The pandemic could be an "extinction event" for American newspapers and so their publishers want their own government bailout. Meanwhile Canadian papers want money from Google and Facebook, too.
May 31, 2020
#261 Billionaire Welfare Slackers
When police searched journalists’ offices in the Alberta legislature, we wondered how government reporters were faring in the age of COVID-19. And after securing millions from the federal government, Canada’s big newspaper chains are finding new ways to ask for more money.
May 6, 2020
#259 Our Press Can’t Handle The Nova Scotia Shooting
The confluence of the pandemic, reliance on police for information, and slashed newsroom budgets means that reporting on the Nova Scotia shooting was all but doomed from the start. And a tweak to government media subsidies makes more organizations eligible for the funding.
April 22, 2020
#225 – Barbaric Caucasian Practices Hotline
Is it time to start reporting the strange behaviour of young white men? Why do we still have columnists? And a study of Canadian media consumption shows that the real threat to media literacy is Canadian media consumption.
August 8, 2019
#223 Jessica Yaniv, Transphobic Fever Dream
From Canadian news sites to InfoWars, a BC trans woman has become a fixation of conservative media. And new details emerge from the national media bailout that exclude -- surprise! -- nearly anyone who isn't a newspaper.
July 24, 2019
#273 The Media Baron Dinner Party Where The News Bailout Was Born
Former CBC exec Richard Stursberg tells Jesse all about it.
April 14, 2019
#205 Scheer And Loathing
Andrew Scheer’s first statement about the terrorist attack by a white supremacist in New Zealand failed to mention a few things... like Muslims and white supremacy. Also, the federal budget was announced and so were the details of that controversial media bailout.
March 21, 2019
#198 The Criminals We Deserve
What's with our ongoing fascination with serial killers? What do we lose when Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to his charges? What does all this say about Canadian society? Plus, Jesse reveals the details of a top-secret media bailout meeting.
January 30, 2019
#190 Is It Time To Pull The Plug On Legacy Media?
Will federal media subsidies save a dying industry or merely protract the inevitable? And how did the Anglophone press react to the Ford government’s Francophone cuts?