Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

At a town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about phasing out Alberta’s oilsands. Alberta politicians reacted in an unremarkably predictable way.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

The lede: “Tax changes, better copyright protection and fees imposed on Facebook and Google are among the solutions being touted to help rescue Canada’s ailing news industry, internal reports show.”

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Wed, January 11 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Buzzfeed drops an unverified bomb on Trump

Buzzfeed, the entertainment giant on the web, also does news. In this case, it created a massive shitstorm for U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, releasing an unverified intelligence document that includes allegations of rather salacious behaviour by Trump during a 2013 trip to Moscow.

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Tue, January 10 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Russians allegedly had compromising info on Trump, say intel chiefs

The lede: “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.”

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Tue, January 10 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The iPhone decade and how it changed journalism

From the Neiman Lab subhead: “‘We’re gonna make some history together today’ — (Steve Jobs) wasn’t wrong.” The iPhone turns 10 today and has been used for gathering news as well as changing how it’s distributed.

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Mon, January 9 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Kremlin rejects US allegations about election interference

The lede: “The Kremlin broke its silence over the U.S. intelligence report into hacking Monday, saying the allegations are ‘unfounded’ and ‘reminiscent of a witch hunt.’”

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Mon, January 9 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The term fake news has seen its day

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan thinks the phrase “fake news” has become co-opted by conservatives and has become useless in public discourse.

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Sun, January 8 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

German police debunk Breitbart church-burning story

Breitbart News, those irrepressible alt-righters, reported Saturday that a mob of Muslims had chanted “Allahu Akbar!” after setting fire to a church in the German city of Dortmund on New Year’s Eve. It seems Breitbart got the story very wrong.

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Sat, January 7 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

In wake of report, Trump calls for better relations with Russia

On Saturday, the day after U.S. intelligence agencies gave him a report accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election, president-elect Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets on the theme of warmer relations with Russia.

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Sat, January 7 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Trump backers shrug shoulders at election cyber-hacking report

A foreign power is accused of meddling in a presidential election campaign and Donald Trump supporters largely don’t care.

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Sat, January 7 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments