Entries by J.J. McCullough from 04/2012

The Resurrection of Trudeau (Mania)

| Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada

Well, the Thrilla on the Hilla may be over, but in the eyes of Canada's journalists, the real game's just getting started. The objective? Cobble together the most compelling narrative to explain why Justin Trudeau's unexpected smackdown of Patrick Brazeau actually represents something.

The F-35 "Scandal" that Never Took Off

| Posted 04.12.2012 | Canada Politics

As a general rule I find it's hard to get overly outraged when the scandalousness in question is the result of a) politicians lying, b) politicians wasting money, or c) politicians lying about wasting money.Lucky we have lots of pundits who are great at filling holes!

The Charter Birthday Got Old, Really Fast

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada

The Charter's anniversary was merely an occasion for a snarky round of I-told-you-sos. As is too often the case in Canada, however, it seems this particular milestone of our heritage is one more weapon with which to fight the shallow battles of the present.

Why the Pundits Got the Alberta Election so Spectacularly Wrong

| Posted 04.27.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Almost all of Canada's brightest journalistic lights wrongly predicted that the incumbent Tories would get turfed out in favour of the upstart Wildrose Party. The press' obsession with viewing all Albertan political happenings through the narrative prism of dynasties -- either current or in-waiting -- has helped turn the actually fairly precedented rise of Wildrose into something much more gothically dramatic, presumably because gothically dramatic stories are way more fun to write about.