Seriously, This Is What the Media Complains About

Event: Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) convention Location: Fairmont, Royal York Hotel, Toronto Dates: April 27, 28, 29, 2012 Focus # 1 — So, what do 300 Canadian journalists bitch about when they get together for their annual conference? You’d think there’d be a lot of whining about fewer and fewer companies (a number of […]

CBC Cuts Produce — Surprise! — Good Programming

It couldn’t have come at a better time. Right after the brutal $115-million budget cut — while its enemies bash it for opacity and profligacy and its friends laud it as sacred Canadiana — the network has a triumphant evening. As evidence, I offer two of the CBC News department’s most venerable programs —Marketplace and […]

Have We Forgotten the Journalism’s Raison D’Être?

Traditional professional journalism is taking a beating these days. When challenged, both left and right sneer at is as “mainstream journalism,” implying that its somehow tainted because it’s general interest, rather than some rabidly one-sided screed which supports their every prejudice and excludes all else. So allow me to answer back. Ethical professional journalism is […]

Sun TV’s Right vs. Left Jabs on Brazeau/Trudeau Fight

  As journalism goes, so goes democracy — Sun TV’s coverage of Saturday night’s Liberal/Conservative fight was a triumph of reality TV. Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, two of Sun’s most opinionated poobahs, play boxing commentators for the fight. They clearly know little about boxing. But that doesn’t matter. Because they aren’t there, all dressed […]