Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Toronto Star names its first female editor-in-chief

The Toronto Star went with an inside candidate for editor-in-chief, selecting 48-year-old Irene Gentle, making her the first female editorial boss of the paper in its 126-year history. (more…)

Thu, June 21 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Trump backs off on separating migrant families

After millions of Americans hit the streets and and two former first ladies voiced their displeasure, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of children from parents charged with illegal immigration. (more…)

Wed, June 20 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

A landmark photo on migrant child separation

This is one photo that haunts the most from the thousands of haunting images published during the child separation crisis in the United States:

Wed, June 20 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, photos » No Comments

Full-court press on the child separation story in Texas

The Texas Tribune is pouring resources into coverage of the migrant children separated from their parents:

Wed, June 20 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Trump is winning his war with the media

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump.

CBC News’ Neil Macdonald looks at the current controversy involving U.S. President Donald Trump’s rampage against the children of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants, but he also has observations about Trump’s running war with the media. (more…)

Tue, June 19 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Lyin’ Donald seems to be lying more frequently

No U.S. president has ever been as shameless about lying and mistruths as Donald Trump. But even by his lofty standards, Trump has been on a bit of a rampage lately. (more…)

Tue, June 19 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Please help support wounded Afghan journalists

Afghan journos GoFundMe page

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the survivors of a horrific April 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that targeted journalists, plus the families of those nine killed.

The goal is $50,000. Please donate whatever you can and spread the word about the campaign.

Background

Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

Tue, June 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

United States pulls out of UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

One day after being criticized for its policy of separating the children of illegal migrants from their parents, the U.S. quit the UN Human Rights Council.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the move was made because of the council’s “hypocrisy” and bias against Israel.  (more…)

Tue, June 19 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Regulate fake news, Canadians say in poll

From the Toronto Star story: “A survey by Nanos Research for the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression found a strong majority of Canadians — more than eight in 10 — say false information that looks legitimate is making it harder to find out what’s real. To help prevent the spread of fake news, seven out of 10 Canadians think the government should step in.” (more…)

Tue, June 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

How Trump is winning the ‘linguistic war’

Subhed: “From ‘spygate’ to ‘fake news’, Trump is using language to frame – and win – debates. And the press operate like his marketing agency.” Some thoughts from cognitive expert George Lakoff. (more…)

Sat, June 16 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments