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Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Alex Jones is one of the most lunatic right-wing truthers out there. And now he apparently has telephone access to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Sun, February 19 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Trump continues to lash out at media during Fla. rally

In Melbourne, Fla., before about 9,000 true believers, U.S. President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the news media from earlier in the week.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Trump continues to lash out at media during Fla. rally

Early days in the Trump era have energized the US media

Not since the go-go days of Watergate, Iran-Contra and Monica Lewinsky has the press been so hopping in the U.S. But this is a new era, with new technologies, and that has amped competition even more.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Early days in the Trump era have energized the US media

Trump takes his most repulsive shot yet at the media

The lede: “President Trump, in an extraordinary rebuke of the nation’s press organizations, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the nation’s news media ‘is the enemy of the American people.’”

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Fri, February 17 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump takes his most repulsive shot yet at the media

Why it helps Trump to hate the press

Washington Post politics blogger Chris Cillizza writes that Donald Trump gets how much his supporters hate the news media, and used Thursday’s press conference to feed that hatred.

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Thu, February 16 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Why it helps Trump to hate the press

Declinism and what the Trumpsters are reading

From the Doug Saunders column: “If there is one big intellectual idea that motivates people to vote for far-right movements, it is declinism: the notion that your country’s best days are in the past and that its economy and culture are being defeated.”

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Sat, February 11 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Declinism and what the Trumpsters are reading

The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that no one ever heard of

Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor and media spokesperson in President Donald Trump’s White House, was at it again with her “alternate facts” act.

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Fri, February 3 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that no one ever heard of

South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

From the story: “While the current U.S. President Donald Trump seems ripe for parody, it looks like South Park say they’re more are likely than ever to lay off him.”

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Thu, February 2 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

From political reporter to press secretary

An Edmonton Journal piece looks at a few who have made the jump from taking part in the scrum to attempting to herd it, and gets advice from a former MLA.

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Wed, February 1 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on From political reporter to press secretary