Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Harperites want unfettered access to news footage for attack ads

CTV broke a story about how the Conservative government wants to sneak in a law change that would open the coffers of news footage for use in political attack ads — something that gains urgency as Canada moves towards a fall 2015 federal election.

The networks are definitely not happy and the Globe and Mail hopes the whole thing is a trial balloon that will blow away. (more…)

Thu, October 9 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Black-eyed ghost children! The series

The UK’s Daily Star went to town on the topic of black-eyed child ghosts, according to my Twitter feed:

From the Daily Star: Black Eyed Ghost Children covers

Wed, October 8 2014 » Main Page, Minutiae, photos » Comments Off

Syrian town of Kobani may fall to Islamic State despite air strikes

From Reuters:

The U.S. military on Wednesday said air power alone may not save the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants as U.S. officials appeared to brace for the town’s fall. (more…)

Wed, October 8 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

How’s the U.S. bombing campaign going against Islamic State so far?

In three words, not so good. (more…)

Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Canada votes to go bomb Islamic State

CF18 jet performs above the CNE airshow in September 2011

In the House of Commons this evening, MPs voted 157 to 134, with three abstentions, to deploy CF-18s to Iraq to bomb the forces of Islamic State, a savagely militant Islamist group that has taken root there. (more…)

Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off

Postmedia slurps up Quebecor’s newspapers

In a landmark transaction, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has purchased the English-language print assets of Quebecor Inc., leaving it with a hammerlock over newspaper ownership in most of Canada.

Oct. 7, 2014 front page of the Toronto Sun heralding the Postmedia deal. (more…)

Mon, October 6 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Gary Webb, ‘The Pariah’

Esquire magazine ran a lengthy feature in its September 1998 issue on then-disgraced journalist Gary Webb entitled The Pariah.

It remains a must-read cautionary tale about what can happen to a journalist who imperfectly challenges power. (more…)

Fri, October 3 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

NYT’s Carr on Gary Webb of ‘Dark Alliance’ infamy

With the movie “Kill the Messenger” coming out Oct. 10, NYT media columnist David Carr takes a look at the Gary Webb/”Dark Alliance” tragedy.

I extract some new stuff. (more…)

Thu, October 2 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Sun Media, not Levant, apologizes to Trudeau

From the Toronto Star:

The Sun News network has apologized to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and declared that an “offensive” rant against his parents’ morality — which included a description of Pierre Trudeau as a “slut” — should have never made it to air. (more…)

Mon, September 29 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Movie coming out about ‘Dark Alliance’ reporter Gary Webb

From The Intercept:

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism. (more…)

Fri, September 26 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off