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Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

Davide Mastracci | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.

Meet B.C.'s Ford Nation

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

That's what makes Ford Nation so extraordinary -- the incredible dichotomy that exists when it comes to criticism of most politicians and criticism of Rob Ford. Ford effectively gets what amounts to a jaw-dropping free pass from his base (in Toronto or in B.C.) nine times out of 10.

First Globe And Mail, Now A Shakeup At National Post

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business

The editors-in-chief of Canada’s print news media seem to be disappearing at a record pace. One day after the Globe and Mail announced the depart...

The Racist Truth About Canadian Immigration

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

As many have noticed, the hoopla over Quebec's Values Charter is linked to immigration, and our reading of the tumult can be influenced by our knowledge of Canadian history, or lack thereof. Many immigrants do not espouse the revisionist recollections Canadians have.

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

Will Harper's Love for Big Business Turn Ugly?

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Everyone knows the Conservative government is an unabashed supporter of corporations and foreign investors. They have slashed environmental oversight; attacked labour unions; opened the telecommunications sector up to majority foreign ownership; tripled the financial threshold point where the government must do a "net benefit" test of a foreign corporate takeover. Clearly, big business has gotten almost everything it has wanted from Harper's Conservatives. What should we learn from the fact that it still pushes for more? Perhaps a simple truth about capitalism: There is never enough profit.

Take Pity on PR People Stuck with Cowardly Big-Shot Business Executives

Brian Kilgore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Kilgore

Imagine being the PR mouthpiece for those cowardly business executives who are so driven by greed and fear they take off out the back door if they see...

Someone Had To Defend Him

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Living

Two women columnists have come to the defence of embattled author and teacher David Gilmour. In the National Post and Toronto Star respectively, Ba...

Watching the Watchdog: Meet the Man Who Designs the Newspapers.

Tim Knight | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tony Sutton is bearded, irascible, opinionated, verbose, profane and loves good writing so much that he runs his own website magazine devoted to publishing some of the best political journalism written today. His magazine is called ColdType. Motto: Writing Worth Reading From Around the World.

How Rex Murphy Went from Critic to Crackpot

Graham Templeton | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Graham Templeton

Rex Murphy helped shape the way I think. He was a shining example of the type of strong rhetorician that this country rarely produces. Now, he openly deals in hateful diatribes cast down from the pages of the National Post. This means he has become what his critics have incorrectly accused him of being all along: a shallow, reactionary demagogue. And his latest piece will only prove them right.

Postmedia Suffers Brutal Quarter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Postmedia Network Canada Corp. says it lost $112.2 million in its latest quarter on a $93.9-million impairment charge and a drop in revenue....

Chris Selley's Calgary Controversy is a Lesson in Comedic Context

J.J. McCullough | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

In the June 24 edition of his National Post column, "Full Pundit," Chris Selley singled out a piece by the Calgary Herald editorial board. The Herald was feeling mighty proud of its city in the aftermath of the big flood, especially restrained dignity of its residents. What happened next was a week-long media backlash, and a helpful reminder that context matters.

HILARIOUS: Edmonton 'Savages' Fight Back

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Alberta

Edmonton "twitchy-eyed-savages" took what was a massive sarcasm fail in the part of a National Post opinion writer with grace and uncanny humour. A...

In Defence of the Humanities

Kevin Elliott | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada
Kevin Elliott

It's hard to ignore the disgruntled looks I have seen on people's faces in buses and coffee shops now that the city has been overrun by other people having conversations about Marxism. Over the years, it has gotten so bad, whole books have been written asking, "Whither humanities?"

Media Relations -- Not for the Faint of Heart

Robert Waite | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Business
Robert Waite

Handling media relations, whether for a politician, a corporation or an NGO is not for the faint of heart. Or the weak of stomach -- I always tell new-to-the-job media relations specialists to lay in a supply of Maalox. And go easy on the Scotch.

Is This Canadian Newspaper Breaking Copyright Law?

Michael Geist | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

If someone wants to post a quote from anything written by the National Post, they are now presented with pop-up box seeking a licence that starts at $150 for the Internet posting of 100 words with an extra fee of 50 cents for each additional word (the price is cut in half for non-profits). None of this requires a licence or payment. If there was a fair dealing analysis, there is no doubt that copying a hundred words out of an article would easily meet the fair dealing standard. In fact, the Supreme Court of Canada has indicated that copying full articles in some circumstances may be permitted.

Apalling Statements Catch Up With Former Political Strategist Tom Flanagan

Lisa Bui | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lisa Bui

This is not the first time Flanagan's remarks have caused a public outcry and stirred considerable controversy, after he called for the murder of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, on the CBC.

This Holiday Season, Let's Ignore the Pope

JD Halperin | Posted 02.25.2013 | Canada
JD Halperin

Dinners and drinks with family and friends, gifts and well-wishing is my idea of Christmas, a lovely time of year, but some people can't get into the holiday spirit without gay-bashing. The Pope is such a man. He believes gay people are actually heterosexuals who choose to be gay. However unwarranted, the pope still holds influence over some people. That Canadians are increasingly rejecting this stuff is a credit to our intelligence and basic decency. It's time we stop being guided by these dusty mirages.

Most People Only Read the Grabby Headline...

Justin Beach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Justin Beach

The way a news story is structured or what goes in the headline may have a profound effect on what people think they know about current events. For the casual news consumer, many of whom stopped reading this after the first few paragraphs, it is a good idea to carefully read the entire story when it comes to important issues.

Motion 312: If You're An Old White Guy, I Don't Want to Hear IIt

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

Here's an age old riddle for you: how many old white guys does it take to editorialize on a subject that has to do solely with a woman's most intimate choice in life? Well, if you're the National Post, then four. The outrage radiating from the old white men commentariat ranges from "well, why can't we have this debate?" to "fetuses are people too, and they have rights just like you and me."

Break Out the Ice Cream, Hockey Fans: You Just Got Dumped

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Of all four NHL lockouts in the past 21 years, this one seems the laziest. This just seems like it's been a long summer and your kid doesn't want to wake up before 8 a.m. for the first time in two months. This lockout is the snooze button on a season that was coming too fast, especially since it's clear negotiations didn't "start" until the 11th hour, or not at all.

Media Bites: A Journalist Moving to Cuba? Not Without a Rant from Uncle Ezra

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgFor all his gauche bombast on the matter, I'm wondering if Sun TV's Ezra Levant may be on to something with his decision to pillory departing Globe and Mail web editor Stephen Wicary over his recent decision to relocate his family to Cuban People's Glorious Commie Police State.

Quebec Protesters Are Putting the Media to Sleep

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Quebec protests are now boring the media; nothing new has been said for quite some time. One must be watchful for columnists who break out the "but these tuition protests have really evolved into something bigger" line.

Canadian Sub Program Belongs in Octopus's Garden

Peter Worthington | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

We had no submarines in WWII, but still sank 27 U-boats. Post war, we bought Oberon class subs from the British, which again, had difficulty functioning properly. Most were decommissioned soon after purchase. The Onondaga, last of the Oberons, was sold for a pittance to become a museum in Rimouski.