Blog by John Miller

Ode to guest editor

October 24th, 2010

We write the news of scandals and drama
But our customers just don't give a damna
What would Atkinson say?
Maybe Nirvana's the way 
Our new editor's the Dalai Lama

or


The Globe named a celebrity guest
To be editor for a day, no jest
Geldoff and Bono got taken
So if we`re not mistaken
A religious Tibettan may be best 

A good ruling

October 24th, 2010

Good for the Supreme Court of Canada for deciding that journalists have the right to protect their sources when the public interest calls for it.

And good for The Globe and Mail and its reporter Daniel Leblanc for fighting so hard to establish that right, resisting a series of Quebec court rulings that could have sent the reporter to jail or forced him to betray a source who allowed him to ...

It's not Globe Lite

October 6th, 2010

I coined the words the CBC used to describe the redesigned Globe and Mail, at least in the eyes of critics. I called it Globe Lite.

I said that and I was wrong.

The paper has impressed me since it launched its pared-down and classy new format last Friday. Despite a makeover its editor-in-chief describes as the most significant in the paper`s history, the Globe is still the Globe. Its stor ...

Chicken journalism

October 6th, 2010

What does it say about a publishing company when it defends the editorial integrity of its journalists, but regrets what they do?

Welcomed to the strange topsy-turvy world of Rogers Publishing.

A week after Maclean's magazine touched off a storm in Quebec with a story that called it "The Most Corrupt Province in Canada," and illustrated it with a cover showing the mascot of the Quebec cit ...