Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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What a touchy power couple

The Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias has an interesting item about Marci McDonald's profile of Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman in the just-out Toronto Life. Check this out — it's apparently an excerpt from the story: … weeks after I began research on them, Reisman phoned the editor of this magazine, accusing me of posing nasty […]

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Visually sanitizing the Iraq war

This Democracy Now! story promotes an L.A. Times feature on the weekend documenting the extremely rare appearance in major newspapers of photos of U.S. casualties in Iraq. Democracy Now! talked to LAT reporter James Rainey and Village Voice columnist Sydney Schanberg, who has also written on this matter and Aaron Glantz of Pacifica Radio. The […]

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What do Newsweek and 60 Minutes II have in common?

In this Salon blog posting, it's that they both relied on running the story by government officials for final confirmation, and both of them got burned. An excerpt: (story free with a day pass) Most J-schools teach students that, prior to publication, they should not even read quotes back to sources for approval — let alone send […]

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Back to work at BBC after 24-hour strike

BBC editorial and technical staff returned to work at midnight local time after a 24-hour walkout to protest proposed deep staffing cuts. An excerpt: The BBC said 38% of staff due to work joined the walkout over plans to cut 3,780 jobs, though unions said they believed up to 55% had taken part. The BBC urged […]

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The joke is over. I'm being serious.

The Sunday NYT looked at how jokes have been supplanted by one-liners and observational humour. An excerpt: The joke died a lonely death. There was no next of kin to notify, the comedy skit, the hand-buzzer and Bob Newhart's imaginary telephone monologues having passed on long before. But when people reminisce about it, they always […]

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NYT backgrounder on anonymous sourcing in the U.S. MSM

This NYT piece looks at the scrambling going on by major U.S. news organizations to rein in the use of anonymous sources. Some excerpts: Concerned that they may have become too free in granting anonymity to sources, news organizations including USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, NBC News and The New York Times are […]

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