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February 28, 2008 Media Analysis

Machetes, Ethnic Conflict and Reductionism

Racist assumptions mar western media coverage of Kenya

September 30, 2007 Weblog:

Burma and Democracy Protests: Where is the coverage of Ivanhoe?

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Burma (aka Myanmar) has been on the front page of the Globe and Mail twice this week, and has been featured by many other publications and media outlets, as monks and pro-democracy protesters are mercilessly killed on the orders of the military junta that rules the country.

This has spawned a whole outpouring of solidarity and concern in various forms, as should be expected.

But the media coverage has been truly bizarre, and it seriously compromises the aims of that solidarity. The massive coverage given to the Burmese crackdown raises two very serious questions, the premises of which are somewhat contradictory:

1. Where was the the media outrage when this was happening in Haiti?

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May 31, 2007 Ideas

Mark Mackinnon's New Cold War

Canada, the US and democracy promotion in the former Soviet republics

April 18, 2007 Weblog:

Mackinnon on Post-Soviet Revolutions, take II

Early descriptions of Mark Mackinnon's new book, The New Cold War received a skeptical reaction from this corner -- to say the least -- and Stefan Christoff's and my critique of his coverage in Lebanon resulted in a bit of a scrap via email.

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February 20, 2007 Weblog:

Arms makers see opportunity in Gulf tension

You can always count on the business section of the Globe to give you the real news, without the spin.

January 19, 2007 Weblog:

Bruce Konviser on Serbia

In today's Globe, Bruce Konviser hits all the major notes of Globe and Mail foreign coverage: unspecified "pro-western reforms" are good, "nationalism" is "destabilizing", and why should any facts get in the way of us reporting that story once again.

I forgot the most important one: history doesn't exist, and if it does, it doesn't matter.

(For a long, fascinating, historical take on whether Serbia should join the EU, check out this essay of sorts by John Bosnitch)

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January 18, 2007 Weblog:

Mark Mackinnon's Counter-Excerpt

Mark Mackinnon sent in the highlighted article excerpt in response to the ongoing discussion about Mark MacKinnon's coverage in Lebanon.

For his remarks, read the discussion.

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From "Hezbollah protestors rally against government," by Mark MacKinnon.

Published in The Globe and Mail on Dec. 2, 2006.

(snip)
The demonstrators accused the government, which has supported international calls for Hezbollah to surrender its weapons, of being run by the U.S. embassy. "Down with Feltman's government!" was a popular chant, referring to Jeffery Feltman, the U.S. ambassador.

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January 17, 2007 Weblog:

Mark Mackinnon Quotes Hezbollah

The following is a list of all the quotes (or near-quotes) I could find in nineteen articles written by Mark MacKinnon about the situation in Lebanon over a three week period. This serves as an appendix of sorts to our response to MacKinnon's response to the recent analysis of MacKinnon's reporting. But it also provides a degree of insight into how systematically MacKinnon avoids any discussion of the motivation factors behind the massive demonstrations that are still occupying downtown Beirut.

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January 16, 2007 Weblog:

Globe and Lebanon

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail published a half-decent piece about the sit ins in Beirut. I can't help but wonder if the sudden improvement in coverage (which is to say, conformity with well-established facts) had something to do with this analysis that the Dominion published two weeks ago of Mark Mackinnon's wildly misleading coverage of the same protests.

The crux of that analysis was that Mark Mackinnon probably wouldn't mind telling the truth, but likes having his job and pleasing his editors better than he likes telling the truth. (Not unlike a lot of people, probably...) And that, given the opportunity, Mackinnon probably wouldn't have a personal problem with reporting accurately. It's just that when his editors want something different, his career takes precedence.

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January 2, 2007 Media Analysis

The Manichean Middle East of Mark MacKinnon

Globe and Mail coverage of Lebanon suffers from ideological interventions

September 8, 2006 Media Analysis

On The Globe and Mail's High Standards

haitiprison_fp.jpg How flimsy can the basis for a "controversy" be? Dru Oja Jay looks at the Globe's example.

The Lancet, Haiti and the manufacture of controversy

July 23, 2006 Media Analysis

The Balance of Coverage

Lebanese_demo_fp.jpgDan Freeman-Maloy examines the Canadian media's coverage of violence in the Middle East, and finds it unbalanced, and racist.

The Canadian Media, the Middle East, and Racism

July 3, 2006 Media Analysis

Embedded Edits

embedded_fp.jpg Canadian journalists are embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan. But, Dru Oja Jay asks, are there other threats to accurate coverage?

Is news coverage of Afghanistan straight from the source?

June 6, 2006 Media Analysis

None of Our Business

HugoChavez_fp.jpgDru Oja Jay reads the business section, and finds the news that non-investor Canadians rarely see.

Canada's role in the world and the business press

March 19, 2006 Media Analysis

The Origins of the War in the Balkans

formeryugo_fp.jpg The second part of a series by Dru Oja Jay examines the role of the west in the breakup of Yugoslavia

Part two in a five part series on the former Yugoslavia

March 17, 2006 Media Analysis

Milosevic the Guilty?

milosevic_fp.jpg In the first of a five-part series, Dru Oja Jay looks at the media's guilty verdict in the case of Slobodan Milosevic.

Part one in a five-part series on the former Yugoslavia

March 9, 2006 Media Analysis

Canada's Military-Media Complex

lookunder_fp.jpg Anthony Fenton examines the ill-defined lines separating Canada's government, private defense contractors, the military and the media.

What's the difference between government, defense contractors and media?

February 4, 2005 Media Analysis

Haiti and the Globe

Returning from Haiti, Yves Engler looks at the Globe and Mail's coverage of Haiti and finds that key facts are missing.

Facts, research missing in action

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