There's a lot to learn from what politicians and journalists can and can't tell us, their lowly constituents and readers. We read between the lines of the news coverage of the SNC-Lavalin scandal with BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod. Then, Macleans columnist Anne Kingston helps translate politicians' passive-aggressive, condescending, or coded messages, passed to us through resignation letters, speeches, and even Twitter likes.
February 17, 2019
How The Kielburgers Handle The Press
A history of aggressive responses to criticism
November 19, 2018
By Jaren Kerr
#247 The Weed Beat
Next week, recreational weed will become legal across Canada. In anticipation, mainstream media has begun taking cannabis coverage seriously. Overnight, nearly every major outlet across the country has hired full-time reporters to cover it — but before we celebrate industry growth, how sustainable is this beat?
October 8, 2018
#223 The Misery Beat
Guest host Omar Mouallem speaks with the Globe and Mail’s Jana Pruden about her unique work as a crime reporter.
In an age of sensationalized true crime podcasts and Netflix docudramas—and with no end in sight—can long form crime reporting reach beyond morbid fascination?
For those journalists who cover crime, what are their responsibilities as reporters interviewing the accused? How do they know if they’re being used by calculated manipulators, and if they are, should they still report it?
You can read Jana’s story, Fear On The Family Farm here.
March 19, 2018
#153 Paikin Care Of Business
Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie: why must the news media disrespect and blame dead Indigenous kids? And the allegation against Steve Paikin: hmmm...
February 7, 2018
#148 We March On Loblaws At Dawn
Canadian grocery store billionaires duped us for 14 years — Vive la gift card!
January 4, 2018
#145 News From The Upside Down
The Globe and Mail expands into less, alt-right women are tired of the misogyny of alt-right men and a prominent Canadian liberal looks awfully silly on Fox News.
December 7, 2017
#141 Team Kill Rich People
CBC's The National re-launches, powerful Canadians get caught up in the latest financial leak and a racial confrontation at a Halifax concert becomes international news.
November 8, 2017
Tabatha Southey Heads To Maclean’s, Opens Up About The Globe
"I was a freelancer, and making fun of Margaret Wente on Twitter is a national pastime, so it was a bit like being told, 'Sure, you can work for us...
October 24, 2017
By Jonathan Goldsbie
#137 Sour Gas, Racist Soap
A sour note on a huge investigation into sour gas, coverage of the Liberals' tax plan and the sneaky way CBC journalists can criticize the CBC.