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As a blogger, I've never felt like the mainstream media were my rival or enemy.

So David Olive writes this column in the Toronto Star today, which more or less claims that the MSM have won the “war” against bloggers, and lists a variety of reasons. You’ll find Warren’s post taking apart some of those reasons, as well as a couple of well-known Liberal/Progressive bloggers reacting in Warren’s comments board, and in their own blogposts, where the MSM is accused of not being able to see the forest for the trees. David then seems to have reconsidered what he said after taking some heat from his blogging hero Eric Alterman in the US, and issues a sorta mea culpa at his blogging place at the […]

Stating the obvious.

Warren Kinsella knows how to run a war-room. While commenting on the Ryan Sparrow suspension for stupid over-the-top partisan remarks toward a dead soldier’s father, he gets it that this week has been a series of gaffes for the Conservatives, and not indicative of a well-oiled Conservatives machine, as some journalists have laughably been claiming. As noted in the prior blogpost, Mr. Travers and Fife and Duffy and other journalists should take note. Read the Globe and Mail while you’re at it, because they obviously get that point too.

Update @ 2:35pm: Ha ha. Hilarious post from Dr Dawg on the Cons. war room troubles, once again proving a […]

A counter-point to the media narrative of the Conservatives “well oiled election machine”

One opinion I’ve held about political blogs in general in Canada is that one thing they can be useful for is to point out stuff that the traditional media might not be covering – ie. they may all have decided on a narrative for this election campaign, and will stick to it regardless of whether events pop up that contradicts that narrative. The blogosphere can point out that this “narrative” is not necessarily the case.

For example, the Conservatives first week of the campaign has hardly been a stellar one or an example of a well-oiled machine. You had “Puffin-Gate” occurring. You had the controversy over Elizabeth May’s inclusions in […]

Better disclosure on your guests, CTV (and maybe better guests, too).

In brief, I was reading this post by Jeff this AM afternoon, and I have to say along the same lines that for a pro vs con debate on a controversial topic, such as Omar Khadr, CTV can certainly bring on to debate whoever it wants – the choice of US Navy JAG Lawyer  Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler, who is defending Khadr,  is a solid choice, and good on CTV for bringing him on. Everyone knows quite crystal clear where he stands and why his views are what they are.

But, CTV has a duty to the viewers to properly identify the representative of the opposing viewpoint above and beyond the rather vague description of him as a security analyst and former Crown prosecutor.  They should have mentioned, in my view, that he worked in Stockwell Day’s office at one point, and let people know this fact so they could see where his point of view is partially coming from. The fact he has rather extreme views on the Charter of Rights and the judiciary in Canada, as Jeff has pointed out at his blogpiece, also makes one wonder if CTV couldn’t have found a better representative to articulate that side of the argument.

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