Category Archives: Foolery

Misc. foolishness

CBC melts down the news

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es folks there is such a thing as journalism ethics. Even textbooks on the subject such as Deadlines and Diversity published in 1996. It contains an essay by veteran journalist Pierre Mignault that begins: Public confidence in journalists is based on … Continue reading

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Herald makes mountain out of monthly stats molehole (again)

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t was deja vu for me when I picked up Saturday’s Chronicle-Herald and read the headlines on the lead story: “N.S. takes jobs hit“. The sub-head had more bad news — “Unemployment rises by highest percentage in nation,” and the … Continue reading

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Herald makes mountain out of monthly stats molehole (again)

Pilger exposes censorship in war reporting

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oday’s reporting on NATO’s bombing of civilians in Libya demonstrates once again that the mainstream media are unreliable witnesses to war.  This CBC online account, for example, tells the story mainly from NATO’s point of view: “A NATO commander said … Continue reading

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Pilger exposes censorship in war reporting

Maher & Murphy: A tale of two cities

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hank God for Stephen Maher of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Maher, who is the paper’s Ottawa bureau chief always has interesting things to say — and he says them well. Today’s column on the Vancouver hockey riots once again shows his … Continue reading

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Maher & Murphy: A tale of two cities

Right-wing trolls: an Internet plague

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henever I write editorials for The Coast, a mildly left-wing political and entertainment weekly in Halifax, I attract a barrage of abusive online comments from right-wing trolls.  My February 24th piece on Project Censored’s 2011 list of under-reported news stories … Continue reading

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Right-wing trolls: an Internet plague