How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic
As Canada was in the grips of the worst pandemic in a century, Canadian media struggled to tell the story. Newsrooms, already run on threadbare budgets, struggled to make broader connections that could allow their audience to better understand what was really happening, and why. Politicians and public health officials were mostly given the benefit of the doubt that what they said was true and that they acted in good faith.
This book documents each month of the first year of the pandemic and examines the issues that emerged, from racialized workers to residential care to policing. It demonstrates how politicians and uncritical media shaped the popular understanding of these issues and helped to justify the maintenance of a status quo that created the worst ravages of the crisis. Spin Doctors argues alternative ways in which Canadians should understand the big themes of the crisis and create the necessary knowledge to demand large-scale change.
About this Author
Nora Loreto is a writer and activist from Quebec City who writes regularly for Passage, the National Observer, the Washington Post and many other online and print publications. Together with Sandy Hudson, she hosts Sandy and Nora Talk Politics, one of Canada's most popular news and analysis podcasts. Nora's latest book is Take Back the Fight: Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age.
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