Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

New law could prevent Conrad from returning to the Canuckistani nest

A proposed new law from the governing Liberals would prevent even those accused of a crime of seeking Canadian citizenship. An excerpt from the CP story on globeandmail.com: Foreign charges and convictions do not currently stop someone from obtaining Canadian citizenship. But a statement from Mr. Volpe's office says “the proposed foreign criminal prohibitions provision […]

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The alternative news revolution

Journalist John Pilger trumpets the success of some alternative media outlets in forcing stories like the use of white phosphorus onto the agenda. Some excerpts from the article posted on truthout (first published in The Daily Standard): An admission by the US State Department on 10 November that its forces had used white phosphorus in […]

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The argument for bombing al-Jazeera

Just when I'm thinking I don't post enough right-wing stuff, along comes a juicy morsel like this, from Daniel Johnson of the New York Sun. Some excerpts: … I would be surprised if Messrs. Bush and Blair had not discussed ways of limiting the damage done by Islamist propaganda, whose main conduit is indeed Al […]

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Was Christian rock the Devil's music for David Ludwig?

David Ludwig stands accused of shooting his 14-year-old girlfriend's parents to death. He's also a huge Christian rock fan, particularly of the group Pillar, described in a Salon article as playing “rap-core, a furiously propulsive mash-up of hard rock and rap.” This puts the Christian culture community in a bit of a bind, writes Daniel […]

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Post-traumatic growth syndrome

Some U.S. soldiers who've lost limbs in Iraq, or suffered other horrible wounds, say they've emerged from their travails as better people. An excerpt from the NYT story: As Hilbert Caesar told his harrowing war story one night recently in the living room of his apartment, he patted the artificial limb sticking from a leg […]

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Bush supporters starting to lose faith in their man

This NYT story is based on a series of 75 cross-country interviews with people who voted for Dubya in 2004. They generally don't feel their man is doing the job. An excerpt: Many people who voted for Mr. Bush a year ago had trouble pinning their current discontent on any one thing. Many mentioned the hurricane […]

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Guardian cartoonist on lampooning Dubya

Cartoonist Martin Rowson of Britain's The Guardian talks about the pluses and minuses of seeing his work distributed globally. An excerpt from The Guardian: One the many joys of working for the Guardian is that the political cartoons I draw for the paper on Mondays (and when Steve Bell is away) also appear on the […]

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Al-Jazeera demands the 'bombing' memo from UK

Wadah Khanfar, al-Jazeera's director general, has travelled to London. He wants to see the memo that claims U.S. President George W. Bush raised the possibility of bombing the Doha, Qatar headquarters of the Arab satellite TV news network during an April 2004 meeting with British PM Tony Blair. Some excerpts from the BBC story: A spokesman for […]

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Beeb spanks reporter over Arafat death report

If you don't want to break BBC impartiality rules, don't admit in your news report you started crying when you saw a world leader was apparently in the end game of his life. An excerpt from the BBC story: Barbara Plett was initially cleared by the head of editorial complaints over the From Our Own Correspondent report […]

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NYT to be printed in Canada

Toronto news junkies who like their fix served on newsprint are in for a treat. The NYT will be printed at the same Mississauga plant as The Globe and Mail, meaning it will be available in T.O. first thing in the morning.

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