Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Justin Trudeau, more natural than master media manipulator

Patrick Gossage was press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, which was a different media time and place.  In Justin, he sees someone with natural gifts for communicating in front of a camera who also has the mental chops to handle hardened reporters. But there are limits to his powers.

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‘How the Media Undermine American Democracy’

Writer James Fallows has been tracking the U.S. election, creating more than 90 time capsules so far. In capsule 92, he looks at how the media might be normalizing the campaign of Donald Trump, a most abnormal candidate.

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U.S., China agree to ratify Paris climate change treaty

Two of the world’s largest carbon emitters have both agreed to ratify the global treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But Canada is not quite ready to do the same.

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Conflicting pressures on phasing out coal power

Observe two Globe and Mail headlines: Health groups, environmentalists urge Ottawa to move aggressively on coal-fired plants and Provinces balk at federal push to accelerate phasing-out of coal power  

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Seven favourite films from seven different time periods

The twitter feed @TheCinegogue has been running a little quiz to name one’s favourite film by the decade, except for the 21st Century. Here are my picks:

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Poor diagnoses of depression lead to poor treatment

The lede: “Using data from a survey that screened more than 46,000 Americans for depression, researchers found evidence that the condition is not properly diagnosed in many people. And even when diagnosed correctly, depression often goes untreated.”

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Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

The federal government is studying the demise of newspapers while studying the issue of traditional newspaper decline.

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White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Compared to Islamic State, white nationalists and neo-Nazis operating mainly in the U.S. do so with “relative impunity” and have far more followers, a new report has found.

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Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for Islamic State and planner of international attacks, reportedly met his end Tuesday in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The United States hasn’t confirmed his death yet, but the media arm of Islamic State issued a statement saying that al-Adnani had been “martyred.”

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Breathing the oxygen of publicity into the alt-right

With Hillary Clinton’s speech last week naming the alt-right as an adversary, alt-rightians were over the moon at the recognition. But Chava Gourarie asks how the media is supposed to cover such a fringe, ragtag “movement.”

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