Lawrence Martin: Honorary Megalomediac

Oh man, I can’t say enough good things about Lawrence Martin’s column today. Seriously, click here and let the magic of Google News take you past the pesky registration screen. Do it now. I’ve never agreed with a column more. I was actually going to post my thoughts on the latest terrorism coverage, but I can’t put it any better than he does (at least not without using the term “douche bag” once or twice). Read it. Read it now.

I can’t stay mad at you
Damn it. I want to be pissed at the NHL. I really do. But seeing Ron and Don on The National last night. . . I can’t wait for the season to start. I want to be critical of the media for assuming they know what’s in the deal before it’s released, but sports reporters are all about cushy relationships with sources. I’m pretty sure they know what’s in there.
So let’s get on with it. Bring back the Jets, bring back the Nords and let the Coyotes and Hurricanes die a natural death.

Wow Joe, you’re overly optimistic today
Yea, this post really lacks the scorn of most, doesn’t it? Well, I’m doing the MediaScout again today, so I have to make this quick, but most of what I saw today has been commented on before:

Ipperwash: There’s a great little spat going on at the Inquiry between the OPP superintendent who was on the scene (the one that accused the Harris government of being trigger happy) and government lawyers who say he’s overselling the whole thing. Since the Globe and the Star are the only papers that seem to care, allow me to throw this link up so you can read more for yourself.

Africa: Remember Live 8? Me too. I was all optimistic that the papers would actually start to care about Africa. Then London happened. Read more in today’s Scout.

Philippines: In a country where the last president (and at least one before him) was overthrown in a popular revolution, a large and growing protest calling for the president to resign barely makes a ripple. Explain that.

That’s all for today. But have I mentioned you should read Lawrence Martin?


  1. That Martin column was FANTASTIC. Thanks so much, Joe. I actually wrote the guy to say thanks to him too. It’s a good day in the neighbourhood… but at the same time I think it’s pretty sad that we can get so excited when someone does something that is just their job. Too bad so many journalists have forgotten theirs… or maybe it’s editors. I don’t want to pretend to know the business, but something’s happening that just ain’t right.

  2. Neat. He actually took the time to write me back. Maybe it makes me a big loser, but that kind of made my day.

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