Author Archives: Bruce Wark

About Bruce Wark

Bruce Wark is a freelance journalist and retired journalism professor who lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He taught the history and ethics of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia for 15 years. Before that, he worked for 19 years at CBC Radio news serving as a producer in charge of such network programs as World at Six, World Report and The House. He also produced Media File, a national program that looked critically at the performance of the news media. Along the way, Wark also worked as CBC Radio's legislative reporter in Ontario and as its National Reporter in Canada's Maritime provinces.

Invasion of the body snatchers! ‘Strange green crabs’ eating their way north

om Harrington seemed anxious the other night as he piloted The World at Six, the venerable CBC radio news program sometimes referred to as The World in a Fix. “Our next story has all the trappings of a sci-fi horror flick such as … Continue reading

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Invasion of the body snatchers! ‘Strange green crabs’ eating their way north

Good riddance Fidel you repressive old fuck, CBC never liked you anyway

s it only my imagination or is the propaganda element in news becoming ever more pervasive in this “post-truth” era? Could it be that what passes for reporting, especially in broadcast media, is often little more than cherry-picked “facts” cited … Continue reading

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St. George’s portrait and fables the media tell, Part II

he story’s always the same these days when Paul Martin slips into the news again. Mr. Dithers (the media moniker for the former PM) is forgotten and St. George, the fearless deficit-slaying finance minister, rides boldly across the stage. And … Continue reading

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St. George’s portrait and fables the media tell, Part II

St. George enters federal campaign: how media frame the economy, Part I

s federal politicians continue their trek toward election day on October 19th, it’s worth looking at how mainstream journalists frame economic issues and asking what if they framed them differently? What if, for example, journalists asked who gains and who … Continue reading

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St. George enters federal campaign: how media frame the economy, Part I

Do 82% really support anti-terror law?

very mainstream media outlet in Canada is reporting that 82 per cent of Canadians support Bill C-51, the Harper government’s proposed “anti-terror” legislation. The reporting makes the 82 per cent figure seem certain even though the Angus Reid poll it’s based … Continue reading

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Do 82% really support anti-terror law?

CBC reporters tell different tales about Israel

hen Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s convoy got pelted with eggs and shoes by Palestinian protesters in Ramallah, in the West Bank yesterday, CBC radio and TV saw things quite differently. Radio framed the story narrowly, telling it mainly from Baird … Continue reading

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CBC reporters tell different tales about Israel