Mind Bending Politics: Exclusive: Monia Mazigh Responds To Omar Khadr Settlement

(Monia Mazigh Human Rights Advocate and Author Best Known For Her Advocacy of Her Husband Maher Arar Responds to Omar Khadr Settlement)   Mind Bending Politics sat down with Monia Mazigh this week to discuss the Omar Khadr settlement and her thoughts on the future of human rights in Canada.  Before that interview we wanted to ...

Mind Bending Politics: Legacy News is Threatened By Lack of Ethics Not Subsidies

(CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais still clueless on journalism ethics) This week CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais ripped into journalism industry executives for asking for subsidies all while owning private yachts and helicopters. This statement has come while the CRTC has been holding hearings on the future of local journalism and TV, however spoiled executives are only ...

Mind Bending Politics: US Press Pool Can’t Figure Trump Out

 Most Canadians are very familiar with “shock” politicians.   We had one of our own, and Americans need only to look at former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to understand the political similarities of republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  Trump has said many shocking things as of late; most recently wanting to ban Muslims from entering ...

Mind Bending Politics: Election Called, Media in Crisis, International Observers Called In

Yesterday Prime Minister Harper dropped the election writ, and Canada is now in it’s 42nd election since confederation.  There has been much speculation around the timing of the writ dropping.  This election will be one of the longest and most costliest elections in modern times, which could cost Canadian tax payers close to $1 billion+ ...

Mind Bending Politics: Big Media Influencing Canadian Election For Political Favoritism

As the debates over the debates has raged on over the past several months, one thing is becoming increasingly clear.  Journalists in Canada seem to be throwing out their duty of independence and holding our political parties to account for political favors; thus Canadians can’t rely on the media to do their traditional role of ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

The current scandal engulfing the CBC and Amanda Lang has made its way overseas into the cross-hairs of The Guardian’s George Monbiot. After providing a summary, with appropriate links, of the sordid Lang tale that encompasses massive conflict of interest and management collusion, Monbiot has this to say: CBC refused to answer my questions, and ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Ethics

Or, more accurately, the lack of them at the CBC, letter-writer John Page of Toronto offers this thought: Re: Minimal mindset of CBC managers, Jan. 16 As a faithful listener and hard-core supporter of the CBC for over 42 years, I recently changed the channel — literally. The story on the conduct of Amanda Lang ...

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Amanda Lang Imbroglio

The Star’s John Semley offers his thoughts on the inadequacy and ineptitude of the CBC’s response to the Amanda Lang scandal: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Accountability, Whither Thou Goest?

If there is one good thing to be said about the Leslie Roberts scandal, it is that privately owned Global Television has acted with dispatch both in its investigation of the newsman/PR firm co-owner’s terrible breach of ethics, and its subsequent actions. While the official ‘story’ is that Roberts has resigned, there is little doubt ...

Politics and its Discontents: Good Riddance!

From my perspective as a serious consumer of news, Leslie Roberts will not be missed. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC: The Ethical Slide Continues

H/t Canadaland The once-prized principle of journalistic ethics continues its precipitous decline at the CBC. Following last years’s timid management response to conflict of interest allegations against chief correspondent and resident sycophant Peter Mansbridge and its sophistic treatment of oil shill/resident crank/climate-change denier Rex Murphy, the Corporation’s management is at it again in defending its ...

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 ...