October 26th, 2020

Barnes will continue professional relationship with The Rebel

By Tim Kalinowski on August 19, 2017.


Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes acknowledges The Rebel went “too far” in its coverage of the events in Charlottesville, but, in a break from his party’s leadership, says he would appear on the network again.

“Yes, I would,” responded Barnes when asked if he would appear despite Brian Jean, Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer saying they would not until The Rebel showed it has changed editorial direction on how it covers extremist elements of the alt.-right. “If The Rebel wanted to call me today and talk about the $33 billion in debt the NDP government has put us in, then, yeah, I would talk to them about it.”

Barnes said he feels there is a place for all media voices in Alberta, and The Rebel is one which has been supported by many mainstream conservatives.

“All media voices that are supported by Albertans, and are commercially viable, should be there,” says Barnes. “I have a lot of empathy for the media business right now because of all the changes social media has brought to it. I hope The Rebel can find their focus again, and become a conservative, fair and good voice.”

Barnes emphasizes he is in no way endorsing any sympathetic coverage, by any media outlet, of neo-Nazism, racism or white supremacy.

“The Rebel went too far in how they handled the extremist protest and extremist violence (in Charlottesville),” states Barnes. “I think they need to be criticized for that, and I am glad that Albertans are.”

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Les Landry
Les Landry
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Les Landry
Les Landry
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My respect for Barnes just dropped a few notches.
Here’s my opinion Drew; IF….a media outlet shows ” ANY ” sympathy for the animals that believe , even in the slightest, that Nazism is in any way good OR that white humans are in any way shape or form superior to humans of a different race…then they should be ignored COMPLETELY. They have shown which way their thinking lays and to go to them and talk about ANYTHING in the future means that YOU, YOURSELF, are giving them a free pass. In effect you are ignoring what they said about one thing that is ” dead wrong.” If you do that you may as well join up in my opinion because that is something that cannot and should not EVER be ignored. IF they FIRE every single journalist or editor that allowed those comments to be put into print or voiced to the public then ” MAYBE ” somewhere down the road you can accommodate them but not until.


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