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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

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.

Robert Jago wrote an excellent dissection of Boyden's latest plea for acceptance/publicity stunt, while Eric Andrew-Gee dug into Boyden's complicated family history in a Globe & Mail feature.

 

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.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 3:06am EDT

This week we present a podcast based on our stage show which was based on our book which was based on this podcast. Talk about coming full circle.

 

In it: should you fuck your Prime Minister?; Why Canadians secretly love climate change; why we love the RCMP; and a peek at the Canada of the not-too-distant future.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

The Toronto Star built an entire exposé on female genital mutilation based predominantly around a mid-level civil servant's email from three years ago. 

Also, CBC Comedy is so unfunny it's funny. Or is that the other way around? Either way, a former member of Kellie Leitch's team has made it his mission to bring it down.

Writer/broadcaster, and producer Naheed Mustafa joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

We revisit a couple of stories that we haven't been able to follow up on to the level to which we'd hoped. At least not on the website, where our News Editor Jonathan Goldsbie makes the ultimate call as to what gets published.

In this episode Jonathan and Jesse go head to head and reveal new facts about Andrew Potter's abrupt departure from McGill after his Maclean's diatribe about Quebec, and what happened after Leah McLaren's column about attempting to breastfeed Michael Chong's baby was spiked.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

The Conservative Party takes their latest wedge issue to the US media, a Quebec town won't let Muslims bury their dead and Trudeau lays out some hot summer jams.

 

BuzzFeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong.

As national security reporter for the Toronto Star, author of the book Guantanamo's Child and co-director of the documentary of the same name, she's been the top reporter on Khadr's story for the past 15 years.

She speaks to guest host Omar Mouallem about how Khadr's public image has evolved over the years and what the media and the public continues to get wrong about the story.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving these groups’ discontent.

 

CANADALAND will be back on Monday.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

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