Blog by John Miller

Sunburned!

April 30th, 2011

There must be an awful lot of red faces at the Sun newspapers and Sun News Network these days. And they should be ashamed of themselves.

On the eve of the federal election, Sun editors and producers ran a story that claimed Michael Ignatieff helped plan the Iraq war. They also seriously entertained the idea of publishing a picture showing the Liberal leader in uniform in Kuwait, wearing U.S ...

Cone of silence

April 22nd, 2011

It's been three months since the Quebec government received a blueprint that would almost certainly shake the practice of journalism to its core. Yet journalists there aren't really engaged in much debate about it, and those in the rest of the country are still acting as if this was all happening on Mars.

I'm talking about a report to Quebec's communications minister, Christine St. Pierre, ...

Yahoo TV

April 19th, 2011

The Sun News Network came out swinging as anticipated yesterday, all wrapped up in the Canadian flag and leading with its right.

Adjectives that spring to mind after viewing the launch: Predictable, repetitive, hectoring, thin-skinned, paranoid, politically incorrect (and just plain incorrect), self-indulgent, feisty, shoot-from-the-lip, mordant, alarmist, ill-tempered, sour, combative, su ...

Cyber stupid

April 14th, 2011

Hey, Paul Godfrey, welcome to the digital age!

In a recent intervierw, the CEO of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. gives a perfect illustration of why old-school managers of traditional newspapers are having such trouble embracing new technology.

His interview with Reuters news agency came as Postmedia announced that it suffered a net loss of $12.3 million in the three months ending in Februa ...