Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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United States pulls out of UN Human Rights Council

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. 

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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 […]

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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.

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On journalists not being ‘loudspeakers for liars’

Veteran U.S. journalist and j-prof Dan Gillmor has written an essay on how to respond to the challenges to truth posed by the President Donald Trump era.

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Gap between those who worry about Fake News and those who have seen it

The Reuters Digital News Report for 2018  finds that there’s a big gap between those who who worry about Fake News and those who have actually seen examples of it.

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Fixing journalism bugs

Journalism Bug Queue ————————– Known vulnerability: Amplification of messages from serial liars with authoritarian agendas Assigned to: Nobody Status: Eh, what are ya gonna do — Rob Cottingham (@RobCottingham) June 16, 2018

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Ontario to pull out of cap-and-trade, Ford says

Ontario is going to start dismantling the legislative infrastructure designed to fight climate change to save Ontarians a few pennies per litre on gasoline.

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Hawking takes his place among the immortals

Stephen Hawking, the deceased world-renowned physicist, was buried today in England’s Westminster Abbey among some very elite company: Stephen Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey memorial service. https://t.co/C5DKPYcVXg — NBC News (@NBCNews) June 15, 2018 Here is a text story from CTVNews.ca.

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Two lovers in love

#uspoli #NorthKorea #Bromance #denoooocalrization Via @lblandford pic.twitter.com/cbM7ehuRow — Antonia Zerbisias (@AntoniaZ) June 14, 2018

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Rogers’ magazine, digital divisions downsize by one-third

Rogers Media is citing continuing pressures on its print products and shrinking ad revenues as reasons for its deep cuts announced Thursday.

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