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Politics and its Discontents: The Demagogue Speaks Again

Won’t anyone tell him just to shut up?Recently, the CBC, which has an ongoing yet inexplicable and wholly unwholesome relationship with Rex Murphy, gave him yet another opportunity to spew his denigration and venom about those who criticize Alberta and… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Demagogue Speaks Again

Montreal Simon: Why is Rex Murphy Trying to Inflame Alberta Separatists?

As I pointed out recently, Big Oil's sinking fortunes are driving its faithful hooker Rex Murphy over the deep end.He has been using his bully pulpits on The National and in the National Post to blame everybody but Stephen Harper for the dire situ… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why is Rex Murphy Trying to Inflame Alberta Separatists?

Montreal Simon: Bernie Sanders and the Attack of the Millionaires

With Bernie Sanders seemingly headed for a decisive victory in tomorrow's New Hampshire primary, it seems that the Millionaire's Club is starting to feel the heat, or the Bern.For first there was Rex Murphy on the National, denouncing Sanders f… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Bernie Sanders and the Attack of the Millionaires

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: Who Needs An Environmental Review?

In my last post I argued that the CBC should fire the Con clown Rex Murphy, for promoting the Energy East pipeline.While being paid by Big Oil to give speeches glorifying their dubious achievements.And for attacking Justin Trudeau, and acting like Ron… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: Who Needs An Environmental Review?

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Once upon a time I used to fly though the air like Peter Pan in search of the remote control, whenever the ghastly Rex Murphy popped up on my big TV.In a desperate attempt to change the channel, before his oily fumes started pouring out of every orifi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Montreal Simon: Why Michelle Rempel Should Be Fired Immediately

The other day I wrote about how shocked I was to see that Michelle Rempel hadn't said a word, or tweeted a single solitary line, about that horrifying pepper spray attack on a group of Syrian refugees in Vancouver.And that even though she is the C… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Michelle Rempel Should Be Fired Immediately

Montreal Simon: Now Will the CBC Finally Fire Rex Murphy?

It couldn't have been a more jarring contrast. While negotiators in Paris worked desperately to put the finishing touches on a historic climate change deal. And prepared to celebrate its successful conclusion.Back in Toronto, the Con clown and c… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Now Will the CBC Finally Fire Rex Murphy?

Politics and its Discontents: Critical Thinking – Yes. Fear Mongering – No.

Last week I wrote a post critical of Rex Murphy’s CBC opinion about how the Syrian refugee situation should be handled by Justin Trudeau. At first blush, his view that more time should be taken in admitting 25,000 to Canada seemed reasonable. However, … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Critical Thinking – Yes. Fear Mongering – No.

Politics and its Discontents: Rex Murphy On Canada’s Refugee Plans

While I am hardly dismissive of those who are expressing concerns about the speed with which the Liberal government is planning to bring in Syrian refugees, those concerns, I believe, are being exploited by some for less than noble purposes. Take, for … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Rex Murphy On Canada’s Refugee Plans

Politics and its Discontents: A Reconsideration

While I have written about the importance of critical thinking many times on this blog, I have always considered it an ideal, a destination that we should strive for throughout our lives. Never is the journey complete; never are we entirely free from our cultural, political and social contexts and values, all of which act as filters through which we interpret events and ideas. It’s all part of being human, and I am acutely aware of the biases through which I see things.

One of my biggest biases, of course, is political in nature. I detest the Harper regime and (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: I Start To Worry

This is, I believe, the second time in recent weeks that I have agreed with Rex Murphy. You see my problem.

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Montreal Simon: Amanda Lang, Rex Murphy, and the Journalistic Crimes of CBC Management

If there was any doubt that CBC management has either lost its moral compass, or its marbles, now there can be none.For all you have to do to arrive at that conclusion is read how they are defending Amanda Lang.So, let's add it up: the government thought RBC did something wrong and RBC apologized for doing something wrong. But Lang said they didn't, and now CBC management says she's "technically correct." Which couldn't be more absurd.Or watch Rex Murphy in action this weekend at the Manning Networking Conference, along with all the other Con clowns…Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: VIDEO: Rex Murphy calls on Canada to go to war against Stephen Harper’s terror bill

Politics and its Discontents: Rex Murphy Praises Thomas Mulcair’s Stand on Bill C-51

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have no particular use for Rex Murphy. Yet last night I found myself in total agreement with him as he offered an eloquent rebuke of Harper’s Bill C-51 by praising NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s opposition to it. You can watch his reasons below:

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Montreal Simon: CBC Management Surrenders and Bans Paid Appearances

It's taken them long enough, and it never should have happened in the first place.But the useless managers at the CBC have finally surrendered, and banned paid appearances. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back At The Trough

The steps of Peter Mansbridge and Rex Murphy, I imagine, have a bit of a spring today, content in the knowledge that they are no longer outliers in the land of journalistic conflicts of interest. There’s a new kid on the block (or, perhaps more appropriately, at the trough).

The Toronto Star reports that Global News anchor Leslie Roberts has been caught in a multitude of egregious conflicts of interests, promoting on air and in his tweets the interests of clients of BuzzPR, the public relations firm he owns with a partner:

Here is but one example of that the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Another Good Reason Why Rex Murphy Should be Fired

You might think that after all that happened at the CBC this year, Rex Murphy might know when to press the mute button.You might think that with all those horrible stories about violence against women, that nasty Con dwarf might exhibit a smidgen of human decency.But no, he'd rather use his last National Post column of the year to dump all over the feminist movement.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy, Jian Ghomeshi, and the CBC Cult of Celebrity

It's hard to imagine a more ghastly thing to watch on a grim, grey, fall day in Harperland, than Rex Murphy on Jian Ghomeshi.The only thing more depressing would be a Stephen Harper speech, or an ISIS video.But I watched it anyway eh?Because I'm really interested in what people who work at the CBC have to say about that scandal, after seeing that its hapless managers are claiming they had no idea that their big star was harassing women and bullying his staff. Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rex Murphy Whips It Out

His vocabulary, to show everyone how big it is.  PS.  The link works, but you don’t have to read.  Although I think somewhere about paragraph three Rex deploys a 12 syllable word meaning “cheese-burger”.

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: When a Pimp becomes a Pope

Lordy. I swear to Godzilla I didn't think it was possible. I really didn't believe you could be a pimp and a Pope at the same time.And the resident right-wing demagogue of the CBC's flagship news program.But Rex Murphy has proved me wrong.It turns out you can be a ghastly oil pimp, and still publish religious tracts like this one. Read more »

Montreal Simon: If the CBC Wants to Honour Knowlton Nash it Must Fire Rex Murphy

On a day when the country is mourning the CBC icon and distinguished Canadian Knowlton Nash. At a time when the CBC is bleeding to death from the savage cuts imposed by the brutish un-Canadian Harper regime.And some of its most admired journalists are taking early retirement, to try to protect the jobs of some of their younger colleagues. All honour to them.I only have one question: will the CBC now also do the honourable thing and finally fire Rex Murphy?Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

As reported by Andrew Mitrovica on iPolitiics, the CBC ombudsman, Esther Enkin, has finally reached her decision on the many conflict of interest complaints lodged against Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge.

Briefly, here is what she said:

“Given that Journalistic Standards and Practices spells out a commitment to independence, and the Conflict of Interest guidelines encompass perception of conflict as well, it is inconsistent with policy when CBC news and current affairs staff accept payment from groups that are likely to be in the news.

She has a somewhat timid suggestion for CBC management:

“But since taking money leads (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rex Murphy: We All Know You Are A Tory Hack …

… now just shut up about it and let the grownups talk, please.

Talk about pathetic.  In a previous column, Murphy was emphatic about how he speaks to his own beliefs and none other.  While one might almost believe that, when Murphy’s “own beliefs” sound suspiciously like talking points out of the PMO, Murphy’s audience needs to get a little more suspicious. Generally speaking, the idea of political parties blending forces, making deals with one another during elections, is not a sound one. Political parties have identities, and those identities emerge from their policies and history — and from their differences (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

While I and others have written about Rex Murphy’s close relationship to the oil industry, a relationship that appears to be in direct conflict with his position at the CBC, Peter Mansbridge has also been embroiled in controversy recently because of a speech he give to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Indeed, and somewhat parenthetically, The Star’s Heather Mallick has a blistering assessment today of Peter’s moonlighting activities.

So what constitutes proper and improper speechifying? Yesterday on CBC’s The Current, a good debate, guest-hosted by Jeffrey Kaufman, took place. Kaufman, a former Canadian journalist now working in (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: First CBC’s Rex Murphy, Now Peter Mansbridge Making Big Bucks From Oil And Gas Corporations


The CBC Should Fire Peter Mansbridge And Rex Murphy



CBC’s Peter Manbridge and Rex Murphy-The Money Is Good!

Check out this Huffington Post Canada report by Michael BolenCBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was paid by a top oil and gas industry group to give a speech on energy, raising new questions about the broadcaster’s conflict of interest policies in the wake of revelations about contributor Rex Murphy’s ties to the energy sector.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) paid Mansbridge to speak at its Investment Symposium in December 2012 and a photo of him giving the (Read more…)