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#135 It’s Important To Kick These People When They’re Down
Some unsolicited advice for This American Life. And the Globe and Mail launches a project to teach kids about media manipulation... through media manipulation.
September 27, 2017

This American Life’s lead story this week was about the Proud Boys, a group started by VICE co-founder and former Rebel personality Gavin McInnes. They ponder whether McInness is actually racist. We help them find the answer. Read more about that here.

The Globe and Mail has teamed up with the We organisation to teach media literacy to kids. They could begin by unpacking their relationship with the Kielburgers, the powerful family who they not only partnered with, but also publish and cover.

Freelancer David Berry co-hosts.

CLARIFICATION: in this episode Jesse describes Gavin McInnes’ comments regarding the Holodomor genocide as false and inaccurate. He was referring specifically to McInnes’ assertion that Jews were responsible for the Holodomor, and was in no way was contesting or denying the existence of the Holodomor itself.

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