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Thursday Night’s Quebec Election Leader’s Debate and The Power of Misinformation

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I’m a bit late giving my opinions here, but here goes.

First off, for those who complained or mocked Pauline Marois for being, shall we say, animated, would you rather a debate where everybody is standing still like statues and speaking in a monotonic voice?  Perhaps where they all basically agreed with each . . . → Read More: Thursday Night’s Quebec Election Leader’s Debate and The Power of Misinformation

Still Think the Harpercons aren’t Running a Dictatorship?

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I learned about this scary happening on tonight’s episode of Power Play this fine evening.  Remember another story CTV’s Bob Fife did a year ago,  regarding  Walt Natynczyk, spending 1Million $ smackers using gov’t aircraft as his personal play things, going off to the Caribbean and to hockey games?  Well, boys ‘n’ girls, . . . → Read More: Still Think the Harpercons aren’t Running a Dictatorship?

The Language of Oppression

Tweet Muzzled.      Our Scientists.  Civil Servants.  Librarians and Archivists (?  Yes, you read that correctly, Librarians and Archivists).  Our Members of Parliament.  Journalists.  Activists.  Charitable and Environmental Orgs.  Have I missed anyone? I have a problem with the way muzzled gets used these days.  In this Governments actions and in the casual way . . . → Read More: The Language of Oppression

Is the National Post working in tandem with Sun News?

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I can’t help but notice that National Post’s Jonathan Kay has been trumpeting Sun News Network and Ezra Levant lately. Which seems odd in that Kay works for Sun Media’s primary competitor, Postmedia.

It’s not just the free praise and publicity that Kay has showered on Levant and co. It’s most likely a . . . → Read More: Is the National Post working in tandem with Sun News?

Trolls and Polls

Tweet Updated at bottom Racism and ignorance are obviously alive and thriving in Canada today. I can’t help feeling overwhelmed by it.  Saddened.  Discouraged. But I have this doubt in my mind, based on stories that have surfaced over the last few years.  We all know that Stephen Harper is extremely controlling in his . . . → Read More: Trolls and Polls

Who Audits the Auditor, and why it’s not news…

Tweet Deloitte and Touche. Auditors of Attawapiskat. It turns out, for one of the 4 largest Auditing Firms on the planet, this firm has faced alot of critisism, charges and fines.  After the 2006 election, they were forced to retract their audit of the Conservative Party of Canada.  From the Ottawa Citizen

“The Conservative . . . → Read More: Who Audits the Auditor, and why it’s not news…

Lance Armstrong and Dean Del Mastro – tour de lies

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Haven’t blogged much lately because frankly I’m sick to death of the absolute grip the Conservatives have over our country and its media. It’s barely worth blogging anymore because let’s face it, who cares? Canadians certainly don’t.

While the press has a field day with the obviously phony Lance Armstrong and his cowardly Oprah interview, the . . . → Read More: Lance Armstrong and Dean Del Mastro – tour de lies

The World is Watching

Tweet I’m getting tired of the racism displayed for all the world to see right now. I thought we were so much better as a collective society. I was wrong.  It’s not just the right-wing extremists.  It’s looking to me like somewhere around half of all Canadians are completely unaware of how our country . . . → Read More: The World is Watching

Why is Stephen Harper so intent on making Chief Spence a martyr?

Tweet Stephen Harper, for all his shortcomings, is a shrewd strategist. He is known for his astute surveying of the political horizon and coming up with a precise show to please the public and fool the media. This immaculate playing of the publicity game has been the primary reason he has stayed in power . . . → Read More: Why is Stephen Harper so intent on making Chief Spence a martyr?

Harper least trusted. Media at dismal 6% approval.

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The good news.

The survey found only 16 per cent of Canadians place “a lot of trust” in their Prime Minister, putting Stephen Harper near the bottom among all leaders in the Americas.

“In an international context, Harper has a lower level of trust than almost every other national leader in the hemisphere,” . . . → Read More: Harper least trusted. Media at dismal 6% approval.

Wanker of the Day: Brett Mitchell of Selkirk Record

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Or, how being good at one’s job in journalism is a firing offence. The Jill Winzoski story.

If you’re looking for a story to represent the true nature of our 90 percenter Conservative media, this one would be considered a masterpiece (emphasis mine).

It was almost as if James Bezan had become the young girl . . . → Read More: Wanker of the Day: Brett Mitchell of Selkirk Record

Sue-Ann Levy destroys her career in Tweets

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I’m joking of course. Sue-Ann Levy is employed by Lorrie Goldstein and Sun Media. Nobody gets fired over at that outfit. Ezra Levant regularly has to apologize for his blatant racism and lies. But he still resides on the Sun News Network throne. Let’s face it – the right is a no-pink-slip zone.

. . . → Read More: Sue-Ann Levy destroys her career in Tweets

Why Stephen Harper hates Pierre Trudeau

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Hey Liberals, look at that attitude. Look at that stance. We need more of that NOW.

Trudeau loved Canada. Harper wants to destroy it.

Trudeau inspired the world. The world recoils from Harper.

Trudeau engaged the press. Harper runs from it.

Trudeau embraced change. Harper wants to send us back . . . → Read More: Why Stephen Harper hates Pierre Trudeau

Will Wentegate pull off the covers off the old boys/old girls network in Canadian media?

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Canadian publishers convene ‘blogger ethics panel’ – “Something has to be done about these people”

With Colby Cosh breaking the silence of the journalism elite by criticizing and mocking not only Sylvia Stead but also the Globe upper crusts and Margaret Wente herself, will the floodgates now open? Well no, there are probably not enough . . . → Read More: Will Wentegate pull off the covers off the old boys/old girls network in Canadian media?

The state of Canadian journalism. Coyne, Stead, Wente edition.

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Margaret Wente has been caught allegedly plagiarizing.

Her public editor, Sylvia Stead, quickly absolves her of any indiscretion.

I react with a typically hyperbolic blog post.

For a lark I ask Andrew Coyne on Twitter for his opinion on the issue.

In response, Mr. Coyne evades my inquiry, instead moving the cursor to . . . → Read More: The state of Canadian journalism. Coyne, Stead, Wente edition.

A Politician Who Keeps Her Promise and How Long Will Pauline Marois and the PQ Last?

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Pauline Marois had a very busy first day of school, boys ‘n’ girls. After the first day school, by decree, La Marois has scrapped the proposed tuition hike for at least this year, struck the most contentious and punitive portions of Bill 78 (now Bill 12),  issued a permanent moratorium on the production . . . → Read More: A Politician Who Keeps Her Promise and How Long Will Pauline Marois and the PQ Last?

The myth of the ‘liberal media’ in Canada has finally been put to rest

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By giving Margaret Wente a pass, the Globe & Mail has at last put to rest the myth of ‘liberal bias’ in Canada’s media. A new era, in hyperbolic terms, has begun. So I say, thank you Sylvia Stead. And thank you, Margaret Wente. I don’t think either . . . → Read More: The myth of the ‘liberal media’ in Canada has finally been put to rest

Write sstead@globeandmail.com and ask her to look into allegations of plagiarism by Margaret Wente.

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The charges of plagiarism against Margaret Wente of the Globe & Mail are spreading like wildfire through social media. What started as an immaculately researched expose of Wente’s ‘borrowing’ of other journalists’ words has spread far enough that professional journalists are freaking.

Since the media itself is reluctant to police its wayward souls, I decided to pen an . . . → Read More: Write sstead@globeandmail.com and ask her to look into allegations of plagiarism by Margaret Wente.

Margaret Wente’s plagiarism problem

Tweet From urNews.ca I had heard before about Margaret Wente’s tendency to plagiarize other writers but had not seen any hard evidence of these charges. Media Culpa has done the hard lifting and provides multiple examples of what can only be termed plagiarism by the Globe writer. In fact, the examples cited by the blog are staggering . . . → Read More: Margaret Wente’s plagiarism problem

Top ten things right wingers believe have a liberal bias

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While there are literally hundreds of institutions and services that to the right winger are evidence of ‘liberal bias’, only the top ten are presented here because I’m tired of typing. Add your own!

Note: No links are provided for obvious reasons. But you can always go to that liberal search tool, Google, . . . → Read More: Top ten things right wingers believe have a liberal bias