Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Haters and the Con Media

Sometimes when I hear the Harper Party, the Mulcair Party, and all the other Trudeau haters going after Justin Trudeau with blood in their eyes, and foam in their mouths.I can't decide whether I'm living in the New Canada, the liberated Harperland.Or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. And now to make matters even worse, here comes ...

Montreal Simon: Now Will Margaret Wente Finally Be Fired?

When I last left Margaret Wente just over a week ago, she was bobbing merrily up and down along with the rest of the Con media, in the wreckage of the Harper regime.Still praying for a miracle, and the destruction of Justin Trudeau.But sadly for our Queen of the Globe, her deathly companion's prayers didn't work.And she ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wente Back At It

From the Media Culpa blog, is it plagiarism or something just short, like lazy journalism?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wente Back At It

From the Media Culpa blog, is it plagiarism or something just short, like lazy journalism?

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Fatal Underestimation of Justin Trudeau

As I've mentioned before, the tired, hapless hacks in our MSM underestimated Justin Trudeau from the time he decided to run for office.For them and their Con masters Justin just wasn't ready.And even though he rebuilt the shattered Liberal Party, won a crushing majority, and is at the present time the most popular Prime Minister ...

Montreal Simon: Margaret Wente’s Bizarre Attack on Justin Trudeau

One never knows what the Globe columnist Margaret Wente is going to write about next.One moment she acts like our very own Marie Antoinette, lamenting the state of the modern world, and the fact that there are so many horrible young and poor people out there.The next moment she's plagiarizing the material of others, or complaining ...

Montreal Simon: The Panic of the Cons and the Idiocy of Margaret Wente

As you know, the Con zombies and their friends in the media have been attacking Justin Trudeau and his plan to change the electoral system as if there was no tomorrow.After having realized there will be no tomorrow for them, once the first past the post system is scrapped.Claiming they are not against electoral reform in principle… ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Paul Krugman discusses the connection between concentrated wealth and extreme anti-social political behaviour: Wealth can be bad for your soul. That’s not just a hoary piece of folk wisdom; it’s a conclusion from serious social science, confirmed by statistical analysis and experiment. The affluent are, on average, less ...

Montreal Simon: Margaret Wente’s Hypocritical Attack on Elizabeth May

Oh boy. I knew it was just a matter of time before Margaret Wente, our Marie Antoinette, would look down from her high throne.Or her high horse in the Con media.And condemn Elizabeth May in the most contemptuous manner possible.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Accountability, Whither Thou Goest?

If there is one good thing to be said about the Leslie Roberts scandal, it is that privately owned Global Television has acted with dispatch both in its investigation of the newsman/PR firm co-owner’s terrible breach of ethics, and its subsequent actions. While the official ‘story’ is that Roberts has resigned, there is little doubt ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Surveillance State Under Stephen Harper

Yesterday, Margaret Wente wrote a piece pointing out that in terms of policy, there is no discernible difference between Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper, and yet people are craving change. In typically lazy manner, she simply cited friends who say “He’s gotta go!” So what’s the problem with Mr. Harper? Is it the Duffy affair? ...

Montreal Simon: The Madness of Stephen Harper and the Unusual Wisdom of Margaret Wente

According to the Ottawa rumour mill Stephen Harper is now so obsessed with Justin Trudeau, that none of his faithful flunkies dare mention Justin's name in his presence.Lest he fall to his knees and start biting the carpet, or THEM.And for more evidence of that all you have to do is look at the speech ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Perspective That Age Bestows

Unlike some, I do not bemoan the passage of time. True, I am of that generation known as ‘the baby boomers,’ but while I am at times mildly bemused about certain things (‘How can it be 50 years since the Beatles first played in Toronto?’), I was never beguiled by the notion that we would ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Open Letter To Margaret Wente

Dear Ms. Wente, I thought that as a journalist you were supposed to do some research before you go writing stories.  In the case of your August 2, 2014 column in The Globe and Mail, it is painfully obvious that you haven't even bothered to try. As a child, Lindsay Leigh Bentley desperately wanted to ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Wente Is Getting It Wrong … Again

I suppose it should come as little or no surprise that Margaret Wente is getting things wrong again.  This time, she is expounding on the treatment of transgender children. Suddenly transgender kids are everywhere – in the news, on Dr. Phil and in your neighbourhood. School boards have developed detailed transgender policies. Clinics to treat ...

Montreal Simon: Marie Antoinette Wente and the Senate Scandal

I must admit when I first saw the headline “THE SENATE SCANDAL’S OUT OF LEGS !!!!” I was shocked, and my heart dived into my boots. I felt like running to a window, opening it wide, and screaming: “Nooooo !!! Nooooo !!!  How could this be HAPPENING ??!!#!@!! How low can we go ?!@#!!!! How dumb are my ...

Alberta Diary: Repeat after me: Justin Trudeau is making rookie mistakes… have you got that?

Justin Trudeau at left, with some boring white guy in a tie that’s too wide. Don’t ever underrate the power of pixie dust! Below: The same boring guy with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and with well-known cage fighter Patrick Brazeau. Weirdly, everyone in these pictures appears exactly as illustrated! Repeat after me: Rookie mistakes. Rookie ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Impact of trade agreement may spark renewed interest in universal public drug plan

Last week Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente said the Harper government’s “consumer friendly” agenda was at odds with the pharma provisions in the new European trade agreement. As critics had been warning, the new agreement will effectively extend drug patents by … Continue reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Margaret Wente’s Latest Is A Revolting Piece Of Crap

Media Culpa’s take-down is just what it deserves.  That is all.

Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

A civic election all-candidates’ meeting in Calgary. “Why don’t we pass the time with a game of solitaire?” Actual Manning Centre supported candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Manning Centre namesake Preston Manning; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel (CTV photo). If on Oct. 21 the market-fundamentalist slate trained and sponsored ...

Alberta Diary: Journalists found guilty of ethical breaches really shouldn’t lecture on journalistic ethics

People who live in glass houses next door to used car lots shouldn’t … Below: Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, the Globe’s disclaimer. S’cuse me! We ex-journalists are permitted to do whatever we like! And if Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair wants to appoint me to the Senate, I’m taking the job! The same thing ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Classy Apology

Regular readers of this blog may be aware of my almost boundless enthusiasm for The Toronto Star. I deeply admire its progressive mission, and I find its roster of excellent columnists informative and thought-provoking. I have come to regard it as a trusted source of news and opinion. It was therefore a bit of a ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Guy Who Said Of Child Pornography

…it’s just pictures, is back in The Globe.  And Margaret Wente remains there.  Globe is all but invisible behind its firewall these days.  I’m not sure its worth boycotting.

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer  to account for generously liberating other writers’ work: To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were ...

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer  to account for generously liberating other writers’ work: To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were ...