Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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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

U.S. warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria

The sound of bombs and missiles exploding dominated the soundscape of Raqqa, Syria early Tuesday as the U.S. launched a aerial bombardment campaign against Islamic State.

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Mon, September 22 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Ah, Portland: The idyllic capital of underemployment

Portland: Where the ‘keep it weird’ sentiment holds sway, even though many residents of this jewel of an Oregon city are either underemployed or otherwise not keeping up with the Joneses in terms of income.

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Sat, September 20 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Would achieving nationhood been worth it for Scotland?

International affairs columnist Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail looks at the Scottish independence referendum — won by the No side, which took 55 per cent of the vote –and concludes that while it’s never been easier to become a nation, the spoils have never been fewer.

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Sat, September 20 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

The West is getting in over its head by going after IS: Simpson

Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson thinks the West is again risking trouble by going after Islamic State without having a thorough understanding of the forces acting on the Middle East these days.

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Fri, September 19 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off