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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR (where the articles are hotlinked).

US papers lead with news from Iraq, with the presidential campaign also receiving prominent attention.

UK papers are filled with grumbling over gambling, while in officially secular France religion is all the rage.

The New York Times’ editorial board looks at the situation in Iraq and ahead toward voting day.

David Brooks says no one knows who will win. Paul Krugman writes about Bush cover-ups.

The Washington Post’s editorial board also looks at next Tuesday, along with Iraqi prisoners the CIA hid. E. J. Dionne Jr. writes about voter turnout.

David Ignatius uncovers another Bush cover-up. Richard O’Brien is onto Darfur. Richard Cohen says George Bush has failed to bring Mideast peace.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board looks at the missing explosives in Iraq, and the Supreme Court.

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. writes about religion and US politics. Robert Scheer craps on Cheney.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board puts the kibosh on Kerry; another editorialist says the Byrd Amendment,

“is producing a pig-headed trade war with Canada and hurting American farmers.” Brendan Miniter looks at stalled intelligence reform.

At home, the Preems are away for the day--in Ottawa, to meet with the PM.

Meanwhile, he and Sheila Copps are spitting at each other at forty paces. One Preem has the PM squarely in his re-election sights.

The Toronto Star fronts cancer, child care and kids’ hockey--along with the equalization “handout hike.”

They'll love that in Winnipeg and St. John's; moreover, Ontario and Alberta do not transfer a penny to the "have-nots." And, contrary to Jean Charest's assertion, the principle not the program is entrenched in the Constitution--equalization is entirely a federal program paid for by federal taxpayers.

Inside, Sandro Contenta reports from Monte Cassino, Mitch Potter reports on Gaza and Ramallah from Jerusalem.

The editorial board weighs in on child care and the cost of kids’ hockey. Stephen Handleman is onto Belarus. Jim Travers sets up the equalization meeting.

Tom Walkom walks all over Ontario’s AG on pit bulls yet again; aside from his smarts, ya gotta love the way Walkom won’t let go of the bone on this one.

In the National Post Daily Telegraph, Mark Steyn sneaks in part of the column that editors spiked two weeks ago.

The Post fronts the PM and the Preems, the one Preem who's (primarily) politicking, punitive parenting and the presidential campaign.

Inside, David Frum, who’s voting for Bush, considers the implications of a Kerry victory:

“John Kerry is popular around the world because he is seen as a president who will lead an American retreat. And that may be the kind of president he wants to be. But Kerry does not even have the courage of his weakness. He will veer unpredictably between appeasement and anger, between strong words and weak actions, between wooly excuse-making and panicky over-reaction.”

Colby Cosh is waiting to hear outrage from Canadian Muslims at the remarks of Mohammed Elmasry and Younus Kathrada.

The editorial board has advice for Ralph Klein:

“With the outcome of their provincial ballot a foregone conclusion, Albertans should use the coming race to encourage Mr. Klein and his party to mend their arrogant, free-spending ways, and return to the small-c conservative, fiscally frugal ways that earned them so much respect during their first term from 1993-97.”

Another editorialist advises Jean Charest:

“Rather than blaming Ottawa while simultaneously extending his palms for more handouts, Mr. Charest should be looking for ways to shed his province's status as the country's have-not champion.”

Elsewhere in CanWest land, the Vancouver Sun fronts the proposed new election system. The Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal front the provincial election.

The Montréal Gazette fronts the presidential campaign, a local rape trial and the Gaza withdrawal. The editorial board says Mohammed Elmasry must reject terrorism.

The Ottawa Citizen fronts the latest from Gomery and has the latest poop on the Copps/Martin confrontation.

The editorial board say Canadians should not tolerate the intolerance of Mohammed Elmasry and Younus Kathrada.

Another editorialist doubts Bob Rae’s description of a crisis in higher education.

The Globe and Mail fronts divided provinces, the presidential campaign, the Fox visit, the sub story and a British diplomat who made full use of organs other than the brain and is paying the price.

Jeff Simpson writes about the offshore negotiations with Newfoundland,

“What's about to get done — and a deal will get done — won't be about principles, since the Martin government long ago abandoned those. It's about an election the Liberals thought they might lose and the frantic search for whatever might help.”

Margaret Wente writes about the internet in China,

“My favourite Net romance story concerns a friend named Helen. Her parents, who are farmers, had an arranged marriage. Next year, she, too, is getting married — to a man she met on the Net.” Margaret, come home.

John Ibbitson dumps on an upcoming CBC mini-series:

“H{-2}0 will reinforce the conservative contention that the CBC is hopelessly in thrall to the left. Who else would air a program that promotes the most febrile rants of the lunatic fringe?”

La Presse editorialist-in-chief André Pratte, who's written in the Globe that Québec is a nation, today defends the province’s role on the international stage,

“Mr. Charest will be in Mexico along with the Prime Minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and small business people from both countries. This is an original concept, which is to the advantage of both France and Quebec (as well as Canada ). French businesses have difficulty selling in the North American market, a market that Quebeckers, though facing the same language barrier, have successfully penetrated.”

Frankly, I fail to see how helping Canada's competitors penetrate the Mexican market helps Canadian business.

The editorial board wades in on child care:

“ Canada 's policy paralysis stems from a family culture that has reservations about institutional care for small children. …It is time to shake things up, and the OECD offers some useful starting points: national quality standards and provincial reports that measure daycare services against those standards. At this point, any new dollars for services should be targeted at children who are deemed to be at risk because of poverty, broken homes or disabilities.”

Another editorialist doubts Sheila Copps’ allegations:

“That is bad news not only for Ms. Copps's reputation, but for Canadian politics. Democracy gains when former officials tell tales about what went on when they were on the inside, because the only true democracy is an open one. But Ms. Copps delivers an unreliable and bilious account that is no good to anyone. Her best shots are blanks.”

A third weighs in on Mohammed Elmasry,

“There can never be solidarity with those who would choose violence over discourse and would deliberately target civilians on any side. How can people of goodwill reach out to those who search for ways to justify the unacceptable? Mr. Elmasry does no favour to his community by harbouring such thoughts, whether stated publicly or not. He should resign.”

In the Toronto Sun, Elmasry’s broadcast host reviews the affair. In Calgary, Rick Bell says the Alberta election is already over while Licia Corbella says Ralph reminds her of Jean Chrétien.

In Ottawa, Greg Weston sits down with the Incredible Hunk. Val Sears says our soldiers stand on guard in “dangerous” places like the Golan Heights and Sinai. (Memo to Val: Visit; it helps to know what you're writing about.)

In Edmonton, Neil Waugh and Paul Stanway wade in on the Alberta election, while Mindelle Jacobs is onto childcare.

Posted by Norman Spector on October 26, 2004 | Permalink


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Arthur Schlesinger is still alive?!

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-10-26 7:10:49 AM

Seems so.

Posted by: Norman Spector | 2004-10-26 10:04:37 AM

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