The fake news controversy isn’t really new

News reporting has always been susceptible to allegations of spin and slant, cherry-picking and calculation

The fake news controversy isn’t really newIt’s been a defining characteristic of 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump claims that all negative stories are fake news. The media indignantly responds by casting themselves as pursuers of nothing but the truth. They are, in their view, shining light in the darkness. Then, as with CNN and ABC News last week, the media egregiously…

Is there really bias in the news media?

Don’t expect objectivity from newspaper and television news, which tend to lean left

Is there really bias in the news media?A recent Gallup poll in the United States revealed that while 62 per cent of Democratic Party voters trusted the media, only 14 per cent of Republicans believed the media regularly got the facts straight. Is there really bias in the news and public affairs media? Is the Pope Catholic? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist?…

Break free from the digital echo chamber shaping your perspective

Only by broadening our perspectives and asking questions can we understand the world and its diverse people

Break free from the digital echo chamber shaping your perspectiveIn his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (writing at a time when “man” meant “a person”) tells us, “There are two races of men in the world, but only these two – the ‘race’ of decent men and the ‘race’ of indecent men. … No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people.”…

The Internet’s progeny undermining democracy’s foundations

Here’s what happens when Facebook and Twitter are permitted to cheerfully provide a platform for hatred and lies

The Internet’s progeny undermining democracy’s foundationsNewspapers are no longer very relevant politically, with a few exceptions. Sure, the Toronto Star uncovered that Mayor Rob Ford used crack. And, yes, the New York Times and the Washington Post have done exemplary work exposing the venality and the criminality of the Trump administration. But, in recent years, the roles daily newspapers played in the body politic – helping…

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air quality

The environmental activist's reflexive accusations reveal a poor understanding of the data

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air qualityBy Kenneth Green Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute David Suzuki is misrepresenting Canada's environmental record again. In a recent opinion piece, the longtime broadcaster, scientist and environmental activist tells Canadians that their nation is a world laggard in environmental protection. “Canada ranks 25th among rich countries on children’s well-being, in part because…

There is little that is new about fake news

Once upon a time, a news story wasn't news until a legitimate news outlet carried it. Now, if it’s on somebody’s Twitter feed it’s a news story

There is little that is new about fake newsThe U.S. news media tells us the world is awash in fake news. Democrats blame it for the defeat of their candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the U.S. presidential elections. President Donald Trump rails against “fake news” from the “dishonest media,” singling out CNN. Facebook and Google, both of whom have been accused of being particularly…

The press is losing touch with the real world – and its audience

The line between editorial and opinion has disappeared, carried away by crusaders who see reporting as a calling to advance causes, not facts

The press is losing touch with the real world – and its audienceThe new year has begun in much the same way 2016 expired: in a debate about news and fake news. The current cause célèbre is the CIA claim of Russian hacking to influence the U.S. election last fall. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says it’s all codswallop. Donald Trump says whatever comes into his head. At the crux of…

Embracing the new reality, ‘fake news’ style

The truth, the whole truth and … oh, what the hell, if you can't beat the Trump legions, you might as well join them and tell lies

Embracing the new reality, ‘fake news’ styleI hate to upset my progressive friends, but here’s the truth about the “fake news” that all of the media have been talking about since un-President Donald Trump ‘won’ by getting almost three million fewer votes than his sane, competent and qualified opponent in November: Fake news isn't news. We've always had fake news. There.…