Don Martin woes: When telling Dimitri Soudas and Bell boss to “go fuck yourselves” can get you suspended from CTV.

Don Martin: badass I would have loved to been a fly on the glass. I wonder how many free speech warriors from the right will race to Don Martin’s defence? Don Martin, the new Canadian hero. Speaking for the rest of us. Cross posted at Let Freedom . . . → Read More: Don Martin ...

What Rush hath wrought: 16-year-old harassed for being a “slut, a prostitute, a horny piece of trash that is out to sleep with every guy in school”

The fallout from Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke has more far-reaching consequences than the public humiliation Fluke received at the hands of the radio star and the subsequent withdrawal of advertisers from the blowhard’s show. Caught in the headlines suddenly are the young women of America who have become the new Easy A’s of . . . ...

Five advertisers drop Rush Limbaugh after Sandra Fluke slander

After Limbaugh called the woman refused at place at Darrell Issa’s birth control table ”slut” and “prostitute”, the media and the progressive blogosphere and even Republican presidential contenders (save Romney who just couldn’t bring himself to criticize Limbaugh – Bain Capital co-owns Limbaugh’s broadcaster) denounced Limbaugh’s remarks. Now, thanks to social media, five advertisers have quit Limbaugh. Problem is, . . . ...

Globe & Mail dips its toes into Robogate

Globe & Mail editorial office The Globe & Mail, that dusty old Miss Havisham of a newspaper, has been notably silent on the Robogate scandal, dancing around it like a wounded Dervish. It has yielded the floor to another Conservative publication, the National Post of all papers, to take the ball and . . . ...

L. Ian MacDonald quacks: “Even if there were robocalls, Stephen Harper won fair and square”

Old MacDonald had a wank I, L. Jymn Parrett, almost spit a mouth full of Cazadores over my PC reading that headline from Postmedia. The lede is just as good: “Dirty tricks are nothing new in politics. Sometimes they’re even part of the fun.” I realize that modern journalism is like reading a . . . ...

Long-time Conservative operative Keith Beardsley demonizes social media

Shorter Keith Beardsley: Social media is full of dirty fucking hippies who are not nice to Conservatives. You know what I find the most egregious about our Conservative-dominated media? It’s the pearl clutching of its older, more established journalists and op-ed political operatives when it comes to social media. Here’s a guy, one . . . ...

Perfect combo: Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant on Zombie Muhammad. Sharia!

I was scouring Memorandum last night and I see Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller is posting about her convo with Ezra Levant on Sun News (she calls it ‘Sun TV’). The subject is a topic I blogged about earlier: a Pennsylvania judge dismissed charges against a man for assaulting another because the victim, an atheist, . . . ...

US cable and the contraception debate. Male guests dominate the airwaves 2 to 1 over females.

Last week, at the height of the kerfuffle over Obama’s regulation to include free birth control in health insurance plans, cable news networks featured an overwhelming number of males. Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other . . . ...

Flat Earthers, here’s an event you don’t want to miss. Breakfast with Rex Murphy.

You have to wonder about these big-time charitable foundations. Last week we discovered that the much-heralded Susan G. Komen Foundation was nothing but a front for rabid right wingers and Republican henchmen. Now I see the Heart & Stroke Foundation here in Vancouver is hosting abreakfast with Rex “Never Had a Heart and Never . . . ...

Vic Danger – Third Eye. Toews doesn’t know ‘statistics’. But he sure knows fear.

Vic Toews doesn’t let reality get in the way of a good ideology (emphasis mine). “I don’t know if the statistics demonstrate that crime is down,” he said. “I’m focused on danger.” Toews said his concern is that the public is in danger as long as criminals walk the streets. The government’s crime . . . → Read More: ...

Vancouver Observer: Canada’s right-wing media monopolies move further right

I’ve made the domination of Canada’s right-wing media the centrepiece of this blog. Sometimes I wonder why. Those posts are the least travelled, the least linked of any on this blog. I guess the blogging community has other things to talk about. As for the media, it certainly doesn’t want to spoil its . . ...

Tanker Safety

There is much talk these days about the safety of transporting bitumen via tankers in the Douglas Channel and out into Hecate Straight.  The proponentspimps of the project insist that technology is just wonderful and there will be the utmost care taken to avoid the unthinkable, a catastrophic spill on the pristine North . . ...

Canada’s Energy Future

     Pressure mounts in the Media, as Canadian Petroleum Producers bombard us with propaganda to forcefeed the Northern Gateway Pipeline and it’s associated Tanker traffic in the most dangerous and pristine water ways in the world.  Across Canada, you are being told by the Press that the majority of British Columbians support a . . ...

Operation Maple takes on Globe & Mail. Number 6 in Gang of Seven.

Operation Maple has been doing a yeoman’s job in pointing out the main pillars of Canada’s Conservative media monopoly. So far OM has grappled with the following behemoths of industry: Sun Media Corporation Bell Canada Enterprises The Rogers Dynasty Irving Media Shaw Media And now at number 6, OM tackles . . . → Read More: Operation ...

Top story of 2011

First of all, best wishes to all of you in your endeavours in the new year.  We need more then ever to strive towards enlightenment in the new reality that we pretend is democracy.  In this spirit, I will resolve to educate as many people as I can reach on the dangers we . . ...

Globe & Mail editors pick Harper majority as story of the year

Globe editors relax in Florida for prescribed vacay following another Con victory party To celebrate, Globe editors put aside their crutches and patronizing air to low five each other over cocktails and wienies. No report on the obligatory congratulatory call from Stephen Harper although rumours of an army of nurses in attendance have . . . ...

Welcome to Harperland

How we embraced hate. I was watching the CBC News this morning, Suhana Meharchand was the host.  Talking about Attawapiskat, she interviewed NDP/MP Charlie Angus.  Hostilely, she asked him, “What would you do if you were Minister?  Throw money at the problem?”  His reply showed unflappable professionalism, indicating that he would first alleviate . . ...

on truth in journalism, III (terrace daily edition)

By the incomparable Merv Ritchie, editor of the Terrace Daily Frontpage, one of the last bastions of free press in BC and Canada for that matter. IS IT TRUE ELMER DERRICK IS “THE” GITXSAN HEREDITARY CHIEF? This is the claim recently made in a commentary Elmer Derrick submitted and had published in the . . ...

update to Truth in Journalism

After my last post, I sent a letter to Kirk LaPointe, the CBC Ombudsman. Mr. LaPointe, I am writing to lodge a complaint about a story that is incorrect.  I refer to the story published Friday, December 2, 2011, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/12/02/bc-first-nation-signs-pipeline-deal.html This story incorrectly attributed the title of chief to a man who is . . ...

Truth in Journalism

On December 2nd, the CBC posted this story, B.C. First Nation backs Northern Gateway pipeline CBC News Posted: Dec 2, 2011 5:12 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 2, 2011 7:30 PM PT A B.C. First Nation has announced it’s backing the Northern Gateway pipeline  project to ship oilsands crude to the West Coast, . . ...

Linda McQuaig gets it. Occupy signals a new era.

Occupy has been starved for meaningful commentary from the press corps. Most of what has been published varies from haven’t-got-a-clue to total bullshit. Most journalists need to be told what to write. Occupy has kept its beliefs and goals close to the vest. It hasn’t been easy without a roadmap for a clueless press. Thankfully, . . ...

How can opposition battle Harper’s War Against Information when there’s no battle plan?

HillTimes: There are an estimated 1,500 communications staffers working in ministers’ offices and departments, including 87 in the PMO and PCO. (And don’t forget Sun Media, Postmedia, editorial board at Globe & Mail and 90 percent of the media.) Soon after Mr. Harper won power, the Prime Minister’s staff started deciding . . . → ...

Tory Taber wanks on for the Conservatives. Again.

Whatever they pay her is not enough. Jane Taber has made quite a reputation for herself as a hagiographer for women – Conservative women, that is. Today, Taber doubles down on Lisa Raitt whilst adding Rona Ambrose to the mix. It’s not so much that Taber and the Globe love to exalt Conservatives but it is that Taber does so with ...

2011 turning out to be good year for women elected to Congress

Especially for Democratic women. It’s an under-reported story of 2011, and one that advocates of Democratic women say could be part of the story of the more feisty Democratic party that has emerged in recent months. Let’s breakdown the history. Heading into the 2010 elections, there were 73 women in the House (including Democrats and ...

Quebecor Paranoia Grows-Demands CBC-Rado Canada To Remove Certain Offending Portions From Web Site

Not long ago, Jymn covered the CBC, coming armed with certain facts about Quebecor.  A few things Quebecor won’t tell us. Let’s refresh our memories, here. Quebecor has received more than half a billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years, yet it is not accountable to ...