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Media criticism. Self-abuse. If someone else were doing this, I wouldn't have to. New episode every Monday.

Media criticism. Self-abuse. If someone else were doing this, I wouldn't have to. New episode every Monday.
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Media criticism. Self-abuse. If someone else were doing this, I wouldn't have to. New episode every Monday.




Ep.200 - Blame Michael Enright

Michael Enright got Jesse his first job in radio. He was also CANADALAND’s first ever guest, drinking bourbon and talking sh*t about the Canadian media. For our 200th show, he’s back to talk about how the media has changed since that day... and how Air Canada ended up publicly denouncing him on Twitter. Michael hosts a show on CBC Radio called The Sunday Edition. Jesse used to work there.

Duration: 00:52:34

SHORTCUTS #134 - The Wab Kinew Situation

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 story, and who pushed the court records to the press? Was it, in fact, someone from his own party? The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

Duration: 00:31:52

Ep.199 - TIFF Is A Monster That's Eating Itself

For one week every year, the Canadian Press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about who which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for Toronto or Canada's film industry? Norm Wilner has been covering the Toronto International Film Festival for 30 years. As a film critic at NOW Magazine, he's seen it grow into the monster it's become.

Duration: 00:33:18

SHORTCUTS #133 - We Support You, Hostile Idiot!

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. Omar Mouallem co-hosts

Duration: 00:36:15

SHORTCUTS #132 - Enough About Antifa, Let's Fight Fascists

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.

Duration: 00:42:59

Ep. 197 - I Don't Speak Sports

It's clear that sports journalism is facing many of the same issues as other facets of the industry: declining ad revenues, job insecurities, and too much content vying for too few eyeballs. It also has some unique challenges. Joining us to unpack the state of sports media are The Athletic's James Mirtle, Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star, and longtime freelance journalist Richard Whittall.

Duration: 00:47:48

SHORTCUTS #131 - Mommy, Where Do Feelings Come From?

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario wants Canada's founding father's name removed from public schools. After that, they'll likely want to remove his likeness from any public parks and then, finally, from the $10 bill, at which point confused students will cite Alexander Mackenzie as Canada's founder. 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...

Duration: 00:36:33

Ep. 196 - Ezra's Very Bad Week

It's been, to put it mildly, a shit week for Rebel Media's self-styled 'Rebel Commander' Ezra Levant: - Following the tragedy in Charlottesville last weekend, Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley, and periodic columnists Barbara Kay and John Robson all severed their ties to the organization; - By Thursday it was learned that Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was moving on. According to Levant, he'd been poached by an organization with deeper pockets. - The same day, Levant announced he'd...

Duration: 00:55:58

Ep. 195 - Bleeding Edge Outrage Meme Generators

The term 'fake news'has been popularized, bastardized, and now wholly appropriated. What was previously defined as 'A deliberate untruth published strictly for monetary or political gain,' has now come to mean 'I don't like this story. It makes me look bad.' Immediately following the election of Donald Trump south of the border, Craig Silverman and the team at Buzzfeed wrote the defining article on fake news, showing that completely fabricated stories like 'Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS'...

Duration: 00:55:44

SHORTCUTS #129 - Arctic DNA

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 status, he went ahead and got a DNA test anyway. Robert Jago wrote an excellent dissection of Boyden's latest plea for acceptance/publicity stunt,...

Duration: 00:46:40

Ep. 194 - Live From New York, It's CANADALAND

This week we present a podcast based on our stage show which was based on our book which was based on this podcast. Talk about coming full circle. In it: should you fuck your Prime Minister?; Why Canadians secretly love climate change; why we love the RCMP; and a peek at the Canada of the not-too-distant future.

Duration: 00:40:06


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 down. Writer/broadcaster, and producer Naheed Mustafa joins us.

Duration: 00:39:44

Ep. 193 - The Summer Dump

This week, CANADALAND revisits a couple of major media stories that, while we've certainly covered, we haven't been able to follow up on to the level to which we'd hoped. At least not on the website, where our News Editor Jonathan Goldsbie makes the ultimate call as to what gets published. In this episode Jonathan and Jesse go head to head and reveal new facts about Andrew Potter's abrupt departure from McGill after his Maclean's diatribe about Quebec, and what happened after Leah...

Duration: 00:43:31

Ep.192 - 15 Years Covering Omar Khadr

When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong. As national security reporter for the Toronto Star, author of the book Guantanamo's Child and co-director of the documentary of the same name, she's been the top reporter on Khadr's story for the past 15 years. She speaks to guest host Omar Mouallem about how Khadr's public image has...

Duration: 00:41:59

COMMONS: The Rise of the Right

Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving these groups’ discontent. CANADALAND will be back on Monday.

Duration: 00:36:37

Ep.191 - Revenge Porn

Ren Bostelaar posted nude pictures of women he knew to 4chan without their consent. He avoided a criminal record by apologizing and taking a peace bond. Was justice served? Is revenge porn legal in Canada? What is the state of the law and social media, years after the Amanda Todd and Rehteah Parsons cases? Privacy lawyer David Fraser launched a successful constitutional challenge against Nova Scotia's anti-cyberbullying law. But he supports current anti-revenge porn laws, and he explains why.

Duration: 00:40:46

SHORT CUTS #126 - Child Soldiers, Proud Boys

With resistance to Canada150, Indigenous women calling out a reporter at a press conference, and the Proud Boys disrupting a Mi'kmaq ceremony in Halifax, the way people talk about our colonial history is changing. While Indigenous people demand respect, journalists like the National Post's John Robson think the insults are just too much. NDP MP Romeo Saganash plagiarized co-host Erica Violet Lee's work in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail. With Omar Khadr reportedly getting an apology...

Duration: 00:33:55

SHORT CUTS #125 - #Mansbridge150

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, something something. Finally we dig into Jonathan Kay’s Twitter mobs and how they’re killing free speech for anybody who’s not a National...

Duration: 00:46:49

Ep. 189 - The Great Newspaper Bailout

After the release of the Public Policy Forum's Shattered Media report this past winter comes the latest beg for cash to prop up the newspaper industry. This one comes in the form of a request for a subsidy totaling hundred of millions of dollars per year from News Media Canada, the umbrella advocacy organization for Canadian newspapers. While it claims to advocate for the maintenance of local journalism, the organization shies away from supporting small, digital startups, which are often...

Duration: 00:43:12

SHORT CUTS #124 - Quote Governor General Unquote

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 issued a mea culpa for years of Conrad Black columns by announcing they would stop publishing their Monday edition of the...

Duration: 00:41:04

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