Thanks Rebel viewers, for helping keep us strong and independent
You know, a couple of months ago we were surprised by our banker. We had two loans that we had borrowed at Rebel News, totalling $380,000, and we had assumed that the loan would be renewed again for another year. But at the last moment the bank called it in.
I didn’t know who to ask for help — so I asked you. And you came through for me, and for Rebel News, and for all of our reporters and producers and editors. You saved us. You — and hundreds of other Rebel viewers — paid off that loan completely. It was over Christmas — it really felt like a miracle to me.
Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that we’ve been busy building our symbolic wall of bricks, where donors have their name and a short message inscribed. It’s right outside my own office, on the outside of the studio. Every day, all of our staff walk right by it, and we see your names, and the little messages you write. I like them — it’s a source of encouragement. And it’s a reminder of who we work for — we work for you.
I know that if the president of the Toronto Star or the CBC ran into a financial problem, I know what they’d do — they’d just phone up Justin Trudeau and Steven Guilbeault, and ask for more free money from the government. They’re all on Trudeau’s payroll — the CBC gets $1.5 billion dollars a year from Trudeau, the newspapers are carving up a $600 million dollar bail-out, and they all keep asking Trudeau for more. And he keeps giving it to them — as long as they toe the line for him.
I’ll never do that. I’ll never take a bail-out from Trudeau. The only people I owe anything to, is you.
You paid off our loan. You are my boss. So thank you. As you can see, we’re just putting the finishing touches on the wall right now — we’re almost done. That’s for people who donated $100 — thank you.
For our amazing donors who gave us $380, we’ve given you a brick, plus put your name on a brass plaque that hangs on the wall in our boardroom. So, twice a day, when we have our staff meetings, everyone will see your name and know that you made Rebel News strong.
And for our super-donors — those incredible folks who gave us $3,800 — you get all of the above, plus you should have already received a box with signed books. If you haven’t, please email [email protected] and we’ll make sure you get that.
So there you have it. The reason we are strong is because we are free. You made us free by paying off our bank loan when it was called in.
Thank you for that — I’m grateful, and so is our whole team, and we’ll be reminded of your gratitude every time we walk down the hallway in the office, or sit in our boardroom.
And if you’re watching this video but didn’t have a chance to chip in, and still want to — please do. You can go to HelpRebelNews.com and donate there — I promise we’ll put it to good use, telling the other side of the story and fighting for our civil liberties.
Thanks my friends.
HELP REBEL NEWS
I have a problem and normally I wouldn’t talk about it publicly, but it affects Rebel News and I think I need some help because I don’t think I can solve it, all by myself.
We have to pay off approximately $195,000 by December 28. And we have to pay off another $185,000 a month later, on January 28. That’s a total of $380,000 and obviously, that’s an incredible burden on us.
Three years ago, when Rebel News was in some choppy waters, we borrowed money from a friendly supporter to help tide us over — it was actually specifically to do more journalism. Our lender was a great guy, who actually was a generous donor to us, too, and a real friend.
We used that money not just to get through the hard times, but to build up our company — including to hire new talent, do great reporting across the country. In many ways, I think Rebel News has never been better.
Now, along the way, my friend who loaned us the money ran into a change of circumstances himself. And he had to sell our loan to a banker — who doesn’t know us, who isn’t a supporter. He’s not a bad guy — he’s just a banker who wants his money back. And under the terms of the contract, he can ask for it back. He doesn’t actually have to renew the loan. And now he is calling in the loan.
WILL YOU HELP?
If you are in a position to replace this loan — or part of it, let me know. Send me an email to [email protected]. If you are in a position to lend us some money and think 8.5% is a good rate of return, send me a note.
If I were with 99% of the media in Canada, I’d just call up Justin Trudeau, and sign up for his media bail-out. But I’m not a prostitute. I won’t let him buy me. I’d have to agree to be a good Liberal boy, and obey this guy: I’d rather go out of business than take taxpayer money from Trudeau.
So if it’s unlikely that I can find a miracle lender in the next week, and if I won’t go to Trudeau for a bail-out, maybe you can help me. Not with $380,000. But maybe with $38 dollars. Or even $380.
Can you please help me?
If you can help me pay off these two loans, which are due right now. I promise that, in return, we’ll stay focused on what’s important, on what we do best — news, commentary, and activism.
— Your name on a brick on our wall, plus a short message
— Same as above, plus your name on a plaque in our boardroom, next to our YouTube subscriber milestone plaques
— Same as above, plus your name on a special cornerstone, and copies of our books
— Same as above, plus an entire room in our office named after you (e.g, lunchroom, video editing studio)
We never thought we’d have to repay this mortgage in an emergency. It was always just renewed, year after year. And we could handle paying $2,500/month, like a regular mortgage payment. But then the loan was acquired by a new banker, and he just doesn’t care.
We’ve never done such important work. I don’t want this to knock us off course. Let’s turn lemons into lemonade. Please help rebel news by making a donation below.
Thank you, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
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