Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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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

Regulate fake news, Canadians say in poll

From the Toronto Star story: “A survey by Nanos Research for the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression found a strong majority of Canadians — more than eight in 10 — say false information that looks legitimate is making it harder to find out what’s real. To help prevent the spread of fake news, seven […]

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Tue, June 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Regulate fake news, Canadians say in poll

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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Gap between those who worry about Fake News and those who have seen it

The Reuters Digital News Report for 2018  finds that there’s a big gap between those who who worry about Fake News and those who have actually seen examples of it.

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Could you be duped by fake news?

Depending on its sophistication, the answer is oh yes, you probably could. Some French journalists have created a conspiracy theory video to test you.

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Sat, May 12 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Could you be duped by fake news?

‘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’

Europe fights fake news as election season underway

An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Europe fights fake news as election season underway

Defining fake news

.@CraigSilverman‘s three criteria for what actually counts as fake news. We need to be careful with our terminology. #infoneeds pic.twitter.com/cAVhU4pnr7 — Joy Mayer (@mayerjoy) February 12, 2017

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Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

Canada has lost about one-third of its journalists in the past six years alone. If we assume those jobs aren’t coming back, who, if anyone, will perform the work once done by those lost journos? This is the first in a series of Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Journalism articles on the topic of Canada’s […]

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Sat, February 4 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Who will fill in for the missing journalists?