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Bring out your dead

Saw this on Twitter. Got a morbid kick out of it:

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Fri, March 31 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Bring out your dead

Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Subhead: “Mr. Breslin, a New York columnist and best-selling author, leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for decades, with prose that was savagely funny and poorly imitated.”

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Sun, March 19 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.

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Wed, March 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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Mon, March 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.”

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter