Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The growing clout of U.S. alt-right and fake news sites`

Columnist Nicholas Kristof writes that for all the U.S. mainstream media’s faults, it doesn’t come close to the offerings of lies and quackery that alt-right and fake news sites do. In the Trump era, those sites are gaining ground.

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Trump’s first 100 days

This NPR piece has Donald Trump’s action plan for the first 100 days in office. One red flag for Canada is his call to either renegotiate NAFTA or rip it up. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell poured cold water on some of Trump’s initiatives, such as term limits for members of Congress, and sounded enthusiastic […]

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Wed, November 9 2016 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Trump’s first 100 days

Musings about the 2016 U.S. presidential election

I’ve been spending most of the day so far trying to get my head around what happened yesterday in our neighbour to the south — the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.

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News trends that emerged during U.S. election likely to continue

Joshua Benton takes a day-after look at the U.S. news media’s performance during the presidential election, and finds it lacking in some areas. The trend lines point to the situation getting worse, he fears. He takes particular aim at Facebook.

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A convo about the media and the 2016 U.S. election

Sean Illing talks with media scholar Tom Rosenstiel about “Donald Trump and perils of a Balkanized media.”

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Tue, November 8 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A convo about the media and the 2016 U.S. election

The Trump campaign’s ‘gaslighting’

When you enter the world of Dr. Trumpenstein, reality gets distorted. A Washington Post reporter learned about this through personal experience, getting acquainted with the term “gaslighting” in the process.

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Mon, November 7 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on The Trump campaign’s ‘gaslighting’

The looming threat of fake news

Columnist Jim Rutenberg hopes that 2016’s explosion of fake news will whet readers’ appetites for the real thing.

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Sun, November 6 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on The looming threat of fake news

Globe and Mail defends Trudeau’s carbon pricing policy

In an editorial, the Globe and Mail defended the idea of a carbon pricing policy and looked in askance at conservative opponents who are trying desperately to fear-monger over it.

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Fri, October 7 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Globe and Mail defends Trudeau’s carbon pricing policy

Profile of an angry Trump supporter

Meet Melanie Austin, an ardent supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She also has an anxiety disorder and has made a death threat against U.S. President Barack Obama — whom she believes is a Muslim. She lives in a part of Pennsylvania south of Pittsburgh that is “more than 90┬ápercent white, ranks among the […]

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Lessons learned from decades in US political journalism

Ron Fournier is leaving national U.S. political journalism behind after a career that started covering Bill Clinton and is ending with Donald Trump. One of his conclusions is it’s better to be respected and slightly feared rather than liked by the people you cover, but there’s much more.

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Mon, September 5 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Lessons learned from decades in US political journalism