Ezra Levant is a Rude Prick
This morning on the local CBC radio program, the Eye Opener, Ezra Levant, publisher of The Western Standard, a right-wing leaning newspaper, published in Calgary, debated with Syed Soharwardy, Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, over his decision to print the infamous Muhammad cartoon in his paper.
I'm not passing judgement on Levant's journalistic motives here. He thinks that we cannot form an opinion on this without viewing the cartoons themselves. I think I have a pretty damn good idea of what to expect from the cartoon in question. I don't think viewing it will add anything to my body of knowledge. But I'm not questioning the journalistic value of this action; I'm not saying that Mr Levant is jumping on the bandwagon to flog his rag.
No, what I am scandalised by is how Levant conducted himself on the radio this morning. Bear in mind that he was on the CBC, not on Howard Stern's show.
He was churlish, childish, and bullying. He kept disrupting Mr Soharwardy's statements with his taunts, some of them along the lines of "aww, come on, at least Christians don't bomb embassies and behead journalists". He stated that Christians only react to offensive news items by writing letters to the editor. Implying of course, that all Muslims react violently.
I haven't experienced such a display of pre-adolescent bombastics since my days as an elementary school lunch room supervisor.
Ezra Levant is an embarrassment to the citizens of Calgary. If you don't do one thing today, don't buy the Western Standard!