Media in Ottawa are too busy eating each other alive to focus on the main course passing authoritarian Bill C-51.
Glen McGregor takes the proposed Press Gallery changes apart.
@pdmcleod fair enough, moneybags. New territory to me. What's a more apt description?
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 24, 2015
@laura_payton As this is being triggered now, Q is: if a PPG Member is offended at another's remarks & complains:would this be "just cause"?
— D. Matthew Millar (@dmatthewmillar) February 23, 2015
Not many a tear was shed as Fox News North closed up shop.
“Sun News Network went off the air at 5 a.m. ET Friday after failing to find a new owner. Programming on the channel was replaced with a Sun TV logo. Sun Media Corp. issued a statement saying it spent months unsuccessfully trying to find a buyer, but financial losses meant it could not continue to operate.”
On a brighter note the Sun Logo is much more interesting and informative than any of the content that was available previously on SNN.
“The network (Read more…)
#FunFact: Sun News was the first "national" "news" TV station to show one of my videos. Of course, followed by Gormley slandering me.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) February 13, 2015
Gormley cooked up a conspiracy to try to blame me for his misfortune of attracting a protest to his book talk.
Sun News finally wore out,
Watch all the media pout,
Lacking in clues
With Conservative views,
Levant's off-air; the lout
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) February 13, 2015
Everyone at SUN News Deserved to be Fired, by @omar_aok http://t.co/nuzlUthsZl pic.twitter.com/sbpSYFwCma
— CANADALAND (@CNDLND) February 13, 2015
It's somewhat (Read more…)
Will Ezra have to go back to being a cashier at a dep in Laval? Film at 11. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Who IS this anyway?
Stop the presses. Two women who used to look a certain way, now look different.
Renee Zellweger had the audacity to change her look. Now, Uma Thurman has done so! CTV put it this way: “Uma Thurman has Zellwegered her face.” And if you follow the CTV link, you can use a slider to examine her before and after pictures, which is your right, as a consumer of media!!!!!!
And who is THIS?
What have they DONE to themselves? Does it matter? Who are we to ask? What do they owe us? Should (Read more…)
A recent study proved an old notion – the Pollyanna Hypothesis – that there is a “universal human tendency to ‘look on and talk about the bright side of life’” according to a team of scientists at the University of Vermont. The story was reported on Science Daily recently. Reading through newspapers, magazines, websites, music lyrics and […]
There was once a show called Revolution. And another called Scorpion.
Each had a great premise: a world after electricity, and what happens when you have a bunch of geniuses trying to work together on cool projects.
Each failed miserably [as art] almost immediately.
Why? Nothing new here. Network TV isn’t about high quality art. Sometimes that happens inadvertently, but usually it just has to be interesting enough to keep people watching the commercials.
Besides, people who appreciate real art may not be so enthused with all the car, fast food, sweatshop clothes and other materialism-obsessed capitalist elements.
So if you’re (Read more…)
It shows the misguided focus of the national Postmedia “tabloid” when they let a star like Mike De Souza go, and hang onto a convicted libeler like Terence Corcoran. Maybe the Post will hire Levant next and bulk up their libeler ranks a little?
I am absolutely thrilled with today's BC Supreme Court judgment in my libel case http://t.co/Wk6h6rPcoa
— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) February 6, 2015
The defendants include the National Post, a newspaper publishing nationally, Peter Foster, Terence Corcoran, and Kevin Libin, all columnists/journalists who have published articles in the National Post and Gordon Fisher, the publisher of (Read more…)
How to characterize the mainstream media reaction to the unfolding debt negotiations between Greece and Europe (not the financial press mind you, which knows what it’s about though sides largely with the creditors)? For those looking for the simplest angle, it is merely a stand-off without context: a horse race or Wild West shoot-out. Here, the problem is not so much a particular internalized economic doctrine, though that’s there too, but an additional utter lack of context.
A significant chunk of reporting, however, tries to give at least some context. Often, it starts with the “fundamental fact” of the debt: (Read more…)
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m freaking out. I ate at Wendy’s last night, and then I’m reading the paper today — yeah, like I do everyday on the bus — and so I’m reading the paper, and what do I see? Bird Flu! There was another breakout of bird flu in a freakin’ chicken farm […]
THIS picture respects the dignity of a tennis player. Not, “give us a twirl” demeaning, sexist abuse.
Today is a terrible day for gender equity in sports. What it looks like is either continued sexism, or increased anti-feminist backlash against women who have been asserting their human rights to safety and dignity around the world.
Female World Cup soccer players have to play on plastic artificial turf while the men have played on actual…grass. They started a human rights complaint but have now dropped it. And last year at the Australian Open, an idiotic [female!] Australian media interviewer asked (Read more…)
Amanda Lang still hasn’t been suspended from reporting for the CBC. Meanwhile, Global did a little required housecleaning.
“When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power.” – George Monbiot
.@CBCOmbudsman How can Lang take money for a speaking tour sponsored by a company recently in the news? http://t.co/WXcnWMZ8BH
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 16, 2013
@saskboy Lang no longer speaking at CORE conference according to CBC News Editor in Chief@jmcguirecbc
— Esther Enkin (@CBCOmbudsman) April 18, 2013
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Frances Russell writes that NAFTA and subsequent trade agreements are designed to make it difficult for democratic governments to exercise any meaningful authority. And Rowena Mason discusses how the EU-US TTIP is particularly directed toward throwing the public to corporate wolves, while Glyn Moody notes that there are plenty more similar agreements in the works even if the TTIP fails.
- George Monbiot discusses Amanda Lang’s interventions on behalf of her business connections as a prime example of how far too much of our media is trying to serve the wealthy rather than (Read more…)
CANADALAND's investigation of @AmandaLang_CBC , by @sdbcraig , is now online: http://t.co/W7s8XUoX03 pic.twitter.com/FL23x8af34
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) January 12, 2015
It’s been brewing for Lang for quite some months now.
Another Code Red crisis for CBC MT @JesseBrown CANADALAND investigation of @AmandaLang_CBC by @sdbcraig now online: http://t.co/Aj3IsE6mb1
— Chris Selley (@cselley) January 12, 2015
@ChuckTCBC @sdbcraig @CNDLND @JesseBrown @AmandaLang_CBC untrue like this? https://t.co/1zjFhZJs3T
— mvsyyz (@mvsyyz) January 12, 2015
.@JesseBrown @sdbcraig False & misleading to characterize these interviews as favourable, same tone and style as all her others over 15 yrs.
— Chuck Thompson (@ChuckTCBC) (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Lang Should Be Fired Or Suspended
From Barrett Brown, a wrongfully jailed journalist… in the USA. He’s imagining speaking to the founding fathers about the country’s progress:
Benjamin Franklin: “It was among my fondest dreams that my beloved Philadelphia would someday grow into one of the world’s great centers of high culture, and become a by-word for the gentlemanly arts. Tell me, has this come to pass?”
Me: “Uh …”
America… the failed experiment in liberty?
Here’s a clever video that took more than a year to complete by a young Saskatoon man.
It reminds me somewhat of my shorter-lived face-a-day project modeled on Noah Kalina’s famous YouTube video.
Egypt’s retrial of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in their original convictions, says Amnesty International.
The post Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
John Tory hosted a thank you party for volunteers at the Acadian Court on December 17, 2014.
John Tory with Omar Ha-Redeye at the volunteer victory party.
It’s time. Time to consider writing with us. We’re expanding our crew and you may be the kind of person we’re looking for.
How would you know? Here are the four steps.
Read the About Politics, Re-Spun page. If you understand that, you’ve passed #1! Read George Monbiot’s essay called Career Advice, written more than a decade ago. It’s what motivated me to start Politics, Re-Spun in the first place! Read Jasmin Mujanović‘s entire piece about how to be a significant voice in the world. His clip about how he started with Politics, Re-Spun is right here, (Read more…)
Orac brings the pain to the masters(?) of woo.
Filed under: Media, Medicine, Science Tagged: Alternative Medicine, CAM, Magic, Reiki, Woo
TV does such a wonderful job of promoting fairy tales and fiction. Just like how the protagonists after being shot recover within forty-five minutes, accurate depictions of prison life by certain shows do not match up with reality.
Filed under: Media Tagged: Media Disservice, Orange is the New Black, TV fails us, Unreality
The Kurds: They should have had a country of their own, but since they don’t, and since Canada is allied by treaty to one of their principal enemies, letting Canadians join their fight isn’t a simple matter. We need clarity on just what Canada’s position is from the Canadian government. Below: Dillon Hillier is shown with a Kurdish fighter in this photo from the National Post – what’s the badge on his arm say? Canada? Lord Palmerston; a map of Turkey showing its majority Kurdish-speaking regions.
While a couple of officials of the Harper Government have now half-heartedly warned Canadians (Read more…)
There are very real dangers in the world, but let’s not lose all perspective. Perspective is everything. Don’t believe the hype. It must be stated directly: the majority of people have wildly irrational, and frankly delusional modes of thinking when it comes to risk assessment. And of course, pre-formed, unreflective opinions, that is, prejudice and […]