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Media stories on Canadian leaders not as deeply researched as in U.S., missed Trudeau’s blackface photos story

By Mike Lapointe      

'This is where I do think that there is an interesting question, which is that if you look at the American presidential race, when there’s a serious candidate for the presidency as you have in the Democratic primary right now, you do get the big powerhouse media, meaning The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and maybe to some extent, some of the broadcast media, really go digging for stories deep in people’s history,' says Paul Adams.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shown campaigning in Barrie, Ont., on Sept. 27, faced days of heavy scrutiny from the Canadian media surrounding his appearance in brownface makeup in yearbook photographs taken nearly two decades ago, but it's still unclear how this story will affect the Oct. 21 outcome. Photograph courtesy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter account

Media critics say they don’t know why the Canadian media missed breaking the biggest story of the 2019 election campaign so far, but at least one says “absolutely there’s a question” surrounding how the yearbook photograph didn’t surface after all the years in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been a public figure.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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