Media Beat: June 22, 2020

Mainstream media have been tainted by political party stripes since the days of scriptures and newsheets.

Media Beat: June 22, 2020

By David Farrell

Mainstream media have been tainted by political party stripes since the days of scriptures and newsheets. Until the relatively recent rise of conglomerates, wealthy corporate sponsors were seen as either benign or meddlesome dictators, but the power these elites once wielded –– such as the Irvings, Thomsons, Murdochs –– has changed. Social media has become a powerful new voice communicating with global audiences. Sadly, these digital platforms are home to players intent on muddying, confusing and distorting so-called 'facts' that previously were tightly controlled by a small number of orgs that offered a degree of coherence in helping us understand the world around us. And then there are the 5th Columns, such as Breitbart News, that spew toxicity and divide us with partisan intent.


Modern times and the new Cold War are making truth, clarity and facts hot potatoes. Donald Trump’s weekend rally was humiliated by an army of youthful TikTok adherents who decided to embarrass him and hijack the news story he hoped to star in. But TikTok is a Chinese company and to believe that there weren’t more sinister forces behind this political act is naïve.

Today’s column focusses on a number of age-old political themes that are being freshly dusted off and re-examined. With the re-shaping of news coverage come uncomfortable truths and complicated controversies that make the simplest of stories vulnerable to endless controversy.

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Montreal's Geoffroy Delivers a Bright New Sound on 'Good Boy': New & Upcoming Canadian Album Releases

Also out this week is new work from Jim Cuddy, Tevet Sela, Kym Gouchie and Ellen Doty.

Canadian albums are in the spotlight this week, as the Polaris Music Prize announced its 40-album long list for best of the year. Longtime post-hardcore favourites Alexisonfire, meanwhile, announced a new live album.

This week also brings a number of new releases, including ever-evolving Montreal artist Geoffroy. He joins Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, who has a new solo release, as well as Christin Hyshka, The Hi Tops,Maggie Andrew, Kym Gouchy, Wild Remedy and more. Others announcing new album release dates are Mo Kenney, Mia Kelly and KROY.

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