Entries by J.J. McCullough from 09/2012

Quebec, You Are Doomed, Dooooomed!!

| Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg It's been five gruelling weeks of symptoms and suffering but Canada's lengthy bout of Quebec Election Fever is set to finally break. It will bring an end at last to the ostentatiously cynical editorials from the Canadian punditocracy, all of whom were eager to spout various theories about why there were no good choices in this race between three equally hopeless parties led by three equally loser dinguses. Debt! Incompetence! Dubious loyalty to Canada! It matters not who you vote for, puny Quebeckers, either way your province is doomed, dooooomed!

Media Bites: Auto-Tweets After a Shooting? Coverage Should Fit the Crime

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg As a man lay dead and Canadians sat glued to their social media feeds patiently awaiting updates on the appalling violence that struck Tuesday night's Parti Quebecois victory rally, the trickle of breaking news from the nation's top commentators was frequently interrupted by cryptically off-topic offerings from otherwise credible sources. If nothing else, it was a reminder of the perils of setting up one of those time-delayed auto-tweeters.

Media Bites: Harper Ended His Relationship With Iran, and Yes, It's Complicated

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Friday morning brought news that the Harper administration had officially unrecognized the Islamic Republic of Iran. So rest easy. Or panic. Harper has either made one of the worst diplomatic blunders of our time or given us a head start in fleeing the terrors of World War III. It all depends on what source you consider more credible on issues of national security -- Al Jazeera or Sun TV.

On Sex and Religion in School, Media Coverage Fails

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Education is a hot topic in Canadian editorial pages at the moment, following some recent hullabaloo of parents demanding their kids be able to opt-out of classes involving various ungodly topics, like sex and global warming. All columnists, of course, dance around the awkward fact that this story is as much about immigration as education.

Media Bites: The Lougheed Legacy's Light on History

| Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg I should start by admitting I was only 15 months old when Peter Lougheed concluded his highly transformative tenure as ruler of Alberta, so my memories are a little hazy. But I seem to recall there was a time when this nation's editorial pages weren't quite as overflowing with praise of the late Conservative premier as they are today.

Media Bites: Tom Mulcair and Duchess Kate Let it All Hang Out

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Thomas Muclair... wants to raise your taxes! Specifically, he wants to raise a carbon tax, which is a tax on everything you have, want, or could even conceive of! Time-traveling unicorn zombie cyborgs? Oh, you better believe Tom's gonna tax the hell outta those. You know what else was taxing? All the coverage of Kate's topless foray. To summarize, the consensus is that duchesses should not be naked in public.

Media Bites: Marois and Quebec Got Hitched, For Richer, For Poorer

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg With Pauline Marois now officially inaugurated as the sixth separatist premier of everyone's favorite French-speaking province, you might reckon that our nation's gigantic, months-long Quebec politics bender would finally be coming to an end. Also, you might be an idiot. Speaking of not-so-smart ideas, Harper's plans to reform parliamentary pensions aren't going over so well in the media...

Media Bites: We'll Bunk With Those Brits, But Wente Must Go

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg There are times when the Canuck press is perfectly willing to tun the guns inward. For example, whenever Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente gets embroiled in some kinda plagiarism scandal. Her press buddies really seem to hate her, and my word, are they happy to see her fall! You'd almost think there was some sort of embassy restructuring involved, so heady and thorough has the coverage been.