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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The real news in one sentence #nlpoli

According to its supporters, we need to have a special office for search and rescue in St. John’s because Newfoundlanders spoke English so poorly that no one could understand us. Lives would be in jeopardy because Merv Wiseman lost his job. Wiseman was one of the loudest critics of the federal government’s 2013 decision to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The real news in one sentence #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Friends and enemies #nlpoli

Craig Westcott tells a story from his short stint as communications director for the Liberals in opposition in the last days of Danny Williams and the early days of his handpicked successor, Kathy Dunderdale.”I kept after the very small caucus we had t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Friends and enemies #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Narrative War #nlpoli

The day after a massive Liberal victory in the general election,  CBC’s David Cochrane posted an analysis piece on the new administration.  CBC distributed it nationally. Cochrane describe Dwight Ball as a man “unlikely” to be Premier:… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Narrative War #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kicking ass in political coverage #nlpoli

The province’s major media outlets have taken different approaches to political coverage in this election from what they did last time. The result has been one of the most interesting campaigns in recent memory. First with the political news… I… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kicking ass in political coverage #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Invention #nlpoli

The provincial election campaign is barely a week old and already we have seen certain themes and interpretations emerging that are the product not of fact and observation but of invention.

The most striking one is the imagined explanation for the massive Liberal lead revealed through two polls released at the start of the campaign.  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Invention #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: WTF?

There are times you read stuff and you just have to wonder what brought that on.

There’s Telegram editor Russell Wangersky explaining how newspapers are still relevant in the world today.  he starts bitching the old bitch about how radio stations in town used to read Telegram stories on the air word-for-word without crediting the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: WTF?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Manipulation Manipulation #nlpoli #cdnpoli

/What a difference 36 years makes.

There’s  New Democrat strategist Robin Sears in a National Post piece complaining about the way the Liberal are running their guy named Trudeau in lots of situations that give him good visuals.

“He isn’t running to be a boxer or a canoeist, he’s running to be Prime Minister, which . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Manipulation Manipulation #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The name they fear #nlpoli

Cast your mind back to April 2007

In his ongoing penchant for fighting with everyone and for small-mindedness,  Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams decides he will only refer to the new Prime Minister as “Steve”.

Williams made no bones about the fact his decision was very personal and intended to be insulting.

(Read . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The name they fear #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Fourth Party #nlpoli

A Telegram editorial on Wednesday contained a curious comment.  

The subject was news that broke this week about the provincial government;s energy corporation.  Two senior corporate officials are refusing to testify in a court case in Quebec over contending interpretations of the 1969 power contract between Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation and Hydro-Quebec.

Nalcor is . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Fourth Party #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lighter and Lighter #nlpoli

Three separate stories over the past three days highlight changes to the local media world.

On Saturday, Telegram editor Russell Wangersky slammed the publicly funded CBC Radio for turning its morning show into the sort of light, fluffy morning program heard on commercial radio.

(Is "We’re broadcasting from Tim Horton’s" really that much different than . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lighter and Lighter #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Opportunity knocks #nlpoli

CBC’s David Cochrane took a break from his parental leave Thursday evening to let the world know that On Point is dead as of next June.

Predictably, a bunch of people expressed their great regret but this is far from the end of the world.  Cochrane hinted elements of the show will survive.

Frankly, the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Opportunity knocks #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Things that raise alarm bells #nlpoli

As it becomes more clear that the two recent murders of Canadian soldiers had less to do with terrorism and more to do with people who are otherwise screwed up, the RCMP commissioner issues a media statement claiming the police have a video that links one murder to “ideological and political motives.”

But they can’t . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Things that raise alarm bells #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Getting On Point back from No Point #nlpoli

For years, the only public affairs show on television or radio in Newfoundland and Labrador was Issues and Answers.  NTV’s Sunday morning staple has long been ponderous and boring and it remains so. 

CBC’s On Point promised to add some life to the political world.  But while it was interesting early on and it’s . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Getting On Point back from No Point #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Much media ado about not very much #nlpoli

On the face of it, anyone even passingly familiar with political events in Newfoundland and Labrador for the past decade would look with some justifiable scepticism on an announcement from justice minister Darin King on Monday that the provincial government was going to have another look at building a new provincial prison to replace one . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Much media ado about not very much #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Veracity #nlpoli

Not so long ago one of the frequent claims people in the conventional media used to make about “blogsters” was that you couldn’t trust what they wrote because it might not be true.

You don’t hear that sort of thing as much as you used to.  But  whenever the idea comes up, you have to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Veracity #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nut up or shut up #nlpoli

The Liberal leadership is not even a couple of weeks old and already reporters are getting inundated with the suggestions from anonymous turd-mongers wondering why they are not covering this angle or that aspect of one candidate

The Telegram’s James McLeod wrote a blog post about it on Tuesday, rattling off some examples of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nut up or shut up #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Telly exclusive on SNC Lavalin???? #nlpoli

Screaming headline across the top of the front page of the Saturday Telly:

SNC-Lavalin shut out of Hydro-Quebec projects

And right underneath,  the claim that it is a Telegram exclusive.

That would be right except for the fact someone else reported it months ago.

The problems first surfaced in April, as reported by Radio-Canada.

And . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Telly exclusive on SNC Lavalin???? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: VOCM more like Fox and Sun #nlpoli

VOCM’s newsroom is taking a massive step downward with a headline on the Liberal leadership.  On Friday, Dwight Ball stepped down as interim leader.  The caucus will decide his replace – officially – at a meeting they’ll hold in a couple of weeks.

The entire VO story consists of these few sentences under the headline . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: VOCM more like Fox and Sun #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Inquiring Minds? You don’t want to know. #nlpoli

Denial and evasion, wrote Andrew Coyne last week, are only making worse three political scandals. He’s referring to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and allegations of substance abuse, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Mike Duffy Affair, and former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and a police investigation into McGuinty’ s staff, missing e-mails and a gas . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Inquiring Minds? You don’t want to know. #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Talking Point Politics #nlpoli

The Telegram’s Saturday front page story on Tory efforts to manipulate online polls and comments garnered two equal and opposite reactions over the weekend in that political echo chamber called Twitter.  [The story isn’t free.  it’s in the online subscriber edition]

Some people got into a lather over it.

Some other people tried to blow . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Talking Point Politics #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Did Mulcair really say that? #cdnpoli #nlpoli

According to CBC News, federal opposition leader Thomas Mulcair said that his party would honour a loan guarantee for the Muskrat Falls project “even if price tag goes up.”

But did he actually say that?

Not really.

For one thing, the quote in the body of the online story appears to put a caveat . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Did Mulcair really say that? #cdnpoli #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Muskrat Falls Debate (on Twitter) #nlpoli

Over at the Telegram, you’ll find two blog posts that are well worth your time if you want to get more insights into the ongoing discussion about Muskrat Falls.

Political reporter James McLeod goes through the tone of the public discussion about the project.  Geoff Meeker has a post featuring some observations by former premier . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Muskrat Falls Debate (on Twitter) #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Truth Hurts #nlpoli

For those of us who loved the West Wing, we can look forward to his latest effort, an HBO series about news media called The Newsroom.

And we can be sure that it will be a finely crafted and savagely accurate portrayal of the news business.

We can be sure because a gang of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Truth Hurts #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Persistence of False Information #nlpoli

In an interview on The Current last week,  Anthony Germain asked Premier Kathy Dunderdale why she wasn’t trying to sell Muskrat Falls to people in Newfoundland and Labrador as Danny Williams might have.

“If we are going to break Quebec’s stranglehold on the province…” suggested Germain, as he cast the project as an exercise in . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Persistence of False Information #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All the news that fits the frame #nlpoli

With a couple of discussions about the media and how it covers news, no regular readers of the various scribbles in this province would be surprised to find a column on the same subject from the Telegram’s Peter Jackson.

Go read it.  While you may disagree with Peter from time to time – and sometimes . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All the news that fits the frame #nlpoli