Dead Wild Roses: The State of the Media – Robert Fisk

How many people are well-read enough to see what is happening? The assault on journalism and journalist values in the name of bloody acquiescence to power grinds onward. A excerpt from Robert Fisk’s article “We Do Not Live in a “Post Truth” World, We Live in a World of Lies and We Always Have.” “Today, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Shorter Tim Naumetz on the NDP’s consistent stance opposing Bill C-51, a position supported by 17% of respondents in a recent poll (with plenty more undecided): Boy, it’s weird that a political party would take stand on a policy issue despite the public being less than fully on board at the moment. Shorter Tim Naumetz ...

Mind Bending Politics: Legacy News is Threatened By Lack of Ethics Not Subsidies

(CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais still clueless on journalism ethics) This week CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais ripped into journalism industry executives for asking for subsidies all while owning private yachts and helicopters. This statement has come while the CRTC has been holding hearings on the future of local journalism and TV, however spoiled executives are only ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Ezra’s Dustup This Week And Ethics In Journalism

Okay, Ezra won a battle this week with Alberta's NDP government.  They tried to toss him from press events held by the government, and he made enough of a stink about it to get the government to back down.  In the last few days, we've seen all sorts of media personalities start blathering on about ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Ezra’s Dustup This Week And Ethics In Journalism

Okay, Ezra won a battle this week with Alberta's NDP government.  They tried to toss him from press events held by the government, and he made enough of a stink about it to get the government to back down.  In the last few days, we've seen all sorts of media personalities start blathering on about ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Duncan Brown discusses the connection between precarious work and low productivity. And Sara Mojtehedzadeh examines how Ontario’s workers’ compensation system is pushing injured individuals into grinding poverty by setting impossible requirements for claimants. – Jim Balsillie worries that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will only increase the tendency of profits ...

Dead Wild Roses: Look at all this liberal media keeping the Conservatives down.

Shocking I say! SHOCKING!!!! Those commie pinko bastards! Filed under: Canada, Politics Tagged: Media Bias, News Media

Accidental Deliberations: On late definitions

A day after the Prairie Dog duly mocked corporate-ordered endorsements of the Harper Cons (which should be entirely familiar based on past campaigns), we’ve seen a spate of newspapers falling in line. And I’ll argue that there may actually be more reason to be concerned than usual about the impact of those new messages. Plenty ...

Dead Wild Roses: Biker Gang Violence – Race Just Isn’t A Factor

Filed under: Racism Tagged: Media Bias, Racism, Violence in Society

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – The World Bank’s latest World Development Report discusses how readily-avoidable scarcity in severely limit individual development. Melissa Kearney and Philip Levine write that poverty and a lack of social mobility tend to create a vicious cycle of despair. And James Ridgeway examines the deliberate interference aimed at ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Peter Poschen argues that the goals of protecting our climate and ensuring the availability of good jobs isn’t an either-or proposition: (C)limate change and the degradation of natural resources increasingly disrupt economic activity and destroy jobs. The International Labour Organization (ILO) puts the productivity losses generated by climate ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

At a bare minimum, when the media covers a major conflict between two sides – a union striking, say – it should include the briefest of quotes from people representing both sides of the conflict. This is not exactly a high bar to meet requiring the cheapest and simplest method in journalism: asking the leadership ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

At a bare minimum, when the media covers a major conflict between two sides – a union striking, say – it should include the briefest of quotes from people representing both sides of the conflict. This is not exactly a high bar to meet requiring the cheapest and simplest method in journalism: asking the leadership ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

The current scandal engulfing the CBC and Amanda Lang has made its way overseas into the cross-hairs of The Guardian’s George Monbiot. After providing a summary, with appropriate links, of the sordid Lang tale that encompasses massive conflict of interest and management collusion, Monbiot has this to say: CBC refused to answer my questions, and ...

The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Grand Chief Nepinak Urges Sun News Media Boycott

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs accuses Sun News Media carrying a decidedly “pro-Conservative anti-First Nations” bias. The post Manitoba Grand Chief Nepinak Urges Sun News Media Boycott appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Progressive Proselytizing: Media stenography: The CBC can’t bring itself to call Hudak’s plan what it is

If you haven’t heard, Hudak’s so called Million Jobs plan is more like a 75,000 jobs plan, based on an obvious mistake that meant most of his numbers were multiplied by 8. That is the best case scenario, accepting all the numbers selectively pulled from a particular report, accepting the half million odd jobs that ...

Politics and its Discontents: New Enemies, New Misdirections

Last week I wrote a post about the fraught fund-raising later sent out by Conservative Party director of political operations Fred DeLorey. The letter stressed the need to build a substantial war chest because a cabal of leftist media (essentially all of them – media concentration at its worst, eh?) is preventing the regime from ...

Dead Wild Roses: White Male Bias – Nope Nope Nope.

The idea that those in control would want media to promote their ideology seems obvious.  Let’s examine two helpful charts. Huh, a bias toward white males.  What could it mean? Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Media Bias, White Male Washing

Dead Wild Roses: The Shutdown – Republican Fail

Bill Moyers on the shutdown and republican intransigence…   Filed under: Politics Tagged: Faux News Fail, Media Bias, Nutty Republicans, Obamacare, Republican Fail, Right Wing Lies and Misinformation

Let Freedom Rain II: How to stop a media bias argument in its tracks, even with a Toronto Star journalist

The big myth in Canada is that there is a liberal media bias in Canada. That belief, honed by Canadian right-wing bloggers based on their southern counterpart’s laborious whine about their own ‘media bias’, is just silly, especially in Canada. Look at our national press. National Post and Postmedia are overrun with conservatives, from the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Daniel Wilson takes a look at how far too many in the media went along with the Harper Cons’ hatchet job against First Nations: (C)ompare the generalized outrage last week to the shrug elicited by the non-indigenous mayors around the country who have resigned after corruption allegations, are ...

Dead Wild Roses: If the Conservative Media Bias is bad in the UK…

    I find it amusing how often people refer to the media as having a “liberal bias”.  It is such a counter-intuitive claim to make given the composition of the majority of mainstream media outlets (ad driven, reliant on the government for information).   Media Lens never gives an inch when it comes to the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Dr. Dawg tears into the National Post’s gratuitous union-bashing: (W)hen it comes to unions, a careless disregard for facts seems to affect journos like a disease. They fall back on their prejudices, cutting and pasting their ready-made anti-union copy in their sleep.… Unions have one of the only ...

Dead Wild Roses: Oh We’re Totally Post-Feminism…

     I see and hear this little piece of dudely wisdom far, FAR, too often.  It represents such an massive break from reality, and yet this harmful trope continues onward.  The usual suspects make their appearances, privilege, misogyny the unexamined life – reasons but not excuses for not being in the know when dealing with ...

Politics and its Discontents: People, Unfiltered By Governments And Their Enablers

A friend of mine sent a video along the other day. Another friend had the following comment: Perhaps a silly response, but tired of Nations being painted as evil when it is not the people but the clowns like Harper, McGuinty and others that purport to reflect values that certainly are not mine to the ...