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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

Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith says the Trump dossier had been circulating for weeks at the highest levels of the U.S. government; wasn’t it time to let the public see it and judge for themselves?

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Mon, January 23 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Day One: Trump attacks the media (repeat as necessary)

On the first day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer went off on a bizarre, lie-ridden rant about reporting on crowd sizes at Friday’s swearing-in ceremony while Trump himself also took shots at the media.

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Day One: Trump attacks the media (repeat as necessary)

’10 Times Trump Spread Fake News’

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is at best a bullshitter and and at worst a pathological liar. This NYT story looks at 10 instances where he’s promoted someone else’s lies for partisan reasons.

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Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ’10 Times Trump Spread Fake News’

Creating the perfect fake news story

A Republican believer, motivated by Donald Trump’s complaining during the campaign of a rigged election, came up with a whopper of a fake news story to help the cause.

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Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Creating the perfect fake news story

Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

A Russian journalist who has experience in dealing with President Vladimir Putin offers some advice to his American colleagues about to deal with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

The term fake news has seen its day

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan thinks the phrase “fake news” has become co-opted by conservatives and has become useless in public discourse.

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Sun, January 8 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The term fake news has seen its day

German police debunk Breitbart church-burning story

Breitbart News, those irrepressible alt-righters, reported Saturday that a mob of Muslims had chanted “Allahu Akbar!” after setting fire to a church in the German city of Dortmund on New Year’s Eve. It seems Breitbart got the story very wrong.

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Sat, January 7 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on German police debunk Breitbart church-burning story

A week of immersing in fake news

It’s slow over the Christmas holidays, so Jaime Weinman took the opportunity to dive into the fake news scene and document what he saw.

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Thu, December 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A week of immersing in fake news

Praising the work of a free and democratic press

The Globe and Mail “celebrates” the role of mainstream media following a year of fake news, Nazi-era cries of “lugenpresse!” (lying press) being revived and other attacks mounted on them.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Praising the work of a free and democratic press