Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Fear and loathing at Maclean's

With editor Anthony Wilson-Smith announcing a hasty exit, and the publisher already jettisoned, the Globe and Mail is reporting that the venerable magazine's anxious staff is wondering what it all means. The Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias also weighs in. An excerpt: “We're going into the future with too much unknown. The central questions are who's the boss […]

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Canadians give $150 million to tsunami relief

And $30 million of that came on Tuesday, according to this CTV.ca story. For a complete collection of info on helping, check out Canada Cares. Anyway, here's an excerpt from the story: Canadians donated to tsunami relief in record numbers on the final day of an offer for federal matching funds and credit on their 2004 tax […]

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New aide aims to defrost the press room

An NYT profile of Nicolle Devenish, the new communications director of the Bush White House. An excerpt: ASHINGTON – Maybe it's one of those tales that have grown taller in the telling, maybe it's not, but Nicolle Devenish, the new communications director of a White House not known for its love affair with the press, […]

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All the President’s newsmen

A particularly acerbic rant against the news media, CNN’s Crossfire in particular and the Armstrong Williams scandal┬áby the NYT’s Frank Rich — a man who has set the bar high for well-articulated vitriol.

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Harry, you dumkopf!

While normally I don't give a fig about the British royals, this is such a remarkable lapse in judgment that it deserves to be recorded. Prince Harry showed up at a party with a swastika armband! The BBC story: Harry says sorry for Nazi costume Prince Harry was photographed at a friend's fancy dress party […]

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New resto gets blasted for 'bad taste' name choice

Three weeks ago, a new Japanese restaurant opened in Johannesburg, South Africa: The unfortunately-named Tsunami Seafood Emporium. Here's an excerpt from the BBC story: The Japanese sushi bar manager said he could not have predicted the disaster. “A lot of research went into the name,” said Claudio Goncalves. He said that some people thought the […]

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Oh really, Ralph?

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein was in The Big Smoke Wednesday, assuring the average folk at the Empire Club that Oilberta is not full of rednecks. My goodness. My home province must have changed since I was there three weeks ago! :) At Cafe Dabar, the Internet cafe where I sometimes updated this blog while on […]

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