Entries by J.J. McCullough from 06/2012

Which is Gorier: The Media's Obsession with Luka or Elizabeth May?

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg If there's any hint of dark comedy in the monstrous saga of Luka Magnotta, it's probably the Canadian press' bumblingly half-hearted efforts to shield our dainty eyes from the full scope of his horror show. In non corpse-dismembering news, the Conservative government continues to push ahead with its big scary omnibus budget bill, and the press continues to push ahead with its weirdly tireless campaign to raise the profile of Elizabeth May.

Disposable News: Bob Rae and Plastic Bags

| Posted 06.11.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Gossip about the political future of acting Liberal boss Bob Rae seems to appeal to precisely two sorts of people: the gossips themselves -- who were in full force this weekend -- and Bob Rae. Meanwhile, Toronto City Council's Wednesday night decision to ban plastic bags from Hogtown supermarkets will provoke some manner of "national discussion" on the issue.

According to the Media, Bob's Our Hero

| Posted 06.14.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Bob Rae is hardly a stranger to the warm glow of over-praise for under-delivering, which is why yesterday's announcement that he would not be seeking an extension of his term as Liberal boss, and all the fawning retrospectives and editorials that followed, created a spectacle quite consistent with the broader themes of his modest career, feigned pundit shock notwithstanding.

Will Justin Step Up? Will Ezra Back Down?

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Will he or won't he? Critics agree Justin Trudeau's decisive positions on looking dreamy and punching people obviously make him an ideal leader to spice up the stagnant third-place party everyone's grown sick of writing about. In Meta-media news, Ezra Levant has been reprimanded for using what's been described as a slur (but not by him) on TV.

The War of 1812 or Kenney's E-mails? Must Have Been a Slow News Week

| Posted 06.21.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg It's been 1812-o-rama in the Canadian press this week: Experts agree that the main reason we should care about the War of 1812 is because without that "seminal battle" our beloved country would have suffered some other monstrous fate. And when you're done reading that stuff, check out the myriad articles on an email Minister Jason Kenney wrote wherein he inadvertently told the world what he really thinks of Alberta deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk. Gripping stuff.

Martha Hall Findlay's Milking the Media, While Harper Hides

| Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgAn abundance of favourable media coverage has greeted Martha Hall Findlay's recent call for the abolishment of so-called "supply management" controls on the Canadian dairy industry. Whatever those are. While no one's explaining, everyone seems to have agreed -- they're bad.

Mulcair Will Usurp Harper...If the Attack Ads Don't Get Him First

| Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The polls have spoken -- Stephen Harper is unpopular, and will surely be replaced in no time. But by whom? Thankfully the pundit brigade have lots of fun ideas -- Spoiler Alert: Probably Mulcair. That is, if the Tories' new attack ads against him don't get in the way. Although these televised attacks are a little lacklustre compared to the Conservatives' greatest hits.