Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trump’s nose-stretcher on immigrant murders in the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump sent reporters into fact-checking mode Friday when he claimed that illegal immigrants had murdered 63,000 Americans since 9/11. The Washington Post‘s Philip Bump calls B.S. on that.

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Fri, June 22 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump’s nose-stretcher on immigrant murders in the U.S.

NY Daily News slams Trump on bizarre news conference

Here’s another killer front page from the New York Daily News, this time on Trump holding a news conference in which he focused on people slain by illegal immigrants. The Trumpster trotted out a very faulty claim in this one, which I’ll deal with in another post.

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Fri, June 22 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, photos, politics » Comments Off on NY Daily News slams Trump on bizarre news conference

Trump backs off on separating migrant families

After millions of Americans hit the streets and and two former first ladies voiced their displeasure, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of children from parents charged with illegal immigration.

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Wed, June 20 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Trump backs off on separating migrant families

Trump is winning his war with the media

CBC News’ Neil Macdonald looks at the current controversy involving U.S. President Donald Trump’s rampage against the children of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants, but he also has observations about Trump’s running war with the media.

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Tue, June 19 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump is winning his war with the media

Lyin’ Donald seems to be lying more frequently

No U.S. president has ever been as shameless about lying and mistruths as Donald Trump. But even by his lofty standards, Trump has been on a bit of a rampage lately.

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Tue, June 19 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Lyin’ Donald seems to be lying more frequently

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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Sat, June 16 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on How Trump is winning the ‘linguistic war’

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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Sat, June 16 2018 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on On journalists not being ‘loudspeakers for liars’

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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Fri, June 15 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Ontario to pull out of cap-and-trade, Ford says

Exploring the tangled threads of the TMX controversy

“And those two things, the environment and the economy, they go together like paddles and canoes. Unless you have both, you won’t get to where you are going, because you can’t have a strong economy without a healthy environment.” That is a quote from then-Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau from a pre-2015-election document on the Liberal […]

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Wed, June 6 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Exploring the tangled threads of the TMX controversy

Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Here’s a quick note I bashed off for Facebook on the dramatic Conservative Party of Canada leadership win by Andrew Scheer — and his less-than-dramatic acceptance speech.

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Sat, May 27 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter