Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Trump takes his most repulsive shot yet at the media

The lede: “President Trump, in an extraordinary rebuke of the nation’s press organizations, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the nation’s news media ‘is the enemy of the American people.'” (more…)

Fri, February 17 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Burger King loses a whopper of a wrongful dismissal suit

Usha Ram, a veteran Burger King employee in the Vancouver, B.C. area has won a $46,000 judgment after she took home a fish sandwich, fries and pop without paying — mistakenly thinking she had permission. (more…)

Thu, February 16 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae » No Comments

Why it helps Trump to hate the press

Washington Post politics blogger Chris Cillizza writes that Donald Trump gets how much his supporters hate the news media, and used Thursday’s press conference to feed that hatred. (more…)

Thu, February 16 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

‘The leaks are real … the news is fake’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Feb. 16, 2017

That was one of a number of jaw-dropping quotes from U.S. President Donald Trump at an impromptu Thursday news conference in which considerable words and energy were spent slagging his favourite whipping boy, the media. (more…)

Thu, February 16 2017 » Main Page » No Comments

How writers procrastinate in 2017

A gem from Twitter:

Tue, February 14 2017 » Main Page » No Comments

Defining fake news

Sun, February 12 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

North Korea tests a missile while Trump dines

North Korea launched its first missile test of 2017, lobbing one about 500 kilometres into the Sea of Japan. The action occurred as U.S. President Donald Trump was hosting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Largo, Trump’s winter retreat. (more…)

Sat, February 11 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Declinism and what the Trumpsters are reading

From the Doug Saunders column: “If there is one big intellectual idea that motivates people to vote for far-right movements, it is declinism: the notion that your country’s best days are in the past and that its economy and culture are being defeated.” (more…)

Sat, February 11 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Fact checking the Yemen raid

A Jan. 29 raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen went wrong, in part because an eight-year-old girl was killed (like her jihadi father, who was killed previously, she was an American citizen).

NPR tries to sort out truth from fiction about the raid. (more…)

Fri, February 10 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments