Yellow Journalism

August 31, 2006 at 1:13 pm (Uncategorized)

     Are all the gory details really neccesary to sell a story, to sell a paper, to get viewers, that is the question I am pondering today. A public figure(an MP) died in Montreal a few days ago and one of the news outlets in Quebec went as far as to speak about calls made to 911 concerning his death, on the evening news last night .

   The media corporation that owns this TV station is Quebecor Media, they specialize in yellow journalism  and media convergence in Quebec. They are the type of media that give journalists a bad name. I do not agree with discussing(or broadcasting) of 911 recordings. Sure he was a public figure, but does becoming a public figure mean you no longer have any privacy left, not even in death.

     It is not just his privacy but that of his family as well that was destroyed last night. Does the journalist (Claude Poirier) that broke this story sleep well at night, I wonder about that.

  People should just boycott Quebecor Media and maybe they will stop this yellow journalism. To identify what they own and what to boycott, check for their logo which they love to place everywhere.

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Politics of Fear

August 31, 2006 at 12:13 pm (Uncategorized)

    The GW Bush propaganda machine is getting into high gear it seems.  I was just on some new sites reading that he will start making speeches today stressing the importance of the war on terror for the next few weeks, leading up to his speech before the UN on September 19th. Mr Bush is playing his all too familiar politics of fear card again.

     The point of all this is to get popular support for the war in Iraq, help him with mid-term elections, and to prepare everyone for the next war I believe. I am not certain that there really is a war in Iraq, they claimed victory in April 2003. What is basically going on in Iraq is sectarian violence and a civil war, and GWB wants US soldiers to control it, he states. I think Mr Bush really just wants to keep soldiers in the area, in preparation for the next war, the possible invasion of Iran.

  Iran has stated today that it will defy the demand by the UN and continue to explore nuclear technology and GWB will not be happy with that. Every country I beleive is sovereign and has a right to develop technologies that they choose, and it does not mean that they will use these technologies for evil. Dialogue is the key to making sure that other countries will not blow us up, not dictating law.

    GWB and his politics of fear believe otherwise. They preach fear and that there is always an ongoing fight on terrorism. This same rhetoric worked to go into Iraq and that is what worries me. I seriously hope that someone will stop GWB from going into Iran because we are headed there I think.

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American Freakshow Two

August 30, 2006 at 10:15 am (Uncategorized)

    As my previous blog on this subject stated he is guilty but it was not in the Jonbenet Ramsey murder. He is guilty of possessing child pornography in California it seems and who knows what he was up to in Thailand. It is definitely a good thing that they stopped him.

    The media is more guilty for turning this into some major news and running with it. The guy was splashed all over the news and tabloid magazines. Since the DNA had not been matched up, and charges not really laid in the case, is it right to stick this guy all over the place as if it was case closed.

   It was not responsible journalism at all I think, but as I previously stated, everybody loves a circus and it sells them papers.

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A Long Recovery

August 25, 2006 at 12:21 pm (Uncategorized)

      The fragile peace holds in the Middle East but Lebanon has been left in a shambles. It will take years for the country to recover from this war and that is just hoping that the peace holds.  The biggest recovery will be to get rid off those unexploded cluster bombs and to clean up the environmental disaster.

    Cluster bombs according to many war time conventions are ilegal to use in civilian areas. Israel obviously did not read those directives. The countryside is just littered with them. These are some really old cluster bombs as well, some of them are from the Vietnam war. It is not just the bombs, but also the mines left everywhere as well it seems. This will take a really long time to clean up and lives will definitely be lost before they are all gone.

  The other big disaster is the environmental one along the Lebanese coast line and in the sea. In the first week of the conflict, oil reservoirs were bombed close to the coast. Fifteen thousand tons of oil were spilled into the sea after the bombing of the reservoirs, that is just insane. Someone needs to do something and quick on this situation.

     I think people are starting the clean up, but they are underway a bit late. The problem is also that no one was able to do anything for three weeks due to the war and the oil has started to deposit on the seabed as well. The dangers to the environment are just incredible.

    What is real sad about all this,  is that no one will take responsibility again and Lebanon gets stuck with huge problems. Israel will get away with it and maybe just get a little slap on the wrist for the cluster bombs. Lebanon will be left with bomb and environmental problems for years.

Check out the following links for more info.

http://www.hrw.org/

http://www.iucn.org/

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Dirty Pool

August 25, 2006 at 11:20 am (Uncategorized)

    I have heard enough about dirty swimming pools. It is time for the media to move on to another subject, especially Quebecor Media that got this story started(they paid for the study).

       Most public pools in the Montreal area seem to be a giant bacteria and microbe soup, some of them are incredibly bad it seems. People are now questioning the study and how it was done, when the samples were collected, etc. The study may have flaws but is probably right I believe.

     I have been to the pool  at Laurier Park a few times in the past few years, and I think that the place is quite dirty. The mens washroom is quite messy and no one really seems to be showering before going into the water.

   One of the articles I read was blaming the staff. The article was questioning how the staff is trained to check the PH and chlorine levels. It could be that they are doing a bad job at it. Like many city employees they are not taking the job seriously I believe, and they seem to have no supervision.

   Everyone should do their part to have some clean pools next summer. The city and its staff definitely need to get their act together. As for the users, help keep the place clean and wash before going into the pools.

 

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Flirting With Terrorists

August 22, 2006 at 8:44 am (Uncategorized)

     I do not believe what Canadian politicians are going around stating these days. It does just not make sense anymore. Obviously these people have not heard about reflecting before saying things.

   As I have stated before on this blog,  I still believe that the attacks by Israel were a bit over the top(not a measured response) and that Canada should have stayed more neutral, but the Hezbollah is a terrorist group. Sure the politicians in question(MP Mourani, MP Nash, and MP  Wrzesnewskyj) were moved by the destruction that they saw, but they must not forget that the Hezbollah are terrorists.

   The Hezbollah bomb civil areas, stockpile missiles, and kidnap soldiers. They are definitely not boy scouts or choir boys. It is true that at the same time they do some charitable work and also are a political party in Lebanon, but this is how they get some credibility with the people.  This is in effect some sort of a Hezbollah marketing plan to get popular support.

  It would not be a bad thing to talk with the Hezbollah but before speaking with them, the Hezbollah has to make some changes to its game plan(ideology). One of the main things that needs to be changed is that statement that they want to destroy Israel and the all Jewish people.

  Come on politicians, please think before you speak. MP  Wrzesnewskyj has made some corrections to what he said and he says that his views were misrepresented but is too late now. A group like the Hezbollah will spin what he said initially their way, therein lies the dangers of not reflecting before making a statement.

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American Freakshow

August 18, 2006 at 9:31 am (Uncategorized)

  An arrest was made yesterday in the ten year old murder case of child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey.  A suspect was stopped in Thailand, where who knows what he was up to.

  Whether or not he is actually guilty is another story. He stated that he is not innocent but the question is not innocent of what. His ex-wife states that they were together in Alabama that Christmas season which happens to be far from Colorado where the crime happened and his story seems full of holes.

    He may be not innocent and just feels relieved to be captured, therefore he says that he was present when JonBenet Ramsey died. Who knows what his motives are, he just looks guilty and creepy.

   My best guess is that he is some wannabe sticking himself to a high profile case, and that he loves the spotlight. Obviously he is a disturbed individual, and I think the investigation will prove that, whether he is killer, we will wait and see.

  The US media is all over the story this morning, it is on all the top news sites. It makes for a great media circus at they say.

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Reality Overload

August 17, 2006 at 10:10 am (Uncategorized)

  I was flipping channels on the old TV last night and all I could seem to find were reality TV shows. I think the TV networks are overdoing it with this format. It is getting slightly ridiculous.

    This whole reality TV phenomena started I believe with Survivor roughly six years and there seems to be no end in sight. Now the junk out there is just unreal. I can not believe that a market for all this crap exists.

     Who really cares how washed out actors raise their kids or if six people can get along on some island or if some quasi-celebrities can lead a simple life. Then of course there is the other genre, where they think they can sing, dance, be comics, have talent, have no fear, etc.

   Obviously this type of TV is cheap to produce, there are no actors to pay. You just hand out some prize at the end, and voila. Instead of paying an actor for say 20 episodes at the end you just give the winner, a hundred thousand and you are done. Some of it may even be funny, but in a pathetic way I think.

  Whatever happened to quality entertainment, when did it just disappear. I think that maybe it got too expensive, or that people just got creatively lazy. In the end the real question is what is the perception of reality, maybe reality TV is the new reality.

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Afraid of Exposure

August 15, 2006 at 3:48 pm (Uncategorized)

  Our PM Harper is showing his great spirit of being open-minded again this week. I am of course being sarcastic here.

   I can not belive that he not going to the AIDS conference in Toronto. You can not get the disease by attending a conference. People such as former President Clinton and Bill Gates are there, but not PM Harper.

  PM Harper is really not impressing me lately. I just want to make it clear that he is not my PM.

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No Real Winners

August 15, 2006 at 9:46 am (Uncategorized)

     A fragile peace has been ongoing for two days now in the Middle East. Will it hold is the question? Will both sides respect the agreements set forth in the cease-fire??

    I do not trust either side. I do not trust the Hezbollah and I am not certain about what Israel is up to and what their real objective is. It is not a secret that Hezbollah gets support from Iran and Syria, so was attacking the Hezbollah not a practice run of sorts, as an article in New Yorker Magazine speculates.

     Odds are that it was a test run, to see what type of an attack could work on Iran and Syria. The US tricked everyone about their elusive search for those so called weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so going into Iran is not a big stretch. To go into Iran, the US  could just have Israel do it for them, and just back Israel with funds and weapons, just pulling the strings.

   All is possible these days. The Bush administration will just keep playing the fear card, and get away with it.

Link to New Yorker below(article called Test Case).

http://www.newyorker.com/

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