Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Ontario election leaders’ tour maps

A little election project I’ve been working on at is mapping the leaders’ tours. Here they are: Week 3 Map: Battling for votes in the GTA Week 2 Map: Plow match brings leaders together Week 1 Map: Leaders shadowing May 2 wins, losses The shorter version is that what happened on May 2 seems […]

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Wed, September 28 2011 » politics » 1 Comment

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

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 This provoked me into asking Mr. Akin […]

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

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?

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Wed, December 22 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

America’s great cleaving

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow outlines how the recent U.S. midterm election revealed a nation retreating from moderation in its politics. This has journalistic implications.

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Tue, November 9 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » 1 Comment

Lying in politics? Everybody does it

Further to my Queen’s Quay Karen post, here are some remarks uttered Friday by Nick Kouvalis,  who managed the campaign of Toronto’s mayor-elect Rob Ford.

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Sat, November 6 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Queen’s Quay Karen

My last post was about the emphemeral nature of online life and relationships. This one is about outright fakery.

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Tue, November 2 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » 9 Comments

The media, democracy and the mayor

Toronto’s Mayor David Miller believes journalists should spend more time going deeper on serious issues and less on the catchy but trivial. Sure, but is there really an audience for such reportage, even in election years?

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Tue, October 12 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » 4 Comments

Trust = confirmation bias

Read this U.S. Gallup poll to see what I mean. Here’s the slide that caught my eye: For background, read my Aug. 27 post: A house united in ignorance cannot stand. A October 2004 survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) on the separate realities of Bush and Kerry supporters is a must-read. Bush supporters […]

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Wed, September 29 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

‘Quebecor Media Inc. Announces the Departure of Mr. Kory Teneycke, Vice President, Development’

You wake up, stretch, take a shower. And when you step out of the shower and go to the computer to see what’s flowing through the Intertubes, you find out that Kory Teneycke is no longer heading the Sun TV project. In fact, you learn he no longer has a job.

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Wed, September 15 2010 » Main Page, Media, photos, politics » Comments Off