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News Analysis Mar 27, 2022 2:27 PM EST

CBC's 'regretful' trucker convoy protester story falls apart

Based on all evidence reviewed by The Post Millennial, it appears legacy media has taken advantage of a sick man as a means to promote a false narrative.

CBC's 'regretful' trucker convoy protester story falls apart
Angelo Isidorou Vancouver, British Columbia

A story hyped by CBC and CTV about a "regretful" trucker convoy protester is being disputed by those who were on the ground with him in Ottawa and those who have been victims of his previous alleged scams. Published Thursday, the story focuses on Martin Joseph Anglehart, a man claiming to have given away all his life savings to the truckers and he now "regrets" his involvement with the Freedom Convoy.

Salivating at the idea of a "gullible right wing" mascot, CBC seemingly ran this story to project the narrative that the Freedom Convoy took advantage of this well meaning man and that he is now regretful for taking part in the protest. However, new evidence suggests CBC ran this story without conducting the most basic level of investigation.

In addition to CBC, CTV also ran a story on Anglehart where he says he is "sorry to the people of Ottawa,” noting how they "had to endure all the horns and all the weirdos." Anglehart also says he never really had a stance on the mandates, but allegedly gave all his life savings away anyhow. This was believable enough to legacy media.

Nonetheless, he alleges to have joined the protest because he was upset that he wasn’t able to say goodbye to his dying friend in hospital, due to pandemic restrictions. There is no corroboration for this happening.

Anglehart's story is now being disputed by countless individuals who were with him either in Ottawa or have been victims of his scams across the country. Many aspects of CBC's piece are self-evidently suspicious, but most were pointed out by Fox News Producer Gregg Re, who created a Twitter thread of all the falsehoods.

Firstly, Anglehart alleges he was arrested on February 15. CBC provides a ticket from the 10th as proof, but this ticket is not evidence of an arrest. Secondly, CBC reports that Anglehart's bank account has been "frozen," but bank statements obtained by The Post Millennial show this not to be true. CBC neglected to check where these e-transfer were being sent or request withdrawal receipts.

Furthermore, it has been confirmed that these are the identical bank statements given to CBC as evidence. Not only does CBC misconstrue these statements, but the outlet seemingly neglects to point out that Anglehart is receiving security benefits from two separate provinces.

Beyond the inconsistencies in Anglehart's story, there are numerous individuals who have publicly accused Anglehart of scamming them with fake sob stories.

"This guy is a well known scammer around Sault Ste Marie. I hosted him for a night my friend hosted him for a week and nothing added up with him," said Susan Lediett, one of many people alleging to know Anglehart and his grift.

"Scammed many with his false stories of being ex forces with PTSD and terminal cancer and was robbed. Many gave him money, bought him a new laptop and a bus ticket to a Ottawa treatment facility and set up a GoFundMe," she continues. "He returned a year plus later with similar stories and gained a larger GoFundMe 'payroll' but skipped town when someone found out he did no service."

Facebook Post by Susan Lediett

In addition to various posts and text messages, one individual recounted his experience with Anglehart in a six-minute YouTube video. Dave from Live From The Shed has over twenty-four thousand subscribers and echoes the experiences of Anglehart's other alleged victims.

"Martin Joseph Angelhart. If you're watching, you'll remember me," the YouTuber begins saying in his video. He then walked through Anglehart's claims and disputed his entire story. On the contrary, not only did Anglehart not give away his life savings, he allegedly scammed numerous individuals out of thousands of dollars. One of these individuals is the YouTuber himself, who gave Anglehart $1,000. The Post Millennial has reviewed evidence of this transaction, which supposedly took place after Anglehart told the YouTuber that he was living in his van and had terminal cancer.

Despite his false story, the YouTuber highlights that Anglehart is suffering from mental illness and has repeatedly threatened suicide. In an interview with The Post Millennial, the YouTuber shared messages where Anglehart talked about setting himself on fire in front of Parliament Hill.

Based on evidence given to The Post Millennial, it would appear as though Anglehart is a man with mental health challenges who has been used as a prop by the CBC.

The YouTuber concluded his video by slamming legacy media for their sloppy coverage. "To the CBC and CTV, please start doing some real journalism and some real research so us YouTubers don't need to do it for you."

In the phone interview with The Post Millennial, the YouTuber said Anglehart was kicked out of the protest because he was trying to collect people's personal data and presented his email to people as a way to financially support the convoy. The latter evidence has been reviewed by The Post Millennial.

Based on all evidence collected by The Post Millennial, it would appear as though Anglehart has continuously taken advantage of the kind hearts of strangers. However, it now appears that legacy media has taken advantage of a sick man as a means to promote a false narrative.

The Post Millennial reached out to CBC for comment but did not receive a reply by publication.

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