The writer, activist and broadcaster Derrick O’Keefe discusses the new media endeavour he’s a part of Ricochet, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
Derrick O’Keefe is a long time writer, activist, author, and broadcaster. He joins me now to talk about a fascinating endeavour that’s getting a lot of attention across the country, Ricochet. It’s a new web publication that’ll be bilingual, and that will present current affairs and investigative journalism. As it says on its website www.ricochetmedia.ca, its genesis is from the Maple Spring of 2012, and one can expect from a read of its vision, it’ll be from a certain side of the political spectrum, but regardless, it’s a much needed forum in our discourse that’s suffering from a lack of media outlets. The crowd funding effort has been widely subscribed to, and its goal of getting to $75,000 is close. I’ll get Mr. O’Keefe to update us on the fundraising, as well as tell us about where he sees Ricochet’s place is, and what will be happening from this end of the country. Derrick O’Keefe is also heard weekly on Media Mornings, the current affairs program on Co-op Radio 100.5 FM. He wrote a book on Michael Ignatieff, The Lesser Evil; and he co-wrote the memoir of Malalai Joya: A Woman Among the Warlords. He was the editor of Rabble.ca from 2007-2009, and 2012-2013. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Derrick O’Keefe; Mr. O’Keefe, good morning.