Media News Digest: Bad week for CBC, Russell Peters, Pepsi and the Surrey Leader

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  • Ed The Sock helped announce some new network called FU Network, which is being billed as the spiritual successor to MuchMusic. It looks like it will be a streaming channel (maybe just a YouTube channel?) and Ed The Sock’s live show (see an example here) will be part of it, but other shows are also planned, depending how much money they can raise. (UPDATE: The YouTube video has been pulled, apparently because Bell Media is using its legal muscle to put a stop to this use of the MuchMusic brand.)
  • A video by Pepsi featuring Kendall Jenner was removed from YouTube and apologized for after people reacted very negatively to its message that a celebrity with a can of pepsi is all that’s needed to end police violence. This piece breaks down all the things wrong with it.

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6 thoughts on “Media News Digest: Bad week for CBC, Russell Peters, Pepsi and the Surrey Leader

  1. Bruce

    RIP Neil Macrae. Used to listen to him do sports broadcasting on the radio in Vancouver during the 80’s and 90’s. Lively and entertaining. Enjoyed his wit as well as his sometimes biting commentary.

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  2. Marc

    Radio-Canada’s Isabelle Richer had to eat some crow on Wednesday, apologizing for getting dramatically wrong a story about SQ leaders being away from their posts at the height of the Highway 13 snowstorm debacle

    So she acknowledged her story was fake news?

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      So she acknowledged her story was fake news?

      No. Fake news is intentionally fabricated information posted to websites designed to look like professional news outlets in order to generate clicks. Richer just got the story wrong and apologized for it.

      Apologies and corrections are a good way to distinguish reliable news outlets from unreliable ones.

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      1. Marc

        Alright, let’s go back to 2003 when the NY Times was pounding out one editorial after another extolling the virtues of going to war in Iraq. Their argument was a cut & paste of the Bush administration’s view that it was necessary because Saddam had them aluminum tubes and yellowcakes.

        Of course, Saddam never had any such weaponry. No retraction was ever given.

        Therefore, the so-called newspaper of record was publishing fake news.

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          Therefore, the so-called newspaper of record was publishing fake news.

          Again, you are either intentionally misrepresenting what fake news means, or you have a different definition than the people who coined the term.

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          1. Marc

            OK let’s go to present day and check out the coverage of Trump blasting Syria. You can be sure today’s bomb drop will be covered in the same way.

            Jeremy Scahill does the best job of tearing apart the one-dimensional coverage from all outlets. Only one opinion is tolerated.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfLx1nSLfQ

            You see why they’re all being blasted as fake news? How can all these sources have the identical editorial line? This is why they aren’t taken seriously anymore.

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