Cutting Edge Journalism

From CTV…

Yes, it’s another installment of intrepid video reportage from the campaign trail via CTV’s Election2011 channel on YouTube – that now does not allow comments!

Why on earth CTV (and their Globe & Mail subsidiary) posts these inane turds on their respective YouTube channels continues to mystify me. Can anyone provide an explanation? I’m not sure why, but I keep hoping that something illuminating might possibly appear one of these days, but it certainly hasn’t happened thus far.

Air America RIP

In what’s turned out to be a fairly brutal week for Democrats, the liberal national radio network, Air America Radio shut off its microphones today and announced the company is filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, just a few weeks shy of its sixth anniversary.

Of course, there’s much triumphant crowing from all the right-wing blogs about AAR’s demise, although few have coherently reconciled it with one of their most treasured conspiracy theories; that of the so-called “liberal media” that the likes Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and countless other “conservative” blowhards are always incessantly whining about on their dominant radio and television programs.

Harper Unplugged

No surprise that in a speech Harper delivered to Manning Institute for Building Democracy on Thursday, he would, as usual it seems these days, be lying up a storm. Take this for example, in regards to Obama “raising” taxes on earnings of more than $250,000 a year: “They didn’t tell you the taxes they would raise – we are seeing that in the States now – but they wouldn’t have brought in any tax reductions at all.” Aside from the tortured construction there not making sense (which I suspect is the fault of the reporter misquoting out of context), the assertion is flatly untrue. Allowing the Bush tax cuts to lapse, thereby effectively “raising” taxes (or more accurately allowing them to return to the previous level under Clinton), was clearly and plainly stated as a promise in Obama’s presidential campaign.

I only wish that the so-called “liberal media” would publish the transcript of this speech (and/or allow us to hear the tape that was circulated amongst various media outlets) so we could all see/hear what a duplicitous prick Harper is and find out for ourselves how many other mendacious boners were packed into his address “meant for sympathetic ears” of the faithful.

Update (for obdurate dummies): It seems audio of the speech is available here. Transcripts are apparently on the way in due course, so watch that space.


What… Tell me it’s not so! Barack Obama had been in office now for all of… 34 days already and there’s been NO MIRACLE yet! Wall Street hasn’t suddenly rebounded? The global economic crisis hasn’t been HEALED!!! The GDP isn’t bouncing back to normal…

Clearly this presidency is in immediate peril of becoming an epic failure.

The So-Called Liberal Media

Glenn Greenwald and Jay Rose talk with Bill Moyers about the media culture in Washington.

It’s not about the truth, or even about ideology — it’s about journalists’ desire to maintain their insider status and access to power, so that they can continue to project an elite air of authority. According to Greenwald and Rose, in today’s media culture, you really don’t have to know what you’re talking about, as long as you sound like you do [insert irony here].

More good stuff related to this story on the PBS website.

A Questionable Question

I haven’t been riveted to election coverage over the last few days — I just can’t take it, especially in the current climate of economic “shock and awe” in addition to everything on a personal level being in total disarray… It just all strikes me as infinitely stupid, profoundly insulting, anxiety producing, deeply annoying, intellectually bankrupt, and generally crazy-making. It was thoroughly saddening therefore to take a brief peek at what’s going on and encountered this:

I’m sure it’s well-worn ground already for most bloggers and doubtless many of the legion of faithful Connie-bots, drones, trolls and other miscreants that inhabit Stephen Taylor’s Little Shop of Horrors are all dutifully bugling it up with relish (I can’t even bring myself to confirm that, but it’s a fairly safe assumption). Even so, I felt compelled to throw my two cents in.

I gather this is supposed to make Mr. Dion look bad. Is that the idea? Really? I sort of get that impression from this article in the Globe & Mail and having seen the way it aired on The National on Thursday night as being some terrible, problematic gaffe.

Look, never mind all that silly rubbish about Dion’s supposed “hearing problem” and the moaning grievances arising out of that, i.e., that Tories are “shamelessly trying to embarrass” Dion, etc. Complete nonsense. I’m sure Dion heard the question quite perfectly well. The simple fact of the matter is that it was a poorly constructed question. I guess we can sort of guess what this anchorman from CTV in Halifax was feebly attempting to get at, but it was worded poorly and when asked for clarification and more precision on the predicates of his question, this silly dope just kept repeating it over and over again. That never illuminates things. And then he has the temerity to admit that he lied to Dion and his staff and airs his clowning as a “public service.” Please. How insulting.

I have to say that, if anything, watching this video measurably increased my appreciation of Stéphane Dion — which has never been all that high in some respects. If it was meant to knock him down and cast him in a poor light, it failed completely. Quite to the contrary, it demonstrated that he’s a man of good humour, patience and even more than that… while his English may be strained and rather difficult to listen to at times (he often puts the emphasis on the wrong syllables and all that), but he understands that words have meaning and desperately strains to comprehend what people are trying to communicate to him. In the few town hall meetings in which I’ve seen him interacting with supporters and others in attendance (even if they’re hostile Conservative plants) this sensibility has come across repeatedly.

Perhaps as Andrew Coyne rather insightfully, but contemptuously, said on The National’s “At Issue” panel tonight, this election is all about “EMPATHY”… But you know, maybe that’s not such an altogether bad thing. Mr “Steady As She Goes” Harper recklessly and selfishly called a “vapid” election (to quote the aforementioned hack) for nothing more than to gain a majority on the leading edge of an economic crisis in a desperate attempt to avoid being branded with the old adage that “Tory Times are Tough Times” and really doesn’t have much of a plan going forward.

“Business as usual”? How’s that all working out these days?