Thursday, January 31, 2019


   Somehow the federal government thinks it has a firm handle on the issue of fake news. Enough so that on Wednesday morning several Liberal cabinet ministers convened a press conference to announce what they’re doing to do combat “fake news,” disinformation and foreign interference in the upcoming federal election.
   The plan includes $7 million to fund workshops that aim to teach Canadians how to sort through potential disinformation as well as “critically assess online news reporting and editorials.”
   This is a dangerous path to head down, to put it mildly. The very notion of the party in power coming up with the framework for how to police information during a campaign in which they’ll be seeking re-election is already a massive conflict of interest.

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