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Missing Voices: Media coverage of Harper’s apology left obvious holes

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Although I’ve contributed to The Dominion before, I’ve recently joined the team to coordinate the Media Analysis section. I’ll be writing fairly regularly for the paper (and will be looking for submissions – let me know if you have any ideas).

My first piece for the media analysis section, looking at some of the holes in the mainstream media’s coverage of the Canadian government’s recent apology to residential school survivors, is now up on the site. Let me know what you think – I’m looking for feedback! Leave your comments below here or on The Dominion site.

Here’s the opening paragraph – you gotta visit The Dominion to read the rest…

Missing voices

Media coverage of Harper’s apology left obvious holes

by Tim McSorley

The Dominion – http://www.dominionpaper.ca

Reactions in the media to the federal government’s June 12 apology for the horror and tragedy of the residential school system came quickly and were plenty. Many, including pieces in the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Star, called on the federal government to take further, immediate action to back up the apology.

But even when challenging the government, by and large the underlying message in the press was: Now that we have said sorry, Canadians can pat ourselves on the back and feel better about our colonial past. While there is little doubt that such an apology was necessary and is an important step forward, the majority of mainstream media coverage shied away from the fact that we are still living in a colonial present. Read the rest

PS: If you like what you see over at The Dominion, please take the time to consider joining the Media Co-op and helping to ensure the newspaper can continue to do its important work. While the content on the site is free, we still gotta pay the bills!

Written by Tim McSorley

June 26, 2008 at 12:28 pm

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