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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Do you care?

This item was first published here July, 2009:

Radio talk shows are often wastelands of puffery, babble and prejudice. Well conducted programs, with knowledgeable listeners, occasionally break through with moments of simple passion.

One of those occurred recently on Bill Good’s CKNW show. A Vancouver Island caller named Mike thought too much had been made . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Do you care?

Northern Insight: If you read anything today, it should be Rafe Mair

An illustration of why corporate media is in a death spiral:

“…Modesty is not my long suit and I believe that had I stayed, the general public would have been infinitely better served on environmental issues.

“A Judge once said to the great Lord Birkenhead, I have read your brief but am none . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: If you read anything today, it should be Rafe Mair

Northern Insight: More "CRAP!" from the blogosphere

Contrary to the claims of retired newsguy Bill Good, blogs are not invariable distributors of CRAP! Instead, the good ones are sources of information and commentary that Bill Good and others in commercial news operations dare not discuss.

Creekside, by Alison, is one of the very good blogs; the sort that should embarrass the recipient . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: More "CRAP!" from the blogosphere

Northern Insight: No free lunches… ever

Update April 9:

I heard that CKNW’s Bill Good responded on his April 5 morning show to selected critics, people he declined to identify other than through reference to hated bloggers. For a number of days, I tried to listen to the station’s audio vault but the file for 8am to 9am was . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: No free lunches… ever

Northern Insight: Still ROTFL

From January 30, updated with an audio clip from The Bill Good Show on CKNW.

Monday, in Something Big, Out of Something Small…, Alex Tsakumis mentioned a fact obvious to anyone paying attention, that Bill Good and his CKNW show are dependable instruments playing in the BC Liberal band.

“At the end of this . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Still ROTFL

Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Good Morning,

The question swirling around Victoria this morning is whether or not Premier Christy Clark will be able to weather the storm ahead and whether or not the BC Liberal’s ‘Election Budget’ will pass.

If it fails then the question of Christy Clark’s leadership will be mute as . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Northern Insight: More ROTFL

A while ago, long tenured radio talker Bill Good told us he was offended by suggestions that certain callers get special treatment and easy access to CKNW air waves. He then spoke with a number of regular callers who confirmed that what Mr. Good had said was true. This is from ROTFL published here.

CKNW’S . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: More ROTFL

Northern Insight: Friends caring for friends

Bill Good mounted a defence of Christy Clark today following release of David Basi’s accusations that Premier Christy Clark was very much involved in the corrupt sale of BC Rail and was leaking confidential information to fixers involved in the deal.

Good was joined by Keith Baldrey who wondered even “if it is a story.”

. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Friends caring for friends

Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Alex Tsakumis’ release of Dave Basi’s 2003 memo to file was an interesting test for British Columbia’s corporate media. The results were mixed.

NW’s Bill Good managed to do 3½ hours without noting the stench surrounding his pal Premier Photo Op. No surprise there since he’s been consistent in saying the BC Rail scandal is . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Northern Insight: Fact free radio

Friday morning on BC Liberal radio, one of the trio assured us that BC Ferries has been cutting administration costs and its overheads had little or nothing to do with financial problems.

Shall we test the accuracy of the comment?

Combined passenger and vehicle traffic in 2012 is down by 4.4% over 2010. According to . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Fact free radio

Northern Insight: Hey, Bill Good

Good job.

You won’t find much here that is complimentary about a broadcaster whose work I once respected.

But, he deserves credit for working Canada’s Coast Guard story on the west coast, nailing the Conservative government for stupidity, disrespect and callous disregard for public safety. This government keeps chauffeured limousines running for their ministers but . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Hey, Bill Good

Northern Insight: Yes Bill, you are ill equipped

Biill Good & Premier’s Director of Outreach

It was an interview so tortured that I suspect Bill Good’s briefing notes had fallen irretrievably from the desk just as his guest was introduced. This morning, the Corus Radio star failed to twinkle light on the glacial pace of re-implementing PST as decreed by referendum voters . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Yes Bill, you are ill equipped

Northern Insight: Not a story to be ignored, after all

The following conversation between the three voices of NW’s Trailing Edge from the Ledge was first reported at Northern Insight in October 2009.

Today, the boys got to say what they really think about the blog world:

Keith:

“Vaughn called them nut cases in the past . . .”

Vaughn:

“Nincompoops ranting in . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Not a story to be ignored, after all

Northern Insight: What’s up at PavCo besides operating losses?

Whispered leaks say that PavCo’s professional managers are arm wrestling with political hacks who want only happy talk reaching ears of the public. Trouble is, good news at PavCo is mostly spin that won’t hold up to scrutiny. The result, at least until Liberals create a workable survival strategy, is no news. Given the . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: What’s up at PavCo besides operating losses?

Northern Insight: Wingnut alert!

REPLAY: First published Oct 22, 2010, this small piece, with minor updates, remains apropos.

BC Liberals Keith “Fore!” Baldrey and Bill “That’s an old story” Good, with Mr. “I’ve Seen No Evidence” Palmer, said on Corus Radio that bloggers are anonymous “wingnuts” writing “things they don’t know.”

I might be a wingnut but I’m not . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Wingnut alert!

Northern Insight: Trailing edge from the Ledge

A reader commenting in the preceding article about corporate journalism left this statement:

“A means must be found to reign in the illegality and criminal activity in BC’s provincial government.”

I believe that exposing unvarnished truth is the single most important thing. The co-opted mainstream media must be forced to change or be made irrelevant.

. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Trailing edge from the Ledge

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Toothless media accommodates political fraud

In 2006, Rafe Mair wrote News Media, Defanged for The Tyee. It included the headline:

“Politicians, not too long ago, feared the press.”

Of course misreants particularly feared Rafe Mair during his post-politician days. Rafe had been a successful lawyer and a capable cabinet minister in Bill Bennett’s coalition and service on both sides of . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Toothless media accommodates political fraud

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: OHWTO

Phil Hochstein and his Independent Contractors and Businesses Association have had a symbiotic relationship with British Columbia’s governing party for more than a decade. ICBA provides financing and political support; in return, BC Liberals shape procurement policies, taxation, legislation and regulations to advantage these loyal supporters. The same goes for chambers of commerce who . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: OHWTO

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Self-interested blather from Edge of the Ledge

Wonderful demonstration today of how BC’s tight little circle of political reporters is wilfully blind to the real issue at stake in the CBC conflict of interest matter. Of course, I did not expect anything else from this trio on CKNW because I question their own journalistic ethics because of financial relationships they have . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Self-interested blather from Edge of the Ledge

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Snoozing, slothful syndicate of political poodles…

At the Rafe Mair birthday celebration last week, we got to hear Rafe tell an anecdote about writing for Ryerson School of Journalism a piece that celebrated free speech, one Ryerson refused to publish. I suspect Rafe got more than a few requests to write the story for the website that he and Damien Gillis . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Snoozing, slothful syndicate of political poodles…

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Has the game changed or merely the players?

Recently, I was amused by a certain radio news-talk host angrily sputtering in response to callers’ claims that he was partial and passive in political coverage. He replied that, in a very long career, he’d followed his own conscience; management had … . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Has the game changed or merely the players?

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Good tax, bad tax

News item, The Guardian, November 3, 2011: “Bill Gates will tell the G20 group of developed and developing countries on Thursday that they could raise an extra $48bn (£30bn) a year to fight global poverty by levying a small tax on share and bond tr… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Good tax, bad tax

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: The Fight for Healthcare for Children with Autism Disorders

The film Medicare’s Orphans – A film about the fight to get healthcare for children with autism in Canada  is now available online.  I encourage everyone with an interest in autism disorders, anyone interested in advocating … . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: The Fight for Healthcare for Children with Autism Disorders

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: REPLAY: "It’s a tough spot but Premier Clark is thriving, I mean, she seems to really. ."

First published April 3, 2011 but worth another read. Be sure you listen to the audio clip at the end. CKNW’s Bill Good and producer Jessica Hyatt want you critics of Christy Clark and BC Liberals to be quiet. You are all greedy beggars, demanding se… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: REPLAY: "It’s a tough spot but Premier Clark is thriving, I mean, she seems to really. ."

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Determined Autism Advocates Jean Lewis & David Marley Fight for Medicare Coverage for Autism Disorders

David Marley and Jean Lewis of Medicare for Autism Now!Oakville, Ontario, 2008 David Marley and Jean Lewis of Medicare for Autism NOW! have been fighting for medicare coverage of evidence based treatment for autism disorders for many years.  I f… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Determined Autism Advocates Jean Lewis & David Marley Fight for Medicare Coverage for Autism Disorders