Mon, 3 July 2017
Canada was once home to a small, but mighty collective of gay and lesbian newspapers and magazines that made up a radical alternative media. Over the last few decades now-defunct publications like The Body Politic, Siren and Fab brought LGBTQ+ issues, interests and voices, to the forefront. Daily Xtra, now the country’s only remaining national queer news source, ceased print in 2015 but continues publishing online.
Despite queer people having more rights than ever before, queer media is all but disappearing. Is this solely a result of Canadian media’s general decline, or is the shift indicative of something more?
It’s also been a year since Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) halted the country’s largest Pride parade in protest, with a list of demands in tow. The action sparked a harsh months-long backlash of editorials and hot takes by mostly white, straight columnists and pundits, ruthlessly condemning BLMTO. Has coverage of LGBTQ+ issues and news by legacy media changed or improved since BLMTO’s protest?
Joining Jesse to dissect the ever-shrinking queer media and the state of representation in legacy media is Erica Lenti, editor-in-chief of THIS Magazine, Arshy Mann, reporter at Daily Xtra, and investigative crime reporter and Body Politic writer, James Dubro.
Thu, 29 June 2017
The Toronto Star put the final nail in the coffin of Star Touch, its $20-30-million app for a device that most people don't have or use. And after praising themselves for its bold innovation, quietly laid off 30 journalists.
Meanwhile, Canada gears up this weekend for a celebration of epic proportions: Peter Mansbridge is retiring. And confederation, something something.
Finally we dig into Jonathan Kay’s Twitter mobs and how they’re killing free speech for anybody who’s not a National Post columnist.
Vice Senior writer Manisha Krishnan joins us.
Mon, 26 June 2017
After the release of the Public Policy Forum's Shattered Media report this past winter comes the latest beg for cash to prop up the newspaper industry. This one comes in the form of a request for a subsidy totaling hundred of millions of dollars per year from News Media Canada, the umbrella advocacy organization for Canadian newspapers.
While it claims to advocate for the maintenance of local journalism, the organization shies away from supporting small, digital startups, which are often the strongest source of civic journalism in many Canadian communities.
Bob Cox, Chair of the Board of News Media Canada as well as the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press joins us.
(Producers' note: owing to a technical glitch with our telephone recording process, this interview is an amalgam of two separate interviews conducted with Bob Cox on one day.)
Thu, 22 June 2017
Governor General David Johnston issued a mea culpa over his radio interview in which he refers to Indigenous peoples as immigrants.
Postmedia did not issue mea culpas for poorly-researched racist screeds in its Vancouver and Toronto outlets. Instead, they continue to rattle the cup in front of the federal government for bailout money.
Finally, the National Post issued a mea culpa for years of Conrad Black columns by announcing they would stop publishing their Monday edition of the paper.
(Producers' note: Jesse Brown would like to issue a mea culpa after misstating the name of one of the lead characters of TV sitcom Three's Company, while Short Cuts guest David Berry's mea culpa comes over misstating that 'Sufferin' Succotash' was a catchphrase of Foghorn Leghorn. It was, in fact, Sylvester the Cat.)
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_124_-_Quote_Governor_General_Unquote.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:52am EDT
Mon, 19 June 2017
Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady thought he was documenting the "good guys" -- the non-sectarian forces fighting Daesh for the preservation of Iraq. Instead, Arkady witnessed abuse, torture, and murder committed by the Emergency Response Division.
After fleeing Iraq with his family, Arkady partnered with the Toronto Star and ABC News to have his work see the light. He joins Jesse Brown on the phone from an undisclosed location in Europe alongside Mitch Potter, one of the three Star reporters who helped write this essential exposé.
Thu, 15 June 2017
Breitbart News has convinced concerned Christian families that Ontario’s new child protection laws will bring forth a queer totalitarian state, where parents opposing or denying their children’s gender identity will have them forcibly removed from their homes.
After tweeting about almost being published in Teen Vogue on June 2, Toronto-based freelance writer, Roslyn Talusan’s call-out of the magazine went viral and led to dozens of writers flooding her inbox with similar stories of being strung along after having successfully pitched personal stories and essays approved by editors of Conde Nast’s supposedly progressive, feminist magazine.
The Liberal government is moving forward with an amendment to the Criminal Code, as a result of the Jian Ghomeshi case. The change will, for the first time, ensure that a complainant’s text messages, e-mails and video recordings with sexual content or a sexual purpose can be kept out of trials.
Freelance writer and editor at Femsplain, Roslyn Talusan joins Jesse.
Mon, 12 June 2017
Or did we play ourselves?
This most recent Conservative leadership race highlighted a number of deficiencies in Canadian media. Namely, why did the guy with virtually no chance of ever becoming Prime Minister, who skipped debates and ran much of his campaign from Boston, receive so much more press coverage than the guy who actually won the leadership? Did media just go for the low-hanging fruit, or did we allow ourselves to be manipulated by an expert huckster?
CBC.ca's Opinion Producer Robyn Urback has some opinions of her own and joins us for the episode.
Thu, 8 June 2017
Somewhere between 10 and 5,000 freedom-loving citizens descend on Parliament Hill to rail against Trudeau, refugees, Islam, you name it. Of course, close to 10,000 attended the most recent pro-marijuana rally, proving that Canadians love pot far more than they fear Sharia law.
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_122_-_Imagine_If_Your_Daughter_Was_Eaten_By_Otters.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:20am EDT
Mon, 5 June 2017
McClelland & Stewart was the publishing house that, at one time, served as the home for the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and others. In 2000, under the direction of building magnate Avie Bennett, it was broken apart and sold to the University of Toronto and to Random House Canada. It's now entirely owned by a foreign company.
Avie Bennett died this past weekend at the age of 89.
Thu, 1 June 2017
The Conservatives have a new, dimpled, leader, Nova Scotians have more of the same, and British Columbians have an unprecedented lefty hybrid. How effective was media coverage of these three electoral events?
Plus, Toronto Life's recent tone-deaf spurt of house porn has led to, if not riots in the streets, then at least a whole lot of snark on social media.
Journalist Katie Toth joins us.