Facts are foundational to democracy. A biased media disseminating propaganda erodes its very purpose
Recognizing the dangers of a compliant media’s involvement in spreading propaganda is crucial for a healthy democracy. Citizens must remain vigilant and critical consumers of news, seeking out diverse sources of information and questioning the narratives presented to them. Media literacy and fact-checking skills are essential tools for individuals to decipher between credible journalism and propaganda.
When complicit in spreading propaganda, compliant media poses a significant threat to the core principles of democracy. To preserve the integrity of the Fourth Estate and its vital role in society, media outlets must prioritize journalistic ethics, objectivity, and truthfulness. Likewise, citizens must remain informed and discerning, holding the media accountable for their responsibility to provide unbiased and factual reporting. Only through these collective efforts can we safeguard the foundations of a democratic society.
Canadian author and researcher Ray McGinnis joins David Leis to discuss the influence of political games and propaganda in mainstream media. They delve into the reasons behind biased portrayals of stories like the Freedom Convoy and the agenda of casting a negative light on those advocating for freedom. McGinnis offers insights into recognizing the impact of propaganda on society.
Ray McGinnis is a graduate of the Center for Journal Therapy in Denver and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, majoring in Religious Studies, History, Political Science and English Literature. He lives in Vancouver.
David Leis is VP for Development and Engagement with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. David was most recently Director of Communications and Donor Relations at MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Canada. He has extensive experience in leading fundraising and development within higher education (Canadian Mennonite University and Red River College), the non-profit sector (MCC), and the business world (MNP, Brock Solutions, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce). He also has experience in the realm of municipal politics, having served as a councillor (Region of Waterloo) and mayor (Township of Woolwich).
David has a BA from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University, and a certificate in development from Ryerson University.
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