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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?

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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.

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On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny.

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.

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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?

Buzzfeed News Curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud guests with Ashley Csanady while Jesse gets some much-needed rays.

 

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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.

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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.

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In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of Saskatchewan). Recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017.

Betty Ann Adam's Twitter: @SPBAAdam

Rob Innes's Twitter: @innes_rob

Mylan Tootoosis's Twitter: @MylanMurdo

 

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Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign. Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Dalhousie student activists pull the old bait-and-switch on JT and turn a selfie snap into a pointed policy question about Indigenous Rights.

Sandy Garossino's Twitter: @Garossino

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When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism? And does the US/Canada border protect us from this hall of mirrors? The New Republic's Jeet Heer on how to tell the truth in the age of Trump.

Jeet Heer's Twitter: @HeerJeet

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Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump, so he called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage," and CNN "fake news." John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC keynote speaker. Jon Kay's mother is an MRA supporter, so naturally he failed to disclose this in a sympathetic piece about MRAs in The Walrus.
 
Manisha Krishnan's Twitter @ManishaKrishnan
 
Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs' Buzzfeed piece, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia" (Jan 10th 2017)
 
Tom McCarthy and Matthew Weaver's Guardian live-blogging of Trump's press conference in response to the released dossier.
 
UBC's announcement about John Furlong, "UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker" (Jan 9th 2017)
 
Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Don't Call it Men's Rights" (Jan 6th 2017)
 
Manisha Krishnan's VICE series, "The Real Story Behind the Rise of Creep Catchers, Canada’s Vigilante Pedophile Hunters" (Jan 5th 2017)
 
Craig Offman and Nathan Vanderklippe's Globe and Mail piece, "Cash-for-access organizers sought payments that exceeded federal contribution limits" (Dec 22nd 2016)
 
Barry Cooper's Calgary Herald piece, "Cooper: British Columbia shows us what happens when we go to pot" (Jan 4th 2017)
 
Camilla Turner's Telegraph piece, "Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum" (Jan 9th 2017)
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