Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Conrad Black gets ripped over Ford interview by ‘As It Happens’ host

Ex-convict turned TV interviewer Conrad Black, widely criticized for doing a softball ball interview with Mayor Rob Ford, got schooled by As It Happens host Carol Off. She was particularly interested in exploring Black’s thoughts about Ford’s remarks on the show about Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale.

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Wed, December 11 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A new low for Toronto’s slimy Mayor Ford

In a televised interview with ex-convict Conrad Black on Vision TV, Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford strongly insinuated one of his main adversaries at the Toronto Star, city hall reporter Daniel Dale, is a pedophile.

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Tue, December 10 2013 » Main Page, Media » 3 Comments

Doug Ford compares Toronto’s news media to ‘Pravda’ of Soviet times

Toronto Coun. Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) just can’t keep from media-bashing, but it’s just silly when he stoops to red-baiting in the process.

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Fri, December 6 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The ‘Dallas Morning News’ marks the JFK assassination’s 50th, et al

The Dallas Morning News marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy with a huge special — JFK50. A year-long series: The people. The city. The impact. There’s a one-hour documentary on the tragic shooting, a minute-by-minute timeline of that fateful Nov. 22, 1963 day, a Dealey Plaza interactive — […]

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Fri, November 22 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions’

From the GuardianUS: The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and government-run firms.

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Wed, November 20 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

The Gettysburg Address as PowerPoint presentation

I found this concept to be amusing. From the Atlantic, but pointing to Peter Norvig’s fantastic reimagining of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, which marks its 150th anniversary today, as a PowerPoint presentation:

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Tue, November 19 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off

Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry

Figures compiled by the Canadian Media Guild show losses of about 10,000 jobs across Canada (and job categories) in the past five years, reports Jan Wong, a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., in J-Source.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Ford Nation’ cancelled by Sun News after one episode

Rob and Doug, we barely got to know thee. The Sun News Network cancelled its Ford Nation show less than 24 hours after its Monday-night debut.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The swirling trap of long-term unemployment

The New York Times had a chilling story in today’s paper: In today’s U.S. economy, if you don’t get a new job within six months of becoming unemployed, your chances of ever becoming rehired drop precipitously.

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Sun, November 17 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » 2 Comments

2013 to be among top 10 warmest years on record, says WMO

From the BBC: Of the broad pattern, (WMO head Michel Jarraud) said: “All of the warmest years have been since 1998, and this year once again continues the underlying, long-term trend. The coldest years now are warmer than the hottest years before 1998.

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Sat, November 16 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off