OPINION / ANALYSIS
A reporter from Global is showing Canadians that fake news truly is the enemy of the people.
Rachel Gilmore, a left-wing “journalist” employed by Global News, falsely accused veteran and anti-mandate activist James Topp of having links to the extreme right.
To back up her claims, she pointed to the fact Topp appeared on Jeremy Mackenzie’s podcast. However, just because Topp appeared on Jeremy Mackenzie’s podcast doesn’t mean Topp has links to the extreme right.
Appearing on someone’s podcast isn’t necessary an endorsement of the podcaster’s views. Gilmore’s report relies on the old “guilt-by-association” tactic that the left is infamous for.
Gilmore makes no attempts to hide her left-leaning views. On Twitter, this supposed “journalist” is often observed fighting with right-wing figures such as Ezra Levant.
On Thursday Gilmore pulled an AOC and asked Levant if he had a romantic interest in her. This is not the first time she has poked at big name figures in the conservative media.
Earlier this year, Gilmore was accused of spreading a fake news story about a supposed arson in Ottawa, falsely linking it to the Freedom Convoy. The report was debunked by independent journalists.
UPDATE: The headline was slightly reworded on Jul. 3 to better fit the article contents. Read more about our editorial standards.
UPDATE 2: It came to light on Aug. 19 that James Topp met with Jeremy Mackenzie during his march across Canada. This suggests that Topp’s ties to Jeremy Mackenzie may have been closer than originally thought. However, this information was not known to Rachel when she produced her original report, and Toronto 99 stands by its analysis that Rachel didn’t have sufficient evidence to claim Topp had “ties” to far-right extremists when she published the article in question.
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