Thanks sent to Rachel Riley after she inadvertently saved The Canary

All in good time: This image isn’t quite appropriate as, really, only around two seconds should be shown to have elapsed, to accurately depict the amount of time it took The Canary to reach its target.

The irony is strong in this one.

You may remember an article on This Site last Sunday (August 4), stating that a shady organisation calling itself “Stop Funding Fake News” had persuaded enough advertisers to boycott The Canary that editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza had been forced to seek an alternative way of financing the site.

(In fact, it seems this was an oversimplification. Changes to Google and Facebook algorhythms had cut traffic to the site and advertising income was falling, along with the attack by people who opposed the site’s politics.)

Ms Mendoza had appealed for 1,000 people to take out subscriptions to the site within six months, in order to keep the left-wing news site going.

Rachel Riley had issued a tweet rejoicing at what she considered to be the imminent demise of the site, and reader-response was enormous.

That’s right – The Canary reached its target of 1,000 new subscribers after only two weeks:

This is a huge victory for the free left-wing social media and many of us have been celebrating:

And while some have considered it appropriate to send condolences to Ms Riley…

… This Writer thinks it more appropriate to thank her for her contribution, without which it may have taken The Canary much longer to reach its target.

Thank you, Ms Riley! You are a great supporter of the New Left Media!

Many others have thanked her via Twitter already.

Seriously, though, Ms Riley’s attempts to stifle independent news and commentary don’t end there. As many readers know, she is currently suing me for libel and the case will go to court later this year.

I have been campaigning to raise funds to fight the allegation, on the CrowdJustice website, and this battle is still ongoing.

So, if you’re not familiar with the details, please visit and find out what the fuss is about.

Then please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. The address is

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

Be part of the backlash against the bullies.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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2 thoughts on “Thanks sent to Rachel Riley after she inadvertently saved The Canary

  1. The Toffee (597)

    Wonder if the canary is ‘oversubscribed’?

    If so, it’d be a fantastic gesture (And one of solidarity, as well as in justifiable defiance of riley) if they were to make a donation to your legal fund with the excess, or part thereof.

    Good luck with your case, Mike. Small donation to be made in the near future.

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