That’s essentially the question I posed in the February 14 issue of The Canadian Rights and Freedoms Bulletin.
Like so many others I was shocked to see nothing but a logo on the Sun News Network website and that all links to content on that site now returned nothing but a “404 not found” error message.
Friday, February 13, was indeed a terrible day for Freedom of the Press in Canada but it can also teach us a valuable lesson if we are willing to learn what the disappearance of Sun News Network actually means for conservative-minded Canadians.
We do not financially support those who support us.
That may be an truth to hear but it is one proven by the fact that Quebecor Media, the company that owns the Sun News Network, lost millions of dollars keeping the Sun News Network going.
Quebecor didn’t fail us... we failed Quebecor.
Sun News Network was the only Canadian voice speaking truth to stupid. Now it is gone. This is to our eternal shame, as now we are left with such bastions of a “free press” like the CBC who report that of which the Left approves and very little else.
That the Sun News Network failed due to massive financial losses means only one thing: we were happy to have SunTV, but only so long as someone else footed the tab. We conservatives did not put our money where our mouths are.
As I wrote two weeks ago:
We conservatives don’t back conservative media with our dollars. This is to our eternal shame, as now we are left with such bastions of a “free press” like the CBC who report that of which the Left approves and very little else.
Should the above efforts (or any others) to create a new conservative voice get off the ground we ought to do what we failed to do with Sun News: Support it financially this time...
At the moment there appears to be a single viable option for a new conservative media: TheRebel.Media. Along with fellow Sun alumni Brian Lilley, Michael Coren, Marissa Semkiw and John Robson, Ezra Levant dares us all to join these 5 proud reporters to create a true conservative media outlet.
TheRebel’s is website is currently financed and operated out of Ezra Levant’s livingroom but it cannot stay that way.
Levant wrote an email to potential supports a few days ago. Here is just part of what he wrote:
Do you think Canada needs an alternative, independent, tell-it-like-it-is news source, especially now that Sun News is gone?
If you do, please help me. I don’t have enough personal savings to buy all the tools we need to execute my business plan. I’ve got the energy; we have an outstanding team that’s growing each week. And I believe our customers are out there -- more than 15,000 people have signed up as casual users in just one week.
But I need help to buy the business tools to succeed.
Would you please consider helping me “crowdfund” the execution of my business plan?
We have one professional, high definition camera that I put on my credit card. It cost over $4,000. And we have a couple of laptop computers and some editing software. But we need to buy more cameras, and lights, and to build mini-studios in Toronto and other cities.
We need everything from wireless microphones to tripods. We need to pay a monthly royalty fee to companies like Associated Press, to have access to their TV footage of foreign news. We need to buy insurance. There are literally dozens of tools we need to do our job -- tools we have to buy now, so we can create the great TV that will convince people to become members.
Will you help us do that? If you give us the tools, we’ll do the job!
We’ve set up a “crowdfunding” page on our website, HERE. We list many of the tools we need -- including a few fun ones. Items range from $2 to $40,000 and everything in between. Would you consider helping us out? It’s like a wedding gift registry, really. But instead of giving a gift to a young couple starting out in life, it’s a gift to a young company starting out in life.
I know it’s unusual asking for help to start a company. But it’s reality. We’re not a massive media company like CTV or Global. We’re as grassroots as it gets.
Visit TheRebel.media online. Then send Ezra and the gang a check in support of their efforts or you can donate online.
As you will see when you visit their website, they have good financial support already but they need more, especially for their supporting and technical staff. Those four fundraising items are pathetically funded right now and that needs to change.
Their past accomplishments prove one thing above all else: They deserve our financial support.
Will you join me in supporting a true conservative media outlet for Canada? Visit TheRebel.media and donate to whichever fundraising item strikes your fancy or mail your donation, payable to The Rebel, to
PO Box 1082, 31 Adelaide St E
Toronto, ON M5C 2K4
My check for $1,000 is already in the mail… with more to come.