Thu, 31 August 2017
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 EST
Mon, 21 August 2017
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.
Wed, 16 August 2017
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
Mon, 14 August 2017
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 EST
Thu, 10 August 2017
Joseph Boyden has emerged from his winter burrow like a collared lemming (it's an arctic mammal -- look it up!) to plug his forthcoming book weigh in again on questions of his Indigenous ancestry. Despite his insistence that his connection to -- and friendship with -- Indigenous communities should automatically confer some sort of Indigenous status, he went ahead and got a DNA test anyway.
Also, with literally no Canadians waiting with baited breath, the CBC finally announced its cadre of Peter Mansbridge replacements.
Rosemary Barton, Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, and Andrew Chang have collectively made the cut, while network mainstays Ernie Coombs, Bruno Gerussi, and Al Waxman remain in reserve in case any of the lead anchors bolt for CTV.
National Post journalist and Commons co-host Ashley Csanady joins us.