Entries by J.J. McCullough from 05/2012

Why the Media Hate-On for Quebec Students?

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgTwo quiet professors in yesterday's Globe and Mail drew upon that rarest resource in opinion writing (actual evidence). They noted one of the great unspoken truths about post-secondary education in Canada: the leading variable determining whether kids attend university or not is usually cultural pressure within one's social class -- not cost. For some reason, asking university-educated journalists to analyze politically active university students rarely yields these sorts of conclusions, however.

Harper's Secret Plot to Fan Pundit Paranoia

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Is Stephen Harper quietly working to "re-brand" Canada? Is his government emphasizing the military, the monarchy and select episodes of Canadian history in order to create a competing brand of right-wing Canadian nationalism and divert attention from the great symbols of Liberal patriotism, like medicare and Lester Pearson? The pundit class thinks so.

Mulcair: Rising in the East, Setting in the West?

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgIn this week's editorial pages we got to meet Thomas Muclair, SCARY ENEMY OF NATIONAL UNITY when he railed against the Alberta oil industry. All the western premiers quickly fired back, calling Mulcair's grasp of economics "tenuous and "goofy." But some are conceding that Muclair is being pretty damn "clever" in rejecting one of the dominant pieces of conventional wisdom in post-Harper Canadian politics: that you need the West to win.

How Monarchy Saved the Media (This Week)

| Posted 05.24.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgOf course, this year's Victoria week was uniquely special since we were able to engage in the never-tiresome debate about the appropriate role of royal symbolism right in the faces of actual royals! With Prince Charles and his current wife in town, perhaps someone could squeeze out a couple hundred words about why England's power couple makes us proud to be Canadian, said the nation's editors.

Quebec Protesters Are Putting the Media to Sleep

| Posted 05.31.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Quebec protests are now boring the media; nothing new has been said for quite some time. One must be watchful for columnists who break out the "but these tuition protests have really evolved into something bigger" line.