How Ezra Levant's Globe Op-ed Got Published - 2019-09-17
On Monday, The Globe and Mail published an op-ed from Ezra Levant, the founder and head of Rebel Media, affording the demagogic entrepreneur a platform to argue that his far-right online video channel, now in its fifth year of advancing anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, is little more than a band of "prickly" right-leaning journalists who have been unfairly marginalized by Canada's governing Liberal party. At the same time that his site's front page featured a video from longtime Infowars personality Paul Joseph Watson, claiming that "pathological progressivism" has led to a new sexual fetish involving "couples repeatedly getting pregnant then having multiple abortions," Levant explained in Canada's premier national newspaper that, simply, "Not everyone appreciates our point of view."
According to two Globe sources with knowledge of the matter, the op-ed was personally commissioned by editor-in-chief David Walmsley, who pushed it through over the objections of editors in the paper's opinion section.
On Tuesday afternoon, the leadership of The Globe and Mail's bargaining unit distributed a memo describing the piece's publication as a "a serious error in judgment," stating that "On behalf of our members, we strongly reject management's decision to publish this article." (The full memo from Unifor 87-M's Globe unit is at bottom.)