Monthly Archives: July 2011

Record heat, fires and floods but little talk of climate change

here was an outbreak of elephant neglect in conference centres and newsrooms the week of July 18-24 as Canada’s premiers and energy ministers met to discuss matters of state. With most of the country sweating through record high temperatures, with … Continue reading

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Record heat, fires and floods but little talk of climate change

Globe, CBC fail to tell full story of Somali famine

ednesday’s Globe and Mail story on the UN declaration of famine in Somalia attracted 376 comments. This one, signed JD Smith, was fairly typical: “Don’t waste your money on Somalia. Instead give your charity to something that can get better.” … Continue reading

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Globe, CBC fail to tell full story of Somali famine

McLuhan, Murdoch and the ‘free’ press

n a breathtaking burst of editorial recklessness, Saturday’s Globe and Mail honored the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth by pairing a glaringly superficial piece defending the British tabloids with an insightful article on the master himself. Michael Posner’s 1,500 … Continue reading

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McLuhan, Murdoch and the ‘free’ press

Jian Ghomeshi drinks neo-con Kool-Aid

BC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi typically waited until the 29 minute mark of his 33 minute interview this week with Heritage Minister James Moore to ask about budget cuts to the CBC, Canada’s largest cultural institution. Moore quickly confirmed that … Continue reading

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Jian Ghomeshi drinks neo-con Kool-Aid

Are viewers really to blame for shitty TV news?

ai Nagata’s online essay, Why I quit my job is a journalistic cri de coeur from the belly of the mainstream media beast. The 24-year-old CTV correspondent from Quebec City posted hisĀ  essay on Friday, July 8 and judging from … Continue reading

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Are viewers really to blame for shitty TV news?

Valerie Payn’s piss pot

osh, I sure wish I owned a newspaper. I’d do exactly what the Halifax Chronicle-Herald does. Yes, fire my best columnists and hand the op-ed page over to the likes of Valerie Payn, president of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. … Continue reading

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Valerie Payn’s piss pot