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
The UK’s Daily Star went to town on the topic of black-eyed child ghosts, according to my Twitter feed:
Wed, October 8 2014 » Main Page, Minutiae, photos » Comments Off
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
In three words, not so good. (more…)
Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off
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
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.
Mon, October 6 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off
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
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
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
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