These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Rebel Right Biased based on story selection that always favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and consistent one-sided reporting.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in February 2015 by former Sun News Network personalities Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, The Rebel is a strong right-leaning media website that publishes news, opinions, and videos. The current editor is Erza Levant.
Gavin McInnes, the founder of the far-right neo-fascist organization Proud Boys, was also a contributor and subsequently let go after controversy, and brought back in 2019. Further, according to MacLean’s The Rebel is a part of the Alt-right and sympathetic toward white nationalists. The Rebel denies this claim.
Funded by / Ownership
The Rebel is owned by The Rebel News Network Ltd. and generates revenue through advertising and fee-based premium subscriptions and the sale of merchandise. Erza Levant is listed as the director of the Rebel News Network Ltd.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Rebel routinely publishes news with loaded emotional wording that favors the right, such as this: Why Trudeau’s Liberals are pretending THIS gun control study doesn’t exist and this Cops bundle up angry left wing student in taped meltdown. Both of these stories are linked to strongly right-leaning sources such as Campus Reform. In general, most stories favor the right and denigrate the left. Further, The Rebel has been accused of stirring up anti-Muslim hate according to the right-leaning, The National. Some writers for The Rebel have also been profiled by the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting hate.
When it comes to sourcing, The Rebel does hyperlink to outside sources, but many times they attempt to source within their domain to increase web traffic.
Overall, we rate The Rebel Right Biased based on story selection that always favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and consistent one-sided reporting. (10/9/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/03/2019)