in numerous libel cases that include attacks against Alberta PC Senator Ron Ghitter who sued him and Canadian Alliance MP Rob Anders (famous for voting against making Nelson Mandela an honorary citizen of Canada because he said he was a communist and a terrorist) for defamation and in 2000. Both he and Levant admitted liability and issued a formal apology to settle the suit. In September this so-called advocate for free speech wrote a column for Sun Media accusing George Soros of funding avaaz.org, a group lobbying to stop Sun Media being granted a license for Sun TV News Channel, and strongly attacked Soros's character and history by alleging that as a child he collaborated with the Nazis. Soros threatened to sue Sun Media for libel and on September 18, Sun Media issued a retraction and apology to Soros stating that:

On September 5, 2010, a column by Ezra Levant contained false statements about George Soros and his conduct as a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary. ...The management of Sun Media wishes to state that there is no basis for the statements in the column and they should not have been made.Sun Media, this newspaper and Ezra Levant retract the statements made in the column and unreservedly apologize to Mr. Soros for the distress and harm this column may have caused to him.
More recently a court ruled that he pay $25,000 to Giacomo Vigna, a Canadian Human Rights Commission lawyer, for libelling him with "reckless indifference" to the truth in blog posts about a major hate speech case.

As evidenced, he is a charmer and it was his op-ed the Montreal Gazette printed Tuesday about how Alberta's tar-sands are an "ethical investment." I kid you not. Destroying the environment, pumping tons of pollutants into the atmosphere is this guy's idea of an ethical investment. The mind would boggle but it's the early 21st century and corporations rule the playing field and so this is pretty much SOP for the media and for corporate shills. I winced but couldn't even be bothered to talk about it on my radio show that morning -- I had other things scheduled and I could get around to discussing this bit of whoring for the oil and gas companies later in the week.

In my search into the character of Ezra Levant was I thought I had come across enough damning evidence to suggest that he was racist, a shill and in general a man seemingly without any redeeming characteristics so far as his participation in public life went. Then I came across two videos posted over at Rabble.ca that show engaged in a debate about the tar-sands with indigenous youth worker and activist from Fort Chipewan Alberta, Gits Crazyboy. He proves himself to be far worse than I had previously thought. He is condescending, racist and simply vile. Watch and be amazed that this man could be allowed to be represent anyone or anything -- an embarrassment to the human race:



1 comment:

IsisB. said...

Completely and whole heartedly agree with your sentiments and evidenced articulation of Ezra Levant's vile character. While I recognize the timely and important nature of this post and am quite delighted to see others writing about and calling him out...some editing oversights are taking away from this piece.

Another edit will make this statement have more punch.