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A new media reality in Ottawa for the Trudeau administration

Patrick Gossage, a one-time press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, thinks good will flow from the decision by newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be more open with the parliamentary press gallery. And then there’s social media.

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Wed, November 11 2015 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A new media reality in Ottawa for the Trudeau administration

The Tories’ tortured relationship with the news media

A foolish controversy involving an obscure backbench B.C. Tory MP named Wai Young erupted in the past week. One part of it was her telling her evangelical church audience that she doesn’t read the newspapers anymore because they aren’t factual. Former Sun Media executive Kory Teneycke, now a communications staffer for the federal Conservatives, rather […]

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Sat, July 18 2015 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on The Tories’ tortured relationship with the news media

‘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’?

Journalists aren’t even covering the ‘horse race’ well

An author argues that while many complain that U.S. election coverage is too weighted to the race and not policies, journalists themselves don’t understand how much the quantitative side of political campaigning has advanced.

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Sun, September 2 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Journalists aren’t even covering the ‘horse race’ well

Covering the (election) horse race

An amusing comic by way of The Strip in the New York Times.

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Mon, April 30 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Covering the (election) horse race

Unpublishing an #abvote column gets noticed

National Post columnist Andrew Coyne had a pre-written column about the Alberta election, one that turned out to be wildly at odds with the final result. It was un-published.

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Wed, April 25 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Unpublishing an #abvote column gets noticed

Wildrose wrangling with the lamestream media

The Globe and Mail’s Gary Mason said the Wildrose Alliance party, the presumed frontrunner in the Alberta provincial election, isn’t restraining itself to correcting matters of fact.

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Wed, April 4 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Wildrose wrangling with the lamestream media

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 http://bit.ly/eMPAoc This provoked me into asking Mr. Akin […]

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