Blog by John Miller

Cowards on the Net

April 17th, 2010

Not too long ago, I got an email from someone I will call pcavenger@redspur.com. Obviously someone with a hate on for political correctness. The message was two lines long and made some rather creative suggestions for what I could do with my head.

I thought up a witty reply and tried to send it, but of course it bounced. The ranter wasn't interested in dialogue, just delivering abuse, a su ...

Say goodnight, CAB

April 15th, 2010

So the Canadian Association of Broadcasters is disbanding. Should anyone care?

Anyone who cares about the accurate portrayal of visible minorities on television should care a lot. That’s because the CAB’s decision to throw in the towel after 84 years of attempting to represent Canada’s private broadcasters also puts an end to the country’s most interesting experiment in making media toe th ...

Readers grow here

April 11th, 2010

Research done recently in Vancouver may provide clues to Toronto news media on how to reach what is often called "the other 50 percent" – those Canadians in the GTA who were born in another country and tend to be increasingly non-white.

As their overall readerships and viewerships stagnate or decline, mainstream daily newspapers and TV news stations might assume that the trend is common ac ...

Dingbat academic

April 4th, 2010

Francois Houle, provost of the University of Ottawa, is the new poster boy for academic dingbat of the year.

His ill-advised letter to American conservative commentator Ann Coulter, advising her to watch what she was planning to say at a campus speaking engagement, not only embarrassed his university, it should cause all academic administrators to question just how strongly they embrace acad ...