Newspapers or magazine articles

For this site, many reports have been reprinted from major newspapers based in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and, to a lesser extent, New York. By the 1940s and 1950s newspapers and magazines had gone beyond the blatant political partisanship of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Metropolitan newspapers had begun to pride themselves on their objectivity. As today, however, a political orientation was clearly evident in each individual newspaper; you might see if you can identify the political tendency of each newspaper or magazine. You might also be able to detect a certain political bent in the individual newspaper and magazine columnists. Editorials are reproduced from the Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press and the Ottawa Journal, and these, of course, are the opinions of the editors and owners of each newspaper. As in Canada, an ethic of “objective journalism” prevailed in the United States, but individual newspapers and magazines were known for their up-front political bias. For instance, can you identify the particular slant of U.S. News and World Report? Yet another source is articles from The Clarion in the years 1940 and 1941. These are openly partisan and represent a communist perspective on the rapid turns in political events of the early Second World War period. The article from the newsletter Civil Rights reflects the emerging human rights organizations that sprang up as a result of the espionage trials in Ottawa following Igor Gouzenko’s defection from the Soviet embassy.