Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Microsoft to join the blogging game

Microsoft has found out about some craze called “blogging,” and has decided to get into the game — two years after Google, which purchased Blogger back in the day. Here's an excerpt from a Washington Post story: Microsoft is throwing its hat into the blogosphere with a new online-journal service, a move seen as another […]

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UK's Telegraph loses libel suit

This story is a cautionary tale about checking twice (or even about checking at all) and publishing once. It involves Britain's conservative newspaper The Telegraph and lefty MP George Galloway. After the fall of Baghdad, the Telegraph found documents that purported to show Galloway had been the recipient of payments from the old Iraqi regime. Galloway […]

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Threat to Ontario's sushi is removed!

The health police have backed off! We'll still be able to eat raw fish here! Whoopee! An excerpt of the story from CTV.ca: Giving sushi-lovers reason to dine out, the Ontario government is set to rescind its ban on such fresh, raw seafood delicacies. “At the end of the day, the message for consumers is that the […]

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Lo, a new age of heroes

NYT writer Ed Levine is talking about competition for the classic New York Italian hero from the Vietnamese, Puerto Rican and Dominican communities in NYC. Quick sandwich tips for Toronto: California Sandwiches on Claremont St. (about a block and change north of Dundas W.) for a great Italian sandwich (the sauce!); Oliveira's at Dovercourt and […]

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The NASCAR nightly news: Anchorman get your gun

The NYT's Frank Rich on the transparent efforts by incoming NBC anchor Brian Williams — and indeed, all U.S. network news shows — to suck up to Red Staters: An excerpt: F Democrats want to run around like fools trying to persuade voters in red America that they are kissing cousins to Billy Graham, Minnie […]

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It's still a man's world on the idiot box

The perpetually Granny Smith-tongued Maureen Dowd on the boy's club that is anchoring a network newscast in the U.S. A small irony of this is that when I saw Dowd on the Daily Show some months back, I was left thinking, “definitely not a TV person.” :) Anyways, an excerpt: t's the End of an […]

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The 9/11 bubble

The NYT's Thomas L. Friedman writes about what he sees as a looming financial calamity in the U.S. under the Bush administration's policies. An excerpt: It is now clear to me that we have followed the dot-com bubble with the 9/11 bubble. Both bubbles made us stupid. The first was financed by reckless investors, and […]

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Hamilton Spectator reporter convicted but not punished

By that I mean Ken Peters was found guilty of civil contempt and was assigned to pay legal costs, but but wasn't otherwise fined or given a jail sentence. Here are a couple story links: CTV.ca: Reporter found guilty of contempt of court (video attached with remarks from Peters) CP story via globeandmail.com: Reporter guilty in contempt […]

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