Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy and the Brexit Bigots

It's been just over a week since the result of the Brexit referendum shocked the world. And triggered what can only be described as a racist horror show. Police in Britain have recorded a dramatic rise in racist attacks in the wake of Brexit, with five times the usual number of incidents reported in the week since ...

Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Apology and the Shame of the CBC

And so it ends, for him. Jian Ghomeshi has apologized, and avoided another trial for sexual assault.Jian Ghomeshi stood before an open court today and apologized for his "sexually inappropriate" behaviour against a former CBC employee who had accused him of sexual assault — a charge that was then dropped by the Crown attorney. His ...

Montreal Simon: There’s a Reason They Call It the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

As you know, I frequently question the judgement of the hapless stooges who run the CBC.I question how they let a shabby tea bagger and climate change denier like Rex Murphy act like the high priest of Big Oil on The National, their flagship news program.Or for that matter, why on the day the Duffy ...

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy’s Obscene Tribute to Rob Ford

Well let nobody say I didn't warn you. I predicted that Rex Murphy would have something to say about his fellow demagogue, and millionaire Rob Ford.And sure enough he did.And the only thing I regret is that my warning wasn't strong enough.For this diatribe couldn't be more obscene.Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: Permanent Delusion, Rex Murphy and Rob Ford

I can’t watch this. I can’t. Rex Murphy’s ode to Rob Ford includes this quote: “Mr. Ford was one of the most remarkable ordinary people Toronto has ever produced.” Here’s another perspective; you decide: To create and solidify their base, Ford and his backers used a strategy that has proven successful elsewhere. It is a ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Permanent Delusion, Rex Murphy and Rob Ford

I can’t watch this. I can’t. Rex Murphy’s ode to Rob Ford includes this quote: “Mr. Ford was one of the most remarkable ordinary people Toronto has ever produced.” Here’s another perspective; you decide: To create and solidify their base, Ford and his backers used a strategy that has proven successful elsewhere. It is a ...

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 its moribund oil industry. It seems that the rest of Canada is not recognizing ...

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 situation in Alberta.But even by his low standards this deranged rant is absolutely ...

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 for his class politics, and suggesting he's a communist.Even though that tool of Big Oil is ...

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 Rona Ambrose's spokesman, on the CBC's flagship news show The National.Well now in the National ...

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 orifice, and before that scary bulging eye started following ...

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 Con's new shadow minister of immigration and REFUGEES, she hadn't condemned ...

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 climate change denier Rex Murphy was clearly not pleased.Mounting his Petromedia Postmedia pulpit, to blow hot air out of every ...

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, digging beneath the surface of those comments, one could see that Rex ...

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 example, Rec Murphy’s point of view, expressed on last night’s National news broadcast, ...

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 ...

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. Recommend this Post

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 ...

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: Recommend this Post

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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”.