Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Leaving the movie beat: A curious memoir

After reading this, I thought to myself: 'This Weinraub fellow is quite the naive guy in some ways. And he's covering Hollywood?!?!' :) Read the excerpt from this NYT story and see what I mean: I CAME to Hollywood in 1991 thinking I knew quite a lot about the world and its ways. As a […]

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Qatar looking to unload al-Jazeera

If you're looking to buy a popular but unprofitable Arab TV satellite news network that comes complete with powerful enemies such as the U.S. government, contact the Emir of Qatar. Here's some excerpts from the NYT story: The tiny state of Qatar is a crucial American ally in the Persian Gulf, where it provides a […]

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Interesting slip of the tongue — if it <em>was</em> a slip

Did I really hear CBC's Cross Country Checkup host Rex Murphy refer to “Jean Chretien's liars” seeking to have Justice John Gomery removed as commissioner of the sponsorship inquiry? Or is my own mind inventing Freudian slips for the usually nimble-tongued Mr. Murphy? :^) Anyways, if you don't want to read tiresome, hysterical anti-Gomery rants, then […]

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Instant Iraq election analysis

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could only muster up 16 suicide bombers in a country of 25 million people to attack polling stations? That's not so good (for him, obviously). There were over 5,200 polling stations to attack. Given the ferocity of his rhetoric leading up to today's vote, one would have expected hundreds of suicide bomber […]

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Cash's 'Hurt' rated all-time best music video

Musical artists have spoken (albiet in a cheesy poll of 31 people), and they think Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' — made six months before his death — is the best music video of our time. An excerpt from the Observer story: The video for 'Hurt', Johnny Cash's valedictory single recorded just six months before his death, […]

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Focus on the Family looks northward

The same-sex marriage issue in Canada has caught the eye of one of the most influential players on the U.S. Christian Right: Focus on the Family, led by Dr. James Dobson. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he's the same guy who recently took a run at Spongebob Squarepants. Incidentally, he “sets the record […]

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Playing the Holocaust card

Ami Eden, editor of the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward, has written a commentary for the NYT on why the world's Jewish community needs new tactics to combat anti-Semitism. An excerpt: HE 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which was be marked by ceremonies in Poland this week, is a painful reminder of […]

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The geo-green alternative

NYT columnist Thomas L. Friedman has a solution for dealing with the Middle East and the other oil-producing regions of the world — grow less dependent on them: An excerpt: … Is there any other way the West can promote real reform in the Arab-Muslim world? Yes, there is an alternative to the Euro-wimps and […]

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Get ready for the Jacko media circus :(

Jury selection starts Monday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse case. This BBC story looks at the overall horde that will descend on the Santa Maria courthouse, but I've excerpted the media stuff: It is going to be a long weekend for the hordes of media staff setting up camp in the car park at […]

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Protesters support Moroccan paper's tsunami 'interpretation'

A newspaper in Morocco has written that the tsunamis were divine retribution for the licentious ways and sex tourism industry of southeast and south Asia. This had thousands of people in the streets — endorsing that view, or at least the paper's right to hold it. An excerpt from the BBC story: The comments have provoked […]

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