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DR. BLOCK SPEAKS ON OBAMA'S "RACE IN THE RACE"
Humanities teacher Dr. Stephen Block has been monitoring important public policy and public affairs stories for the past 20 years. His latest interview on CINW 940 News Radio had him weighing in on the "Race in the Race" involving Barack Obama and the recent speeches he gave on the subject during the Democratic Nomination campaign. In the second half of the interview Mr. Block continued discussing the murkier side of the coverage of politics in the U.S., as a lesson in and a case in point concerning his area of research and teaching of 'politics and the media'. (Broadcast in April 2008.)
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Listen to the second clip. (5.7 MB MP3 file lasting 6 minutes, 5 seconds)

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BLOCK INTERVIEWED RE: THE GOVERNOR SPITZER AFFAIR

Dr. Block was asked to comment on the scandal involving the Governor of New York. Listen to his analysis of "a tale of dueling hypocrisies" on how the coverage of scandals in the US media is itself as fraught with hypocrisy as is the reported behaviour of Governor Elliot Spitzer. (Broadcast March 2008, on CINW 940 News radio)

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BLOCK INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE PQ AND THE QUEBEC BUDGET

Dr. Stephen Block was interviewed in June 2007 on CINW 940 News regarding the recent Québec budget and specifically the role of the Parti Québécois. Block has served regularly as a political analyst for this radio station. He covered the last federal election and did a weekly interview analyzing truth and fiction on the campaign trail. Listen to an audio clip from this most recent interview.

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BLOCK SPEAKS ON UNIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Dr. Block was interviewed in November 2005 on CINW 940 News regarding the subject of unions and the recent public sector negotiations. Listen to an audio clip from this broadcast.

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VANIER TEACHER DISCUSSES SUPREME COURT RULING

Dr. Stephen Block was also previously interviewed on CINW 940 News regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the banning of private Medicare insurance in Quebec. Dr. Block has followed this story for seventeen years. You can listen to two audio clips from these broadcasts.

Listen to clip #1Listen to clip #2. (3-4 MB MP3 files)


VANIER TEACHER ON NATIONAL RADIO

Dr. Stephen Block was interviewed on CBC's coast to coast morning news program on September 9th, 2004. He was discussing the labour strife between the federal government and its employees' unions which has resulted in walkouts since August. In all he appeared on CBC radio seven times that morning. As well, in June 2004 he was the political analyst for the federal election on CINW News Radio 940. Apart from frequently appearing in the days preceding and following the election, he was the on-air analyst for the entire evening of election night. He was invited back to cover the American elections of November 2, 2004.

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VANIER TEACHER PRESENTS PAPER ON FRASER INSTITUTE

Vanier teacher Dr. Stephen Block presented a paper at the International Colloquium on Employment held in Montreal on Oct. 28-29/99 under the auspices of the organization GIRE-IRGE. Entitled "The Media Archives And The Call For Social 'Balance': The Fraser Institute's Dedicated Role in Upsetting the Social Liberal Apple-cart", Dr. Block's paper examined the role of the think-tank the Fraser Institute in changing public opinion on a variety of social policy issues since the launching of their media newsletter "On Balance" in 1988. Dr. Block argued that the Fraser deliberately borrowed both the ideas and the critical approach from social critics of media and government policy, but reversed the meaning and priority of the critics' views.

The publication of this newsletter also afforded the Fraser the opportunity to present its "Media Archive" division as a new source of "objective" analysis of news coverage. The paper notes how the Fraser anticipated and received complicity from many journalists who simply republished the Fraser's findings without critical comment. The Fraser institute's role in attempting to change public opinion, for example, concerning private delivery of Medicare services, has obviously been extremely successful.

Dr. Block's paper attempted to show how, through clever rhetorical devices, the Fraser Institute was able to change public debate on social policy away from that which emphasized social justice and humanitarian sensibility, and toward one where self-preservation and self-interest predominated.

The paper will be submitted for publication and is part of Dr. Block's study of the role of lobbyists in the political and journalistic processes.



Dr. Stephen Block currently teaches the following two courses in the Vanier Humanities Department:

Knowledge, Opinon & Belief    and   Media Myth and Propaganda


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