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 ...

CuriosityCat: Does the Mansbridge Bump mean Justin Trudeau will be prime minister on October 20?

The chickens have spoken Peter Mansbridge, the jovial senior journalist of CBC, held three interviews with Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau. Google has revealed the results of searches on google of the three men, during each such interview. Here’s the graph: Two things about the number of searches. First, more people (by a large factor) googled ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau answers Peter Mansbridge on why he wishes to be prime minister

And gives a succinct answer that answers the question very well.  Peter Mansbridge interviews Justin Trudeau And a good answer it is (even though Mansbridge seems to interrupt an awful lot): PM: But why, why do you think you’re that fresh approach? Not on your beliefs on policy, but on you, personally? What is it ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper Interview with Peter Mansbridge

LeDaro: Evan Solomon fired by CBC

This is puzzling news. Evan Solomon was quite good host of Power and Politics. I watched this program every once in a while. I thought it was quite informative. I don’t understand what’s going on at CBC. It looks that Harper Government has cut CBC funding by over $200 millions and some employees were making ...

Cowichan Conversations: “Crazy” things Stephen Harper said to Peter Mansbridge about Oil and the Environment

Politics and its Discontents: Note To Peter Mansbridge

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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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Real Journalism: Holding Harper To Account

Unlike the kind of faux journalism that the CBC’s most reverent chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, has perfected, real journalism requires critical thinking and hard-hitting questions. In that, The Toronto Star holds to consistently high standards. To appreciate this fact, consider first the following exchange during the year-end interview the Prime Minister granted his media acolyte: ...

Politics and its Discontents: John Doyle’s Christmas Gift To All Of Us

One of the few bright spots on that erstwhile formidable newspaper, The Globe and Mail, is television columnist John Doyle. His trenchant wit and justifiable cynicism about showbiz, along with his capacity to point out shows worth watching, would almost make the paper worth its cost were it not for its abject subservience to its ...

Politics and its Discontents: Setting The Record Straight

Weakly constituted as I am when it comes to tolerating disingenuous and dishonest political theatre, I was unable to watch the Chief Prevaricator, a.k.a. the Prime Minister, while his chief courtier and media enabler, the most Reverend (and reverent) Peter Mansbridge, performed what Michael Harris described as his Yuletide foot massage during their year-end chatfest. ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris REALLY Doesn’t Like Peter Mansbridge

As I said in my last post, I wasn't impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.So the whole thing looked more ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Scary Year End Horror Show

I tried to put it off as long as I could, I was having too much of a good time to spoil it.  Humming Christmas tunes, fixing one of my little robots, and playing with my neighbour's puppy. But eventually I figured I better check out Peter Mansbridge's interview with Stephen Harper. And oh boy ...

In This Corner: Thoughts on a terrible week

Like most other Canadians, I’ve had a hard time processing everything that has happened in Canada this past week. It seemed that the peaceable kingdom had been turned upside down, with soldiers being killed on our streets for the crime of being, well, soldiers. The best I can do today is go over a few ...

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians

Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism. The post Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Mansbridge Revisited

The other day I posted a report on Peter Mansbridge speaking out against cuts to the CBC and the unprecedented secrecy that pervades public institutions under the current federal government. I gave some praise to the broadcaster for finally speaking out about important issues that potentially affect all of us. My friend Dave, from Winnipeg, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Peter Mansbridge Speaks Out

Readers of this blog will know that I am a frequent critic of both the CBC and Peter Mansbridge. Both ‘institutions,’ in my view, often fail to live up to the standards ethical and brave journalism demands. They have been far too passive, even complicit in, the Harper regime’s scorn for the so-called ‘state-broadcaster.’ And ...

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 ...

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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Last Night’s At Issue Panel

The comments of guest panelist Althia Raj, from The Huffington Post, are worth the price of admission here as she declares, in no uncertain terms, that The Fair Elections Act is legislation aimed at voter suppression. In reaction, the attempt at stoicism by Peter Mansbridge, currently embroiled in his own controversy, is also noteworthy, in ...

Alberta Diary: Revelation CAPP paid Mansbridge, defender of Murphy’s speaking fees, brings simmering controversy back to boil

CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, back in the day before he could seriously contemplate receiving a $28,000 speaking fee just for flapping his gums over dinner. (Photo found on the Internet.) Below: Similarly compensated CBC commentator Rex Murphy, presumably at about the same moment in history. Below that: Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith’s enthusiastic review ...

Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

Your blogger with CBC commentator Rex Murphy, quite possibly on his way to a speaking engagement with the oil industry. Below: the same blogger with Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, who has a date with history next week; the controversial Press Progress Rex Murphy info-graphic. ST. ALBERT, Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber’s private member’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: At Issue: Harper’s Obfuscation

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary offers the following definition of obfuscate: to make obscure; to confuse. As an intransitive verb, it means to be evasive, unclear, or confusing. I suspect that those engaged citizens following the details of the Senate scandal that continues to dog the Prime Minister and shows no sign of abatement would agree ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Christmas presents for politicos: Joe Clark and Brad Lavigne launch new books in Edmonton

TweetThe Christmas season is nearly upon us, and what better time than the present to purchase some new reading material for a political junkie or policy wonk dear to your heart. Authors of two new books about Canadian politics will be speaking about their new books and signing copies in Edmonton in the coming weeks. ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Senator Wallin seriously contradicts Wright-Duffy timeline…

Peter Mansbridge’s interview with Senator Pamela Wallin aired the evening of Thursday, June 13th. [ Transcript ] What about the Conservative caucus? Was that your decision or was it clear to you they wanted you out? It was clear to me that they wanted me out. That was, a phone call comes and you’re given ...