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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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Will Justin Step Up? Will Ezra Back

Will Justin Step Up? Will Ezra Back Down?

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> Will he or won't he? Critics agree Justin Trudeau's decisive positions on looking dreamy and punching people obviously make him an ideal leader to spice up the stagnant third-place party everyone's grown sick of writing about. In Meta-media news, Ezra Levant has been reprimanded for using what's been described as a slur (but not by him) on TV.
06/18/2012 08:06 EDT
According to the Media, Bob's Our

According to the Media, Bob's Our Hero

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> Bob Rae is hardly a stranger to the warm glow of over-praise for under-delivering, which is why yesterday's announcement that he would not be seeking an extension of his term as Liberal boss, and all the fawning retrospectives and editorials that followed, created a spectacle quite consistent with the broader themes of his modest career, feigned pundit shock notwithstanding.
06/14/2012 12:01 EDT
Disposable News: Bob Rae and Plastic

Disposable News: Bob Rae and Plastic Bags

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> Gossip about the political future of acting Liberal boss Bob Rae seems to appeal to precisely two sorts of people: the gossips themselves -- who were in full force this weekend -- and Bob Rae. Meanwhile, Toronto City Council's Wednesday night decision to ban plastic bags from Hogtown supermarkets will provoke some manner of "national discussion" on the issue.
06/11/2012 12:04 EDT
Which is Gorier: The Media's Obsession with Luka or Elizabeth

Which is Gorier: The Media's Obsession with Luka or Elizabeth May?

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> If there's any hint of dark comedy in the monstrous saga of Luka Magnotta, it's probably the Canadian press' bumblingly half-hearted efforts to shield our dainty eyes from the full scope of his horror show. In non corpse-dismembering news, the Conservative government continues to push ahead with its big scary omnibus budget bill, and the press continues to push ahead with its weirdly tireless campaign to raise the profile of Elizabeth May.
06/07/2012 03:04 EDT
Quebec Protesters Are Putting the Media to

Quebec Protesters Are Putting the Media to Sleep

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> 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.
05/31/2012 12:02 EDT
How Monarchy Saved the Media (This

How Monarchy Saved the Media (This Week)

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" />Of course, this year's Victoria week was uniquely special since we were able to engage in the never-tiresome debate about the appropriate role of royal symbolism right in the faces of actual royals! With Prince Charles and his current wife in town, perhaps someone could squeeze out a couple hundred words about why England's power couple makes us proud to be Canadian, said the nation's editors.
05/24/2012 01:27 EDT
Mulcair: Rising in the East, Setting in the

Mulcair: Rising in the East, Setting in the West?

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" />In this week's editorial pages we got to meet Thomas Muclair, SCARY ENEMY OF NATIONAL UNITY when he railed against the Alberta oil industry. All the western premiers quickly fired back, calling Mulcair's grasp of economics "tenuous and "goofy." But some are conceding that Muclair is being pretty damn "clever" in rejecting one of the dominant pieces of conventional wisdom in post-Harper Canadian politics: that you need the West to win.
05/17/2012 12:27 EDT
Harper's Secret Plot to Fan Pundit

Harper's Secret Plot to Fan Pundit Paranoia

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> Is Stephen Harper quietly working to "re-brand" Canada? Is his government emphasizing the military, the monarchy and select episodes of Canadian history in order to create a competing brand of right-wing Canadian nationalism and divert attention from the great symbols of Liberal patriotism, like medicare and Lester Pearson? The pundit class thinks so.
05/10/2012 03:38 EDT
Why the Media Hate-On for Quebec

Why the Media Hate-On for Quebec Students?

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" />Two quiet professors in yesterday's <em>Globe and Mail</em> drew upon that rarest resource in opinion writing (actual evidence). They noted one of the great unspoken truths about post-secondary education in Canada: the leading variable determining whether kids attend university or not is usually cultural pressure within one's social class -- not cost. For some reason, asking university-educated journalists to analyze politically active university students rarely yields these sorts of conclusions, however.
05/03/2012 12:45 EDT
Why the Pundits Got the Alberta Election so Spectacularly

Why the Pundits Got the Alberta Election so Spectacularly Wrong

<img alt="2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg" src="" width="300" height="80" /> Almost all of Canada's brightest journalistic lights wrongly predicted that the incumbent Tories would get turfed out in favour of the upstart Wildrose Party. The press' obsession with viewing all Albertan political happenings through the narrative prism of dynasties -- either current or in-waiting -- has helped turn the actually fairly precedented rise of Wildrose into something much more gothically dramatic, presumably because gothically dramatic stories are way more fun to write about.
04/27/2012 11:15 EDT
The Charter Birthday Got Old, Really

The Charter Birthday Got Old, Really Fast

The Charter's anniversary was merely an occasion for a snarky round of I-told-you-sos. As is too often the case in Canada, however, it seems this particular milestone of our&nbsp;heritage&nbsp;is one more weapon with which to fight the shallow battles of the present.
04/19/2012 12:26 EDT
The F-35

The F-35 "Scandal" that Never Took Off

As a general rule I find it's hard to get overly outraged when the scandalousness in question is the result of a) politicians lying, b) politicians wasting money, or c) politicians lying about wasting money.Lucky we have lots of pundits who are great at filling holes!
04/12/2012 12:06 EDT
The Resurrection of Trudeau

The Resurrection of Trudeau (Mania)

Well, the Thrilla on the Hilla may be over, but in the eyes of Canada's journalists, the real game's just getting started. The objective? Cobble together the most compelling narrative to explain why Justin Trudeau's unexpected smackdown of Patrick Brazeau actually represents something.
04/05/2012 05:30 EDT
Budget Only Confirms Harper's

Budget Only Confirms Harper's Dullness

The 2012 federal budget was the last silky adornment to be peeled off in Stephen Harper's long dance of seven veils with Canadian Conservatives. Turns out there's not much underneath.
03/30/2012 12:27 EDT
Ontario's 2012 Budget:

Ontario's 2012 Budget: "Meh."

Expectations were thus fairly high this week that Premier Dalton McGuinty and his loveable understudy, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, would finally show some signs of appreciating the sheer magnitude of the fiscal
03/29/2012 10:16 EDT
If Mulcair Loses, Blame his

If Mulcair Loses, Blame his Beard

<img alt="2012-03-23-NDPREAL2.jpg" src="" width="150" height="40" /style="float: left; margin:10px" >Should Thomas Mulcair lose the big race on Saturday, Monday's editorial pages will doubtlessly be filled with all manner of convoluted post-mortems as the punditocracy struggles to find <em>the </em>reason their golden boy's party turned against him.
03/23/2012 07:21 EDT
Why Canadian Conservatives Could use a Sarah

Why Canadian Conservatives Could use a Sarah Palin

The Manning Networking Conference, a meeting of conservative minds that is Canada's answer to CPAC wrapped up this week, exposed how comparatively weak the organized right remains above the 49th parallel.
03/16/2012 01:44 EDT
Concordia Students on Tuition

Concordia Students on Tuition Strike

Earlier this week, over 1,000 students at Concordia University (population 30,000) took it upon themselves to declare a student strike. This is one more manifestation of a French-Canadian culture plagued by a grotesque sense of entitlement -- demanding their already rock-bottom tuition rates be lowered to zero -- that is economically illiterate to the point of self-parody.
03/09/2012 12:06 EST
The Media's Pre-Programmed Response to

The Media's Pre-Programmed Response to Robocalls

We don't know much about the scandal right now, which means it's an incredibly exciting time for the nation's political commentators, who will never again enjoy such a vacuum of ambiguity just begging to be filled with their wildest partisan fantasies.
03/02/2012 12:14 EST
In the Land of the Bored, the Awake Pundit is

In the Land of the Bored, the Awake Pundit is King

The NDP leadership race is currently running neck-in-neck with <em>Arctic Air</em> in the contest to see who can produce the last compelling form of government-run entertainment. So the quest for our friends in the press has been to find some angle on the race beyond the traditional "Hey, who's winning?" narrative.
02/27/2012 05:17 EST