Entries by J.J. McCullough from 12/2012

Media Bites: Will Electoral Reform Ever Be Sexy?

| Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg And now, like the nation of bored teenage babysitters we are, it's time to check in on the Liberal leadership race -- if only to make sure no one's swallowed the scissors. At the National Post, Andrew Coyne also thinks there's much Liberal hay to be made with an aggressively pro-democratic agenda. But in his world, this involves championing the mummified issue that no one ever gets tired of hearing about -- electoral reform.

Media Bites: Caring About Kate's Bump Is Patriotic, Not Creepy!

| Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg In a constitutional monarchy like ours, royalty matters, which means every little random thing royalty does matters, too. Thus, in the aftermath of Monday's big announcement of Kate's impending baby bump, all of Canada's major papes quickly churned out lead editorials. And lots of Kate pics. For purely constitutional reasons, of course.

Media Bites: Snuggle Up, We're in Bed with China

| Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The big prime ministerial deed done this Friday was Harper's much-awaited blessing of the sale of the Calgary-based Nexen oil sands corporation to the cuddly commies at the China National Offshore Oil Coporation. According to some, our government is evidently making major decisions about international commerce using no coherent human logic whatsoever.

Media Bites: Everyone's Favourite Robo-Scandal Is Back for a Cameo

| Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Politics

Nine months ago, you could scarcely open a newspaper without reading all sorts of scary allegations about the Prime Minister's secret army of robo-men and their efforts to systematically rig the 2011 election through ambiguously deceptive phone calls. But if you're still jonsing for a Robocall fix, fear not!

Media Bites: Why Words Fail Us in Wake of Newton Shooting

| Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg I think anyone who's so much attempted to compose a empathetic tweet about the Newtown bloodbath without spitting up a mountain of maudlin cliches can sympathize with the media's impossibly grim task of offering unique and eloquent reactions to an event that doesn't exactly excite the intellectual juices.

Media Bites: The Missing Women Report Finds Canada's Dark Side

| Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Monday morning marked the long-awaited release of Wally T. Oppal's Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report. To say commissioning this report was a bit controversial is like saying Pickton himself was a bit murdery. Oppal's investigation basically entailed a jaunty stroll across a packed minefield of modern Canada's touchiest subjects including racism, sexism, classism, aboriginal politics, the sex trade, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, bureaucratic cruelty and police incompetence, all headed by a party hack from an embattled provincial government that might very well poll worse than all the others put together.

Media Bites: How Niqabs Brought Canadian Media Together

| Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday ruled that burka-clad women are allowed to keep themselves burka'd whilst testifying at trial. Or something like that. "Sometimes niqab in court will be OK. Sometimes niqab will not be OK," David Frum summarizes.

Media Bites: #IdleNoMore Is Low on Specifics

| Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Politics

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg You've been following #IdleNoMore, right? Basically, they're another one of those virulent First Nations protest movements that tend to pop up in this country whenever aboriginal-Canadians have reason to be outraged with their lot in life (i.e.: constantly). But this one has a hashtag!

Media Bites: Five Things the Media Got Wrong in 2012

| Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Well, I mocked and I teased but in the end, I couldn't resist. Year-end retrospectives might be trite, but dagnabbit, they're also a lot of fun. So here's my picks for the "Top Five Media Bites Moments of 2012", also known as the "Top Five Times the Canadian Press Was Inadvertently More Interesting Than the Stories They Were Trying to Cover."