Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Some afterthoughts on the Alberta election

Well, I did not expect to be writing in my lifetime that my home province of Alberta has suddenly converted into a socialist worker’s paradise. But fear not, Alberta capitalists: You’ll be getting a pragmatic, centrist government from the NDP for the next four years. Think Roy Romanow more than Hugo Chavez. But if you […]

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Sun, May 10 2015 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Some afterthoughts on the Alberta election

Some thoughts on Alberta’s looming election

In March, the cover of albertaviews magazine read How Prentice Rescued the PCs, Swallowed the Opposition and Took Total Control of Alberta.

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Sun, May 3 2015 » Main Page, politics » 1 Comment

Harperites want unfettered access to news footage for attack ads

CTV broke a story about how the Conservative government wants to sneak in a law change that would open the coffers of news footage for use in political attack ads — something that gains urgency as Canada moves towards a fall 2015 federal election. The networks are definitely not happy and the Globe and Mail […]

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Thu, October 9 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Harperites want unfettered access to news footage for attack ads

Canada votes to go bomb Islamic State

In the House of Commons this evening, MPs voted 157 to 134, with three abstentions, to deploy CF-18s to Iraq to bomb the forces of Islamic State, a savagely militant Islamist group that has taken root there.

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Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Canada votes to go bomb Islamic State

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 on Sun Media, not Levant, apologizes to Trudeau

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 on More on Trudeau vs. Levant

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

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

‘Is Twitter ruining young press operatives?’

This article, from the U.S.-based Campaigns and Elections, is about the distorting effect of Twitter on young campaign press officials, but author Mark Harris also has some things to say about reporters too.

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Tue, August 12 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Is Twitter ruining young press operatives?’

Canada, the ‘public relations state’?

From the Hill Times: The swelling of the federal government’s communications bureaucracy to more than 3,000 workers reflects a “public relations state” designed to keep pace with the news cycle and politicize government messaging, experts say.

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Mon, August 11 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Canada, the ‘public relations state’?