Politics and its Discontents: Fearless Journalism, Or Presidential Appeasement?

Happy New Year, everyone. And now, a return to regular programming. As 2017 dawns and the Trump presidency draws near, I have been wondering if the MSM will show any real backbone and fulfill the role traditionally ascribed to them as bulwarks of democracy. Or will they simply continue to be the abject failures that ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Shape Of Things To Come?

The other day, I wrote a post about how NBC Nightly News was attacked by Donald Trump via his weapon of choice, Twitter, a perhaps apt mechanism given the president-elect’s incapacity for sustained thought or discourse. But NBC is hardly the only media outlet in his sights. His latest is an attack on Vanity Fair ...

Politics and its Discontents: Toward A New Clarity Of Language

With conventional media fighting an ever-growing juggernaut of fake news, news that is either outright lie or gross distortion, two national journals have joined a growing chorus in refusing to use the euphemism alt-right: The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. After much discussion and input, Kathy English, The Star’s Public Editor, reports the ...

A Different Point of View....: As Mansbridge Exits: Does the CBC have the courage to build a TRULY GREAT news program?

The latest water cooler chat among many Canadians this week is speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge as host of The National, CBC-TV’s flagship news program. He announced earlier this week that, after 30 years as host of  the program. The long-time anchor seemed to be trying to give his departure considerable significance by ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fair And Balanced Reporting, Or Craven Corporate Pandering?

I just finished reading Rather Outspoken, a memoir by Dan Rather, former anchor of CBC News who was essentially fired for reporting the truth about George Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard in lieu of going to Vietnam. While there was plenty of evidence to support the fact that Bush was absent without ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened

During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.It was met with a round of applause, resonating with the conservative crowd, but not so much with the Canadian public, who saw it as just another ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened

During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.It was met with a round of applause, resonating with the conservative crowd, but not so much with the Canadian public, who saw it as just another ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened

During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.It was met with a round of applause, resonating with the conservative crowd, but not so much with the Canadian public, who saw it as just another ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Paranoid election signs attack Liberals, NDP and Mainstream Media

Canadians are faced with two stark options in this federal election, according to new election signs spotted north of Edmonton in the federal riding of Parkland-Sturgeon River. Either we can a) help destroy Canada and Alberta by voting for the Liberals and New Democratic Party on October 19 or b) destroy the Mainstream Media.The presence ...

Michal Rozworski: The media love the TPP, but should you?

My piece on the mainstream media’s trade deal boosterism was published at Ricochet yesterday. Canada’s media have heaped fawning praise on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest free trade and investment deal in years. Rather than raising questions and red flags over a secret deal with mixed impacts, our media has been cheering and patting elites on ...

A Different Point of View....: Today’s media language a little too much like 1984’s Newspeak

Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought and concepts that pose a threat to the regime. Canada is not Orwell’s imaginary society where peoples’ every thoughts and ideas are controlled ...

Alberta Diary: Alberta Diary is closed, but, like Gen. MacArthur, we (I) shall return…

Yeah, we’re closed, but we don’t plan to be closed for long. Below: Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Below him: Alberta Diary’s crack research staff scouring the Internets, looking for blog ideas and royalty-free illustrations to go with them. This may come as a surprise to readers, but actual Alberta Diary researchers may not appear exactly as ...

The Disaffected Lib: Busting the Cartel

“this country should no longer tolerate a situation  where the public interest in so vital a field as information[is] dependent on the greed or goodwill of an extremely privileged group of businessmen”  That was the seminal conclusion of the 1969 Davey Commission report into Canada’s mass media.  It was a warning about the danger to ...

drive-by planet: Ghouta sarin attack whodunnit: Seymour Hersh ‘old media’ methods criticized by Brown Moses

In a recent article Whose Sarin? Pullitzer-prize winning investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, makes the case that the Obama administration misled Americans about the August 21 sarin attack outside Damascus. Hersh also raises questions about who might have been behind the attack. We know the neurotoxin sarin was used to devastating effect in the Ghouta attack, ...

RedBedHead: On Pythons & Media Generated Paranoia

My partner and I have been talking much about the horribly tragic death of two boys in New Brunswick a couple of days ago. KP is snake-o-phobic and this just confirmed her worst fears, especially with a reptile shop around the corner that sells large snakes. For me, while it horrified me as a father ...

RedBedHead: On Pythons & Media Generated Paranoia

My partner and I have been talking much about the horribly tragic death of two boys in New Brunswick a couple of days ago. KP is snake-o-phobic and this just confirmed her worst fears, especially with a reptile shop around the corner that sells large snakes. For me, while it horrified me as a father ...

RedBedHead: On Pythons & Media Generated Paranoia

My partner and I have been talking much about the horribly tragic death of two boys in New Brunswick a couple of days ago. KP is snake-o-phobic and this just confirmed her worst fears, especially with a reptile shop around the corner that sells large snakes. For me, while it horrified me as a father ...

The Ranting Canadian: Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by…

Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by an elite cabal during a secret backroom ritual. This one is from Argentina. I guess that country deserves it, considering they just lost the recent vote on the status of the Falkland Islands. Yay, does this mean the end of the Olympic-style news ...

calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Forum Poll has Tory at 48%, Harvey Locke (L) at 28%, Greens and NDP at 8%-11%

Forum Research released a poll of the Calgary-Centre byelection to gauge the support of each candidate in the riding. Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt sits at almost half of the support of the riding, with Harvey Locke some 20 points behind her at 28%. Since the previous poll (in August) the Harvey Locke team has increased ...

Canadian Progressive World: Canada lost 30 400 jobs in July & apologists blame the global economy

This is the kind of news Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would wish you didn’t hear. That’s because it debunks the self-made myth that they’re competent economic managers. They want us to believe that Canada survived the recent global recession better than most countries because of them. And, they’re rapidly anti-evidence.  Anti-statistics. Well, out is ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason To Be Cynical About The MSM

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Politics and its Discontents: Another Failure of the Press

I had an experience yesterday that served only to deepen my cynicism about the mainstream press (The Toronto Star being the sole exception). I called The Hamilton Spectator’s Stephanie Crozier to suggest that her story about Saturday’s protest at the constituency office of my Conservative M.P., David Sweet, had overlooked an important element, the fact ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: China Must be Called to Task Over Human Rights Violations

Stephen Harper is visiting China for trade talks, and many believe that as the heads of the two countries meet, human rights issues must be addressed. Warning:  These stories may be disturbing.  – A vocal opponent of the government and an advocate for human rights, is routinely questioned.  They also target his associates and friends warning them ...

A Different Point of View....: ‘Dinner for two’ for first journalist who dares to explain Conservative ideology

Journalists in the mainstream Canadian media are being intimidated from fully describing the soulless ideology practised by the Harper Conservative government – at least this has been my impression for some time now.  Wanting to find out what journalists are really writing about the Tories and neoliberalism, I spent some time this week searching the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Should the Canadian Media Make New Year’s Resolutions?

I watched Chris Matthew’s Hardball yesterday, where the media panel was asked about their New Year’s resolutions, speaking of them as a whole. Most gave the obvious.  Invest in hard journalism, ask the tough questions, cover politics seriously and don’t get distracted by shiny objects.  All important goals, but aren’t they what journalism is supposed to ...