Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trump using Special Forces as linchpins of anti-terror fight

Following a policy set out by his predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump has let the Special Forces operators of his nation’s military shoulder much of the heavy counter-terrorism load. (more…)

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Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Subhead: “Mr. Breslin, a New York columnist and best-selling author, leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for decades, with prose that was savagely funny and poorly imitated.” (more…)

Sun, March 19 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

John Ibbitson argues that the headlines about the Trump administration — Russia and wiretapping, to name two examples — are obscuring the fact that it is the most activist presidency since Ronald Reagan. (more…)

Sun, March 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Anti-Islam far-right party falters in Netherlands elections

The lede: “The far-right politician Geert Wilders fell short of expectations in Dutch elections on Wednesday, gaining seats but failing to persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his extreme positions on barring Muslim immigrants and jettisoning the European Union, according to early results and exit polls.” (more…)

Wed, March 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith. (more…)

Wed, March 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries. (more…)

Mon, March 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Columnist Matt Taibbi’s effort to bring context to the Russia-messing-with-U.S. tensions story. One big problem? Making assumptions that might not be true. (more…)

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Super Companies may play role in reducing workers’ share of the GDP pie

Amazon. Costco. Walmart. All are lean, mean, cost-cutting machines. But given that their customer-level jobs don’t pay so well, and they’ve eviscerated the middle-management ranks, are they at least partly responsible for workers receiving a smaller share of the GDP? (more…)

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Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Scott Gilmore attempts to lay out a scenario whereby the mischief that Russia has been up to with Western powers will find its way to Canada’s shores and cyber-byways.

One example, the Russians digging up dirt on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. (more…)

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Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen. (more…)

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