Entries by J.J. McCullough from 08/2012

Bring on the Election's Dullest Feature: Quebectorials!

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Now that a Quebec election has been called, pretty much every Canadian pundit of note or acclaim has published a Quebecertorial over the last two days, which might make a certain naive sort of person assume there's a lot to be said about the race. In reality, alas, there's pretty much only one thing to say, and everyone just wants to say it over and over. Namely, it's gonna be pretty awful and boring. I mean, have you met the cast of characters?

Media Bites: When it Comes to Politicians, How Religious is too Religious?

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgWhen it comes to politicians, how religious is too religious? Well, the religiosity of our prime minister was the talk of pundit-town this weekend. But I'd say around 97 per cent of us finished drawing conclusions about Harper's fundamental goodness/evil sometime around 2003. Forget outing himself as an evangelical, I'm not even sure a literal face-peeling robot reveal would move the polls much at this point.

Media Bites: A Native Bill MAY Pass? Write it as Fact!

| Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg So the nation's editorial boards are all excited at the prospect that the federal government will soon introduce legislation to allow First Nations people living on reserves to own their own land. Which is interesting, because I'm not sure that's actually happening. Point is, press people want to talk about native property rights so that's what we're gonna do, dangnabbit.

Congrats Canada, On our Gold in -- Err -- Pride?

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png Well, another Olympiad has come and gone, and for the XXXth consecutive quadrennium, Canada somehow failed to top the medal count. But cheer up! Not only did we take home the most bronze per-capita (just in time for the coming penny shortage!), but the nation's editorial pages are practically brimming with encouraging sentiment about national pride and junk.

B.C. and Alberta -- Get Ready for a REAL News Outlet

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgHuffington Post's big western Canadian debut this week. After all, for anyone interested in the emergence of real, substantial alternatives -- in both reporting and editorializing -- to the stagnant status quo of the western establishment press, it's hard to deny that the web's where it's at. The political backdrop accompanying this western release could not bode more auspicious either, considering the substantial partisan evolution both British Columbia and Alberta are undergoing at the moment.

Media Bites: Julian Assange and Other International Men of Mystery

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg We don't usually get into foreign affairs over here at Media Bites, but sometimes life just hands you one of those weeks where nothing on the domestic seems to be turning anyone's journalistic crank. This weekend Canada's papers were filled mostly with chatter about noted Internet Deep Throat/ Simpsons guest star Julian Assange, and his recent Ecuadorian embassy-squatting shenanigans in England. None of the glitz and glamor of a Jason Kenney story, I grant you, but we'll just have to make due.

Media Bites: The Quebec Election in Four Acts

| Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg If you've been following the commentariat's coverage of the Quebec election lately, well, I'm sorry to hear that. Truth is, there's basically only one way to analyze any Canadian election, be it federal, provincial, or Albertan, and it simply entails following the script of the world's least compelling four-act operetta.

Media Bites: "Saint Jack" and Naughty Prince Harry

| Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgHardly a parade of Pravda puff pieces, much of the ink spilled during the recent flurry of Layton retrospectives has actually been fairly critical, skeptical, or at least measured in honestly assessing Jack's pros and cons. And if you thought the Canadian press' obsession with royalty was winding down just because we've gone -- what? -- six weeks without a royal visit, guess again! Several of Canada's leading papers felt inexplicably obligated to devote many inches of concerned columnspace to Prince Harry playing a particularly rousing game of, ah, Vegas hold-em.

Media Bites: Covering the RNC? The Media's Excuse for a Floridian Vacay

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Long story short, Tampa's crawling with Canadians at the moment, all of whom are seeking to justify their orange juice per diems with ever-more dazzling examples of skilled foreign correspondency at the Republican National Convention. What our progressive friends in the press can't seem to agree on, however, is precisely how these slack-jawed troglodytes matter to Canada.