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Ontario Proud and Prejudice

December 12, 2018

Did Canada make the right call by arresting Huawei’s CFO? Or was it the perfect time for a little “creative incompetence.” And new details about Ontario Proud’s "grassroots," people powered funding reveal the people are mostly corporations. 

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Justin Trudeau’s [Redacted] Trip To India

December 6, 2018

What does the heavily redacted – er, revised – federal report on Trudeau’s trip to India tell us about the internal machinations of the government? And what does a Supreme Court ruling about journalists’ sources mean for the profession?

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Is It Time To Pull The Plug On Legacy Media?

November 28, 2018

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?

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The Media’s The Problem

November 22, 2018

Despite bringing the horrifying events at a private school in Toronto to the attention of police, the media have been getting some backlash from parents. A CBC columnist dared to call out the CBC on its Facebook practices, and Jesse makes some connections on the CANADALAND conspiracy cork board.

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The Paunch Resistance

November 14, 2018

The most controversial Maclean's cover in years, Ontario Proud's leaked fundraising documents, and Justin Trudeau becomes the latest champion of the free press.

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Member Of Parliament

November 7, 2018

Debunking the Munk Debates, Tony Clement's sordid social media habits, and Ontario Proud goes national.

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Hate Isn’t The Problem

November 1, 2018

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the deadliest instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. Is the kind of rhetoric that motivated the shooter here in Canada? And what's with the CBC giving investment advice for the decimation of the Amazon rainforest?

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Our Friend With A Bone Saw

October 24, 2018

Despite mounting human rights violations and the seemingly state-sanctioned murder of a journalist, Canada continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Plus, how are municipal elections in Canada supposed to compete with period pieces?

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The Toronto Sun Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

October 17, 2018

The entirely credible reports of a Toronto Sun "investigative columnist" ritually sacrificing scapegoats, and the pivotal role Facebook played in the creation of video at the expense of news.

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It All Comes Down To Weed And Wrestling

October 11, 2018

The miraculous refinery explosion in New Brunswick, Faith Goldy tricks the press again, and the changing landscape of cannabis coverage.

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Why Mr. T Can’t Teach Math In Quebec

October 3, 2018

What does the election of a right-leaning populist party in Quebec mean for the future of the province? And how do you pronounce USMCA? It sounds a lot like NAFTA.

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Crown Fetish

September 27, 2018

Exploring Maxime Bernier's ties to the Koch Brothers, Andrew Coyne's love for the monarchy, and proof, if you needed it, that Jordan Peterson is full of shit.

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Nice Work, Twitter Mob!

September 19, 2018

A series of essays by men accused of sexual misconduct, in which they attempt to defend themselves, have appeared in the press lately. Jesse and co-host Anne Kingston tackle that essay in the New York Review of Books, as well as the publisher of Harper's performance on the CBC.

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Last Man Notwithstanding

September 12, 2018

A look at how the Ford government's notwithstanding invocation has been covered by the press, as well as a look at the spurious media diet of the alleged Fredericton shooter.

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How Not To Interview Faith Goldy

September 6, 2018

Jesse talks to Graeme Gordon about his controversial interview with former Rebel personality, current Toronto mayoral candidate, and avowed white supremacist Faith Goldy. Plus Trump's "off the record" drama with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale.

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The Dumb Fight Ahead

August 23, 2018

Maxime Bernier fights diversity, then fights journalism. Justin Trudeau yells at a racist. Andrew Scheer wants you to know some people sometimes say something... or something. And a dumb debate ensues after a protestor assaults a Sun photographer.

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The House Of Sad

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia leads the charge in exposing the human rights violations of Jordan Peterson, Alex Jones becomes the latest casualty in the Info Wars, and a review of Doug Ford's foray into the news business.

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Conspiracy And Speculation In The Danforth Shooting

July 25, 2018

The mass shooting in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood quickly headed into dangerous conspiracy territory. And should members of government be forced to endure Twitter trolls?

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Tackling The History Of Slavery, Québécois Style!

July 12, 2018

What's Wrong With White People Pretending To Be Musical Black Slaves? Answer: Everything. And the 18 year old story of the then goateed dude-bro, now prime minister, copping a feel at a west-coast beer fest that we don't to talk about. Ever. again.

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The Aesthetics Of Rigour

June 27, 2018

Why should you trust the press when politicians have Twitter? And we read the Steven Galloway "article" in Quillette so you don't have to; turns out there may have been a slight conflict of interest.

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Be Like The Lamb That Jumps For The Knife

June 20, 2018

Rogers Media's questionable new approach to publishing (hint: there's just less of it), Scaachi Koul's journey into the heart of Rebel darkness, and Jesse's failed fortune cookie writing gig.

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A He Said That She Said Story

June 13, 2018

Why is no one in Canada reporting on that Justin Trudeau groping allegation? How does The Globe & Mail go from publishing one of the most important pieces of journalism about sexual assault in recent years to publishing an alleged sexual assailant's version of events? And what can we learn from the New York Magazine profile of everyone's favourite hipster Ponzi scheme, VICE?

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Doug Life

June 6, 2018

We have reached peak batshit in the Ontario election. Ford suing Ford, octogenarians in "physical altercations" with seventh-graders while illegally campaigning at schools, loopy NDP candidates – and that's just this week.  And no one, NO ONE, can believe that Trump is following through on his campaign promise to dissolve NAFTA. 

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The Devil Wears Pravda

May 30, 2018

Never mind a Tesla in every Mars driveway, Elon Musk is going to save journalism, one truth at a time. The Toronto Sun has found Hitler's body – or his ghost, anyway. The NDP have it. And a far-right group muscled its way into VICE's Montréal office.

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Daft Munk

May 23, 2018

Keeping the "debate" out of the Munk Debates, getting the best Canadian coverage from American press, and serving Anthony Bourdain the unpalatable best of Canadian media. 

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Stephen Harper Would Like Some Attention

May 16, 2018

AMBER ALERTS. Stephen Harper's back! MP Christine Moore's ongoing public ordeal, and Doug Ford has found some standards (apparently). 

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Doug Ford’s Magical World Of Make-Believe

May 9, 2018

An update on our investigation into possible bias at Ford Nation Live, a look at the ivory tower's imperative to let absolutely anyone speak their mind, and Erin Weir's expulsion from the NDP caucus.

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Jokes About Politicians That Don’t Hurt Anyone’s Feelings

May 2, 2018

The Canadian version of the White House Correspondents Dinner will never offend you (because you've never heard of it), new developments in the Steven Paikin allegations, and CBC’s exclusive investigation into a year-old VICE investigation.

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All Eyes On Us

April 26, 2018

Why were some people so determined to label the Toronto van attack as Islamist? How is it that U.S. media are capable of breaking key points of developing Canadian stories before their domestic counterparts? And how do you sift through online signal noise to report accurately in the midst of a high-profile event?

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The Indoctrination Of Alexandre Bissonnette

April 18, 2018

A look at the media diet of Alexandre Bissonnette, charged with the January, 2017 terror attack at a Quebec City mosque that killed six and wounded nineteen, plus Facebook continues its Canadian outreach program.

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Not Paid To Be Classy

April 12, 2018

Media coverage of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a statement from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sets off alarms, and a fond farewell to Rick Mercer.

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Never Underestimate Hatred For Toronto

April 4, 2018

The Toronto Star goes national, the CBC finally has a female president, and Canada's left mourns the loss of one of its most stalwart intellectuals

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Oh, So I’m The Idiot

March 29, 2018

Hot takes! If the CBC runs a picture of you without your consent, do they owe you a column? And why was one Canadian taxpayer-subsidized show available on Netflix everywhere around the world — except in Canada? Courtney Shea co-hosts.

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You Can Beat Me With a Hose

March 21, 2018

Is all of your Facebook data up for sale? What do the Cambridge Analytica revelations mean for Canada? When does journalism cross the line into criminal harassment? And if there hasn’t been any major violence in 20 years, why are we all of a sudden freaking out about Khalistan so much?

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The Conspiracy Provisions

March 14, 2018

Another populist businessman turned politician defeats a more-qualified female candidate. Will the Competition Bureau actually do anything other than raid some offices? And does the CBC hate Sikhs? Kieran Delamont co-hosts. Correction: in the original version of this podcast, Jesse incorrectly referred to the Gerald Stanley trial as “the Boushie trial”, which is especially embarrassing … Continued

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The Haunted Dungeon Of Q

March 7, 2018

Has Tom Power gotten an easy ride? Facebook finds a new way to manipulate the news. And with so many awful people on Twitter, how are they choosing who to ban?

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Rogue Indian Elements

March 1, 2018

Why did CBC News let Justin Trudeau use them like a cheap tool? Why did Patrick Brown quit (this time)? And what’s up with the newspaper bailout plan? Stephen Maher co-hosts.

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Patrick Brown Totally Has Sisters

February 22, 2018

Did CTV actually f**k up its Patrick Brown exposé? Can we reverse engineer his crisis communications PR strategy? When can we talk about anything else?

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Patrick Brown vs His Reputation

February 14, 2018

The Gerald Stanley verdict was a crucial moment – was the media equal to it? Was Patrick Brown set-up by CTV? And why is the newspaper bailout a thing again? Danielle Paradis co-hosts from Edmonton

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Paikin Care Of Business

February 7, 2018

Denise Balkissoon co-hosts. Topics: Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie: why must the news media disrespect and blame dead Indigenous kids? And the allegation against Steve Paikin: hmmm… This episode of CANADALAND is brought to you by PayTM and Hover. 

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You’d Think A Serial Killer Would Be A Bigger Deal

January 25, 2018

"The amount of silence on this was bizarre." With Justin Ling.

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Creeping Sharia, Bitches!

January 17, 2018

On the hijab cutting hate crime that never was and the job of journalists in reporting stories of sexual assault.

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SHORT CUTS – CanLit is Crawling With Creeps

January 11, 2018

Novelist and poet Zoe Whittall joins Jesse to talk creepy professors, racist letters, and predatory men. @zoewhittall

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SHORT CUTS – We March On Loblaws At Dawn

January 4, 2018

Canadian grocery store billionaires duped us for 14 years — Vive la gift card! Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, faces 15 charges including sexual assault and administering a noxious drug. What did media miss in its initial welcome-home coverage? Mayor John Tory and Toronto city staffers cite ‘miscommunication‘ as the reason homeless people were turned away from … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Officially Suspicious: The Sherman Deaths

December 20, 2017

On the suspicious deaths of billionaires and crying white girls.

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Terrible Documentary Silenced by Basic Decency

December 14, 2017

On CBC blunders and small town censorship. Joey Coleman co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – News From The Upside Down

December 7, 2017

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.

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SHORT CUTS – I’ll Kill Your Newspapers If You Kill Mine

November 29, 2017

It's a terrible week for local news, VICELAND is probably over and the Financial Post fans the flames of climate change skepticism.

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SHORT CUTS – Goddamnit, Fine, Let’s Talk About Jordan Peterson

November 22, 2017

We can't avoid it any longer.

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SHORT CUTS – The Erotic Adventures of Bill Morneau

November 15, 2017

Bill Morneau tries to turn down the heat through tales of his spicy past, CBC takes a stand for landlord rights and Jagmeet Singh gets into slam poetry.

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SHORT CUTS – Team Kill Rich People

November 8, 2017

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.

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SHORT CUTS – Weekend With Bernie

November 1, 2017

Canada's weekend with Bernie, Bill Morneau's conflicts of interest and the so-called "Ghomeshi Rules" that could change how the courts deal with sexual assault cases.

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SHORT CUTS – Distorted Sermon, Coercive Mattress

October 25, 2017

Quebec's Bill 62, the dangerous media manipulation of an imam's speech, Dalhousie's free speech controversy and a bizarre mattress saga that people are demanding we respond to.

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SHORT CUTS – Andrew Scheer Does Not Want His Name In Headlines With The Rebel

October 18, 2017

The Conservative Leader doesn't like being asked about his ties to The Rebel. Plus, coverage of Gord Downie's death and freed hostage Joshua Boyle.

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SHORT CUTS – Sour Gas, Racist Soap

October 11, 2017

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.

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SHORT CUTS – Will You Denounce Terry Milewski’s Moustache?

October 5, 2017

Coverage of the Edmonton terror attack, the CBC's bizarre interview with Jagmeet Singh and media reaction to the new CanCon plan.

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SHORT CUTS – It’s Important To Kick These People When They’re Down

September 27, 2017

Some unsolicited advice for This American Life. And the Globe and Mail launches a project to teach kids about media manipulation... through media manipulation.

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SHORT CUTS – The Wab Kinew Situation

September 21, 2017

Indigenous writer and activist turned politician Wab Kinew scored a historic victory last weekend by decisively winning the leadership of the Manitoba NDP. Only days before the election, however, allegations of domestic assault surfaced. A former partner of Kinew filed charges in 2003. Those charges were stayed in 2004. How has the media handled this … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – We Support You, Hostile Idiot!

September 14, 2017

Jagmeet Singh gracefully responded to a racist idiot, which proves he can lead a major political party we guess. Also, racism is totally not a problem anymore, according to the most widely-read columnists in the country.

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SHORT CUTS – Enough About Antifa, Let’s Fight Fascists

September 7, 2017

Post columnists pen truly offensive shit; another media outlet lays off workers; Donald Trump has us all scrambling. Another day, another 81¢ (rounded for inflation). The team of our Commons podcast weighs in.

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SHORT CUTS – Mommy, Where Do Issues Come From?

August 31, 2017

Americans are debating the removal of monuments to problematic historical figures, so I guess we are too. Old folks don’t want to hear sad stories about feelings on their CBC. Young folks do, apparently. And the Globe And Mail is slimming for winter. BuzzFeed Social Media Editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins us.

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SHORT CUTS – Rebel Meltdown

August 16, 2017

Ezra Levant attempts to distance his far right website The Rebel from the alt-right, claiming he's just learned that the movement is for racists. And a long strike at Nova Scotia's largest newspaper ends, as some seriously shitty journalistic practices by replacement workers come to light.

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SHORT CUTS – Arctic DNA

August 10, 2017

Joseph Boyden has emerged from his winter burrow like a collared lemming (it’s an arctic mammal — look it up!) to plug his forthcoming book weigh in again on questions of his Indigenous ancestry. Despite his insistence that his connection to — and friendship with — Indigenous communities should automatically confer some sort of Indigenous … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – MSM on FGM: WTF?

July 27, 2017

The Toronto Star built an entire exposé on female genital mutilation based predominantly around a mid-level civil servant’s email from three years ago. Also, CBC Comedy is so unfunny it’s funny. Or is that the other way around? Either way, a former member of Kellie Leitch’s team has made it his mission to bring it … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Shopping Khadr To Fox News

July 19, 2017

The Conservative Party takes their latest wedge issue to the US media, a Quebec town won't let Muslims bury their dead and Trudeau lays out some hot summer jams. BuzzFeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.

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COMMONS: The Rise of the Right

July 12, 2017

The COMMONS team digs into the rise of far right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin and the Three Percenters.

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SHORT CUTS – Child Soldiers, Proud Boys

July 5, 2017

Politicians and columnists twist Omar Khadr's story, an MP plagiarizes co-host Erica Violet Lee and the press responds to Indigenous activism at Canada150.

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SHORT CUTS – #Mansbridge150

June 29, 2017

The Toronto Star put the final nail in the coffin of Star Touch, its $20-30-million app for a device that most people don’t have or use. And, after praising themselves for its bold innovation, quietly laid off 30 journalists. Meanwhile, Canada gears up this weekend for a celebration of epic proportions: Peter Mansbridge is retiring. And confederation, … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Quote Governor General Unquote

June 22, 2017

Governor General David Johnston issued a mea culpa over his radio interview in which he refers to Indigenous peoples as immigrants. Postmedia did not issue mea culpas for poorly-researched racist screeds in its Vancouver and Toronto outlets. Instead, they continue to rattle the cup in front of the federal government for bailout money. Finally, the National Post … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Out Of (Teen) Vogue

June 15, 2017

Breitbart News has convinced concerned Christian families that Ontario’s new child protection laws will bring forth a queer totalitarian state, where parents who oppose their children’s gender identity, will have them forcibly removed from their homes. After tweeting about almost being published in Teen Vogue on June 2, Toronto-based freelance writer, Roslyn Talusan’s call-out of the magazine … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Imagine If Your Daughter Was Eaten By Otters

June 8, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stands up to the sole remaining global superpower like a newborn kitten taking on Galactus. Somewhere between 10 and 5,000 freedom-loving citizens descend on Parliament Hill to rail against Trudeau, refugees, Islam, you name it. Of course, close to 10,000 attended the most recent pro-marijuana rally, proving that Canadians love pot … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Parkdale Class War!!

June 1, 2017

The Conservatives have a new, dimpled, leader, Nova Scotians have more of the same, and British Columbians have an unprecedented lefty hybrid. How effective was media coverage of these three electoral events? Plus, Toronto Life’s recent tone-deaf spurt of house porn has led to, if not riots in the streets, then at least a whole … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – The “Trust” Committee

May 25, 2017

This week, The Guardian continued its exemplary coverage of Canadian university student unions. Hamilton police arrest two journalists attempting to cover a traffic fatality. And the Toronto Star wants you to trust it. This week’s Short Cuts comes to you from scenic Hamilton and the studios of CFMU. The Public Record‘s Joey Coleman joins Jesse … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Changing Of The Guard

May 18, 2017

Hal Niedzviecki and Jonathan Kay have left their jobs. Steve Ladurantaye’s been shifted to a lesser role at CBC. And no, we’re not finished talking about this yet. Ryan McMahon joins Jesse in Winnipeg to talk appropriation.

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SHORT CUTS – The Hermit Kingdom Of British Columbia

May 11, 2017

British Columbia had an election where everybody won – or at least got an ‘I Participated’ ribbon. Also, Rebel Media wades into the French election like a skunk splashing around a backyard kiddie pool. Finally, black activist and journalist Desmond Cole takes leave from the Toronto Star after the corporation suggests they’d appreciate it if … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Blatch Got Served

May 4, 2017

Is the media complicit in popping Harjit Sajjan’s balloon? Also, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford and her parent company, Postmedia are facing a substantial libel suit. Finally, in the art world, what constitutes cultural appropriation and what’s merely blatant plagiarism? National Magazine Award multiple nominee and May’s CANADALAND guest host Omar Mouallem joins us.

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SHORT CUTS – To Hell With Weed, We Have A Fentanyl Crisis

April 27, 2017

The Prime Minister showed up at Vice to talk about the Liberal government’s marijuana legalization plan, but was blindsided when frontline harm reduction worker Zoe Dodd confronted him on the opioid overdose epidemic going on across the country. Reporters Without Borders released their annual World Press Freedom Index this week. Canada placed 22nd. Two years ago … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Trump V. Milk

April 20, 2017

The scandals continue piling up on B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s administration, yet it doesn’t seem to be getting a ton of press. Maybe that’s because so many of them are now working for her party. Meanwhile, south of the border, President Trump no longer wants to ‘tweak’ NAFTA, but would rather stick it to our cows. Our … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – PariahCast

April 13, 2017

Jian Ghomeshi is back and the nation breathes a collective "Ewww...really?"

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SHORT CUTS – CANADA 150: Here’s Who’s Pissed Off So Far

April 6, 2017

CBC’s miniseries “The Story of Us,” is only two episodes in, but manages to upset literally everyone (except Joseph Boyden). Justin Trudeau endorses CBC’s Canada150 fiasco–and his favourite microbrew, Labatt150. Everyone forgets the Junos were on Sunday and Russell Peters makes a statutory rape joke. The Globe and Mail issues Leah McLaren a gag order, … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Quebec Is Butthurt Again

March 23, 2017

A screed against Quebec’s ‘pathologically alienated and low-trust society’ in Macleans has drawn howls of protest from Quebeckers, including from Premier Philippe Couillard and federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly. But is it wrong? And journalism awards season is upon us. Should we pay attention, or is this a ‘Central Canadian Toronto Media Party Fucking Circle Jerk?’ The National Post’s … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Rebel Media’s Nazi Problem

March 16, 2017

Is Rebel Media’s embrace of free speech leading to rampant anti-semitism and virulent racism? Also,  Atlantic Canadian journalists are coming under fire, and the refugee influx will likely ramp up in the next few months. Macleans Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff joins us.

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SHORT CUTS – CPAC And Chill

March 9, 2017

George Soros, the Koch Brothers, and the Reverse Vampires™ are out to overwhelm you with a barrage of news. Is there a way to discern kernels of truth in this “chaos machine?” Russians are apparently implicating Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minster Chrystia Freeland in regards to familial ties to the Nazi regime. Finally, which pill is … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Kellie Leitch: Tracking Bullshit In From The Barn

March 2, 2017

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch released a video this week that was somewhere between political platform and performance play. Also, Kevin O’Leary continues to draw a paycheque from CNBC while running for the same role. Finally, accusations of plagiarism are now dogging Joseph Boyden. National Observer Associate Editor Sandy Garossino joins Jesse from Vancouver.

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Robyn Doolittle On Breaking The Story Of The Year

February 27, 2017

In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence. Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.

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SHORT CUTS – I’m Done With You On This Topic

February 23, 2017

Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.

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SHORT CUTS – The Triumph Of Joe Trudeau

February 16, 2017

PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.

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SHORT CUTS — How To Exploit A Massacre

February 9, 2017

Rebel Media’s at it again, this time  seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre’s alleged ‘second shooter’ like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go. Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oft-repeated pledge to take in more refugees in light of President Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – I Miss Polite Canadian Racism

February 2, 2017

How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose. Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government’s draconian and likely unconstitutional new immigration policies without, you know, calling them out on it? And why are the alt-right up in … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – Stunts And Manhunts

January 26, 2017

What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV.

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SHORT CUTS — You Cannot Embarrass Us Into Voting Rationally

January 19, 2017

Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Student activists pull the old bait-and-switch on Justin Trudeau. Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign.

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SHORT CUTS — Successful Pile Of Garbage

January 12, 2017

Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump. John Furlong is reinstated as a UBC speaker. Disclosures aren't Jon Kay's strong suit.

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SHORT CUTS — Joseph Boyden: Two Worlds, Two Debates

January 5, 2017

Joseph Boyden is a celebrated, award-winning indigenous novelist - who might not actually be native.

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SHORT CUTS – How To Cry At Work

December 22, 2016

CBC's The Current is providing helpful tips for women to succeed in the workplace, including how not to cry.

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SHORT CUTS – Ezra Issues A Fatwa

December 15, 2016

Journalist Haley Jarmain received death threats at a Rebel rally, and Ezra Levant doesn’t believe her. Should we rethink political journalism in the post-truth era?

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SHORT CUTS – Cuddler Of Democracy

December 8, 2016

Canadian protestors imitate angry Americans, the Liberals get into the online quiz biz and Toronto Life's profile of Star reporter Raveena Aulakh. Danielle Paradis of Metro Edmonton co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – #NotAllTyrants

December 1, 2016

VICE's Justin Ling joins Jesse to talk about Trudeau's praise of Castro, the RCMP's public relations maneuvering and the CBC's proposal to go ad-free.

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SHORT CUTS – CanLit Clusterfuck

November 24, 2016

Co-host Sheila Heti talks about signing, then retracting her name from a letter that's put the CanLit scene in turmoil. And should CBC go ad-free?

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SHORT CUTS – Stop Trying To Make Canadian Trump Happen

November 17, 2016

Writer & journalist Omar Mouallem joins Jesse to talk about Trump copycat Kellie Leitch, racism in Canada, and the RCMP spoonfeeding journalists.

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SHORT CUTS – Hurt Me Right In The Democracy

November 10, 2016

Vice's Justin Ling joins Jesse to talk about the US election, naughty CSIS, and CBC's lukewarm takes.

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SHORT CUTS – Cops Vs. Reporters

November 3, 2016

National Post reporter Ashley Csanady joins Jesse to talk about police surveillance of a journalist and the ongoing government inquiries into the future of media.

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SHORT CUTS – Was Shad Set Up To Fail?

October 27, 2016

Lawyer and freelancer Dee Roderique joins Jesse to talk about the rebrand of CBC Radio's q, the Globe and Mail's coverage of Indigenous men in the justice system and Jesse's polemic in The Guardian.

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SHORT CUTS – The United Nations Vs. Ezra Levant

October 20, 2016

The Rebel is denied press accreditation for the UN climate conference. Rogers' CEO is out. The National Post's Tristin Hopper co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – The Plight Of The Fragile White Man

October 13, 2016

White fragility on the radio and coverage of the government revoking citizenship with VICE Canada's Manisha Krishnan.

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SHORT CUTS – Print Divas And Wankers On The Web

October 6, 2016

Toronto Star's Paul Wells joins Jesse to talk about magazines going digital and journalists leaving Twitter.

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SHORT CUTS – Can’t Compete, Won’t Try: The Shomi Story

September 29, 2016

Freelancer Drew Brown joins Jesse to talk about the death of Shomi, Maryam Monsef's birthplace and Margaret Wente's adventures in Newfoundland.

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SHORT CUTS – Yaaasss Trudeau (Owl Sex)

September 22, 2016

BuzzFeed's Ishmael Daro joins Jesse to talk about Justin's trip to the UN and the latest owl sex controversy in the magazine world.

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SHORT CUTS – A Different Flavour Of Garbage

September 15, 2016

Freelance journalist and former Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan joins Jesse to talk about a cultural death panel and the latest cockamamie scheme in Canadian media.

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SHORT CUTS – The Last Anchorman

September 8, 2016

Media writer Steve Faguy joins Jesse to talk about Peter Mansbridge leaving The National and changes to the rules of how TV is made and paid for.

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SHORT CUTS – Oh God, Fine, Let’s Talk About Israel

September 1, 2016

COMMONS hosts Vicky and Supriya join Jesse to talk about an MP publicly shaming a comedian, Canadian Press's flawed story on extremist literature in Mosques, and yes... Israel.

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SHORT CUTS – Greasy Jungle

August 25, 2016

Author and journalist Stephen Marche joins Jesse to talk about the Tragically Hip's final tour and the Rob Ford crack video.

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SHORTCUTS – The Prime Minister’s Nipples

August 11, 2016

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins Jesse to discuss the Prime Minister's nipples and layoffs at the Toronto Star.

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SHORT CUTS – Gerbils Are Eating Their Young

July 28, 2016

The world is doomed, a comedian is fined for a joke and the Ottawa Citizen tells us white privilege is not a thing.

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SHORT CUTS – Lone Wolf Tenor

July 14, 2016

Freelancer Matt Braga joins Jesse to talk about Pokémon Go and the state of investigative journalism in Canada.

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SHORT CUTS – White Pundits Matter

July 7, 2016

The pundits have been out in full force after Black Lives Matter disrupted the Toronto Pride Parade.

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SHORT CUTS – A Powerful Person Called Me A Boobie

July 1, 2016

Meet Aliya Pabani, the (new) host of The Imposter. Then, Jen Gerson Co-Hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – National Crisis: Strombo Needs Job

June 22, 2016

With serial TV host George Stroumboulopoulos leaving Hockey Night in Canada, Jesse and Ashley discuss Canadian media’s obsession with keeping established stars on air. After the cancellation of her show DNTO, Sook-Yin Lee will be hosting a CBC summer series. And Evan Solomon is moving back to TV after being fired from CBC’s Power and Politics around … Continued

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SHORT CUTS – I Need to Talk Shit About John Ivison

June 16, 2016

Response to Orlando, John Ivison's basless column on Bill C-51 and a split at the National Magazine Awards.

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SHORT CUTS – Suicide, Silence and the Star

June 13, 2016

How the media handled a reporter’s death by suicide, controversy over a VICE documentary and the Chinese Foreign Minister berates a reporter.

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SHORT CUTS – Giant Novelty Spliff

June 1, 2016

Terrifying parents, covering pot laws and political conventions. The National Post's Chris Selley co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – In the Pocket of Big Opera

May 25, 2016

Paul Wells joins Jesse to talk about big opera, Kevin O'Leary and #elbowgate.

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SHORT CUTS – Duly Noted

May 22, 2016

The RCMP’s surveillance of journalists, Postmedia’s plea for government money and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau’s unscripted interview moment. Plus, a new segment. Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – Fort Mac Is Still There

May 11, 2016

Vincent McDermott and Cullen Bird of Fort McMurray Today talk about what the media got right and wrong in covering the wildfire.

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SHORT CUTS – Fort Mac is Gone

May 4, 2016

BuzzFeed Canada's Paul McLeod on the fire in Fort McMurray and VICE's exclusive access to Trudeau's visit to Shoal Lake 40.

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SHORT CUTS – Wente/Duffy/Ghomeshi Fatigue

April 27, 2016

Why Wente, Duffy and Ghomeshi all still matter. Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – Quantum Leap Manifesto

April 20, 2016

Ex-Chronicle Herald columnist Lezlie Lowe talks about quitting the paper over its refugee schoolyard story, Trudeau's quantum computing spiel and how pundits have handled the Leap Manifesto.

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SHORT CUTS – How the CBC Bungled the Panama Papers

April 17, 2016

The CBC messed up the Panama Papers, the Liberals misled us about the Saudi arms deal, the Chronicle Herald stokes fears about refugees and the media looks at the Attawapiskat suicide crisis.

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SHORT CUTS – A Financial Column for Supervillains

April 6, 2016

BuzzFeed's Scaachi Koul and Islamic Monthly's Davide Mastracci on the Panama Papers, Jon Kay's about piece political correctness keeping down the poor and Heather Mallick's latest column on diversity.

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SHORT CUTS – The Ghomeshi Ruling

April 1, 2016

Anne Kingston joins Jesse to talk about the ruling in the Ghomeshi trial.

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SHORT CUTS – Why I Miss Rob Ford

March 25, 2016

Stephen Marche co-hosts on coverage of Rob Ford in life and death, CBC funding and CBC’s pledge to eliminate anonymous comments.

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SHORT CUTS – Lend Me Ten Bucks to Buy a National Newspaper Chain?

March 17, 2016

Jen Gerson on the sale of Postmedia, Toronto Star's publisher stepping down and the big pile of money the CBC's about to get.

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SHORT CUTS – Rap Amnesty for Wab Kinew

March 9, 2016

As Wab Kinew campaigns in Manitoba, the media has seized on his misogynistic rap lyrics from the past. A reporter for The Rebel claims she was doused in pee and the story only gets stupider the closer you look. And have we reached peak Justin Trudeau?

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SHORT CUTS – Trump Refugees Stay Home

March 3, 2016

On Americans threatening to move to Canada, Viceland and why skinny basic is awful.

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SHORT CUTS – LOOKING FOR NON-WHITE NON-MEN

February 24, 2016

About that thing with Scaachi...

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SHORT CUTS – Poondits

February 17, 2016

Music critic Chandler Levack joins Jesse to talk about The Rebel, Canadian coverage of the Grammys and a decline in news consumption.

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SHORT CUTS – #Ghomeshi: The Eggs Awaken

February 16, 2016

The Twitter eggs are emboldened by coverage of the Ghomeshi trial. Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – Notes on the Ghomeshi Trial

February 11, 2016

NOT SORRY writer Vicky Mochama joins Jesse to talk about the Ghomeshi trial, press access to the Liberals and journalists not understanding satire.

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SHORT CUTS – Gregory Alan Elliott and the Future of Being Awful Online

January 28, 2016

Buzzfeed's Scaachi Koul joins Jesse to talk about the Gregory Alan Elliott harassment trial, James Forcillo's verdict in the killing of Sammy Yatim and the public insults between Postmedia's Paul Godfrey and Torstar's John Honderich.

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SHORT CUTS – Canada is Hip and Sophie Trudeau is a Disney Princess

January 20, 2016

Omar Mouallem discusses Canada's new hipn status, Vancity Buzz's release of an unblurred photo leaked from police and job cuts at Postmedia.

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SHORT CUTS – Peacekeeper Arms Dealer

January 11, 2016

Naitonal Post's Jen Gerson talks about cuts at Postmedia, Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia and journalists changing industries.

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SHORT CUTS – Refugee Happy Smiles A-Ok!

January 7, 2016

The Trudeau government failed to hit the refugee targets promised during the election campaign, but maybe Canadians would rather just feel nice about ourselves again. Elsewhere, reporters are using cringeworthy semi-nude photos and salacious language to accompany stories on sex abuse. Buzzfeed's Lauren Strapagiel schools Jesse with magical results.

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SHORT CUTS – Vice Unite!/Star Comments/Choir Hoax

December 17, 2015

The employees of Vice Canada are starting a union drive. Toronto Star closes down online commenting. An Ottawa children's choir sings a welcoming Arabic song that draws mistaken assumptions on social and mainstream media. Ishmael Daro, Buzzfeed's Social News Editor, co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS: Media B&E In San Bernardino/Bill 59/Bad For Shad

December 9, 2015

National Post writer and editor Jen Gerson on the ethics of reporting from the San Bernardino shooters' apartment, Bill 59, and Simon Houpt's critique of Shad.

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SHORT CUTS – Nannies/Indigenous Comments/Collateral Teen

December 3, 2015

The National Post's Ashley Csanady on the Prime Minister's childcare, the CBC closing comments on all stories about First Nations, the teenager at the center of a media firestorm and three puff-pieces in three papers about three powerful people.

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SHORT CUTS – Liberal Leaks/Newfoundland Goof/Furlong’s Comeback

November 25, 2015

Rosemary Barton states incorrect facts about Trudeau's refugee plan. Parliament Hill journos attempt to get into the ring with Cabinet Ministers but the Ministers are on another floor. CANADALAND gets NFLD's ATIP reform "spectacularly wrong." The National Post passes judgement on Furlong's accusers without actually speaking to the accusers. CANADALAND publishes their affidavits. Buzzfeed's Paul McLeod discusses.

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SHORT CUTS – Empathy Gap/Paris Errors/Domestic Backlash

November 18, 2015

What was it like in a Paris newsroom when the attacks happened? Did the media really ignore the Beirut bombing? Plus the photoshopped "terrorist" and the backlash here in Canada. Omar Mouallem joins, and France 24's Charles Pellegrin talks to CANADALAND's Jane Lytvynenko.

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SHORT CUTS – News Hall of Fame/Mansbridge’s Wedding Package/Whiny Telecom

November 12, 2015

Buzzfeed Canada's social news editor Lauren Strapagiel discusses the fabled Canadian News Hall of Fame, Peter Mansbridge's exclusive access to Trudeau, and Bell's pleas to eradicate fairness and restore oligopoly.

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SHORT CUTS – Trudeaumania?/Gender Parity/Mounties vs. Vice

November 4, 2015

Ben Makuch, Vice's national security reporter, discusses Trudeau's cabinet swearing in, CBC's The National's gender parity panel, why the Mounties are out for Ben, and J. Kelly Nestruck's brush with New Zealand sports reporting.

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SHORT CUTS – Which News Org won the Election?

October 29, 2015

In this dissection of election media coverage, Macleans's Laura Payton peers in while Jesse holds the knife.

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SHORT CUTS – Shit List/Public Editors/Sammy Yatim

October 29, 2015

Journalist Carly Lewis on rape lists, the Globe & Mail's decision to withhold the publication of a Liberal government scandal on election day, The Star's botched response to a botched car sex story, and the truth about Sammy Yatim.

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SHORT CUTS – Munk Debate/Trudeau’s Hard Knock Life

October 22, 2015

Robert Jago of Some Random Political Blog and Simren Sandhu of The True North Times tackle the Munk Debate and Jon Kay's profile of Justin Trudeau.

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SHORT CUTS – End Game: Dirty Tricks

October 15, 2015

Mark Bourrie talks dirty campaign moves, Jeffrey Simpson's 10,000 word Globe and Mail piece, and the credibility of polls.

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SHORT CUTS – Ugliest Election

October 9, 2015

It's been a gross week in Canadian politics. CANADALAND editor Jane Lytvynenko discusses citizenship revocation, the "barbaric cultural practices" hotline, the ongoing Niqab controversy (the everlasting gobstopper of #exln42), and whether the media has the power to shape the election.

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SHORT CUTS – Fahmy/Weaponization of Public Affairs/Polaris

September 24, 2015

Freelance writer John Semley and food podcaster Jessica Walker discuss Mohamed Fahmy's long-awaited release from Egyptian prison, Chief of Defense Staff General Jon Vance's recent announcement of strategic DND leaks to journalists, and the Polaris Prize Gala.

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SHORT CUTS – Paul Watson/Election Hot Mess

September 16, 2015

Two guest co-hosts tackle a dozen topics. Freelancer Paul Watson and Buzzfeed Canada's Paul McLeod discuss Star Touch, the budget surplus, the refugee crisis, Cons buying Facebook Likes, and Paul Watson's much-anticipated Erebus piece.

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SHORT CUTS – Candidates Gone Wild/Mansbridge Sits In A Field

September 10, 2015

This week on Conservative Follies (with special guest Adrienne Batra of The Sun): An incumbent MP crashes out of the bushes to make a citizen's arrest, a candidate urinates in someone else's mug, and yet another candidate realizes that crank calling Pfizer is hard to come back from. Elsewhere, Peter Mansbridge wears an unseasonably warm polar fleece while interviewing three men about stuff we've heard before.

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SHORT CUTS – Maher Arar/Mohamed Fahmy/Flipped Advertorials

September 4, 2015

The media treated Maher Arar like shit. So why hasn't anyone apologized? Ottawa crank and iPolitics writer Andrew Mitrovica discusses this, plus John Baird's empty promises of Mohamed Fahmy's imminent release, and The Globe and Mail's groundbreaking upside down Mercedes Benz advertorials.

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SHORT CUTS – Duffy Fatigue/Black Monday

August 27, 2015

Author and journalist Mark Bourrie makes a triumphant return to make heads or tails of the public's Duffy trial apathy, alarmist Black Monday coverage, and Stephen Harper's traveling roadshow.

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SHORT CUTS – Election Distractions/Chris Hyndman

August 13, 2015

Vice's Hilary Beaumont on Nigel Wright's Duffy trial testimonial and the media's coverage of Chris Hyndman's passing.

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SHORT CUTS – Man in blue suit/Ezra wants attention

July 30, 2015

lnfoNews Kelowna's managing editor Marshall Jones on Stephen Harper's pointless photo op and Ezra Levant's feud with Catherine Porter.

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SHORT CUTS – #CPCJesus/Attack Ads

July 16, 2015

Maclean's Magazine's Paul Wells on #CPCJesus and recent federal attack ads.

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SHORT CUTS – So About That ‘Women Editors’ Thing…

July 9, 2015

Scaachi Koul lambasts Jesse for errors made in reporting on sexism at The Globe and Mail.

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SHORT CUTS – Vulgar Canada/We’re Better Than News

July 1, 2015

Guardian stringer John Barber on the Mother Canada debacle, the RCMP's Musical military Ride, and Kory Teneycke's revealing flub.

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SHORT CUTS – Terrorism is Over/The Crazy Bitch Defense

June 24, 2015

Freelance writer John Semley on the Toronto Star's Charleston headline and Laura Robinson's ongoing defamation suit against John Furlong.

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SHORT CUTS – The Trial of John Furlong/Smearing Snowden

June 18, 2015

Freelance writer Denise Balkissoon on Laura Robinson's defamation suit against John Furlong and the CBC's modified headline following the publication of Glenn Greenwald's exposé of a false Sunday Times report.

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SHORT CUTS – Evan Solomon/Harper Family Secrets

June 10, 2015

VICE staff reporter Hilary Beaumont on the CBC's firing of Evan Solomon and the RCMP's secret, sealed court documents that may contain allegations of RCMP wrongdoing and personal information about Stephen Harper's family.

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SHORT CUTS – Horny Press/Zehaf-Bibeau Video/Khadr Doc

June 3, 2015

Freelance journalist Adrian MacNair on the press' spring fever, the RCMP's release of 18 missing seconds of the Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video, and the CBC's Omar Khadr documentary.

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SHORT CUTS – Wynne Documentary/Bugingo

May 27, 2015

Jesse on White Pine Pictures's cancelled documentary about Kathleen Wynne, and La Presse journalist Isabelle Hachey on foreign correspondent François Bugingo.

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SHORT CUTS – Muzzled Scientists/Harper Pulls Out

May 20, 2015

Evidence For Democracy's Executive Director Dr. Katie Gibbs on the muzzling of federal government scientists and Stephen Harper's withdrawal from the consortium's federal leaders debate.

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SHORT CUTS – Alberta/C-51/The Brown Fallacy

May 6, 2015

The National Post's Jen Gerson on the victory of the NDP, the victory of Bill C-51, and the failure (says she!) of Jesse's logic.

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SHORT CUTS – Baltimore

April 30, 2015

Paul Jay runs the Real News Network from Baltimore, but he used to produce CounterSpin for CBC TV. He speaks with Jesse about riots and the media.

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SHORT CUTS – Senate Elections/Budget Boredom/RadioOnTheTV

April 22, 2015

Comedian/economist/"candidate" Scott Vrooman on the federal budget and CBC TV's "get 'er done" programming strategy.

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SHORT CUTS – Alberta Upset/Sex-Ed Optics

April 15, 2015

Jen Gerson of the National Post on the improbable defeat of the Conservatives in Alberta and the strategy behind anti sex-ed protests in Ontario.

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SHORT CUTS – New Hosts/Montreal Protests/Daily VICE

April 8, 2015

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise, the hosts of CANADALAND's upcoming weekly Politics podcast, talk about the Montreal student strike and VICE's daily newscast

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SHORT CUTS – Syria/Duffy/Furlong

April 1, 2015

Paul Wells on Canada's "expanded" mission against ISIS, the coming trial of Mike Duffy, and the media's shameful treatment of journalist Laura Robinson and her dozens of First Nations sources.

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SHORT CUTS – News by Bell/Topless Discourse

March 26, 2015

A Bell executive gets caught meddling with the news and the debate on Bill C-51 gets distracted by boobs. Conservative cartoonist J.J. McCullough co-hosts.

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SHORT CUTS – CRTC vs TV/is C-51 a Feint?

March 18, 2015

Novelist and Orphan Black writer Lynn Coady on the new CanCon rules and on the Conservative's barrage of extreme, divisive, distracting sound bites.

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SHORT CUTS – Terrorist’s Selfie/Trudeau’s Speech/Lang’s Whitewash

March 11, 2015

Colby Cosh talks about the Zehaf Bibeau video, Trudeau's "vision" speech and CBC's coverage of CBC's report on CBC's scandal.

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SHORT CUTS – Mystery Tunnel/Opinion Polls/Sex Ed

February 25, 2015

Scaachi Koul returns to discuss the panic over a hole in the ground in the woods, the trouble with opinion polls on policy issues, and the possibly phony debate around teaching kids what their junk is called.

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SHORT CUTS – White Terrorists/Legal Niqab/Desperate Harper

February 18, 2015

Andray Domise on the Halifax murder plot, Zunera Ishaq's badassery and why Harper can't find a better enemy than Radio Canada lefties.

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SHORT CUTS – John Baird/Anti-Terror

February 4, 2015

Why is the media so incurious about John Baird's sudden resignation? Why is Baird being so vigorously lionized? Torontoist staff writer Desmond Cole talks with Jesse about this, and about what we're not allowed to discuss as we submit to new anti-terror laws.

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SHORT CUTS – Dean Blundell/Racist Winnipeg

January 28, 2015

Scaachi Koul of Hazlitt talks about tolerated abusers and intolerable headlines.

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SHORT CUTS – Two Annoying Jerks

January 22, 2015

Simon Houpt and Jesse talk about their own journalism

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SHORT CUTS – Amanda Lang/Charlie Hebdo

January 15, 2015

Sean Craig explains why his Amanda Lang expose is actually about how good CBC's journalism is, and Jeet Heer describes an unspeakable cartoon of Jesse's dad.

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SHORT CUTS – Charlie Hebdo/Ghomeshi/Keystone

January 7, 2015

Jen Gerson of the National Post joins to talk about chickenshit editors and why Keystone XL is just like Kim Kardashian.

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SHORT CUTS – Torture/Payola/Oscar Clip Journalism

December 10, 2014

Jan Wong returns to talk about Canada's war criminals, the CBC on the take, and the Globe and Mail fishing for awards

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SHORT CUTS – Joni Mitchell/CraveTV/Ben Levin

December 4, 2014

Emma Teitel returns as Dave Bidini mansplains class to Joni Mitchell, Bell's news orgs "report" on Bell's new product, and SUN news illustrates the Liberal-lesbian-pedophile meetup that wasn't.

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SHORT CUTS – Ghomeshi/Rehtaeh/Ferguson

November 27, 2014

Denise Balkissoon joins to talk about how insecure employment impacts journalism, why we need to say her name, and why there's no "Canadian angle" on Ferguson.

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SHORT CUTS – Harper & Putin/Book Prizes

November 20, 2014

Playwright Michael Healey on Harper's theatrical handshake diss and the problem with the Gillers

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SHORT CUTS – UnNews/Ezra Levant/Don Cherry

November 13, 2014

John Semley, contributor to the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star talks with Jesse about the media pageantry around Remembrance Day, reporting on viral videos, Ezra Levant's supposed boner and Don Cherry's shrinking box.

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SHORT CUTS – Parliament shooting/Amanda Bynes/Barbara Kay

November 6, 2014

Emma Rose Teitel of Macleans Magazine talks about the myth of superior Canadian breaking news coverage and the different rules the media has for crazy men and crazy women. Also, a folk song for cranky columnist Barbara Kay.

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