So in the end, Ezra Levant didn’t even have the ‘nads to stand up and deliver his own apology for Slutgate, but instead, skulked off-camera while his Sun News employers ran a crawl-and-voiceover mea culpa for the little nudnik’s unhinged and erotically-charged attacks on Justin Trudeau, his dead dad and his sexagenarian mom.
Shurely, this cannot be the same Ezra Levant who, only a few days ago, claimed that Sun Media stood firmly behind him.
“No-one at Quebecor says they’ve received your complaint,” he tweeted at Trudeau bag-carrier Gerald Butts Sept. 24. “You didn’t make the whole thing up, did you?
By this time, even Ezra knew that Quebecor chairthingy Byron Muldoon had assured Justin a grovel would be forthcoming for the smear on his family.
What a call that must have been!
Byron despised Trudeau the Elder, confiding to Peter C. Newman’s ever-running tape recorder: “Pierre Trudeau was a coward and a weakling because when Guy Charbonneau, Pierre Sevigny and Paul Sauvé were fighting off Nazis on the battlefields of France, Pierre Trudeau was fighting off blackflies in Outremont.”
Still, our ruling class must stick together in the face of lèse-majesté from their inferiors in the vulgar press.
Muldoon had called Trudeau to commiserate about his own experience with “Trash Magazine.” He was referring, of course, to the terrible calumnies inflicted on him 23 years ago by the satirical press, that notorious Deflower Caroline contest–that depraved indignity (‘brilliant satire,’ shurely?!—ed.) that haunts him to this day. As usual, it’s all about Byron.
(For the record, Frank did indeed issue a note of regret/apology about its Deflower Caroline parody, in which editor Michael Bate said: “I don’t blame the prime minister for being angry. I wouldn’t want my daughter sleeping with young Tories either.”)
But it was Ezra’s appearance on a CFRA radio talk show, the day after the Liberals announced their boycott of Sun Media, that sealed his fate. In conversation with host Mark Sutcliffe, Levant doubled and tripled down on his earlier attacks, repeatedly calling PET a “slut,” and claiming it was sexist not to use the term in that context:
“I think we should use the word slut for a man who has sex with whomever he can and shows it off and treats women as conquests.
“I think this is a Rorschach test. I think what you see in this photo says a lot about what you think about women. If you think as Justin Trudeau and his father Pierre Trudeau think that younger women are something to be used, then this was great. He used this young woman as a campaign prop just like Pierre Trudeau used so many women in his political career and joked about it in his memoirs.
“Justin Trudeau grew up in a house [where] his dad was 52 when he married 22-year-old Margaret, and very soon he became promiscuous and unfaithful and she did too.
“But in such a public show-offy way, who’s the next conquest, so you’re a boy, Justin Trudeau growing up, you’re idolizing your father and you see how he treats women, just a notch on his belt, and I think that’s extremely appropriate. Because here you have a frat boy trust fund rich kid who really never has had a real job in his life and now he wants to be our prime minister.” (That psycho drivel in full: Ezra on CFRA)
Within hours, Quebecor had dropped the cone of silence on any Trudeau references at Sun News and Levant went into a secure, undisclosed location.
Meanwhile, the Liberals pushed for more than an apology from Ezra—they wanted Muldoon to sack Sun News supremo Kory Teneycke, who they hold responsible for allowing Levant’s wild-eyed rants and maintaining Sun News as the Tories propaganda arm.
A former President Steve operative, Teneycke maintains close ties with the PMO, particularly with key Harper adviser Jenni Byrne, with whom he holds daily discussions on the Sun News lineup.
Kory’s oblong noggin could still roll.
The half-assed apology from Sun News seems unlikely to be the end of the matter, and poor Byron must decide who he hates more: Trudeau or Harper.