Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘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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‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Columnist Matt Taibbi’s effort to bring context to the Russia-messing-with-U.S. tensions story. One big problem? Making assumptions that might not be true.

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Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Scott Gilmore attempts to lay out a scenario whereby the mischief that Russia has been up to with Western powers will find its way to Canada’s shores and cyber-byways. One example, the Russians digging up dirt on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’

Here’s a long read about one of the most-talked-about dictators of our time, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The subhead: “Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?”

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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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Russian city of toxic booze fame still favours Putin

In the Siberian city of Irkutsk, 76 people recently died as a result of poisoning, victims of a toxic form of rotgut sold as bath oil but known as the poor man’s vodka. It’s but one marker of social distress hitting Russian cities and towns as the 2014 oil price recession grinds on.

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Top Russian cybercrimes expert arrested in Moscow

The lede: “A senior official in the Russian cyberintelligence department that American officials say oversaw last year’s election hacking has been arrested in Moscow on charges of treason, a Russian newspaper reported Wednesday.”

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‘Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates’

The lede: “American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.”

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Putin poo-poohs Trump dossier, praises Russian hookers

The lede: “Vladimir Putin has dismissed the dossier published last week about alleged links between Moscow and Donald Trump, describing the people who ordered it as “worse than prostitutes”.”

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The gentle Russian art of ‘Kompromat’

A word made up of the Russian words for “compromising” and “information,” Kompromat involves, in part, catching important people in compromising positions and then using that information to manipulate or destroy them.

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