Monday, February 13, 2006

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!

12 comments:

Ruhee said...

AMEN TO THAT. I was only listening to the beginning of that program and didn't hear most of it, but from reactions I can gather what happened. This is getting ridiculous, and Ezra just likes to stir up trouble; the kind of trouble we don't need.

Jas Bhambra said...

I watched it on the news a few minutes ago. I did not listen it on the CBC radio. His comments sure are childish and churlish.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ruhee and Jas, I do not want that man being in any way representative to the rest of the country what the people of Calgary are like. We are trying to get away from this sort of stereotype.

Neil said...

Why are so many right wing advocates so fucking childish and annoying in their sarcasm?

I think sarcasm is a wonderful tool when used properly (like Mr. Good) but these right wingers just drive me insane with it for some reason.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm with you, Neil, and I don't think that it's just because we happen to agree with Matt Good's politics and not with Ezra Levant's. Does Levant not realise that he is only alienating people with his schoolyard antics?

you-md said...

Thankyou so much Barbra for taking your time and analyzing what people are doing with Islam I offer you to please continue supporting the cause we all will be very thankful.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are most welcome, you-md. I cannot tolerate people who stereotype others on any basis, particularly if they are rude and childish while they are doing so.

Anonymous said...

Whether it is for muslims or for any other faith, the most important thing is to make the right judgment at the right time and that is exactly what you have done, Barbara. I thank you for being so thoughtful and for condemning the rude, unfair and obnoxious behaviour of Ezra Levant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's very kind of you, anonymous. Levant went too far in terms of bad behaviour, so I had to say something.

Anonymous said...

I only see people of good heart.

In his holy character we see a most sagacious man who said with unmatched tolerance, “Go! You are all free!” to his worst enemies, whom he could easily eradicate from the face of the earth when he conquered Mecca, and who had hated him, rejected his call, displayed insolent arrogance towards his religion, stood and fought against him, killed his beloved Companions, deformed the dead body of his dear martyred uncle, Hamzah, and even eaten his holy liver with incredible wild rancor

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hmmm

Anonymous said...

Syed Soharwardy is a clown. The guy got mad because he is not educated enough to debate Ezra Levant.
Aww did Ezra hurt his feelings???
poor baby...Man up Soharwardy stop being a baby
Go EZRA