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Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

PHOTOS: An artist’s impression of the Schiaparelli Mars Lander descending gently toward the Martian surface. Schiaparelli’s actual Mars landings may not have unfolded exactly as illustrated by the European Space Agency. Below: The evocative cover of today’s National Post. About 178 million kilometres from us yesterday, give or take, Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft went missing and . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Schiaparelli lander missing; ground control still in contact with Postmedia; prognosis grim for both

Alberta Politics: Death threats and vile misogynist commentary about NDP politicians infest Alberta social media

PHOTOS: An organizer of a rally by the group Albertans Against the NDP, addresses a couple of dozen supporters in Calgary last Saturday. The horses are public art and were not technically part of the rally. Until recently, the group’s home page featured violent and offensive commentary about the Alberta NDP. Below: Alberta Progressive Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Death threats and vile misogynist commentary about NDP politicians infest Alberta social media

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Cameron Dearlove laments the fact that Canada is failing to recognize and replicate other countries’ successes in using the social determinants of health to shape public policy: Today we know that social and financial inequities — particularly the experience of poverty — has a greater impact on our . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Ranting Canadian: A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun…

A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news:

Sun “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation, aka Harper TV, aka Scum Spews is finally shutting down due to a shortage of viewers. I just hope Harper doesn’t bail them out with our taxpayer dollars as part of his Conservative Action . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun…

Politics, Re-Spun: While Canada’s Free Press Gets Beheaded…

When one corporation owns most of the English language newspapers in Canada, the free press is essentially dead, not that it’s been much of anything but comatose for a while.

Switch to non-corporate media:

Worried that the PostMedia buy out of Sun News means you won’t have any options for news? Here’s a handy . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: While Canada’s Free Press Gets Beheaded…

Alberta Diary: The Postmedia-Quebecor deal: Welcome to newspaper hell, where the lowest common denominator will prevail

An unreconstituted Toronto Sun front page. Newspaper hell? Turns out it’s not quite as bad as we imagined it would be, except for the few unfortunates who still work in what’s left of the industry. Below: Tom Kent, who headed the 1981 Royal Commission on Newspapers, which was ignored when it was written . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Postmedia-Quebecor deal: Welcome to newspaper hell, where the lowest common denominator will prevail

Alberta Diary: Sun Media – not its squalid commentator Ezra Levant – is the problem

Ezra Levant, on the job with his Sun News microphone. Mr. Levant is not the problem. Sun Media is the problem. Below: Justin Trudeau, Bernie Farber, and Brian Mulroney.

Ezra Levant is a squalid nuisance, barely worth contemplating.

Sun Media is the problem.

On Monday, Sun Media apologized for Mr. Levant’s repellent and . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Sun Media – not its squalid commentator Ezra Levant – is the problem

A BCer in Toronto: Sun sets on Trudeau’s relationship with a certain broadcaster

So, Justin Trudeau isn’t talking to Sun Media reporters, or opinionators, or whatever other categories of people they employ, until the organization apologies for a ridiculous Ezra Levant segment I don’t care to describe — suffice it to say it was a highly offensive personal attack not just on him, but his family.

The press . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Sun sets on Trudeau’s relationship with a certain broadcaster

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

The Canadian Progressive: Sun Media urged to reverse “self-destructive” plan to nuke 360 jobs

CWA Canada is urging Sun Media to reverse its “self-destructive plan” to nuke 360 jobs and 11 publications, and to instead focus on quality local jobs and journalism to boost profits.

The post Sun Media urged to reverse “self-destructive” plan to nuke 360 jobs appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

bastard.logic: Stay Classy, Sun Media

Oops: AM640 ‘s Lou Schizas calls Andrea Horwath a ‘whore’ | canada.com o.canada.com/2013/06/12/and… via @natnewswatch— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) June 13, 2013

@mistervermin @natnewswatch Exactly.— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) June 13, 2013

Filed under: Canadian politics Tagged: AM640, Andrea Horwath, Lorrie Goldstein, Lou Schizas, Ontario NDP, Ontario Politics, Sun Media, The Happy Capitalist

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bastard.logic: Stay Classy, Sun Media

Oops: AM640 ‘s Lou Schizas calls Andrea Horwath a ‘whore’ | canada.com o.canada.com/2013/06/12/and… via @natnewswatch— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) June 13, 2013

@mistervermin @natnewswatch Exactly.— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) June 13, 2013

h/t Justin Stayshyn

Filed under: Canadian politics Tagged: AM640, Andrea Horwath, Lorrie Goldstein, Lou Schizas, Ontario NDP, Ontario Politics, Sun Media, The Happy Capitalist

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Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s BC Liberals Are Being Economic with Accuracy

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

We have passed the halfway point of BC Election 13 and it feels that we are setting some sort of record when it comes to the ‘economies with accuracy’ and just flat out lying that has become the norm with the BC Liberals campaign.

BC Election 13 is . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s BC Liberals Are Being Economic with Accuracy

The Ranting Canadian: Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!:

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV!

Canada’s Sun News Network (aka the Scum “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation) has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for mandatory carriage on cable and satellite TV.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Alison highlights the attempts of Sun TV to rally the most extreme reactionary movements in the country behind its bid for mandatory carriage. And the question of whether we want to publicly sanction a network beholden to such interest groups would seem to answer whether the application is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Bill Longstaff: Sun suckers the rest of the media … again

As the NDP rapidly and somewhat surprisingly closed in on the Conservatives during the last federal election campaign, Sun Media dug deep into Jack Layton’s past to find something to smear him with and then flaunted it just days before the election. The rest of the media instinctively jumped on the bone and escalated the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Sun suckers the rest of the media … again

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Trish Hennessy assembles a handy set of ideas to deal with income inequality.

– No, there isn’t much new in the Cons’ familiar pattern of deceiving the public, covering it up, then lying by about the cover-up by blaming civil servants who can’t publicly defend themselves. But . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Impolitical: Journamalism

Crikey, you’ve got to hand it to Sun Media, they’ve discovered the Elections Canada database apparently: “Media ‘experts’ are Grit, NDP donors.” They’ve tracked the political donations of three Canadian professors, Attaran, Byers, and Mendes, who have all donated, inter alia, to the NDP and Liberal parties. (And note this tweet from Errol Mendes, mentioning . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Journamalism

bastard.logic: Jacked from the 140 (Because sometimes that’s all you need)

Fox News North’s @kinsellawarren puts down his 30 pieces of silver to spank @fernhilldammit for consorting w/ teh enemy is.gd/zoW25t

— Matthew Elliot (@matttbastard) April 9, 2012

Seriously, dub tee eff?

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Once again, let’s hear from a few Sun readers

Breathless smear merchants on King Street manufacture another “scandal.” Hilarity ensues.

And then Sue Ann’s readers show their class …

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Again with the ads. Why the Conservatives keep winning.

The Conservatives are about to unleash new TV ads – slick and appropriately placed in the most researched demographic markets – attacking Bob Rae. What’s telling is that Sun Media breathlessly promotes the ads in gory details in what amounts to an advertisement itself but dressed up as a news article. This is exactly how . . . → Read More: Again with the ads. Why the Conservatives keep winning.

Anyone else gobsmacked by Postmedia attention to Robogate?

I’ve been a taken a little by surprise at the attention paid by Postmedia to the Robo-call scandal. While the Globe & Mail and Sun Media rest on the sidelines, choosing to bolster Conservative claims of innocence and misdirection, and CBC continues its lame tact of false equivalence, the National Post has been on a . . . → Read More: Anyone else gobsmacked by Postmedia attention to Robogate?

Sun Media’s second tier rag drops its panties, Bill Tieleman edition

You all know the Sun newspapers. Some of you may even know the seldom-viewed TV ‘news’ version. But all of you know Sun’s most insidious publication, the ’24’ freebies forced in your face on your way to work. You can’t avoid these hawkers, shoving newspapers practically in your mouth with a look of desperation that . . . → Read More: Sun Media’s second tier rag drops its panties, Bill Tieleman edition

Occupy Ottawa: “Real” Citizenship Canada bureaucratic oath

Last October Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office organized a bogus citizenship ceremony broadcast on Sun Media, popularly known and Fox New North. The ceremony featured six federal bureaucrats posing as newly-minted Canadians. No One …Read More

Impolitical: Exposing the fakery matters

On the news of the fake citizenship reaffirmation ceremony hosted at Sun News at the urging of Jason Kenney’s office, Chris Selley of the National Post concluded this about the episode last week: “But that’s just the usual stuff and nonsense. I don’t see how any of it makes a difference to anyone outside the . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Exposing the fakery matters