Founded in February 2015 by former Sun News Network personalities Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, The Rebel is a conservative-leaning media website that publishes news, opinions, and videos. The current editor is Ezra 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. 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 News Network Ltd. owns Rebel News and generates revenue through advertising, fee-based premium subscriptions, and donations Ezra Levant serves as the director of the Rebel News Network Ltd.
Analysis / Bias
Rebel News 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, according to the right-leaning, The National, The Rebel has been accused of stirring up anti-Muslim hate. Some writers for The Rebel have also been profiled by the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting hatred.
When it comes to sourcing, The Rebel does hyperlink to outside sources, but they often attempt to source within their domain to increase web traffic. Finally, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, they have repeatedly made false and misleading claims, as evidenced in the below-failed fact checks. In general, this is a far-right media source that is not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- Bill Gates is calling for the mandatory vaccination of all people, and states that the billionaire Microsoft co-founder wants pregnant people and children to be forced to take it. – False
- mRNA Covid-19 vaccines increase the chances of infection with the Omicron variant – Misleading
- Pfizer, the creator of the first FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19, plans on mandating a pill to be used with the booster. – False
- Members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team decided to turn their backs to a World War II veteran as he performed the National Anthem before the start of a soccer match. – False
- 50,000 Chinese Soldiers Were Bombed and Killed in Maine Which Was Listed as an Earthquake – False
- I thought this was supposed to be a conspiracy theory. But here it is, straight from Trudeau’s mouth. The pandemic is the excuse for a “Great Reset” of the world, led by the UN. – False
- Natural immunity persists for decades; Pregnant women aren’t at risk from COVID-19; DNA plasmids are in COVID-19 vaccines; no evidence that COVID-19 boosters are safe. – Misleading
Overall, we rate Rebel News Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, poor sourcing, and several failed fact checks. (10/9/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 09/09/2023)
Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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