– 28 April 1993 – Ezra Levant swears an affidavit in which he says a Gauntlet reporter named Arnold Nowicki called him names in the University of Calgary bookstore, that “the said remarks can cause irreparable damage to the Plaintiffs’ reputations” given the comments were in a public place, and that the Plaintiffs therefore needed an injunction against Arnold Nowicki and everyone at the Gauntlet from “making any comment about the Plaintiffs”. Ezra Levant says Arnold Nowicki called him the following names:
– 3 May 1993 – Ezra Levant obtains a complete injunction on an ex-parte, emergency basis to prevent any Gauntlet staff member from making “any comment or statement about the Plaintiffs or any of them.”
There's more through the link, and other edifying material on various topics. You may judge how this effects Ezra's status as a free speech warrior.
It might have made a difference if they had only used the correct anatomical/psychological terms. "Rectum" or "sphincter", for example. "Sociopath" might have been apt. "Passive aggressive" would have been in order. Perhaps even "schizophrenic paranoid." Yet, at the end of the day, nothing has quite the reach of "asshole."
I was writing an expanded comment, and will do so some day. While I have not found any evidence of inadequate speech-warrior-wood in ELevant's contributions to the Gatway, I have found plenty of reckless disregard for the truth (a tradition that he had continued since then, as confirmed by the courts). so, should you wish to read up on ELevant's earlier shittiness, you will be glad to know that the Gateway is easily searchable.
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