Going all Howard Beale on Canadian media
The disquiet among Canadians is palpable. Disdain for their news media is unmistakable. It is the end result of ownership control so tight that it squeaks. So powerful have the media become in Canada that they extracted federal subsidies in 2018 worth $595 million over five years. Those will soon be running out, however, so they are now asking Ottawa to force Google and Facebook to pay them instead.
Putin’s ‘ally’—a case of misreporting
Were just one media outlet to have characterized Dugin incorrectly it would be a simple case of poor reporting. The fact that almost the entire Western press corps has done so is indicative of a more systemic failing. The impoverished picture one gets of the world as a result of this failing leads to ill considered policies, grounded in ignorance.
What I learned about managing media in the 2022 ONDP campaign
Throughout the 2022 Ontario general election, the Ford PCs threw a wet blanket over their campaign, starving reporters of high-level conflict to cover. With Horwath unable to create conflict and Ford withdrawing from it, the only remaining campaign dynamic was the dispiriting battle between Horwath and Liberal leader Stephen Del Duca, which was presented as “the fight for second place.”
Cultural groups aren’t the only ones lobbying for Internet controls
Bill C-11 is the first in a sequence of legislation designed to bring the Internet under Ottawa’s oversight. Next up will be Bill C-18, which would force Google and Facebook to pay Canadian news media for supposedly “stealing” their content. The objectives of most of this legislation are noble, but some of the measures it proposes risk infringing on fundamental freedoms.
Canada may be headed down a slippery slope of Internet regulation
Like it or not, Ottawa seems determined to bring online communication in Canada under the thumb of federal bureaucrats. Its assault on the Internet began in earnest when the ruling Liberal-NDP coalition used its majority in Parliament to invoke closure and ram through the contentious Bill C-11, or Online Streaming Act.
Ukraine war: When you are in a hole, stop digging
From the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western media have systematically misrepresented developments on the battlefield. Time and again, major media organizations have cited military ‘experts’ from NATO armies and officials from Western governments to support the false claim that Ukraine is either winning the war or has battled Russian forces to a standstill.
Ottawa should reject the Murdoch plan
Rupert Murdoch’s long-running campaign to force Google and Meta to share some of their vast revenues with his newspapers in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States depends on one domino in between: Canada. Should our country fall to his plan, which has been eagerly adopted by the largest newspaper chains here, there is a real chance it might work in the UK.
The Israeli execution of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh
The 55-year-long fight for Palestinian freedom is no less just, no less worthy of our support. But Palestinians are occupied by our Israeli ally. They are not white. Most are not Christian, although Abu Akleh was Christian. The Palestinians doggedly refuse to give up. This makes them as heroic, maybe more heroic, than Ukrainian fighters. We are on the wrong side of history in Israel. Abu Akleh’s blood is on our hands.
Who watches the watchers?
With automated systems already trained on inaccurate data—Russia as the trial ground—“publisher classification” systems for analyzing, reporting, targeting and removing dissenting voices, accounts and publications set a dangerous precedent for tracking and blacklisting voices that challenge Canadian foreign policy online with accusations of “fake news.”
Government, media double down on ‘Big Lies’ to shake down tech firms
The newly introduced Bill C-18 (otherwise known as the Online News Act), will force digital platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay publishers in Canada for posting links to their content. Yet, upon closer inspection, this legislation has been built on a carefully-crafted bed of deception which keeps getting bigger and bigger, writes journalism researcher and author Marc Edge.
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