Justin Trudeau failed three times in the last week to say he believes in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee of Freedom of Expression for every Canadian.
With France reeling from terrorist attacks brought about by Islamist extremists supposedly provoked by showing images of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, Quebec-based reporters asked Trudeau about the issue three times. Once before the attack in Nice on Thursday and twice afterward.
On all three occasions, Trudeau failed to give a full-throated defence on freedom of speech, freedom of expression or any variation thereof.
“…We will always defend freedom of expression, but everyone must act respectfully towards others and not try to needlessly or arbitrarily hurt someone we share this planet and society with.” – Brian Lilley, The Sun
We assume we’re immune to the forces now threatening the American experiment. We shouldn’t. – Aaron Wherry, CBC News
In the history of Motown Records, there are more than a few connections to Canada – and that’s leaving aside the fact that it’s just across the Detroit River.
Singer/songwriter R. Dean Taylor was born in Toronto. Members of Bobby Taylor’s Vancouvers (there’s a giveaway) came from Edmonton, including Tommy Chong. Writer/producer Tom Baird was from Vancouver. Then there’s the time that Rick James spent in Toronto, avoiding the U.S. draft and hanging with local musicians who later comprised the Mynah Birds. Later still, Canadian-born Vanity, Remy Shand and Corneille recorded for Motown. For a while, the company even ran its own subsidiary there, opened in 1974 in Toronto and managed by Ron Newman, dubbed “Captain Fun” by colleagues, and known for an ability to consume liquor while standing on his head.
Still, the single most important Canadian for Motown was a woman not in its employ, but whose position and influence were responsible for the sales of millions of its records – on both sides of the border – during the late 1960s and through the ’70s. Rosalie Trombley was her name. – Adam White
If you’d never paid much attention to sports in Edmonton and never heard of Joey Moss, you’d have found what happened in the first 24 hours after the death of the famed member of both the NHL Oilers and the EE football team to have been staggering beyond belief even to those of us who have chronicled the inspiration impact of the character with Down syndrome for decades. – Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun
Our Back Pages: Boom 97.3 presents–The First Time: Candi of Candi & The Backbeat
Candi remembers The First Time she heard the song on the radio because she couldn’t say anything and it was driving her nuts! Of all the places to be when that “special moment” happens, this spot was not the most ideal location.
And here’s the song, Dancing Under A Latin Moon released by I.R.S. Records in 1989
100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same
Only 100 people were listening, but the first broadcast from a licensed radio station occurred at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920. It was Pittsburgh’s KDKA, and the station was broadcasting the results of that year’s presidential election.
When the man responsible, Frank Conrad, flipped the switch for the first time, he couldn’t have envisioned just how profoundly broadcast media would transform political life. – The Conversation (via Warren Cosford)
The electronics on the poster manipulate the FM signals to encode new audio or data as they’re being reflected, without interrupting the original radio broadcasts, which is a violation of FCC regulations. The bounced and modified FM signals coming from the poster actually occupy a nearby, but unused, portion of the FM radio band, so the original broadcasts can still be heard. – Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo
Frontier Media in February 2017 became the first licensee of a radio station in the U.S. to be 100% foreign-owned. At the time, there was zero opposition to the request, which the FCC granted. Now, Richard Burns is the proud — and successful — the owner of stations in Alaska and along the Texas/Arkansas border.
What’s this Australian’s perspective on ownership, especially given the much-different atmosphere seen today in locales such as Juneau, Alaska, compared to then?
Learn more about how Burns’ ownership of radio stations is “a dream come true” by listening now to this audio podcast report! – Adam Jacobson, Radio + Television News Report
If Canada decides to follow the U.S.’s lead on Section 230, Canada would have to consider the FCC taking a more restrictive view of Section 230’s safe harbour protections that would align itself with Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ view that online content providers and platforms should be treated as publishers given their apparent role in internet censorship of fake news.
In his statement in “Malware Bytes vs. Enigma Software,” Thomas indicated his interest in veering to an interpretation of Section 230 that the provider of online content would be considered a publisher, making it liable for that content, as opposed to being a platform or a neutral content provider. – Daniel Tsai, The Star
Remote interviews are a fact of life for every podcaster, and in today’s era of social distancing, more so than ever. Since you rarely get the chance at an interview do-over, nailing down your remote recording workflow is essential. Descript’s digital platform explains how to prepare for and record a remote interview, so you get it right the first time — with some additional tips along the way to make sure all your bases are covered. – Descript.com
There has been talk about killing the filibuster, to pass just about anything with a simple majority, and talk about enlarging the Senate by adding more states, presumably to enable one side to hold a permanent majority. Also on the agenda has been adding more members to the Supreme Court to turn it into a branch of legislative government, eliminating America’s historic system of checks and balances. There are also plans to raise taxes on everyone (remember, “You can keep your healthcare”?), abolish fossil fuels and fracking, and establish a Marxist-socialist economy of redistribution to replace a free economy. – Guy Millière, Gatestone Institute
Journalists from around the world are reporting on the 2020 Presidential race—and offering perspectives not found in American media coverage. – The New Yorker YouTube channel
Cable news ratings in the US exploded in October across Fox News, CNN and MSNBC as all three networks saw record numbers for the month, with Fox News having the highest-rated month in cable news history, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Fox News led the way with a whopping 4.9 million total viewers in prime time, the highest number in the history of cable news dating back 40 years. MSNBC was second with 2.7 million viewers, followed by CNN with 2.4 million. – The Hill
Below, a snapshot of a single day sweep from Tuesday, Oct. 27
Covid-19 has been the third major disruption to globalisation within the past twelve years. The pandemic will not kill globalisation off, but it will deepen the cracks. Read more here: – The Economist
The covid-19 pandemic is set to increase public debt to levels last seen after the second world war. But is rising public debt a cause for concern? New economic thinking suggests perhaps not, at least for now. Further reading: Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here.
Jeff Bezos is not only the richest man in the world, he has built a business that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism. His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is unrivaled. As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world. –PBS
Nielsen is addressing an ongoing issue of how to measure listening that takes place via headphones or earbuds.
The research company conducted a study of around 1,700-meter carriers in PPM markets to determine how much listening takes place via headphones or earbuds.
Based on their findings, the geniuses behind the fortunes for thousands of broadcasters have decided that all online streaming, app, and smart speaker listening will receive a headphone bonus of 50-70%.
That’s right. They’re guessing (based on their survey) that this will more accurately reflect actual listening through headphones. –Tracy Johnson Media Group
As first reported by Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink, Nielsen Audio starting in 2021 will no longer include non-subscribing radio stations in the ratings reports most commonly used by advertising agencies and media buyers.
For Nielsen Audio, its “Subscriber First” initiative comes as financially wounded Nielsen prepares to split into two companies; its ratings services, including Nielsen Audio, have been the bright spot financially, however, generating much of the profits for the nation’s dominant audience measurement firm. – Adam Jacobson, Radio & Television News Report
Once confident in their wisdom as a profession, many economists today admit they are trying desperately to understand the workings of a globalized system they now realize they never really grasped very well. The so-called experts have been continually surprised by the ways in which a tightly knit, fast-paced world economy can produce panics, financial collapses, socially disrupting inequality, a still-mysterious low-interest-rate environment, and, now, a sudden pandemic that has caused continentwide shutdowns. Most of the old models are broken. But there’s little there to replace them. – Michael Hirsch, The Economist
Working in the media but not in 'the media' – Western Producer
Given the lack of civility, better to call it antisocial media – ObserverXtra
Accountability | The media is not the church's enemy – National Catholic Reporter
As the U.S. bishops gathered last month for their first-ever virtual meeting, there was one thing that wasn’t all that different: Several prelates pulled out the tired trope of blaming the media for all that’s wrong with the church and the world.
During the church leaders’ brief, public discussion about the McCarrick report — concerning the former cardinal’s rise in the hierarchy despite a history of sexual assault — there was plenty of talk about sins (McCarrick’s) and fasting and prayer as reparations (the bishops’).
But Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, got right to what he saw as the crux of the matter with a defense of the person upon whom the report places most of the blame: Pope John Paul II.
“What I think is unfortunate, though, is the media reports that have come out that have tried to paint St. John Paul II as somehow culpable for all this,” Paprocki said.
The Vatican report details how the late pope and now saint, despite warnings from advisers on both sides of the Atlantic, approved then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s move to Washington D.C., and then later made him a cardinal.
But Paprocki cited footnotes in the report that, in his mind, absolved his hero of having turned a blind eye to the fact that McCarrick shared a bed with seminarians — noting that his evidence was “contrary to the allegations in the media.”
Paprocki suggested that the media “understandably perhaps” missed those footnotes because they read only the executive summary, rather than the full 400-plus-page report.
For the record: Although Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee’s initial reporting for NCR drew only on the executive summary, provided to media an hour before the report’s wider release, McElwee’s second-day story, which detailed John Paul II’s complicity, was based on careful reading of the entire report.
Bishop Michael Pfeifer, emeritus of San Angelo, Texas, also expressed concern that “our lay people … pick up more from the secular media than from the church.” He urged fellow bishops to issue a statement from the meeting, “humbly admitting mistakes were made,” but the conference’s president, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, did not take him up on that idea.
Also taking a swipe at the media was the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who included the “press” as among those contributing to a “genuine crisis of authority” in his address to the conference.
“There is a lack of authority on the part of those who pretend to exercise power; a lack of trust and belief in those who are supposed to have authority, namely those in leadership; and manipulation by the press, which, at times, cares little for the truth but which erodes the confidence and trust of the people in the authority of the press,” Pierre said. “No one seems to be offering real values or solutions to bring about healing. These factors have created the crisis in both society and the church.”
It’s true that there are so-called media outlets masquerading as legitimate news organizations in the church (I’m talking to you, LifeSiteNews), but these general indictments of “the media” by bishops sadly echo a certain soon-to-be-ex-president, who specialized in yelling “Fake news!” whenever the news was bad.
The bishops, collectively at least, also have a history of blaming the media, most notably when journalists uncovered sexual abuse of children and the related coverup by bishops. At the time, the prelates hurled accusations of anti-Catholicism at reporters who were actually doing the church a favor by exposing its weaknesses.
Today, most bishops know to avoid such blatant deflection, and they publicly call for “accountability” and “transparency.” Some bishops at the November virtual meeting called for more sunshine, rather than less.
Bishop William Wack of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, noted that he is “amazed at the autonomy we have … that we are really beholden to no one.”
While Wack called for fraternal correction among brother bishops, the media, too, can play a role in holding leadership accountable and providing transparency. It’s why the media is historically referred to as the “fourth estate” for its role in keeping government accountable. Catholic media, especially independent sources like NCR, have long played a similar role in keeping the church accountable.
For example, it was NCR and other secular media that first alerted everyday church-goers to sexual predators in the priesthood — when the leadership was more interested in quashing that information. Media stories have uncovered the coverup of sexual abuse, shed light on financial improprieties and exposed hidden money in church organizations.
But too often church leaders think the media — perhaps especially Catholic media — should be acting as public relations promoters for the church. Several bishops at the November meeting expressed a desire to “make sure people know about” the positive moves by church leadership to address sex abuse, as Newark, New Jersey, Cardinal Joseph Tobin put it. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich also hoped that “word will get out there that we are on the side of the victims.”
Yes, media outlets need to tell the whole truth, the good news as well as the bad. But as professional journalists, we also have to respect news values in our coverage, and often that involves some sort of conflict. As I used to tell my journalism students that everyone getting along is nice, but it’s not news.
In his comments calling for transparency, Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Missouri, may have inadvertently promoted the work of journalists.
“We as a church need to use all the resources that are available to us, and in many instances that will be found in lay people, who are skilled and qualified in investigating these kinds of accusations and helping us evaluate the facts,” he said.
Exactly. The media are not the enemy. We are professionals, trying to do our jobs, in the service of the truth.
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