CANADALAND

Indigenous writer and activist turned politician Wab Kinew scored a historic victory last weekend by decisively winning the leadership of the Manitoba NDP.

Only days before the election, however, allegations of domestic assault surfaced. A former partner of Kinew filed charges in 2003. Those charges were stayed in 2004.

How has the media handled this story, and who pushed the court records to the press? Was it, in fact, someone from his own party?

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:39am EDT

For one week every year, the Canadian press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for Toronto or Canada's film industry?

 

Norm Wilner has been covering the Toronto International Film Festival for 30 years. As a film critic at NOW Magazine, he's seen it grow into the monster it's become.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Jagmeet Singh gracefully responded to a racist idiot, which proves he can lead a major political party, we guess. Also, racism is totally not a problem anymore, according to the most widely-read columnists in the country.

Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he was taking neo-Nazis to court.

 

As a human rights lawyer, Richard Warman went on mission to take down neo-Nazis using our legal system. He filed more complaints for online hate speech than any other Canadian -- and was hugely successful.

 

But in the process, he got on the bad side of a lot of the media.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

Post columnists pen truly offensive shit; another media outlet lays off workers; Donald Trump has us all scrambling

Another day, another 81ยข (rounded for inflation).

The team of our Commons podcast weighs in.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:10am EDT

It's clear that sports journalism is facing many of the same issues as other facets of the industry: declining ad revenues, job insecurities, and too much content vying for too few eyeballs. It also has some unique challenges.

Joining us to unpack the state of sports media are The Athletic's James Mirtle, Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star, and longtime freelance journalist Richard Whittall.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:19am EDT

Americans are debating the removal of monuments to problematic historical figures, so I guess we are too. 

Old folks don't want to hear sad stories about feelings on their CBC. Young folks do, apparently.

And the Globe And Mail is slimming for winter.

BuzzFeed Social Media Editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:34am EDT

It's been, to put it mildly, a shit week for Rebel Media's self-styled 'Rebel Commander' Ezra Levant:

- Following the tragedy in Charlottesville last weekend, Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley, and periodic columnists Barbara Kay and John Robson all severed their ties to the organization;

- By Thursday it was learned that Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was moving on. According to Levant, he'd been poached by an organization with deeper pockets.

- The same day, Levant announced he'd fired popular Rebel personality Faith Goldy after her appearance on a neo-nazi podcast;

- A bombshell video from two disgruntled former Rebel staffers was released alleging Levant was paying 'hush money,' to keep quiet about the company's business practices;

- A disavowal came out from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who says he will refuse all media requests from the organization until its 'editorial direction changes' (whatever that means);

- Press Progress revealed that Levant was receiving funding from an anti-Muslim think tank;

- And even the much-hyped Rebel Cruise was cancelled.

 

The CANADALAND team pulled out all the stops this week to cover the flurry of announcements, and CANADALAND Editor Jonathan Goldsbie joins Jesse to walk through the week's developments.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 3:16am EDT

A growing list of contributors and politicians are cutting ties with far right website The Rebel after their coverage of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, "Rebel commander" Ezra Levant wants to distance himself from the alt-right, claiming he's just learned it's a racist movement. 

 

Chronicle Herald workers are back in the newsroom after a year and a half on strike, working alongside those who crossed the picket line to fill the paper with some seriously sh*tty journalism.

 

Reporter Maggie Rahr co-hosts. 

Maggie's Twitter: @MaggieRahr

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

The term 'fake news'has been popularized, bastardized, and now wholly appropriated. What was previously defined as 'A deliberate untruth published strictly for monetary or political gain,' has now come to mean 'I don't like this story. It makes me look bad.'

Immediately following the election of Donald Trump south of the border, Craig Silverman and the team at Buzzfeed wrote the defining article on fake news, showing that completely fabricated stories like 'Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS' actually outperformed legitimate political coverage from the likes of the New York Times on Facebook.

In a followup piece, Silverman shows how the misinformation industry has shifted its focus to avoid Facebook's crackdown on fake news pieces. Now it's all about hyperpartisan media -- websites that will blend legitimate reporting with clickbait viral headlines to create a morass where you can't be sure what's real and what isn't.

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:52am EDT