Journalism

Sometimes, public relations is more journalistic than "journalism.

The best journalism is a kind of advocacy

I’ve been interested in hearing more about a case of a Prince Edward Island writer and journalist who was ejected from the Press Gallery for being an advocate. Wow. I have lots of thoughts about this. Most saliently I believe that journalists are advocates…

A car in a flood in 1927 in Mississippi

The context is climate change

Journalists claim that it’s their duty to give context to important events. The floods in Alberta are important. The context is climate change, but the press is strangely absent…

Andrew Coyne with the National Post

Andrew Coyne: instance of racism #3

This is my third exploration of racism in the writings of Andrew Coyne, while writing for Postmedia News. Today’s argument will focus on the discourse of denial…

Andrew Coyne wears a tie

Andrew Coyne: instance of racism #2

This is my second exploration of racism in the writings of Andrew Coyne with Postmedia News. This argument will refer to three articles written by Coyne in January…

cropped image of Martin Luther King at the podium with poster in the background

Andrew Coyne: instance of racism #1

This is my first argument toward the conclusion that journalist Andrew Coyne made claims that were racist. The remarks by Coyne that I will focus on for today’s argument were…

These generals were probably racist too

Andrew Coyne dismisses multiple allegations of racist writing

A little while ago I posted a review of several journalists’ positions on the Idle No Moremovement. With the exception of Ibbitson, all of the journalists I reviewed positioned themselves as experts and went on to express views in ways that displayed a lack of good judgement…

connect the dots on the world map

The social relevance of journalism

There is an old idea that journalism has an important role in democracy. I kind of believe this. But the problem is that the view of journalism subscribed to by the old guard, is shrinking the role of journalism in our democracies…

An illustration of Edward Cornwallis looking very pleased with himself.

Dinosaur journalists and Idle No More

I challenge white journalists to tell us how much they think they know about about the history and relationship between settlers and Indigenous people. Judging by their recent strong opinions about First Nations governance, Indigenous land rights, the Idle No More movement, Attawapiskat, and Chief Spence, they are all experts…

How not to disagree on Twitter

The veil is “hideous”, “odious”

This is my sixth post in my series on Dan Gardner’s article about the Muslim veil. I want to reflect on the language of hate, and on having successful public disagreement via Twitter…

"Journalism is the business of influence.

Globe & Mail, the Conservatives, and the right wing

Today’s argument takes the form of reductio ad absurdum. Premise 1: Canada’s newspaper of record would only endorse a centrist political party. Premise 2: The Globe & Mail is Canada’s newspaper of record…

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