Faking It: The Impact of Fake News on Today’s Political Landscape
The MacEachen Institute teams up with Policy Options magazine to co-host a panel of media representatives who will explore the impact of the “fake news” phenomenon on the global political landscape. With a Twitter- happy US president giving new meaning to the term “fake news”, the business of fact-checking, mud-slinging, press-baiting, and election influencing by online trolls has come under considerable scrutiny and given rise to some fundamental questions about the role of the media and elected officials in democratic society. How is the weaponization of the term “fake news” by politicians intent on undermining media credibility, impacting the role of the fourth estate in doing its job - impartially reporting the news, analyzing the issues and keeping politicians “honest”? What impact is the rise of social media usage by elected officials to get directly to the voting public with their version of the truth, and online trolling by foreign entities trying to ride the wave and influence elections, having on the democratic discourse in North America? In the countdown to the US mid-term elections (November 2018) as well as a Canadian federal election (2019), a close look at the implications of the “fake news” phenomenon by our panelists couldn’t be more timely.
Hosted in partnership with Policy Options Magazine.
About the speakers
Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a news curation editor with BuzzFeed News and a social media editor for BuzzFeed Canada. He is a panelist and columnist for CBC News, and he writes a monthly column for Chatelaine magazine. Elamin has taught journalism at Ryerson University. He sits on the board of directors for the National Media Awards Foundation.
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Keith Boag has been a journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 35 years mostly covering politics in Canada and the United States. As Ottawa Bureau Chief and Chief Political Correspondent, Keith was the main political analyst for CBC’s The National and CBC News Specials from 2001 until 2009. In 2010 he opened the CBC’s Los Angeles Bureau. In 2012 he was posted to Washington DC from where he contributes to CBC radio and television and regularly writes political columns and features for the website CBC.ca. Since 2015 he has devoted almost all of his professional energy to covering Donald Trump and his rise to US Commander in Chief.
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Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the digital magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. Jennifer holds a master of journalism from Carleton University, where she is a fellow with the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. She is the co-editor with Graham Fox of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), and a major contributor to Sharp Wits & Busy Pens: 150 Years of Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery (Hill Times Publishing, 2016).
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Lee-Anne Goodman is an award-winning journalist who's worked in Washington, D.C., Ottawa and Toronto covering everything from the political ascent of Barack Obama during her years as White House correspondent to the fatal 2014 shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill. She joined The Conversation Canada as its Politics and Business Editor in 2017, and has played an integral role in one of the most successful media startups ever launched in Canada, with more than 14 million page views in its first year of operation. Goodman lives in Toronto with her disturbingly large menagerie of pets.
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Kelly Toughill (chair)
Kelly Toughill is an award-winning journalist and journalism educator whose writing focuses on two topics: journalism economics and immigration. She is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College and a past reporter and editor at The Toronto Star.
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About the series
Policy Matters is a weekly panel discussion on major policy issues presented by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Each discussion features thought leaders from civil society and focuses on one of the Institute's four research themes – Civic Engagement, Atlantic Canada and the World, Health Systems and Governance and Smart Infrastructure. Held each Tuesday from September 11 to November 6, the discussions take place in room 1011 of the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. The events are designed to encourage public engagement with local, national and international policy issues and are open to the public.
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