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Media Beat: March 21, 2022

The war in Ukraine, according to the US media

Nuance is being lost – stifled even – in US media coverage of Ukraine.

Media Beat: March 21, 2022

By David Farrell

The war in Ukraine, according to the US media

Nuance is being lost – stifled even – in US media coverage of Ukraine.


Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Putin to "stop this war"

JFK on the Cuban Missile Crisis - 1962

On October 22, 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.

Vlad sings Fats’Blueberry Hill

Meet the man who whispers in Putin’s ear

As Russia ramps up its crackdown on dissenting voices, billionaire oligarch and longtime Putin crony Yuri Kovalchuk is on the frontlines of the disinformation war, managing the party line. – John Hyatt, Forbes

Is a post-Trump media world beginning to take shape?

The shift now underway includes a reassessment from top business leaders. Former Disney chief Bob Iger last week asserted there’s a “problem of profiting from, I call it inaccuracy, from opinion and from presenting things in an inaccurate fashion.” Too many viewers, he said think of news in the wrong way, not how “we knew it when we were growing up and we were taught news should be.” Cable chieftain John Malone has talked about returning the industry to “actual journalism.”

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That’s important. – Joe Ferullo, The Hill

Randy Rainbow parody: Gurl, you’re a Karen

Parody written and performed by Randy Rainbow and based on Dentist! by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman from Little Shop of Horrors

Londoners fuming as HMV on Oxford Street becomes another American candy store

Oxford Street's iconic HMV store has been replaced with an American Candy outlet, and Londoners are not happy about it. The new storefront bears the remnants of the original, with the words "His Masters" still clearly visible above the new store's slogan.

Sad Londoners took to social media to share fond memories of working or browsing in the iconic music shop, and many lamented the choice of American Candy as a replacement

Pauline Waddell wrote: "Why would they have an American candy store in London. It doesn’t make sense to me. British sweets and chocolate are so much better. Maybe it’s there for the US tourists." – Tom Haynes, My London

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Sidhu Moose Wala Spends Second Week on Canadian Hot 100 With "Drippy"

The posthumous single from the influential Punjabi artist, featuring MXRCI and AR Paisley, is charting again this week. Beyoncé also debuts with Canadian-penned single, "Texas Hold Em."

After a debut in the top ten last week, his highest chart performance ever, the late Punjabi musician Sidhu Moose Wala spends a second week on the charts with "Drippy." The posthumous single, produced by MXRCI and featuring Canadian artist AR Paisley, lands at No. 56 on the Canadian Hot 100 this week. The song has also amassed nearly 25 million YouTube views in two weeks and is making international news.

BBC reported on the song's chart impact this week, speaking with Billboard Canada editor Richard Trapunski about the song's high debut, and how it indicates the broader momentum of Punjabi music in Canada, as well as the special place that Sidhu Moose Wala holds within that growth.

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