Entries by J.J. McCullough from 11/2012

Media Bites: Sandy Took Newsrooms By Storm

| Posted 11.01.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgYou might think that Hurricane Sandy, with all its tremendously tragic -- but oddly photogenic -- terror and destruction would be a difficult story to formulate strong opinions about (beyond simply "I'm against") but this is why you're just some jerk with a real job and not a Canadian newspaper guy.

Media Bites: How Will the Election Turn Out? Duh -- Ask Canada!

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Canadian media rarely bears even the slightest apprehension about bossily dictating U.S. elections. Our papers state their partisan preferences loudly and often, but thankfully no one south of the 49th seems to give a doodle-dandy. And to be fair, as far as nefarious foreign endorsements go, you could do a lot worse than the Canadian stamp of approval. Anyway, who's getting the honour this year?

Media Bites: An Obama Win Makes Canada the Loser

| Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A successful Obama presidency -- one that trims the debt, shrinks the deficit, reforms entitlements, and spurs GDP growth is one dangerously likely to revive the old Canadian demons of insecurity and inferiority. Regardless of how much it may satiate our fiscal interests, an economically resurgent America almost certainly means a return to second-place status for this country.

Media Bites: Why Obama's Win Was Downright Canadian

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Consider the evidence: the Obama-Romney battle was notable for its "courtesy " and "common-sense," and God knows those are terms we all associate with the Canadian political process. Plus, a bunch of voters approved referendums to endorse gay marriage and legalize pot, and I bet those are things Canadians might do too if anyone ever asked! In any case, I'll just note for our American friends that when a columnist giddily claims that "Canadian-ness is spreading like a bad rash," across your country, it's supposed to be a compliment.

Media Bites: What You Should Have Remembered on November 11

| Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Somewhere along the line, November 11 passed from being a spectacle of unanimous civic deference to yet one more boring "controversy" of modern life, bound up in all sorts of political pet causes and righteous quests for moral superiority. Take the matter of exactly what and how we should be remembering. This is something the editorial pages have no shortage of fun opinions about.

Media Bites: Living Vicariously Through Petraeus

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Coverage of all things Petraeus has dominated the Canadian papers over the last couple of days, and to be fair, I suppose it is big news with possibly global repercussions. But it's also hard to escape the feeling that our media is simply having much vicarious joy gleefully rifling through the sort of dirty American laundry.

Media Bites: Liberal Race? More Like a Cakewalk, Am I Right?

| Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Avid news junkies know there's really five other folks "running," but c'mon folks, this is the leadership of the Liberal Party you're running for, a job only the most eminently experienced children of dead prime ministers are qualified to fill. In reality, of course, Wednesday was a date like any other for a nation that's already been toiling under the weight of a Liberal leadership tournament ever since Bob Rae stepped down last June, or at latest since that crisp October evening when Justin Trudeau threw his shimmering locks into the ring.

Media Bites: No Worries Israel, Canadian Media's Got Your Back

| Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg As I'm sure you've heard, things have been pretty bang-bang boom-boom in the Middle East lately. A few days ago they started shooting missiles at each other hoping to settle grudges dating back to early November at best or the Old Testament at worst. The only real important question is who do the Canadian editorial pages support? Here's a hint: not Hamas.

Media Bites: How Little Thinking Can Trudeau Get Away With?

| Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The "Justin Trudeau story" is of course the recent Sun News revelation that everyone's favourite pretender to the Liberal tiara had some rather disparaging things to say about Albertans back back in 2010. 'Course, in the end, regardless of your allegiances, the question is how little thinking a future prime minister deserves to get away with.

Media Bites: Maybe Rob Ford Should Run for the Green Party

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg If you're from some non-Toronto region of this country, you may best know Mayor Rob Ford as that guy who stars in all the breathlessly outraged stories your hipster Ontario friends post on Facebook -- not anymore. On Monday he was removed from office. Perhaps he should consider running for the Green Party. By my estimation we can thus anticipate a Green majority government sometime around... 6632 A.D.