Star’s Delacourt responds to blog post – says Sun’s Levant libelled her


The Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt has responded to my earlier bog post about her brother being a paid Liberal operative (see here) which I have posted.

Below Delacourt’s response you will find Sun News’ Ezra Levant’s reply to her assertion that his story was “fictitious and libellous”:

Here’s why I asked you to call me, Dean … Because internet bullies/name-callers usually go mute when they have to actually talk to the person they’ve chosen as their targets. I see you’ve done the same. You want something you can post. It’s actually not that brave to request that. So here it is:

First… The “crying over Ignatieff’s retirement party” thing is in some way a reference, I believe, to a SunMedia report of early May, 2011, that was fictitious. (Or, as we like to say in my world, libellous.) But if you’re interested in filling out the picture at all — that report was based on a sighting of other reporters, including SunMedia, in the room, crying with Peter Donolo after the campaign was over on May 3, 2011. Problem: I wasn’t there. I was upstairs in the hotel lobby, getting bad news about my Dad’s health, and trying to get on an early plane to see him and my Mom. Was I upset that day? You bet I was. Did SunMedia tell the proper story of its own reporters crying and hugging Donolo, while this reporter wasn’t there? No it did not. Did Ezra Levant know that story and report something different? Yes he did. Do photos exist of the truth? Yes. Could I probably sue over this? Yes I could, but it’s not worth it. No one actually believed the story, except a handful of people who watched the show.

Second: My brother has worked for the Liberals. My husband has worked for the Conservatives. (A B.C. Conservative backbencher, in fact.) I am a journalist. I was long before before the employment histories of my family. I don’t wear team colours. I’m actually kind of suspicious of people who do. Seems kind of limiting.

Third: I am also suspicious of people who throw out gratuitous shots on Twitter all day long, call people names, and don’t have the guts to say these things to these people in person. Give me a call — tell me what your problem is. Man up, pick up the phone and have the courage to do something more than bathroom graffiti with your political views. 613-237-1773. I’m there next week.

P.S. I’m sure you’re enjoying this much attention. It’s way more than your comments are worth. I call this a New Year’s gift

Ezra Levant’s response:

I interviewed Susan by e-mail before my show in 2011, and she confirmed to me in writing that, and I’m cutting and pasting here: “when I walked in the room and saw the other reporters crying, yes, I think I shed a few tears”.
I believe I also acknowledged on the show that she had a sad personal experience that day as well.
I’m not sure why Susan is pretending she’s not sympathetic to the Liberal Party or that her brother isn’t deeply involved in it. If she truly believed there were no ethical issues about her reporting on her brother’s political party without warning readers of that fact, she probably wouldn’t be so shy and defensive about it. I think she protests too much.

26 Responses to “Star’s Delacourt responds to blog post – says Sun’s Levant libelled her”

  1. Susan Delacourt Says:

    Ezra Levant. Fact-checker for you. That’s one tiny world you guys inhabit.

  2. Susan Delacourt Says:

    Did he forget everything to tell you everything it said in that email? Because there was a lot in there. He told me he wouldn’t read it all because SunMedia wouldn’t run stuff that made him look bad. If he’d read the whole thing, people like you wouldn’t be repeating the calumny. If I were both of you, I’d turn tail and apologize. Ask Ezra why he winked at me when I saw him last — as though my Dad’s health was a big joke to him. Ask him why he doesn’t publicize that my spouse worked for the Conservatives. Ask David Akin, the Ottawa bureau chief, whether the story sat comfortably with him. (Want to see those emails?) That’s enough from both of you. We’re done. You’re both sad cases.

  3. anon Says:

    Interesting how Susan Delacourt bullies and threatens “(Want to see those emails?)”, but then backs down “Ask David. Or ask Ezra to ask David, since he’s your conduit to All That’s Truthful In This World.” . But when confronted to produce the emails, she does what she accuses you of doing.” Here’s why I asked you to call me, Dean … Because internet bullies/name-callers usually go mute when they have to actually talk to the person they’ve chosen as their targets.”.
    Very bizarre and showing poor logic.

  4. hollinm Says:

    It’s funny Delacourt professes to not have any political stripes. Anybody who reads her columns knows differently. She had two puff pieces on Trudeau this week alone. She knows all things Liberal but when it comes to the Conservatives its bash, bash, bash all the time. Its almost as if she is a paid operative of the Liberal party. On the other hand maybe she is.

    • Mary Hines Says:

      Wonder what her call to fame will be if Trudeau gets the leadership… Maybe – it is “you help me”…. and write, write, write for me and your brother…. it will be “big things” for everyone…. just maybe!….

      • BC Blue Says:

        Like the access she got from Paul Martin to write her book?

        • john Says:

          Don’t be silly the Liberal Party would never reward a journalist for producing news stories that are to Liberal advantage. They are far too ethical.
          And journalists are far too ethical to accept any cushy government appointment even if one were offerred.

          I mean look at Adrienne Clarkson and Michelle Jean. — OOPS! — Um, uhh, NO!

          Forget what I just said Umm, I’ve gotta go!

  5. Mary Hines Says:

    She is on the panels – and I have yet to hear her EVER SAY one positive thing towards the Conservative Government…. What a joke she is now we know her connections!! It is finally coming out – all the connections the Media Party has with the liberal party….. no wonder they push, push, push Trudeau down our throats, morning, noon and night!!!

  6. Liz J Says:

    Ah, the condescension eh?
    Appears you’ve struck a nerve. Who would have thought such a busy and well known journalist and author would have the time to scan a lowly Conservative blog?

  7. burton Says:

    All this has me thinking of Chantal Hebert’s 2007 column –
    “No one would accuse Liberal leader Stéphane Dion’s research team of lacking the journalistic instincts to dig into a story. After all, some members of the group that lays the groundwork for the official opposition’s onslaught on the Conservative government these days once starred in the Parliamentary press gallery.”

    Oh really?

  8. john Says:

    “I’m sure you’re enjoying this much attention. It’s way more than your comments are worth”

    Yes, after all. BC Blue, you are simply one of the ……”little people”. What would YOU know? You are not a wiser-than-thou JOURNALIST !!!!!!

    As the Globe & Maill used to say in thier commercials, “Anyone can have an opinion, but is it informed?” I guess those of us who are not journalists are simply too dim and uninformed to have opinions. Only our moral and intellectual superiors in the press are allowed to speak.

    These jerks can use whatever, sleaze, innuendo and half truths they can dream up to smear anyone whom they decide doesn’t contribute to the furthering of their little view of what the world should be. Mind you when *THEY* recieve some bad press, they go bonkers.

    GOOD !! These scags deserve it.

  9. Sun News’ Levant responds again to Star’s Delacourt – calls her version of interview a ‘lie’ « BC Blue: One BC Conservative's view on it all… Says:

    […] This is what I received from the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt Jan 2 after she had said Sun News’ Ezra Levant libelled her and Levant responded by sending me a line from her email which showed that part of Delacourt’s version to be untrue (see here). […]

  10. MaryLS Says:

    This issue is somewhat silly. Really, if Delacourt was crying, it sounds like she was under a lot of stress, and it is perfectly understandable. In an emotional state it is very easy to cry spontaneously. A central question is whether or not she is biased in favour of Liberals. She may be, but I would look for other indicators, rather than this one-off confusing situation. I would be curious to know, however, who else was busy crying with Donolo. Very glad to her your parents are doing better, Susan.

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