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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR (with articles hotlinked).

US papers lead with the situation in Iraq , though the downed Russian airliners and allegations of an Israeli mole in the Pentagon also receive front-page treatment. In the UK , John Humphrys’ criticism of television is all the rage.

The New York Times’ editorial board weighs in on the lessons of Najaf (here’s the Washington Post’s take), and the failure of President Bush’s economic policies. The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board wonders why the Pentagon will pay for a soldier’s nose job but not an abortion.

At home, most of the papers stuff Najaf.

The Globe and Mail fronts Luna, our whale, and Bernard Landry, Québec’s former premier whom Pauline Marois hopes to make former leader--along with the latest on the two Russian plane crashes.

Inside, Jane Taber updates us on Ottawa insider poop. Christie Blatchford explains why sports deserves more government funding. Doug Saunders has been reading history, and his fine column shows it. Heather Mallick’s doesn’t: Somehow, someone’s been forcing her to watch the Olympics.

Margaret Wente is high on Perdita, down on Carolyn—but Paul Martin is in the basement. Rex Murphy does a fine job disposing of her, though not him. Jeff Simpson’s Uncle Fred is writing his autobiography. The editorial board is worried about Ayatollah al-Sistani, and has no problem with shari’a arbitration in Ontario .

The Toronto Star has a new editor (congratulations Giles, and good luck). Today, the paper fronts yesterday’s National Post story about the Muslim group opposed to shari’a and some more follow-up on Thursday’s shoot-out. The Star also fronts news that MPs have approved the two new Supremes, along with the story of a passionate priest in a pile of trouble with Church pooh-bahs.

Tom Walkom, head and shoulders—especially head—above Carolyn Parrish is opposed to missile defence. The editorial board says we need a national debate. Ombudsman Don Sellar is battling bravely on behalf of readers—today, about photo credits; he should check out the work of his counterparts at the New York Times and Washington Post to get an idea of the job description.

The National Post fronts yesterday’s Le Devoir report (and our top story) of Opposition manoeuvring to bell the Liberal cat, along with the Russian plane crashes. Robert Fulford reviews three political conventions that mattered. Andrew Coyne writes a fine piece on the Swift boat controversy. The editorial board opposes photo radar and says market forces, not regulation, should govern what we see on television and hear on the radio.

Elsewhere in CanWest land, the Ottawa Citizen fronts more good news from Athens and the latest bad news about our health care system. Dan Gardner, a lawyer, has a case about Olympic performance he wants to make; he should read this letter to the Globe by an economist who knows some arithmetic.

The editorial board wants Canadians to be “generous and resolute” in the face of Darfur . And the paper has today’s best correction: “Due to an error by CanWest News Service, Canada 's highest-ranking executive with the International Gymnastics Federation was misidentified in a story on page A1 in some editions of yesterday's paper. She is Slava Corn.”

The Calgary Herald fronts the Opposition gang-up along with the good Olympic news, and gives readers the chance to name Alberta ’s official fungus. The Montréal Gazette stuffs Ottawa ’s Opposition chumps and fronts a local Olympic champ along with Bernard Landry’s woes. The editorial board wants Augusto Pinochet left alone.

The Toronto Sun’s Peter Worthington is off to a tennis match. In Edmonton , Paul Stanway has his doubts about Mark Thatcher. In Winnipeg , Charles Adler challenges the Health Minister to counter the logic of two-tier health care; a slam dunk, assuming the Minister speaks publicly or can spell.


Marois met Landry en joue

Le Devoir’s Tommy Chouinard reports on the PQ convention (and here’s Bernard Descoteaux’s editorial):

“La marmite bouillait déjà depuis des semaines. Le couvercle a finalement sauté hier. La contestation du leadership de Bernard Landry a pris une ampleur jamais vue jusqu’à maintenant, alors que la députée Pauline Marois a réclamé officiellement une course à la présidence du Parti québécois.”


For those of you who can’t get enough of this stuff about revolting Péquistes, or don’t read French, here’s KEVIN DOUGHERTY’s version in the Montréal Gazette:

I'll stay on as PQ chief – Landry

Posted by Norman Spector on August 28, 2004 | Permalink


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