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June 22, 2006 3:38 PM

For the junkies: Media madness

The Canadian Senate's "Final Report on the Canadian News Media" is out. I'd call it a heckuva doorstopper, but that's sooo old technology. It's a memory hogger. (See my past report on the committee here.) There's not a single mention of the queer press

June 8, 2006 5:52 PM

Gayness sells out

Congrats to Toronto's Rob Sands, who has sold his tiny Canadian business, the online news service, to the bigshots of the mainstream media monster Viacom, via its subsidiary, the queer American Logo TV network. Rob founded the site in 2000

June 2, 2006 1:34 PM

What? You mean just say it? Out loud? Well, I never...

Ah, euphemisms and snark. There was a time when reporters were happy to be snide. Nowadays, it seems it's just irrelevant to mention someone's homo private life. And so we have film writer Brian D. Johnson of Maclean's mag mentioning CBC radio host

May 26, 2006 10:18 AM

B'bye QTN

Am just darned busy right now, thus -- yesterday's nooze, today! Over and out: The United States is now minus one queer broadcasting network. Over here, still no call-back from OUTtv's Bill Craig on how things are going in the Snowbound North.

May 19, 2006 2:32 PM

No fig leaf -- maple

Enviro-god David Suzuki, host of TV's "The Nature of Things," first posed nude in 1999. Now 70 years old, he's done it again. That is all.

May 17, 2006 10:58 AM

You laugh, I complain

....and then then there are the people who, out of chagrin, remove what others consider offensive. Straight Goods isn't some sort of hetero power thing, it's a leftie Internet publication (I receive its mailouts, though, shamefully, I've never subscribed

May 16, 2006 4:15 PM

Paper chase

On April 13, the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan also did the right thing. A three-judge panel unanimously told a group of gay activists that a newspaper ad expressing dislike for homo sex was legal. But sadly, we yet again have a decision that allows

May 16, 2006 2:13 PM

"Fag" -- come on, say it with me

"Fag" is okay on TV! Sometimes. Yes, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council -- the busy body industry umbrella group that exists in order to deflect complaints filed to (and criticism placed by) the federal regulator that is the CRTC -- has ruled

May 16, 2006 1:09 PM

More is better

Catching up on media nooze today. Tranna Star media columnist Antonia Zerbisias blogged about the need for Arabic news network Al-Jazeera to come to North America. Would Americans who hate Al-Jazeera "prefer to rip up the U.S. constitution and muzzle

May 11, 2006 1:28 PM

How many eyeballs...

...are fixed on OUTtv? Given the money woes, the answer is not enough. The cable network has managed to avoid declaring bankrutpcy, it sez here. I finally ditched a channel in favour of OUTtv, but gotta confess that I never watch it. "At an April

May 8, 2006 9:30 AM

To arms! Destroy Mary Worth!

The reason we all hate the comics pages of our local daily paper is quite simple: they're trying to please everybody. And so every ego-obsessed reader scowls angrily at what they despise. The more segregation in media, the more we can program for ourselves

May 3, 2006 8:34 PM

Welcome to the 21st century

Ahoy! The CBC has finally worked out the sillies. I'm talkin' podcasts! Oples readers will be aware of a certain... contempt... in this corner for the slowpokes at the MotherCorpse, busily pushing busy Canucks into listening to the fershlugginner

April 27, 2006 12:05 PM

Too easy?

The Ryerson Review of Journalism's newest issue has a go at the Montreal Gazette: "To expand readership, The Gazette has made some impressive editorial improvements. Sadly, they may not be enough to attract the one audience it needs for long-term survival."

April 25, 2006 5:39 PM

The perils of meaning well

The problem with goodie-goodies who use comics as way of educating the great unwashed is simple: the propagandists of safe sex, or who're battling spousal abuse or female circumcision, often don't understand the joy and artistry of comics. So they --

April 19, 2006 12:17 PM

The rabble at babble

Some media nooze. Background: is the cyber-forum section of the leftie current affairs site,, the favoured child of feminist Judy Rebick (among others). I check it every couple of days, but much of the content is reprinted from union

April 14, 2006 10:17 AM

Judy, Judy, Judy

Canada has so little in terms of gay press. By comparison, the U.S. is crawling with queer media. And Judy Wieder was one of the few women who scuttled about within. The bug thing is not about insult, but about the place of homos. She helped bring gay

April 13, 2006 8:27 AM

Retract, retract! Backwards ho! Reverse ferret!

The entire queer-o-sphere-o-'net is agog with shock and awe over Out's hetero editor. Except it turns out he's not straight. He's very, very, very gay. Ah. Well, still, the issue is , er, inneresting. Eh? Never mind.

April 12, 2006 9:22 AM

The end of gay

The American glossy Out magazine, which makes no pretense of seeking female readers -- it's all boy, all the time -- has been looking for a new editor in chief since Brendan Lemon hightailed it outta there in October. Out found Andrew Hicklin, who'll

April 7, 2006 3:55 PM

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Yowza. The CRTC has approved a queer radio station. Whatever that is. Details here. It's a tiny, 50 watt deal -- the radio waves are crowded in Tranna. So that's actually pretty smart, focusing on a small geographical area (helps with making those

March 28, 2006 2:39 PM

Kidnappings, Danish cartoons, gays and Islam

I did a quick survey story in this month's Press Pass Q (third news piece down) on how the North American queer press responded to the Danish cartoons fiasco. There was very little.... Here's the copy I found: Lavender managing editor Ethan Boatner

March 13, 2006 2:11 PM

The real power

Beneath the rule of men entirely great the pen is mightier than the sword. The auteur Edward George Bulwer-Lytton wrote that by-now clichéd phrase. And yeah, I have a story. Or two. I was in high school -- years ago -- when students at the university

March 8, 2006 10:37 AM

Maybe queer TV is a non-starter

The continuing spiral of the Q Television Network in the U.S. of A.

February 22, 2006 10:27 AM

The dish

Quick queer media hits. The American Q Television Network is hurtin' bad. Details here. AND... Rex Wockner is probably the best-known gay reporter in the United States. He's a syndicated writer who does the unthinkable -- he makes a living as a

February 22, 2006 9:25 AM

Hurting my feelings? That's illegal

Yes, offensive Holocaust denial blatherings got "historian" David Irving three years of jail time in Vienna. This is where fundamentalists of all stripes meet -- in the belief that intimidation or punishment can fix it. Martyrs, anyone?There's now a demand

February 21, 2006 11:05 AM

That's the magic number

La Presse reporter Emilie Coté has touched on the newest pay-for-play payola scam in the U.S. (a repeat of the 1950s mess), and looked at how a new tune finds airtime on the Montreal FM radio waves. Each week, stations like CKOI, Energie, Rythme FM and

February 3, 2006 10:40 AM

'Toon town

Far from the fray, I can call "fascinating" the kerfuffle over the Danish publishing and European-wide republishing of a bunch of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammed. Even if some of the images are positive (which some are). It's sort-of forbidden

January 31, 2006 3:15 PM

NPR: Canada's new national broadcaster

I've finished listening to another week's worth of fascinating history, pop culture and book news. All of it American. This because the homegrown CBC just cannot cope with emerging technology. I now listen to podcasts on my schedule, not that of the broadcasters.

January 25, 2006 10:32 AM

The end of satire

The new satire "American Dreamz" places a (wacky) U.S. president on a (tacky) TV game show. But it hasn't even been released yet, and it's already out of date: "[F]our former prime ministers will gather on-stage in Toronto next week to elect a potential

January 23, 2006 12:45 PM

One, two, four, eleventeen, sixty-three....

I look forward to a real horse race tonight with the polling results, and also hoping for a bit of entertaining media madness. Here's one last excerpt from Knowlton Nash's 1996 "Cue the Elephant" tome, aboot a CBC moment at the end of World War II: "[R]eacting

January 23, 2006 12:22 PM

File under: lying can be fun

Here's what we really need today, election day -- something totally different: the tale of Mr. Kosmos Kagool. Kozie exists because of journalist Clyde Gilmour (of the MotherCorp's "Gilmour's Albums" fame). "In the 1930s [Gilmour] saw a movie in which
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