Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Dear American friends

A new poll done both here in Canada and the U.S. tells me I’m pretty much in the mainstream: I like America and my American neighbors, but I’m not so hot on Dubya and his fellow travellers in his administration.

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What I'd ask Dubya

OK. I've accepted the fact Dubya and I aren't going to have time for a completely honest heart-to-heart chat on his whirlwind trip to Canada. But if we did, here's 10 questions I'd have asked: 1. Did you do cocaine in your youth? If you did, and you want to be president, why didn't the American people have a right […]

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Maureen Dowd’s brother thanks the Democrats

In her Thanksgiving column entitled Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy, NYT writer Maureen Dowd gives her conservative brother Kevin’s explanation of why the Republicans triumphed in Apocalypse 2004:

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Traffic reporting when there's no traffic

Ahh, making chicken salad out of chicken guano! There is no truer test of a reporter's mettle, I say! This NYT yarn is about Ray Daniels, an overnight traffic reporter for radio station 1010 WINS. It seems that even in the city that never sleeps, there are news dead spots. Here's an excerpt: After the evening rush, […]

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'No artists or Canadians'

An amusing NYT yarn about a small (but in its own way, sophisticated) ad in a Catskills newspaper that put some noses out of joint. An excerpt: … The ad, announcing the availability of some long-boarded-up old storefronts on withered-up Main Street, was not the kind that usually shows up in the local paper, soberly promoting […]

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Warp speed misinformation

In his Saturday column, Toronto Star Ombudsman Don Sellar writes about a how a start-up allowance for refugees was misinterpreted by a reader, who then spread his misinterpretation far and wide on the Net. But then the Star's letters page helped perpetuate the new myth by printing a letter to the editor on it. An […]

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Star editorial on the Ken Peters case

The Sunday Star held forth on the case of Hamilton Spectator reporter Ken Peters, who faces possible jailing for contempt of court because he's refusing to identify a confidential source. It also talks about some wider freedom-to-gather news issues facing Canadian journalists and news organizations. An excerpt: A case now before an Ontario court is […]

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News about Ukraine's news media

Here's a roundup of some stuff I've found about Ukraine's and Russia's news media, normally compliant beasts, in these abnormal times: Guardian: Television becomes attuned to a new spirit (Nov. 29) Globe and Mail: 'We're not lying any more,' defiant media in Ukraine say (Nov. 27) BBC: 'Soviet grip' on Russian media (Nov. 26) ILCA Online: Ukrainian Media […]

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The industry of keeping journos safe

A useful but not ground-breaking BBC piece: Journalists' safety is top priority By Peter Feuilherade BBC Monitoring In war zones and conflict areas across four continents, the number of journalists and media assistants killed has shot up in recent years. In response, a “safety industry” has developed, with global newsgatherers and specialist training and counselling services all […]

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Public editor on the chasm between ahhts editors and readers

Daniel Okrent, the NYT’s public editor, looks at why editors didn’t like the old NYT Sunday arts listings, the backlash by some readers against the changes, and has some critical words for the editors. It’s a particular example of what I think is a widespread phenomenon in journalism: editors wanting to put their stamp on something and […]

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