Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Postmedia slurps up Quebecor’s newspapers

In a landmark transaction, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has purchased the English-language print assets of Quebecor Inc., leaving it with a hammerlock over newspaper ownership in most of Canada.

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Mon, October 6 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Gary Webb, ‘The Pariah’

Esquire magazine ran a lengthy feature in its September 1998 issue on then-disgraced journalist Gary Webb entitled The Pariah. It remains a must-read cautionary tale about what can happen to a journalist who imperfectly challenges power.

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Fri, October 3 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

NYT’s Carr on Gary Webb of ‘Dark Alliance’ infamy

With the movie “Kill the Messenger” coming out Oct. 10, NYT media columnist David Carr takes a look at the Gary Webb/”Dark Alliance” tragedy. I extract some new stuff.

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Thu, October 2 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Sun Media, not Levant, apologizes to Trudeau

From the Toronto Star: The Sun News network has apologized to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and declared that an “offensive” rant against his parents’ morality — which included a description of Pierre Trudeau as a “slut” — should have never made it to air.

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Mon, September 29 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Movie coming out about ‘Dark Alliance’ reporter Gary Webb

From The Intercept: Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism.

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Fri, September 26 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

More on Trudeau vs. Levant

Two veterans of the parliamentary press gallery weighed in on the Trudeau vs. Sun Media controversy. One says that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s big mistake was to announce the boycott, while another tried to have it two ways by criticizing Trudeau’s boycott of Sun Media while calling for news corporations to raise the floor level […]

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Thu, September 25 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

“I’ll take contempt of Parliament for $1,000, Alex”

This delicious bit of photoshopping made its way into my Twitter feed this evening: Here’s the background story.

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Thu, September 25 2014 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off

‘Toronto Sun’ takes Levant’s side in Trudeau spat

Big surprise here. The Toronto Sun‘s editorial on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s decision to “not engage” with Sun Media made much of Trudeau’s slight and little of the putrid attack that preceded it.

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Wed, September 24 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Trudeau to shun Sun Media after parents slut-shamed

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying he would no longer “engage” with Sun Media in the wake of an on-air rant by personality Ezra Levant that attacked the sexual lives of his parents, Pierre and Margaret.

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Tue, September 23 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » 1 Comment

Global unveils plan for new national local news channel

From the Globe and Mail: Shaw Communications Inc. is pitching a new 24-hour news channel with a flexible mix of national and local news, hoping to make its local Global networks more financially viable.

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Mon, September 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off