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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.’”
Media columnist Margaret Sullivan thinks the phrase “fake news” has become co-opted by conservatives and has become useless in public discourse.
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.
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.
A foreign power is accused of meddling in a presidential election campaign and Donald Trump supporters largely don’t care.