Sun, 26 February 2017
In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence.
Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.
Within days of the story's publication earlier this month, police departments, provincial governments, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself promised to start implementing changes into how sexual assaults were recorded.
Robyn joins us to talk about how the story got off the ground and how it will continue to be covered in the months and years to come.
Direct download: Ep.173_-__Robyn_Doolittle_On_Breaking_The_Story_Of_The_Year.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:07pm EST
Thu, 23 February 2017
Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.
Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel their inner Hunger Games' geekdom at an anti-Islam rally in Toronto.
Washington Post contributor and cartoonist J.J. McCullough joins us from Vancouver.
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_108_-_Im_Done_With_You_On_This_Topic.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:23am EST
Mon, 20 February 2017
Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country.
The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings.
Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.
Direct download: Ep.172_-__Satan_Vampire_Zombie_Bloodbath-_The_State_Of_Canadian_Newspapers.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:13am EST
Thu, 16 February 2017
PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.
Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, then wonders about reporting on Syrian refugees charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.
And, embracing our post-racial 21st century, Rebel Media features a regular host in blackface, claiming that only white people are bothered by it, and minstrel shows existed because, "White America revered blacks back then." No, seriously, they fucking said that.
Finally, Fake News? Schmake Schmews.
Buzzfeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod is our guest.
Mon, 13 February 2017
In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and at the time Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud.
Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest news chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.
Eight years later, an Alberta court ruled in Kent's favour.
What issues drove Kent to undertake such an extensive - and likely expensive - lawsuit? And what does the ruling mean for journalists in Canada?
Thu, 9 February 2017
Rebel Media's at it again, this time seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre's alleged 'second shooter' like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go.
Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's oft-repeated pledge to take in more refugees in light of President Trump's temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries? Great media spin, but the government's policies haven't changed.
Freelance writer Omar Mouallem joins us.
Mon, 6 February 2017
Also, a preliminary look into Shattered Mirror, the recently-released examination of the state of Canadian media from the Public Policy Forum.
Vicky Mochama is the national columnist for Metro News.
Wed, 1 February 2017
How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose.
Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government's draconian and likely unconstitutional new immigration policies without, you know, calling them out on it?
And why are the alt-right up in arms about a proposed bill to examine systemic racism and Islamophobia?
Sun, 29 January 2017
Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.
Watch the surveillance video of John getting roughed up by the sheriff at the courthouse.
Read Canadaland's coverage of John's trial for obstructing police.
Wed, 25 January 2017
What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV, including the stuff he did for CBC News.
Rachel Browne's Twitter: @rp_browne
Justin Ling's Tweets about journalism access.