We’re only just thinking about spring, but TV critics already have their eyes on the fall season — and there are some noticeable trends. Find out what’s in and what’s out for the fall 2014 schedule. On our regular panel: […]
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. The Bears confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with the three-time Pro Bowl pick after eight seasons, confirming what he told the NFL Network the previous day. […]
CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge giving a talk paid by CAPP (image: facebook)
by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge defended himself Thursday after a report that he made a paid speech to petroleum producers, saying he has never publicly promoted or opposed oilsands development.
“If I leave a speech and those in attendance think they know where I stand on any controversial issue, then they’re guessing. Because they won’t find it in the words I’ve spoken,” he wrote in a blog post on the CBC website.
I would not, do not, and have not, given (Read more…)
Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent of CBC News, has responded to criticism that his paid speeches to industry groups constitute a conflict of interest, writing in a blog post Thursday that in addition to being a public broadcaster, he is “entitled […]
TORONTO — Members of the Canadian media and the public are expected to speak out online and on the ground today to demand the release of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist and his colleagues imprisoned in Cairo. The events being held in […]
Today’s post is a personal request in support of my daughter’s new children’s book project aimed at addressing anti-fat bullying. Launched on Feb 26, World Anti-Bullying day, this Indigogo campaign is aiming to raise money to self-publish, “Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale“, the story of a little slightly rotund penguin, Pomeroy Paulus Jr […]
CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, back in the day before he could seriously contemplate receiving a $28,000 speaking fee just for flapping his gums over dinner. (Photo found on the Internet.) Below: Similarly compensated CBC commentator Rex Murphy, presumably at about the same moment in history. Below that: Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith’s enthusiastic review of Mr. Murphy’s remarks to an oil industry audience and a shot Mr. Mansbridge’s appearance before CAPP from the group’s Facebook page.
There he is, not quite as large as life and rather blurry, but nevertheless front and centre on the Facebook page of (Read more…)
If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident. Why? He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence. Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]: His brain works twice as fast as most brilliant […]
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A Massachusetts sheriff says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been involved in a prison altercation. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson tells Rhode Island’s WJAR-TV (http://bit.ly/1clACsv ) that the former New England Patriots tight end had […]
Given an opportunity to assemble a cold-case squad for a new true-crime reality TV show, detective-turned-professor Mike Arntfield chose an unlikely crew. More brains than brawn and with no formal police training, his team of murder sleuths included a biological anthropologist […]
Media Lens is an invaluable source to in describing and measuring how far the “respectable media” kowtows to state and corporate interests. This excerpt from their latest media alert illustrates the mendacity that is common place in what is considered to be “acceptable journalistic practices”.
“The key to what is precisely wrong with corporate journalism is explained in this nutshell by the US commentator Michael Parenti:
‘Bias in favor of the orthodox is frequently mistaken for “objectivity”. Departures from this ideological orthodoxy are themselves dismissed as ideological.’
Examples of bias towards the orthodoxy of Western power are legion (Read more…)
Gosh, the corporate media sure can be sloppy. The heart-wrenching photo of a four-year-old Syrian refugee pictured alone crossing a desert into Jordan spread far and wide this weekend, but the fact that his family was just metres away was left behind. Photo of 4-year-old Syrian refugee triggers sympathy, confusion – Your Community. But there […]
Gosh, the corporate media sure can be sloppy.
The heart-wrenching photo of a four-year-old Syrian refugee pictured alone crossing a desert into Jordan spread far and wide this weekend, but the fact that his family was just metres away was left behind.
Photo of 4-year-old Syrian refugee triggers sympathy, confusion – Your Community.
But there are systemic pressures that contribute to this kind of sloppy journalism making everyone #FacePalm sometimes:
Here 4 year old Marwan, who was temporarily separated from his family, is assisted by UNHCR staff to cross #Jordan pic.twitter.com/w4s2mrNnMY
— Andrew Harper (@And_Harper) February 16, 2014
What is so not-awesome about our news media is its propensity to relay to us news and events without the background context necessary have said news event make sense. Go take a look at the CBC’s reporting on what is happening in the Ukraine. I’ll reproduce the headlines here for sake of argument.
Parliament votes to oust President Viktor Yanukovych Security forces now declining to take part in conflict Jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko may be released soon President and opposition sign deal meant to end crisis President Yanukovych leaves capital for pro-Russian eastern Ukraine Yanukoych accuses opposition (Read more…)
Break out of your browser bubble. I suggest you use duckduckgo as your web browser as they claim it is more private and bubble free. Filed under: Internet, Media Tagged: DWR PSA Saturday, Echo Chamber, Filter Bubble, Internet, Search Engines
Season 2 of The Americans premieres this week, exploring the marriage of KGB agents Elizabeth and Philip Jennings through the lens of international relations at the height of the Cold War. As the Washington Post says, it’s “a marriage story […]
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
COHA staff offer an analysis on the violence perpetrated against the democratically elected government and civilians in Venezue…
… were rabid cheerleaders against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line! But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal. He can take money from the oil sand […]
I turn off the mute on the radio, to check if the nauseating ads are finished and we can get back to the music, and I hear, “New York steak…” – so I mute it again immediately; and I think: Advertising = the intensification and multiplication of human wants and desires = the diminishing of […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about magazines and movies lately. I recently gave a talk about rich media to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. I spoke a bit about disruptive innovations and their impact on incumbent industries. But, it was only after the talk, when I was preparing for another one, that I had an insight into what movies could teach magazines and other traditional media.
The contempt that our employee, Mr. Harper, holds for his 36 million employers is palpable. Sometimes it’s just goofy. He’s taken to skirting the “real” media, whom he despises, to becoming his own media, like bloggers or vloggers. Watch, and let’s examine how pathetic an employee he is: There are 36 million Canadians and barely […]
The contempt that our employee, Mr. Harper, holds for his 36 million employers is palpable. Sometimes it’s just goofy. He’s taken to skirting the “real” media, whom he despises, to becoming his own media, like bloggers or vloggers. Watch, and let’s examine how pathetic an employee he is:
There are 36 million Canadians and barely 300/day have watched this week’s instalment of his attempt to be his own media. By shunning the actual media whose job it is to report on the political despot, his contempt is consistent. Only 75 people have bothered to view the French version. Shock! His (Read more…)
Warning: This post contains graphic images.
The polarized politics of Venezuela are again in the news as demonstrations by pro- (see above) and anti-government forces are taking place, with, at this point, four deaths: a governme…
The Olympic whitewash of Sochi; What to say of the gormless press-agent twaddle conjured up to describe the Soviet Union? In its opening video for the Olympic Games, NBC’s producers drained the thesaurus of flattering terms devoid of moral content:…
The RCMP’s top brass are requiring disciplinary decisions related to misbehaving Mounties be vetted first for certain sensitive materials before they can be released to the media, even though these reports were typically released unredacted for years, newly released documents […]
TORONTO — Toronto’s Drake has lashed out against Rolling Stone after the magazine pulled his cover story to pay tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 27-year-old also took issue with an unconfirmed excerpt from the rock magazine circulating […]
The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, writes author Stefan Andriopoulos in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical devic…
Not owning a television is one of the best decisions TIO and I made. Well, we do have a TV but no cable so we can watch the occasional DVD if we so desire. What the media focuses on and what is important is often two very different sets of ideas. There are multiple cases of human suffering and abuse going on in the world at any given time; but often we are inundated with the very important happenings of celebrities and the random piffle they do as a substitute for what is actually happening in the (Read more…)
The world was saddened this week to learn of the death of one of the silver screen’s most beloved icons. Shirley Temple, who first appeared in film in 1932 when she was only a toddler, died on Monday at the […]
UPDATE (Feb. 12): Carol Goar reports this statement on page A17 of today’s Toronto Star. To add your signature to it, please e-mail your name, title and institution to Mario Seccareccia at firstname.lastname@example.org Statement by 70 Canadian Economists Against Austerity We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to [...]
I apologize in advance, British Columbia. This will be the week from hell, and it started yesterday while we were all Family Day-ing. Hold your breath: Yesterday, the Conservative Soft Fascist Party of Canada rammed through the “Fair (sic) Elections Act” that will further protect us from the possibility of fair elections into the future. […]
An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has been imprisoned in Cairo for a month and a half is expected to go on trial next week, his family said Monday. Mohamed Fahmy — who was charged last month with several offences, including being […]
No rubber was burned on the concrete floor of the @CMEtoronto show at the International Centre, but the race cars drivers probably wished they could do some donuts and head right into the 2014 racing season. As we can’t escape winter in Toronto, the next best things for race fans is to head to Canada’s Ultimate Racing Show. Posted by James Hamilton and Joe Hamilton.
Hall five of the International Centre is full of drag, stock, antique and a large variety of other race cars and the CME continues from Friday, February 7 to Sunday February 9. NASCAR Sprint Cup Star Ryan Newman was the star attraction on Saturday, February 8 and on Sunday NASCAR legend Richard Petty will headline the show.
Canadian track stars from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCTS) will also have a major presence at the Sunday edition of the CME with a 30 minute Q&A session on the Inside Track stage.
Road Racing Panel Discussion featuring several representatives of various parts of the Canadian road racing community discuss their plans and news for 2014: l to r, Perry Iannuzzi, Robert Giannou, Rob Reeves, Jason Sharpe and Gary Wood.
Meet the media panel discussion is one of my favourite events of the show. Canada’s top motorsports journalist discuss Canadian and international racing: l to r, moderator Todd Lewis (TL Sports and Entertainment), Tim Miller (Hamilton Spectator), guest Angie Skinner (co host of Sirius Speedway), Michele-Marie ‘Meesh’ Beer (Open Wheel blogger), Erik Tomas (Raceline Radio host) and Norris McDonald (Toronto Star). The event really benefited from Angie’s involvement in the US racing scene.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Short track guru Spencer Lewis hosts several up-and-coming racers in his annual installment of the Young Guns Panel on the CME Stage. Hear what some of Canada’s future stars have in store for 2014.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Driver Q&A: The NCATS Series features many of the country’s top stock car racers. Several of them will be making big news at the CME. The NCATS drivers will take to the CME Stage to talk about what’s new for their programs for 2014.
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Richard Petty Q&A on the CME Stage: Seven Sprint Cup Championships. Seven Daytona 500 wins. 200 Sprint Cup wins. Richard Petty is undisputedly The King of NASCAR racing. This is your chance to hear Richard Petty live and in person as he takes part in a Q&A with the fans!
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. NASCAR legend Richard Petty will sign as many autographs as possible for the fans, on the CME Stage.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Mike Skinner Q&A: Known as ‘The Gunslinger,’ Mike Skinner won the first-ever NASCAR Truck Series race before going on to be the series’ inaugural champion. During his illustrious career, he was teamed with the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. at Richard Childress racing. Mike will be joined on the stage by his wife, Angie Skinner, host of SiriusXM’s NASCAR Radio.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Drag Racing Panel Discussion: Series promoter Bruce Mehlenbacher hosts a discussion featuring some of the sport’s most prominent racers and industry personalities.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. Check CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com for updates.
One of my favourite race tracks in Ontario is the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport, located north of Bowmanville. The track has a 10-turn road course and features both cars and motorcycle races. On May 18, 2014 the start of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series begins at the park and from June 27-29, 2014 they are holding the Glory Days Celebration of Speed. Other notable events include the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, the Canadian Historic Grand Prix, Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend and the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
The following commentary on yesterday’s job numbers is quoted in today’s National Post (page FP4):
The Olympic motto may be “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but Canada’s employment growth is slower, lower and weaker going into the winter games.
Of the 29,000 Canadians who supposedly gained employment in January, 28,000 reported being self-employed. Only 1,000 found jobs paid by an employer.
While self-employment includes some high-income professionals and entrepreneurs, the jump in self-employment in the context of a poor job market suggests that many Canadians are trying to eke out income through contract work because employers are not offering paid (Read more…)
With Team Canada holding a commanding 3-0 lead, the pressure remains on Team Australia to put something on the board. The Aussies sent Tyler Manuwaroa into the octagon against Team Canada’s Nordine Caleb. Who reigned supreme? Welcome back to The Crossfire. […]
Pete Seeger at a “Farm Aid” concert, joined by Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson
“This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”
- Words painted on Pete Seeger’s banjo
A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” to “Sailing Down My Golden River”.
From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union halls, churches, schools, migrant camps, nightclubs, (Read more…)
Dark Clouds on the Horizon (via email); January 30, 2014 Someone recently told me we had until the end of January to say “Happy New Year” so, I might be stretching it but, with one or two days to go,…