• April 5, 2014
  • 12:30 pm
  • Gardiner Museum

When the American Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report declared the financial collapse of 2008 an “avoidable” disaster the media quickly jumped on the blame train. But where were their discerning and critical eyes before the meltdown? Should the fourth estate, as public watchdogs, be held, in some measure, accountable?

Be a part of the conversation. Join award-winning journalist and media critic Dean Starkman (author of The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism) as he discusses business news coverage of both Bay Street and Wall Street just before the 2008 financial crisis.

Moderated by the Toronto Star‘s Ellen Roseman.

  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



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