The Fifth Estate and The Making of a Smear

An organization called Friends of We has posted YouTube videos taking apart The Fifth Estate’s false claim that WE Charity used latrines — washroom buildings — as part of its count of classrooms built in Kenya. They also show how The Fifth Estate made false claims that WE Charity was blocking them from visiting schools.  … Read more

Fundamental Law For Journalists

Here’s a primer on basic law for people who work in newsrooms. With chapters on legal research, the court system, civil law and procedure, criminal law, journalist protection, constitutional law and the making of statutes and regulations. Available from Irwin Law. I realized in law school that journalists often get law wrong because of myths … Read more

Circling the Drain, and Being Paid to Do It

Retch-inducing update: PostMedia and Toronto Star — which owns the KW Record, Hamilton Spectator and many small-town papers, are in merger talks., and it looks like a done deal. I thought this would happen in a few years. Things are worse than I thought.   n the 1990s, Reader’s Digest was the best selling magazine in Canada. … Read more

Charity Intelligence and the Tories

I still see the Trudeau government reeling from the so-called We Charity Scandal and it bugs the hell out of me. I feel personally invested in this because I believed, from Jesse Brown’s first smear piece on WE in 2019, that the story was an empty vessel. It troubles me that every media outlet came … Read more

Why Your Pundits Are So Boring

I have a theory about our new King, the great and powerful Charles III.  We know too much about him. His love life, specifically his desire to be a tampon. His opinions. The fact he has his flunkies iron his shoelaces. His lousy relationship with one of his sons. The monarchy is built on mystique, … Read more