The western media’s appalling embrace of North Korea

The international media is so blind in its disdain for Trump that they are whitewashing the crimes of one of the world’s most repressive regimes

The western media’s appalling embrace of North KoreaThe government of Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most repressive, holding North Korea’s 25 million people in a virtual slave state. A third or more of North Koreans suffer from malnutrition. The regime’s penal camps are among the harshest on Earth, with a reported 20 per cent of inmates dying within 12 months…

Sacked: sports media objectivity is being thrown for a loss

The relationship between the covered and those covering is morphing as teams expect different things from the people who inhabit the press box

Sacked: sports media objectivity is being thrown for a lossMany sports traditions are fading away. Fighting in hockey. The phantom tag at second base in baseball. The big slow centre in basketball. Is media objectivity when covering sports about to become another vestige of the past? Could be. The death last week at the age of 91 of Red Fisher, the iconic Montreal sportswriter,…

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtful

A story gets told, people instantly react, someone gets vilified. Sometimes they get destroyed. This time‎, the mob went after a mother who didn't deserve it

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtfulIn the social media era – in our mad rush to judgment – people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies in rubble, because some nameless, feckless young woman decided to punish him for what, in a…

Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live in

Should we really be surprised – let alone shocked – when our political leaders bring the language of the streets into the corridors of power?

Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live inAh, the words we use – do they define us or merely reflect the times we live in? If it seems that the way we speak is becoming less elegant – not to mention less educated – then it might simply reflect the consistent coarsening of society instead of a sign of demons possessing the…

Go ahead, shoot the messenger

The media bears some of the responsibility for Donald Trump even when we stand in defiance of him

Go ahead, shoot the messengerWho’s to blame? When the United States of America regains its sanity – when the political equivalent of the Nuremberg war crimes trial is convened – who will bear the blame for Donald Trump? Who’s responsible? There will be plenty of blame to go around: Russia, of course, for interfering in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,…

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper website

SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online news outlet

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper websiteYou have a great online newspaper, but aren’t getting as much traffic as you'd hope. Ensuring that your website has complete visibility to customers should be your number one priority. This is where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in. SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online business. Although Google makes dozens of…

#MeToo movement gains traction in Ottawa

Ottawa’s corridors of power have been buzzing about a coming bombshell. The revelations will bring a speedy end to many political careers

#MeToo movement gains traction in OttawaThat didn’t take long. Last week, I wondered why the #MeToo movement had yet to alight in Ottawa. Within days – and just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was about to take the stage at his annual Christmas party – TVA broke a major story: a senior staff person in Trudeau’s office was under investigation.…

The fake news controversy isn’t really new

News reporting has always been susceptible to allegations of spin and slant, cherry-picking and calculation

The fake news controversy isn’t really newIt’s been a defining characteristic of 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump claims that all negative stories are fake news. The media indignantly responds by casting themselves as pursuers of nothing but the truth. They are, in their view, shining light in the darkness. Then, as with CNN and ABC News last week, the media egregiously…

Wouldn’t it be great to tone down the superlatives in sports?

The five-letter word great has become the most overworked superlative in sports

Wouldn’t it be great to tone down the superlatives in sports?There was never any doubt. As he rounded third base in the ninth inning on Saturday, Houston Astros second baseman José Altuvé was going to be out by at least 10 feet at home. The diminutive Altuvé was trying to score from first base on a hit into the right-centre gap by Carlos Correa. With…

Is there really bias in the news media?

Don’t expect objectivity from newspaper and television news, which tend to lean left

Is there really bias in the news media?A recent Gallup poll in the United States revealed that while 62 per cent of Democratic Party voters trusted the media, only 14 per cent of Republicans believed the media regularly got the facts straight. Is there really bias in the news and public affairs media? Is the Pope Catholic? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist?…
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