James Hoggan recently sat down with CBC Maritime as part of their U.S. election coverage.
Here’s a snippet from the conversation:
“I think there is a teachable moment going on south of the border that Canadians can learn from. The teachable moment for me is that the system is not setup to deal with the extreme versions of this polluted public discourse that we’re talking about. The extreme that we’re talking about in the United States is demagoguery. The techniques that Donald Trump is using — where you don’t have to tell the truth, you’re appealing to the anger in your tribe and encouraging hatred and fear — creates an atmosphere where reason shuts down.”
Hoggan went on to further explain, CNN treats Donald Trump like he’s just the Republican nominee while not addressing the polarizing techniques he’s using. The system mandates media present “balanced” coverage of the two candidates, but by doing so it’s promoting toxic political rhetoric. Essentially, the media has become a tool for demagoguery, and, the public square is not suited to handle this type of demagoguery.
Listen to the full segment here:
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