Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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CBS fires four over memo-gate

Four heads have rolled over the CBS memo-gate scandal, in which apparently fake memos about Dubya's service in the Texas Air National Guard were used in in a 60 Minutes II segment. Here's an excerpt from the AP story carried on nytimes.com: The network fired Mary Mapes, producer of the report; Josh Howard, executive producer […]

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I hope he's not right, but I suspect he is

The Toronto Star's Ben Rayner turns away from deep thoughts on pop music for a day and predicts tsunami fatigue will be the next wave to sweep over North America. An excerpt: Mark my words, though, it's on the way. Which isn't to say that the Western world will suddenly stop caring once the 24-hour […]

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Your daily paper, courtesy of a sponsor

The NYT has taken a special look at some practices by U.S. newspapers who deliver papers to non-subscribers because they are paid to do so by a sponsor. They found that circulation drops would have been 10 times worse had circulation rules not allowed for those third-party programs. An excerpt: The unsolicited deliveries were made […]

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'I did something beyond stupid'

This is from a CP story, forwarded to CAJ-L by Ricky Leong, about the career-ending booboo by Bob Keating, a former CBC radio reporter. He anonymously sent a box of chocolates to a B.C. health care lobbyist. Two of the chocolates had come in contact with raw chicken and dirt. An excerpt from the story, […]

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Giving a plagiarist a second chance

Scott Taylor, a very high-profile Canadian sports columnist, left his long-term gig at the Winnipeg Free Press after being accused plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered a major journalistic sin. If true, who in the Canadian media universe would give such a man a second chance? Step forward, National Post! The Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias deals with […]

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Quick thought on the People's Choice Awards

Who'da thunk two religious films would be voted most popular at the People's Choice Awards tonight? :^) I'm speaking, of course, of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ. In the case of the latter, it's literally a religious film. For the former, it's more about being a film for […]

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