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Unbiased Journalism in Action

March 1st, 2016
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The CBC runs a piece about changes to income tax laws, complete with puff-piece picture of Prime Minister Trudeau and his family.


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The Smug, Sneering Condescension You Hear…

September 4th, 2015
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are the “journalists” whose salary you are forced to pay.

group1000_645_399_55Something by the way of a juxtaposition:
From Lifesite News

As thousands of “outraged parents” gathered today in front of 103 of the 107 MPP constituency offices across Ontario

Heard on CBC Radio 2 on Wednesday (sorry, no link. I heard this myself and wrote it down verbatim):

Some parents protested outside the offices of Provincial politicians today. They’re upset about the new sex-ed curriculum.(emphasis mine)

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Journalists, Your Intellectual Superiors…

August 31st, 2015
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Canadian journalist Kate Heartfield from The Ottawa Citizen in August 2010, as quoted in an email, on Hillary Clinton’s illegal, unsecured email server (search either Canada, or Kate Heartfelt – it’ll be the first email, headed  “Article I mentioned from Canada”):

The U.S. Department of State has made it very clear: The security of information on BlackBerrys is not just about economics.

It’s also, in the words of spokesman P. J. Crowley, “about what we think is an important element of democracy, human rights and freedom of information … You should be opening up societies to these new technologies that have the opportunity to empower people …”

Canada’s government has made, at least in public, no such link between BlackBerrys and democratization…

But there is no Hillary Clinton pushing the government to do better

The gist of the story is, those secretive, mean old Conservatives need to get on the e-communication bandwagon, like Hillary.

If only Stephen Harper had set up an email server in my spare bathroom like I recommended.

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Journalists, Your Intellectual Superiors.

June 9th, 2015
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Swimming against the tide at The East Oregonian


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Now is the Time When Hespeler Juxtaposes

May 13th, 2015
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National Post, today:

Kevin O’Leary appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! Tuesday and further burnished his reputation as one of Canada’s foremost intellectuals… Unfortunately, the Canadian businessman did rather poorly.

National Post/ 2006: I bombed on Jeopardy, by pretentious writer of important public policy issues for the National Post, John Moore. (John Moore’s bio.)

With the usual apologies to Kate at SDA.

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Journalist, Meet Google

January 12th, 2014
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At the Vancouver Sun, there’s been an enduring mystery, what happened to photographer Vlad Keremidschieff?9372894

One of the great mysteries of The Vancouver Sun is whatever happened to Vladimir Keremidschieff, the paper’s great hippie photographer in the early-1970s.

Vlad was the top rock ’n’ roll photographer in town during rock’s golden era of the ’60s and ’70s. He also covered many of Vancouver’s counterculture events, from anti-war protests to rock festivals and pleasure faires.

Here’s a riddle: you’re a journalist at a major newspaper in a major city. You wonder, what happened to that long haired guy who used to take the pictures? Where, oh where did he go? And how on earth am I supposed to find him?

Enter Rolf Maurer of New Star books. A couple of years ago, Maurer was looking for photos for a book on Vancouver’s hippie era. He kept running across Keremidschieff’s photos in old editions of the Georgia Straight, so he typed “Vladimir Keremidschieff” into Google.

That’s right, Maurer typed the name “Vladimir Keremidschieff” into the google, and “Vancouver’s great lost hippie photographer popped up.”

If only they had access to this google thing at the Vancouver Sun so their journalists could use it.

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September 25th, 2012

should be a required course in J-School.

“No. 10 Downing St. was made famous in the movie Love, Actually.” (Reuters via Toronto Sun).


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The Fact Checkers Are Always the Last to Know.

February 18th, 2010

rally20083I know, I know. Blogs. Bad journalism personified. Rumours treated as gospel, no fact checking. Dear God! Most of these people aren’t even professional journalists. Here at, say CanWest Global Media, we fact check. We run stories, not rumours. We are professionals, carrying out a task ethically and with dilligence. And if we say Gordon Lightfoot is dead, then who is Gordon Lightfoot to tell us any different?

Of course, if the story proves untrue, they can always blame Twitter. So I guess “the CanWest News Service” did not “post a report early Thursday afternoon saying Lightfoot had died”?

The picture above, by the way, was from the support our troops rally a few years ago, where I was standing beside him for ten minutes before I realized who it was. I’m glad your OK Gord (Mr. Lightfoot?). And thank you for this:

Update: turns out this was a Twitter rumour gone viral. The composer of the original tweet?

CanWest News Service reporter David Akin.

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John Moore on Arts Funding

January 13th, 2009

Joanne at Blue Like You is praising John Moore for his “scathing column” in yesterday’s National Post. And she’s right, it is a scathing column, and John Moore is right on the money with his criticisms of CBC’s New Years eve telecast in Quebec. Perhaps taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund this sort of crap.

John Sanford Moore

John Sanford Moore

Oh-oh. John Moore doesn’t agree with that. In fact, John Moore never even mentions that the broadcast was on Société Radio-Canada, the French service of the CBC.  You would hate to opine that Moore didn’t mention that because four months ago, in the middle of an election when arts funding was an issue, John Moore came out on the side of forced funding of the arts for all taxpayers:

In most artistic media, government provides merely the additional sliver that puts events and institutions such as orchestras, theatre companies and ballets in the black: Ticket holders, not taxpayers, pay the lion’s share of the performers’ costs. And forget the idea that these performances are a clubhouse for millionaires.

And I don’t want to hear the argument that it wasn’t a major election issue, because it certainly was in John Moore’s mind:

The Prime Minister not only attacked the arts and artists but dismissed the ensuing outcry as a “niche issue”. As Winston Churchill might say, “Some issue. Some niche”.

Well John, you wanted arts funding, you got it. Don’t complain how the artists in question use their funding now. Examples like the show Bye Bye are exactly the kinds of art Conservatives used as examples during the campaign, and that argument you dismissed as “disingenuous.”

Oh, and by the way John, the most patronizing cliche? Leftists who look down on people who want the choice of were to spend their own money.

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Stéphane Dion, classy guy

November 28th, 2008

Remember during the election all the stories, what an upstanding, honest, ethical guy Stéphane Dion is? So how come today he is negotiating to bring the traitorous Bloc Quebecois into the government of Canada and the story is, Stephen Harper blinked, as I heard it reported on three different newscasts this afternoon?

I’m still trying to imagine Stephen Harper negotiating to put Gilles Duceppe in cabinet, and not being called a traitor. Yet nobody is calling Stéphane Dion or Jack Layton a traitor (or hypocrite,, since they would be teh first to scream if Harper did this). I’m going to spend some time looking for it tonight, but wasn’t there once a picture of the two of them sitting together that ran as a “look how close they are” story?

Oh, and one last request for the media, can we please stop calling it a stimulus package and call it what it is? A spending package! This is nothing more than Bob Rae, spend your self rich stupidity that the Liberals Bloc and NDP are screaming for, and it’s bad public policy. Last week you were yelling deficit, he’s put us in deficit, this week your yelling spend! Spend!! SPEND!!! And shame on the media for letting you get away with it.

Want to overthrow the legally, elected, constitutionally legal government? Then what is your plan. Let Canadians know exactly what you mean by stimulus.

Update: From the comments:

*“We would see him [Stephen Harper] and (Bloc Québécois Leader) Gilles Duceppe, if they get enough seats, working together to dismantle this country that all of us are so proud of.” (Paul Martin, Toronto Star, December 3, 2005)
* Martin questioned how the Tory leader can explain “his common agenda with the separatists.” (Ottawa Citizen, June 3, 2005)
* “Stephen Harper has made it so clear that he is prepared to do the Bloc’s bidding in Parliament, which I find incomprehensible…” (Paul Martin, Ottawa Citizen, April 28, 2005)
* “Let me tell you, Stephen Harper, you made an alliance with the Bloc, not me. The Bloc wants only one thing: a referendum to divide us and break up our country.” (Paul Martin, Globe and Mail, November 29, 2005)
* “The Conservative Party and the separatists … want this Parliament to fail because the Bloc wants Canada to fail.” (Public Works Minister Scott Brison, Hansard, May 2, 2005)
* “…it is impossible to understand why the Conservative Party supports the Bloc” (Scott Brison, Hansard, April 5, 2005)
* “It has become clear that the Conservative-Bloc alliance is alive and well, despite the Leader of the Opposition’s claims to the contrary.” (Susan Kadis, Hansard, May 17, 2005)
* “It is an unholy alliance [Between Conservatives and the Bloc] and Canadians need to know all about it. I take great exception to the hypocrisy of saying that they are not in bed with the Bloc and the separatists because they are.” (Roy Cullen, Hansard, April 14, 2005)

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September 11th, 2008

From the fairness in journalism file, today’s Waterloo Region Record (when did it change from K-W Record?) has the following front page:

Note the headline: In… & Out?

Oh, one thinks, must be something about the Conservatives In and Out – ahem – financing scandal. But a closer look and it’s two completely unrelated stories in one, tied nicely by a misleading headline clearly designed to prompt the casual reader, and studious one for that matter, to think of the Liberal Party talking point.

Stephen Harper moved to snuff out two potential fires yesterday by abandoning his opposition to include the Green party’s Elizabeth May from the leaders debates and setting a firm deadline for pulling troops out of Afghanistan.

The Conservative leader’s astonishing about-face on May in the debate came a mere 30 minutes after NDP Leader Jack Layton broke their common front by reversing his own opposition to Greens in the debate.

That’s right, In & Out applies to Elizabeth May and the troops in Afghanistan respectively. But the story itself is no less biased as the lead paragraphs above show. It’s just bad journalism, no different than if I named this post, say AdScam, even though it has nothing to do with adscam. 

Perhaps in the future I will run a nice story on Shawnigan, and Watergate, and call it Shawanigate.

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