Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul

From NPR on Tuesday: Bernard Wilson, 64, who helped define the sound of Philadelphia soul in the 1970s, died Sunday at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. Wilson’s velvet baritone backed up the hits he performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, including “If You Don’t Know […]

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Wed, December 29 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul

Journalists are more trusted! Hey, wait a minute

I reflexively retweeted this: globeandmail Canadians trust doctors less, journalists more: poll http://tgam.ca/BPxT And how much trust is that? What company are journalists keeping? From the Montreal Gazette story: Speaking of media, national trust in journalists increased by one per cent, to 32 per cent, placing reporters a notch below auto mechanics, but one above […]

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Tue, December 28 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Journalists are more trusted! Hey, wait a minute

Satirist Stewart touted as America’s new Edward R. Murrow

A New York Times article asks whether Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is to our times what CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow was to the news media of the 1950s. My tweeted response? Jon Stewart has his Murrow-esque moments mainly when he abandons his comedic persona & plays a journalist on TV.

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Mon, December 27 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » 6 Comments

Christmas openings and closings in the dot

Your comprehensive guide from ctvtoronto.ca to what’s happening, or not, happening in Toronto over the Christmas break.

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Fri, December 24 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Christmas openings and closings in the dot

Merry Christmas

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Fri, December 24 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, photos » Comments Off on Merry Christmas

Russell Williams: Canada’s biggest newsmaker? Really?

Russell Williams — once an Air Force colonel, now a convicted murderer and sex offender — has been deemed Canada’s newsmaker of the year. However, the news managers who chose him many be confusing the news with the newsmaker.

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Thu, December 23 2010 » Main Page, Media » 3 Comments

Can an auditor-general’s report bring down a government?

David Akin had posted the following to his blog on Tuesday: The U.S. government’s shocking lack of financial reporting accountability. It got some attention on Twitter on Wednesday. About the same time, Akin tweeted: An auditor’s report like this would bring down govts in Canada. In the U.S., barely a shrug http://bit.ly/eMPAoc This provoked me into asking Mr. Akin […]

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Thu, December 23 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » 4 Comments

L’affaire Assange: The animated version

The Guardian published the lurid details of the sexcapades of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Sweden — activity that has led to two complaints of sexual assault being filed against him. The incomparable NWAtv has now created one of its signature animations (seen first on Twitter):

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Wed, December 22 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » Comments Off on L’affaire Assange: The animated version

What made Kathy English tweet this?

Kathy English, the public editor of the Toronto Star, issued this tweet Tuesday night: Did Rob Ford aide lie to me in seeking correction about Ford’s university record? Was I had? What is truth here?http://tinyurl.com/33onwa8

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Wed, December 22 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on What made Kathy English tweet this?

All for the love of a certain guitar sound

I tweeted thusly: Because I’m a fan of shimmering guitar sounds, Nancy Sinatra, ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ – http://tinysong.com/k8uo Tommy James & The Shondells, ‘Crimson and Clover’ –http://tinysong.com/yuZj The Raveonettes, ‘Love In A Trashcan’ – http://tinysong.com/CnND The Poppy Family, ‘Where Evil Grows’ – http://tinysong.com/CnNF Tommy James & The Shondells, ‘Draggin’ the Line’ –http://tinysong.com/CnNL

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Mon, December 20 2010 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on All for the love of a certain guitar sound