Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'One of the things I think I have learned is the value of my own life'

The Globe and Mail's Graeme Smith talks with CBC Radio's Dispatches about his tour of duty in Afghanistan. “It's been frightening, at a lot of times. My car has been followed — repeatedly. I've been shot at, rocketed, mortared, hit by a suicide bomber — lots of nasty stuff.” Here's the podcast link for the […]

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Georgia: Outpost of democracy, if you don't count the lousy state of press freedom

From the NYT: Georgia and its American backers, including the Republican and Democratic United States presidential contenders, have presented Georgia as a plucky little democracy in an unstable region, a country deserving of generous aid and NATO membership. But a growing number of critics inside and outside the country argue that it falls well short […]

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Tue, October 7 2008 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A nicely-written lede

For the NYT story Global fears of a recession grow stronger: When the White House brought out its $700 billion rescue plan two weeks ago, its sheer size was meant to soothe the global financial system, restoring trust and confidence. Three days after the plan was approved, it looks like a pebble tossed into a […]

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Mallick on the Palin column fallout

From CBC.ca: Two things about the whole debacle are of interest. One is the matter of protecting writers' safety when villagers approach with torches and pitchforks. One of my employers immediately provided me with a security guard. I had offered to cancel a speech I was giving at a Catholic university in Canada – I […]

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