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J.J. McCullough

HuffPost Canada Media Critic

J.J. McCullough is a political cartoonist and pundit based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. His work has been published in Reader’s Digest, the Vancouver Metro, and the Western Standard, and he’s a regular commentator on CTV New's "Political Express" panel. For the last decade he’s run Filibuster, an editorial cartoon blog specializing in U.S. and Canadian politics as well as J.J.'s Complete Guide to Canada.

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Email J.J. at jjmccullough@gmail.com.
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Media Bites: "Saint Jack" and Naughty Prince Harry

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />Hardly a parade of <em>Pravda</em> puff pieces, much of the ink spilled during the recent flurry of Layton retrospectives has actually been fairly critical, skeptical, or at least <em>measured</em> 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.
08/27/2012 12:46 EDT
Media Bites: The Quebec Election in Four

Media Bites: The Quebec Election in Four Acts

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> 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 <em>one</em> 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.
08/23/2012 12:15 EDT
Media Bites: Julian Assange and Other International Men of

Media Bites: Julian Assange and Other International Men of Mystery

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> We don't usually get into foreign affairs over here at <em>Media Bites</em>, 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/ <em>Simpsons</em> 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.
08/20/2012 12:07 EDT
B.C. and Alberta -- Get Ready for a REAL News

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

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" The timing could not be more ripe for the <em>Huffington Post</em>'s big western Canadian debut this week. After all, for anyone interested in the emergence of real, substantial alternatives -- in both reporting and editorializing --&nbsp;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&nbsp;accompanying&nbsp;this western release could not bode more auspicious either, considering the substantial partisan evolution both British Columbia and Alberta are undergoing at the moment.
08/17/2012 08:15 EDT
Congrats Canada, On our Gold in -- Err --

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

<img alt="2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" width="300" height="40" /> 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.
08/13/2012 12:14 EDT
Media Bites: A Native Bill MAY Pass? Write it as

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

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> 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.
08/09/2012 09:00 EDT
Media Bites: When it Comes to Politicians, How Religious is too

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

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />When 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.
08/06/2012 08:08 EDT
Bring on the Election's Dullest Feature:

Bring on the Election's Dullest Feature: Quebectorials!

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> 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 <em>one</em> thing to say, and everyone just wants to say it over and over. Namely,&nbsp;it's gonna be pretty awful and boring. I mean, have you met the cast of characters?
08/02/2012 12:02 EDT
Canadian Media Deserves the Gold in Synchronized

Canadian Media Deserves the Gold in Synchronized Bitching

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />Though I know we Canadians are justly proud of our&amp;nbsp;shapely, vascular athletes and all the medals they're destined to win in... uh, sports (I want to say swimming?) let's not overlook our stars in that&amp;nbsp;<em>other</em> acclaimed Olympic event: synchronized bitching. If you're a Canadian media guy, I <em>cannot</em> over-emphasize how important it is to write a detailed&amp;nbsp;treatise&amp;nbsp;of why you hate the Olympics. Go get 'em, team!
07/30/2012 12:48 EDT
Don't Call it a Cat Fight Just Because They Are

Don't Call it a Cat Fight Just Because They Are Women

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />Well, the feisty dust-up between she-premiers Christy Clark of British Columbia and Allison Redford of Alberta has been a lot of things, but a feminine puff of perfumed air into our muddy phallocracy isn't one of them. When writing about a high-profile disagreement between two powerful women, one should always be sensitive, and avoid lapsing into lazy, sexist cliches. Unless, of course, you're a female writer.
07/26/2012 11:41 EDT
The Media's Straight-Shootin' Approach to Gun

The Media's Straight-Shootin' Approach to Gun Violence

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> Friday's monstrous, senseless killing spree in Colorado obviously sucked the whimsy out of the news cycle this weekend, and even a cynic like me must concede that the Canadian press has largely responded with a rarely-seen abundance of dignity and restraint. There have been no obnoxious editorials about gun control, no ill-timed rants about Canadian superiority in the face of "yet another" symptom of American dysfunction.
07/23/2012 09:17 EDT
Media Bites: Turns Out All Journalists are Gun Violence

Media Bites: Turns Out All Journalists are Gun Violence Experts

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> Isn't it impressive how every Torontonian with a newspaper column knows exactly how to prevent vicious gang violence? Truly, they have all the answers. In less blood-soaked news, the London Olympics are almost upon us, and you know what that means: time for the papers to be filled with bitter editorials about how horrible the Olympics are! (You won't be disappointed!)
07/19/2012 11:01 EDT
Canada: Our Home and Communist

Canada: Our Home and Communist Land

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />As we may recall, a couple days ago good ol' Ezra Levant was having quite a snit over the fact that outgoing <em>Globe and Mail </em> web editor Stephen Wicary was emigrating to Cuba, in theory because that's where his wife works, but probably because he's a goddamn commie.
07/16/2012 12:11 EDT
An English-Only Anthem at the Stampede? Now That's

An English-Only Anthem at the Stampede? Now That's Bullshit!

Under what circumstances should Albertans be required to sing the national anthem in French? If you answered "all," then you're pretty close to the mainstream press' reaction to Tuesday's horrific revelation that the Calgary Stampede's chuckwagon choir sung (or more properly, lip-synced) an English-only version of O Canada for a full three ghastly days!
07/12/2012 07:56 EDT
Media Bites: A Journalist Moving to Cuba? Not Without a Rant from Uncle

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

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />For 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<em> Globe and Mail </em> web editor Stephen Wicary over his recent decision to relocate his family to Cuban People's Glorious Commie Police State.
07/09/2012 12:09 EDT
The Bevy of Puns in the Media's

The Bevy of Puns in the Media's "Coda to Oda"

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> "The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice," writes David Climenhaga on rabble.ca, easily winning the prize for "best editorial headline that sounds like something a film-noir secret agent would whisper on a park bench." Oda's fall represents lots of important things to lots of pundits, in fact, which is very fortunate!
07/05/2012 12:16 EDT
Media Bites: What's More Canadian Than Boring Editorials and Obamacare

Media Bites: What's More Canadian Than Boring Editorials and Obamacare Entitlement?

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> It's the Canada Day long weekend, and though I know we're all enjoying our illegal fireworks and botany-themed pastries, let's not lose sight of another one of our nation's proudest patriotic traditions -- the vapid Canada Day editorial! Still hungry for some patriotism? Well, what could be more proudly Canadian than loudly telling Americans how to run their country?
07/02/2012 11:57 EDT
Mulcair Will Usurp Harper...If the Attack Ads Don't Get Him

Mulcair Will Usurp Harper...If the Attack Ads Don't Get Him First

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> The polls have spoken -- Stephen Harper is unpopular, and will surely be replaced in no time. But by whom? Thankfully the pundit brigade have lots of fun ideas -- Spoiler Alert: Probably Mulcair. That is, if the Tories' new attack ads against him don't get in the way. Although these televised attacks are a little lacklustre compared to the Conservatives' greatest hits.
06/28/2012 11:58 EDT
Martha Hall Findlay's Milking the Media, While Harper

Martha Hall Findlay's Milking the Media, While Harper Hides

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" />An abundance of favourable media coverage has greeted Martha Hall Findlay's recent call for the abolishment of so-called "supply management" controls on the Canadian dairy industry. Whatever those are. While no one's explaining, everyone seems to have agreed -- they're bad.
06/25/2012 12:15 EDT
The War of 1812 or Kenney's E-mails? Must Have Been a Slow News

The War of 1812 or Kenney's E-mails? Must Have Been a Slow News Week

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" width="300" height="80" /> It's been 1812-o-rama in the Canadian press this week: Experts agree that the main reason we should care about the War of 1812 is because without that "seminal battle" our beloved country would have suffered some other monstrous fate. And when you're done reading that stuff, check out the myriad articles on an email Minister Jason Kenney wrote wherein he inadvertently told the world what he <em>really</em> thinks of Alberta deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk. Gripping stuff.
06/21/2012 11:32 EDT