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Media Watch blog

Media Watch aims to shine a light on a wide range of media, providing a survey of different news and views from global media, as well as exposing uninformed editorials and inaccurate reporting.

Blog - Media Watch blog August 15
Newspapers on newsstand. Photo: greenzowie/flickr
Nick Fillmore | The creation of even one sustainable, independent newspaper project anywhere in Canada would be a huge, unprecedented accomplishment.
Blog - Media Watch blog July 11
Nick Fillmore | A new report asking the federal government for $350 million to prop up Canada's newspapers is out of step with the times.
Blog - Media Watch blog June 27
Nick Fillmore | The Trudeau government is taking an important first step forward from the cynical Harper era. During the months and years ahead we will hopefully witness the rebuilding of the CBC.
Blog - Media Watch blog January 27
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Nick Fillmore | In his new report, Greenspon has the nerve to write that Canada needs mainstream media to protect democracy. Who endorsed Stephen Harper for a fifth term again?
Blog - Media Watch blog September 26
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Sophia Reuss | Canadian media needs to dispense with false ideas of "objectivity" when it comes to colonized peoples -- and all systems of oppression -- and practice solidarity instead.
Blog - Media Watch blog September 7
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Nick Fillmore | Content, not style and not personalities, should be the focus of a re-built post-Mansbridge National.
Blog - Media Watch blog August 18
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Joanna Chiu | Canada likes to imagine itself as a multicultural and diverse society. But its media simply doesn't reflect this belief -- and that's got to change.
Blog - Media Watch blog June 23
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Nick Fillmore | Journalists used to be taught to report not what people say but what they do. What's changed?
Blog - Media Watch blog June 20
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Errol Salamon | The union requires the 57 Herald workers to spend at least 20 hours of their time per week supporting the strike effort to earn strike pay.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 26
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Nick Fillmore | Nick Fillmore recalls some of the great names in North American journalism over the past few decades -- and how the landscaper of corporate media has changed.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 25
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Dalia Thamin | Four of the top 10 best women squash players in the world are Egyptian Muslims -- but such feel-good stories never make the Western press.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 20
Dalia Thamin | The human cost of the recent EgyptAir disappearance over the Mediterrenean gave way to continuous experts' speculations about whether a bomb or cockpit sabotage was the reason for the crash.
Blog - Media Watch blog February 4
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Nick Fillmore | The best solution to our growing news crisis is for governments to provide the financial support needed so that community-based online news sites will be sustainable.
Blog - Media Watch blog February 3
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Nick Fillmore | A flourishing, capable news media is the oxygen of democracy. In Canada, the mainstream corporate-owned newspapers, are dying. We need to come up with something better.
Blog - Media Watch blog November 4
Cathy Edwards, Meg Borthwick | Tomorrow is the deadline for Canadians (that's you) to tell the CRTC how it should update its local and community TV policy. TV? Who watches TV anymore?
Blog - Media Watch blog September 8
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Michael Lithgow | A national citizen's group has launched an online survey to ask people across Canada what they think about community media, the first of its kind in Canadian history.
Blog - Media Watch blog August 20
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Nick Fillmore | Last week Globe reporter Campbell Clark gave a textbook example of how the mainstream media ignores and marginalizes the public in key debates that are clearly in the public interest.
Blog - Media Watch blog June 19
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Mark Taliano | Why are the masses so quick to believe the lies and deception touted by governments? And then equally quick to take refuge in cynicism when the lies are exposed?
Blog - Media Watch blog April 2
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Laith Marouf | Citizens have a chance to make Independent Community Television a reality in Montreal because it is attempting to free public funds earmarked for Community Television production from Peladeau.
Blog - Media Watch blog March 27
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Mark Taliano | Corporate media's agenda for self-serving interests isn't just awful, it's dangerous because its selective coverage deliberately veils windows to the world that need to be exposed.
Blog - Media Watch blog February 4
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Stig Harvor | To succeed in affecting change, you need to influence the media. Canadian media is increasingly owned and concentrated in the hands of large corporations promoting their own interests.
Blog - Media Watch blog December 4
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Chuk Plante and Aaron Genest | The Facebook like is emerging as a new form of political in donation in Canada. But what does this action truly cost and mean?
Blog - Media Watch blog October 28
rabble staff | Today the Broadbent Institute launches a new blog featuring daily political news and analysis: Press progress.
Blog - Media Watch blog September 3
Andrea Germanos | Secretary of State John Kerry continued to push for military force against Syria on Sunday, appearing on a series of talk shows and saying he is sure Congress will support the use of air strikes.
Blog - Media Watch blog August 27
Jon Queally | There's barely a whiff of the skepticism one would expect after the colossal -- and well-documented -- media failure that preceded the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Blog - Media Watch blog August 8
rabble staff | The CRTC has rejected the application from Sun News for mandatory carriage on cable television, a major blow to the struggling right-wing network.
Blog - Media Watch blog July 19
various | The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 21
Nick Fillmore | The global warming deniers are at it again, and it is high time that the environmental movement launched an organized campaign to expose these scientific community charlatans.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 21
Times Square ticker in NYC reports on Nigel Wright's resignation.
rabble staff | The resignation of Stephen Harper's Chief-of-Staff Nigel Wright, and the growing Senate expense scandal, has made worldwide headlines this long weekend.
Blog - Media Watch blog May 14
rabble staff | There's one big editorial endorsement missing. The Vancouver Sun editorial board has -- in an unusual move for them -- declined to issue an election editorial.